Poll: Which voters thought Santorum should drop out — and which didn’t

Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and leading stumbling block to Mitt Romney’s path to the GOP nomination, announced Tuesday he will suspend his presidential campaign. Republicans and independents who lean to the GOP were ambivalent toward the prospect of this move, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll with interviews concluding on Sunday, two days before the announcement.


Just over half, 52 percent, said he should remain in the race. Another 43 percent thought he should drop out. Many ideological and demographic groups within the Republican coalition were divided.

Notably, two-thirds of white evangelical Protestants wanted him to remain in the race. Non-evangelicals split evenly on staying or dropping out.

Over six in 10 of Romney’s own supporters were clear in their desire for him to drop out. But two-thirds of those who support Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul said they would rather see that Santorum remain in the race.

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Peyton M. Craighill is polling manager for the Washington Post. Peyton reports and conducts national and regional news polls for the Washington Post, with a focus on politics, elections and other social and economic issues.

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