Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll

This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center by telephone October 13 to 16, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,007 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; the margin of error is 5.5 points for Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. 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].

10/16/11  All adults

                 Positive   Neutral   Negative   No opinion/Other
a. Herman Cain      12        27         14              46 
b. Rick Perry        6        25         25              44
c. Mitt Romney      11        31         21              37
                 

10/16/11  Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents

                 Positive   Neutral   Negative   No opinion/Other
a. Herman Cain      22        32          5              41 
b. Rick Perry        9        30         19              42
c. Mitt Romney      18        36         15              31 

                       
Herman Cain - unweighted word counts (all words mentioned by four or more respondents): 

                              All adults                              Rep leaners
9-9-9                            42        Business/Businessman             25
Business/Businessman             30        9-9-9                            24
Interesting                      23        Good                             17
Good                             22        Interesting                      17
Pizza                            19        Intelligent                       7 
Inexperience/Not experienced     12        Likable/Like                      7     
New/Newcomer                     12        Honest                            5     
Black                            11        Pizza                             5     
Intelligent                      11        Taxes/Tax                         5    
Likable/Like                      8        Smart                             5
Honest                            7        Black                             4
No                                7        Inexperience/Not experienced      4
Republican                        7        Love                              4
Liar/Lies                         6
Smart                             6
Taxes/Tax                         6
Conservative                      5
Crazy                             4
Crook/Crooked                     5
Unqualified                       5
Idiot/Idiotic                     4
Love                              4
Old                               4
Outspoken                         4
Ridiculous                        4
Yes                               4

Rick Perry - unweighted word counts (all words mentioned by four or more respondents): 

                             All adults                               Rep leaners
Texas                            55             Texas                      32
No                               16             Conservative               10
Idiot/Idiotic                    15             No                          9
Conservative                     12             Good                        6
Governor/Gov. of Texas           12             Strong                      6
Dislike                          10             Governor/Gov. of Texas      5
Crook/Crooked                     9             Bush                        4
Bush                              8             
A**                               7             
Good                              7             
Scary                             7             
Strong                            7             
Evangelical/Evangelist            6             
Jobs/Job creation                 6             
Cowboy                            5             
Liar                              5             
Interesting                       5             
OK                                5             
Questionable                      5             
Untrustworthy/Distrust            5             
Arrogant                          4             
Fake                              4             
Immigration                       4             
Moderate                          4             
Not qualified                     4             
Nuts                              4             
Republican                        4             
Stupid                            4             

Mitt Romney - unweighted word counts (all words mentioned by four or more respondents): 

                               All adults                             Rep leaners
Mormon                             60       Mormon                         26
Healthcare/Romneycare              17       Healthcare/Romneycare          11
Flip flop/Flip flopper             13       Politician                      8
Good/Good man                      13       Good/Good man                   7
No/No way                          12       Intelligent/Intelligence        7
Possibility/Possible               12       No/No way                       7
Religion/Religious                 11       President/Presidential          7
Intelligent/Intelligence           10       Honest                          6
Moderate                           10       Moderate                        6
Old                                10       Questionable/Questions          6
Boring                              9       Religion/Religious              6
Okay                                9       Unsure/Not sure                 6
Politician                          9       Competent                       5
Competent                           8       Established/Establishment       5
President/Presidential              8       Liberal                         5
Conservative                        7       Possibility/Possible            5
Honest                              7       Fair                            4
Questionable/Questions              7       Front runner                    4
Unsure/Not sure                     7       Like                            4
Business/Businessman                6       Old                             4
Established/Establishment           6       Strong                          4
Fair                                6       
Fake                                6         
Experience                          5      
Liar                                5
Liberal                             5
Like                                5
Money                               5
Qualified                           5
Rich                                5
Strong                              5 
Best                                4
Capable                             4
Confident                           4
Crook/Crooked                       4
Dull                                4
Front runner                        4
Jobs                                4
Loser                               4
Not interested/Uninterested         4
Republican                          4

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