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Only Senior Citizens Support Romney Over President Obama in Pew Survey

Nationally unpopular, Romney holds solid lead over GOP challengers, Ron Paul a threat as third party candidate

Jan. 18, 2012 – A new survey released today shows only senior citizens – registered voters age 65 or older – would vote for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a race with President Barack Obama.

The survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press conducted January 11-16 primarily focused on the GOP primary race and found Romney with a “substantial lead nationally,” but his image among all voters has slipped and “no better in a general election matchup with Barack Obama than he did then, despite his advantage as the ‘electable’ Republican candidate.”

Among all voters, Obama would win with 50% of the vote, compared to just 45% for Romney. Obama's margin if even larger among all voters under the age of 65. He would get 54% of the votes from people age 18 to 44, while Romney would get just 40%. Among registered voters age 45 through 65, Obama gets 49% to 46% for Romney.


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They survey also shows a distinct split between senior citizens that lean Democrat and Republican. Among Republican leaning seniors, only 6% support Obama, which 93% favor Romney. It is almost the exact opposite among Democratic leaning seniors - 90% for Obama and only 7% for Romney.

Other highlights in Pew summary

   ● Romney nearly doubles the support of his closest competitors for the Republican nomination.

   ● Currently, 31% of Republican and Republican-leaning voters support Romney, compared with 16% for Newt Gingrich, 15% for Ron Paul, 14% for Rick Santorum and 5% for Rick Perry. The preferences of GOP voters are little changed since shortly before the New Hampshire primary.

   ● Among all voters, however, Romney’s image is negative. In fact, slightly fewer voters have a favorable opinion of Romney than did so in November (33% now, 38% then); nearly half of voters (47%) say they have an unfavorable impression of the former Massachusetts governor.

   ● Romney continues to run about even with Obama in a general election matchup, even though Obama’s job disapproval rating has edged up since December. Currently, 48% of the public disapproves of the way Obama is handling his job as president while 44% approve. Last month, 46% approved and 43% disapproved.

   ● In a general election matchup, 50% of registered voters say they would vote for Obama while 45% support Romney. That is little changed from November (49% Obama, 47% Romney), and early October (48% each).

   ● The survey finds that a third-party campaign by Ron Paul would clearly work to Obama’s advantage: In this scenario, 44% of registered voters say they would favor Obama, 32% would back Romney and 18% would back Paul.

   ● Overall, voters under 65 are about twice as likely as older voters to say they would support Ron Paul in a three-way race with Obama and Romney; 21% of those 18-44, and 19% of those 45-64 would support Paul, compared with just 11% of older voters.

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