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CHQ Poll Shock: Romney Nomination Would Cause Mass Conservative Flight

By CHQ Staff | - 5/10/11

The votes are in, and Mitt Romney is out! While talking heads across the country are calling former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) the front-runner against President Obama, the base is simply not on board. A full 55 percent of conservative activists and Tea Partiers polled by Richard Viguerie’s responded that they, “would vote for a third-party or independent candidate” if Romney were the nominee.

Only 30 percent responded that they would vote for Romney, and while eight percent were still undecided, a further seven percent said that they would not vote at all.

Third-party candidates and other GOP hopefuls can take some hope from this, as an unsurprising zero percent said a Romney nomination could drive them to vote for President Obama.

The mainstream media generally tout former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the leading Republican presidential contender against Obama in 2012.  Some national polls support this contention; others do not.  In his neighboring state of New Hampshire, where Romney also has a home, the Dartmouth College poll’s matchups show Romney as the only GOP candidate who leads President Obama in that state. (For more information, click here.)

Conservatives constitute the overwhelming majority of the Republican Party’s base, however.  Romney, or any other Republican candidate, must first win the GOP primaries with the support of these conservatives.  So far, things do not look good.

Conservative attitudes toward Romney and other candidates are an enormously important factor as the nation prepares for the 2012 presidential election.  You can make sure conservatives are counted by voting in CHQ’s daily polls and by getting your conservative friends to vote as well.  We will present the results of each match-up poll to thousands of print, broadcast and online media outlets, so your vote will count!

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If Romney is the GOP Nominee

I will vote for a Conservative 3rd Party Candidate.

Definitely not Romney

Or Huck or Cain or Trump for that matter. 

Its Ron Paul and where is the article supporting his play for the nomination?

Objective: Replace Obama

My friends Conservatives, Republicans, Tea Partiers:  this is a call and reminder that our objective should be to remove Obama; this man represents the biggest direct attack by the international communist/socialist movement on our institutions in our lifetime. We must keep that objective present in all our actions, discussions and plans. A vote that stays home because we do not like this or that aspect of the Republican nominee will be a vote for Obama. We can not do this. My friends, again, lets keep our eyes on this goal. 

Romney focused on raising funds from bailed out bankers

News article yesterday about Romney skipping first debate to raise money from the bailed out bankers. That's not goon to get him any tea party support or much support at all.

Gary Johnson has best fiscal record amoung all the candidates or potential candidates. He's proven he can beat establishment republicans an incumbent Democrats. I'm not sure any of the other candidates can reach the independents and pisses off Dems as well as Johnson. The middle have been hoodwinked twice now an I doubt they will go for your un of the mill republican.

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Expanding on my comments on Twitter to this article: 


#1--It is precisely this type of reaction that assisted in Obama win the 2008 election and will (if pursued) re-elect him in 2012. For some reason, 'Republicans' have lately started pursuing courses of action that indicate that they'd rather beat up other republicans than beat up on Democrats. This is a violation of Reagan's 11th Commandment and ignores this quote or Ronald Reagan's:

"When I began entering into the give and take of legislative bargaining in Sacramento, a lot of the most radical conservatives who had supported me during the election didn't like it.


"Compromise" was a dirty word to them and they wouldn't face the fact that we couldn't get all of what we wanted today. They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you don't get it all, some said, don't take anything.

I'd learned while negotiating union contracts that you seldom got everything you asked for. And I agreed with FDR, who said in 1933: 'I have no expectations of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average.'

"If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and that's what I told these radical conservatives who never got used to it."

I think that Ronald Reagan himself would find it a hard task to win a Republican Primary if he were alive today and running for President. 


#2--You would not have to worry about someone like Mitt Romney winning the primary if there weren't so many self-labeled conservative and 'Tea Party' candidates running. This type of behaviour also helped John McCain (who I consider enemy #1 of the conservative movement) win the 2008 primaries. There are several people now running 9or considering running) who are legitimate conservatives. If they all run, all they will accomplish is diluting the conservative vote out of contention. Not only will they split the vote, they'll split the donations. 

#3--Most people (and a good deal of candidates) who call themselves conservative are manifestly not conservative. I'll bet most o them haven't read (let alone agree with) the works of Edmund Burke, Dr Russell Kirk, or William F Buckley. They neither respect, nor are they familar with, the body of conservative thought over the past few decades. I would identify a good number of the recent self-described conservatives as being primarily a rebirth of the Anti-Federalist movement that opposed the ratification of the US Constitution.


Romney Nomination

The only electible conservative in my opinion is Alan West. He is a true patriot and has the charisma and courage to take on the "communist media" and communists now in power. The Republican establishment is part of the problem and not the solution as they are afraid to say what needs to be said.

That sham of an operation needs to be seen for what it was: it was nothing more than a ploy to give the dictator a bump in the polls and to give that diabolical Shumer a false pretense to call for mor of our liberties to be vanquished with the need for a "no-ride' list for the trains; also, as I predicted, you haven't heard anymore about the special helicopter with the stealth technology - it's probably in Obama's comrades hands, the Red Chinese. America, you been had, and you better wake up to the demise of this nation under the policies of this treacherous impostor who was selected by the New World Order because of his color and his hatred of America!




Mitt Romney

If Mitt Romney is the GOP candidate for President, I will not support him! In fact, in the present "field" of GOP Candidates, there are only 3 that I would support: Alan West, Michelle Bachmann and Herman Cane! The rest of them can take a hike!

Mitt Romney

It's really amazing how smug and complacent people can be. Obama and his Democrat Party are wrecking this country in giant leaps, and you are splitting hairs for the candidates who appeal to you. Oh yes, it's nice to have a choice, but in the long-run the most important part of the coming election is to get rid of Obama.

We need a Republican in the office of President to sign bills authored by a Republican Congress.

It all could get down to the following: Not voting for a Republican who happens not to be your choice, or surrendering your non-vote to help Obama gain four more years in the presidency to finish off the United States of America. I doubt if you're that kind of an American.

As for me, though Romney's not the person I'm thinking about, he'd be infinitely better than renewing Obama's hold on the White House. And, if we can bring in a Republican President, chances are the US Senate will come with it.


Romney screwed up as governor with his version of obamacare and I've haven't seen his admisssion yet that it was his bad. And he is an establishment Republican. I will not support any candidate from this group.

Lets nominate a true Republican who does believe "we must compromise" with "grntlemen" of the other party.


Be realistic, friend! We all know the result of the MA healthcare bill Romney signed as Governor. At the time, have you any knowledge that such a healthcare bill had ever been tried before in the USA? I don't think it had been. Had it succeeded, we'd all be invoking Romney's name as a great, innovative, Republican  Governor who had to deal with a Democrat-controlled MA Statehouse.

The fact that he had the guts to try to solve the MA healthcare problem tells me he wasn't a do-nothing type of Republican. 'Can't win 'em all, consider how Obama has screwed things up! At least a man like Romney is a loyal American and there's not much we don't know about him

Are you stating that if he would admit that he was part of that failed plan, by virtue of such an admission, you would see him in a different light?

I doubt that, so let's not bring the "admission" thing up, it wouldn't make a difference to you anyway. You have already labeled the man as an "establishment Republican," That means you can't accept him under any circumstances. Thankfully, there'll be enough voters who see the bigger picture, that of getting rid of Obama and capturing the US Senate. Next to those possibilities, your argument seems small and insigificant, except to you who feels good about being a "stalwart" Conservative regardless of the price. (I think that's what you're trying to tell people) I guess it's how you consider your personal political theology rather than winning the next presidential election.

I'm a Conservative too, but I suggest that if push came to shove, we'd be a damned sight better off with a Romney than an Obama. We all may be called upon to be pragmatic for the sake of saving our country. So, is it our country or your political preference that counts?


I agree with NCbigmouth. We can't support a 3rd party and beat Obama. Folks, even a RHINO in the White house is better than a socialist who is destroying our Republic. We need to take both houses and the White house even if we have to accept some RHINOS. We can then vote them all out and replace them with true conservatives. It took a long time for both parties to get us in this mess and we are all guilty of  letting them do it. It may take several elevtion cycles to put our country back on track. Be smart and have a little patience. We'll get there if we stick together.


If the GOP Conservatives/Tea Partys DO NOT GET A "FRONT RUNNER" out there soon, we're not going to beat Obama. One way or another we have to by-pass the Primary/Caucus Circus and get a SOLID Conservative nominated. We also have to concentrate on adding to the GOP majority in the House and getting a GOP majority in the U.S. Senate elected in 2012. Nothing less will work against the Libs!

Mitt Romney

I'm a stauch conservative Republican, member of NRC.  My candidate for 2012 is whomever can put Obama's butt on Marine One, on January 20, 2013.

This election has got to be about our Country, not our individual wish list.  To threaten to vote for an independent or a third party is a vote for Obozo and

I think that is utterly stupid!   Country first, ideology way down the list. 

Mitt Romney

NC Bigmouth:

Ditto friend!

As a Tea Partyer, I have found, unfortunately, that quite a few members believe they can prevail as a 3rd party. The time has come for realism, these folks are just kidding themselves because they're able to air their opinions among others of the same stripe. They sound good to each other. They had better figure out that the Democrats will be coming at us bulked up with union members,Soros billions, racial pimps, Shariah devotees, pro-amnesty illegals, and public freeloaders. The Constitution doesn't mean a damned thing to them, nor do they really care much for each other. It's just that they've figured out that unity even with those whom they couldn't disagee with more, is what it takes to clobber Republicans. (and they see the Tea Party as Republican) They are focused and on our side, if some don't get their way, they state they won't vote. I wonder who they think they'd be hurting?

As much as I disagree with Democrats/ Socialists, they do know how to focus on the mission, and that mission is beating us. They do whatever it takes.

Romney for President

I am not a fan of Mitt Romney, less so of Gingrich, Huckabee and Ron Paul.  I would vote for a dead cat to get Obama out our house.

Mitt Romney

My advice to you Mr. NCBigmouth is to work very hard to get a CONSERVATIVE Republican nominated in 2012! I'm not intererested in RINO's, wannabees or moderates. We do not need any more "go-along, to get along" types sitting in the White House, the Senate or the House! And yes, ideology DOES MATTER!


I agree.

Whup the donkey

Agreed, whoever gets the GOP nomination is a better candidate than Obama.  Why play around, the target is the donkey.

Country first !

Well said, NC . . . .

Country first

100% agreement. I dont want a Rino but I'll take any rino over Mr O. PLease, lets stick together and replace the Dems in the senate and W.H.-Dave the raver