Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll

This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center by telephone December 8 to 11, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,008 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 six 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].

a. Newt Gingrich    

           Positive   Neutral   Negative   No opinion/Other
12/11/11      12        27         28            33

Among leaned Republicans:
12/11/11      23        31         19            27

b. Mitt Romney

12/11/11       9        28         21            43
10/16/11      11        31         21            37

Among leaned Republicans:
12/11/11      15        28         20            37
10/16/11      18        36         15            31


Newt Gingrich - unweighted word counts (all words mentioned by four or more respondents): 

12/11/11 Ė summary table

                          All adults                     Leaned Republicans 
No/no way                     29       Intelligent               16
Intelligent                   20       Smart/smartest            14
Old/old timer/old school      20       Knowledgeable             13
Conservative                  17       Conservative               9
Idiot                         16       Experienced                9
Smart/smartest                15       Good                       9
Good                          14       Old/old timer/old school   9        
Knowledgeable                 14       No/no way                  7 
Crook/crooked                 13       Possible/possibility       6        
Experienced                   12       Like/likable               5        
Possible/possibility          10       OK                         4
Liar                           9       President                  4
Like/likable                   7       Untrustworthy              4
OK                             7               
Speaker/speaker of the House   7               
Untrustworthy                  7               
Arrogant                       6               
Bad                            6
Interesting                    6
Joke                           6
Politician                     6
Fair                           5
None                           5
Pompous                        5
President                      5
Slimy/slime ball               5
Stupid                         5
Newt/Newt Gingrich             5
Adulterer                      4
Blowhard                       4
Bullsh*t                       4
Dishonest/not honest           4
Hypocrite/hypocritical         4
Donít trust/distrust/
  not trustworthy              4
Jerk                           4
Questionable                   4
Talk/talkative/talker          4
Trust/trustworthy              4


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

                            - All adults-                                -Leaned Reps-
                            12/11   10/6                                 12/11   10/16
Mormon                       47      60       Mormon                       21      26
No/No way                    23      12       Good/Good man                12       7
Flip flop/Flip flopper       19      13       No/No way                     8       7
Good/Good man                15      13       Flip-flop/flip flopper        6       1
OK                           15       9       Possible                      6       5
Religion/Religious           10      11       Slick                         6       0
Possibility/Possible          9      12       Unsure/Not sure               5       6
Honest                        9       7       Like                          4       4
Unsure/Not sure               9       7       Business/businessman          4       2
Business/Businessman          9       6       OK                            4       3
Loser                         8       4       Religion/religious            4       6
Slick                         8       1       Politician                    2       8
Conservative                  7       7       Intelligent/Intelligence      2       7
Idiot                         7       2       Liberal                       2       5
Like                          7       5       President/Presidential        1       7
Crook/Crooked                 7       4       Fair                          1       4
Wishy-washy                   7       2       Old                           0       4
Rich                          6       5
Moderate                      5      10       
Boring                        5       9       
Liar                          5       5
Intelligent/Intelligence      4      10       
Fair                          4       6       
Politician                    4       9       
President/Presidential        4       8       
Questionable/Questions        4       7       
Confident                     4       4
Alright                       4       3
Bland                         4       2
Candidate                     4       3
Dumb                          4       1
Interesting                   4       2
Untrustworthy                 4       1
Stupid                        4       2
Steady                        4       1
Smart                         4       0
Maybe                         4       1
Healthcare/Romneycare         3      17       
Competent                     3       8       
Fake                          3       6       
Experience                    3       5      
Liberal                       3       5
Dull                          3       4
Republican                    3       4
Established/Establishment     1       6       
Money                         2       5
Best                          2       4
Capable                       2       4
Front runner                  2       4
Not interested/Uninterested   2       4
Qualified                     0       5
Strong                        0       5 
Jobs                          0       4
Old                           0      10       

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