Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll

This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center by telephone March 15 to 18, 2012, among a random national sample of 1,009 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) of Princeton, NJ.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. As I name a few Republican candidates for president please tell me the ONE word that comes to mind. First, [ITEM].

3/18/12 Ė Summary table

                   Positive   Neutral   Negative   No opinion/Other
a. Newt Gingrich      10         23        39            28
b. Mitt Romney        14         29        30            28
c. Rick Santorum      13         22        30            35
d. Ron Paul           15         23        27            36

Trend where available

a. Newt Gingrich    

           Positive   Neutral   Negative   No opinion/Other
3/18/12       10        23         39            28
12/11/11      12        27         28            33

b. Mitt Romney

           Positive   Neutral   Negative   No opinion/Other
3/18/12       14        29         30            28
12/11/11       9        28         21            43
10/16/11      11        31         21            37

Newt Gingrich - unweighted word counts:


                                    3/18/11   12/11/11
Old/old timer/old school              33         20
No/no way/Nope                        32         29
Idiot                                 21         16
Untrustworthy/donít trust/   
   distrust/not trustworthy           19         11
Donít like/dislike                    16          3
Smart/smartest                        15         15
Intelligent                           14         20
Conservative                          11         17
Crook/crooked                         11         13
Loser                                 11          3
Crazy                                 10          1 
Good                                  10         14
Egotistical                            8          1
Jerk                                   8          4
Experienced                            7         12
Hypocrite/hypocritical                 7          4
Not good/No good                       7          3
OK                                     7          7
Cheat/Cheater                          6          1
Negative                               6          1
Speaker/speaker of the House           6          7
A**/A**hole                            5          3
Best                                   5          1
Knowledgeable                          5         14
Mean                                   5          0 
Arrogant                               4          6
Baggage                                4          0
Blowhard                               4          4
Confused/Confusing                     4          2
Disgusting                             4          0
Done                                   4          1
Fair                                   4          5
Honest                                 4          2
Laughable                              4          2
Maybe                                  4          2
Money                                  4          1
Not interested                         4          3
Possible/possibility                   4         10
Politician                             4          6
Ridiculous                             4          1
Weird                                  4          0
Alright                                3          3
Brilliant                              3          3
Corrupt                                3          2          
Dishonest/not honest                   3          4
Drop out                               3          0          
Extreme                                3          1          
Joke                                   3          6
Like/likable                           3          7
Lost                                   3          0          
No chance                              3          0          
Out of touch                           3          1          
Pompous                                3          5
Republican                             3          3
Sucks                                  3          0          
Unsure                                 3          1          
Aggressive                             2          2
Bad                                    2          6
Fake/faker                             2          3
Liar                                   2          9
President                              2          5
Questionable                           2          4
Racist                                 2          3
Scary                                  2          3
Slimy/slime ball                       2          5
Stupid                                 2          5
Undecided                              2          1         
Bulldog                                2          0          
Candidate                              2          4           
Cocky                                  2          0          
Controversial                          2          2          
Desperate                              2          0          
Devil                                  2          0          
Divorce                                2          0          
Donít care                             2          2          
Excellent                              2          2          
Forget it                              2          1          
Great                                  2          0
Has been                               2          1          
Hilarious                              2          0          
Historian                              2          1          
Horrible                               2          0          
Irrelevant                             2          2          
Leader                                 2          2          
Moron                                  2          0          
Not electable                          2          0          
Obama                                  2          3          
Overbearing                            2          0          
Popular                                2          0          
Powerful                               2          2          
Qualified                              2          2          
Quit                                   2          0          
Seasoned                               2          2         
Selfish                                2          2          
Sexist                                 2          0            
Skeptical                              2          1          
Space cadet                            2          0          
Unfaithful                             2          1          
Unfavorable                            2          0          
Washington                             2          0          
Yuck                                   2          0          

Mitt Romney - unweighted word counts:

                          3/18/12   12/11/11   10/16/11   
No/no way/nope              31         23         12 
Rich                        30          6          5
Good/good man               19         15         13 
Mormon                      18         47         60 
Moderate                    15          5         10 
Business/Businessman        11          9          6
Flip flop/flip flopper      11         19         13 
Idiot                       11          7          2
Possibility/possible        11          9         12
Distrust/Canít trust/        
   Untrustworthy            10          6          3 
Arrogant                     9          1          1
Candidate                    9          4          3 
Conservative                 9          7          7
Not sure/unsure              9          9          7
OK                           9         15          9
Crook/crooked                8          7          4
Fake                         8          3          6
Like/likable                 8          7          5
President/presidential       8          4          8
Out of Touch                 8          1          1
Wealth/wealthy               8          0          0
Electable                    7          3          3
Liar                         7          5          5
Donít like/Dislike           6          2          0
Fair                         6          4          6
Interesting                  6          4          2
Qualified                    6          0          5
Leader                       6          1          3
Winner                       6          0          1
Yes                          6          0          1
Liberal                      5          3          5
Money                        5          2          5
Questionable/questions       5          4          7
Bad                          4          3          3
Competent                    4          3          8
Front runner                 4          2          4
Honest                       4          9          7
Jerk                         4          3          3
Maybe                        4          4          1
Politician                   4          4          9
Phony                        4          2          2
Scary                        4          0          1
Michigan                     4          0          0
A**/A**hole                  3          2          3
Donít care                   3          2          1
Boring                       3          5          9
Average                      3          0          1
Change/Changeable            3          1          1
Charismatic                  3          0          1
Clueless                     3          2          0
Intelligent/intelligence     3          4         10 
Loser                        3          8          4
Massachusetts                3          2          3
Stupid                       3          4          2
Republican                   3          3          3
Undecided                    3          3          3
Weak                         3          3          1
Wonderful                    3          0          0
Hope/hopeful                 3          0          1
Second/Second choice         3          1          0
Best                         2          2          4
Capable                      2          2          4
Confident                    2          4          4
Nice                         2          2          2
Not interested/uninterested  2          3          3
Religion/religious           2         10         11 
Smooth                       2          2          3
Slick                        2          8          1
Smart                        2          4          0
No answer/nothing            2         19         10  
Blah                         2          2          0
Bold                         2          0          0
Capitalist                   2          0          0
Cheater                      2          0          0
Corporate                    2          1          0
Crazy                        2          1          2
Corrupt                      2          0          0
Devil                        2          1          0
Disingenuous                 2          1          0
Empty suit                   2          0          0
Favorite                     2          1          1
Gingrich                     2          1          0
Governor                     2          1          2
Ignorant                     2          0          0
Inconsistent                 2          2          2
Insincere                    2          1          0
Joke                         2          2          2
Negative                     2          0          2
Never                        2          0          0
Not                          2          0          1
Popular                      2          0          2
Respect                      2          0          0
Seasoned                     2          0          0
Shady                        2          0          0
So so                        2          2          0
Sucks                        2          0          0
Trustworthy                  2          0          0
Unelectable                  2          0          1
Wall Street                  2          0          0
Who                          2          1          2

Rick Santorum - unweighted word counts:

                                  3/18/12
Conservative/Very conservative      57
No                                  24
Good/Very good                      21
OK                                  16
Crazy                               15
Religion/Religious                  13
Too conservative/Ultraconservative  10
Young                               10
Extreme/Extremist                    9
Honest                               9
Idiot                                9
Inexperienced                        9
Dislike/Don't like him               8
Unknown                              8
Christian                            7
Interesting/Interested               7
Overly religious/Too religious       7
Trustworthy/Truthful                 7
Better/Best                          6
Pennsylvania                         6
Sincere                              6
Candidate                            5
Catholic                             5
Electable                            5
Fair                                 5
Jerk                                 5
Liar                                 5
I like him/Likeable                  5
Out of touch/Out of it               5
Right wing/Too far right             5
Scary                                5
Second/Second place                  5
Trying/Tries                         5
Uncertain/Unsure                     5
Distrust/Don't trust him             4
Great                                4
Loser                                4
Political/Politician                 4
Smart                                4
Yes/Yes to president                 4
No answer - nothing                  4
Zealot                               4
Don't care for him                   4
Admirable/Admire                     3
Bad                                  3
Cocky                                3
Crook                                3
Disgusting                           3
Family                               3
Flake/Flakey                         3
Decent                               3
Horrible/Horrid                      3
Insane                               3
Jobs                                 3
Maybe                                3
No good/Not good                     3
No way/No way he's going to win      3
Passionate                           3
Possible/Possibility                 3
President/Next president             3
Radical                              3
Santorum                             3
Shady                                3
Stupid                               3
Weak/Weaker                          3
Wishy washy                          3
Sense/Sensible                       3
Anti-women/Anti-women's rights       2
Arrogant                             2
Alright                              2
Average                              2
Bias                                 2
Bigot/Bigoted                        2
Dangerous                            2
Despicable                           2
Evangelical/Evangelist               2
Fake                                 2
Fool                                 2
Good leader                          2
Hope/Hopeful                         2
Hypocrite                            2
Joke                                 2
Negative                             2
New guy/Newcomer                     2
Nice/Nice guy                        2
Not interested                       2
Nut/Nuts                             2
Obama                                2
People-oriented/People person        2
Phony                                2
Pornography                          2
Prejudice                            2
Sanctimonious                        2
Sanitorium                           2
Sucks                                2
Undecided                            2
Underdog                             2
Unrealistic                          2
Positive                             2
Don't follow him                     2

Ron Paul - unweighted word counts:

                                 3/18/12
No                                 41
Old/Older                          41
Libertarian                        20
Honest                             15
Crazy                              12
Good                               12
OK                                 12
Too old                            12
I like him/Likeable/Love him       11
Out of it/Out of touch/Out there   11
Conservative                       10
Idiot                              10
Radical                            10
Interesting                         9
No good/Not good                    9
Unknown                             8
Refused                             8
Fair                                7
Intelligent                         7
Extreme/Extremist                   6
Loser                               6
Nobody/Non-entity                   6
Ridiculous                          6
No answer - nothing                 6
Consistent                          5
Constitution/Constitutional/
  Constitutionalist                 5
Different                           5
Drop out of the race/Get out        5
No chance/Not a chance              5
Who                                 5
Awesome                             4
Candidate                           4
Cool                                4
Don't like/Dislike                  4
Fringe                              4
Liar                                4
Not electable/Unelectable           4
Not sure/Unsure                     4
Odd/Odd ideas                       4
Real/Realist/Realistic              4
Smart                               4
Not to be next president/
  Not ready to be president         4
A**                                 3
Bad                                 3
Best/Best of lot/Better             3
Businessman                         3
Funny                               3
Gay/Gay rights                      3
Independent                         3
Negative                            3
Not interested/Uninteresting        3
Nut/Nuts/Nutty                      3
Obama/Barack Obama                  3
Persistent                          3
Strange                             3
Wacky/Wacko                         3
Unlikely                            3
Age                                 2
Arrogant                            2
Bumper sticker                      2
Confused                            2
Dedicated                           2
Disgusted/Disgusting                2
Doctor                              2
Don't care                          2
Don't trust him                     2
Elderly                             2
Experience/Experienced              2
Fake/False                          2
Hopeful                             2
Hopeless                            2
Inexperienced                       2
Insignificant                       2
Irrelevant                          2
Jerk                                2
Laugh/Laughable                     2
Money                               2
Neutral                             2
Nonconformist                       2
Off the wall                        2
Outsider                            2
Patriot                             2
Politics/Politician                 2
President                           2
Quit                                2
Republican                          2
Respect/Respected                   2
Retire/Retirement                   2
Sincere                             2
Steadfast/Steady                    2
Sucks                               2
Terrible                            2
Texas                               2
Unconventional                      2
Undecided                           2
Underdog                            2
Unrealistic                         2
Wise                                2
Goof/Goofball                       2
Fun                                 2
Ideas/Good ideas                    2
Unpredictable                       2
Nice guy/Nice man                   2

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