Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll

This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center by telephone May 26 - 29, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,000 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. Thinking about the candidates running for the Republican presidential nomination, if you had to use one single word to describe your overall impression of this group of candidates, what would that one word be?

                         Democrat/   Republican/
                   All   Lean-Dem     Lean-Rep   
Positive           12        5           22    
Negative           44       52           37    
Neutral            19       19           18    
No opinion/other   25       23           23    

Unweighted word counts (all words mentioned by four or more respondents): 

                                     Democrat/   Republican/
                               All   Lean-Dem     Lean-Rep
Not impressed/Unimpressed      42       19           17
Disappointed/Disappointing     21        7           13
Weak                           21       10           11
Good                           18        6           11
Incompetent/Incapable          17       10            4
Pathetic                       16        9            7
Not interested                 14        9            4
Unqualified/Not qualified      14       12            2
Idiots                         13        9            1
Poor                           12        8            2
Confused/Confusing/Confusion   11        2            7
Hopeful                        10        0            8
Interesting                    10        4            5
Mediocre                       10        6            4
Not good                        9        3            4
Fair                            8        2            4
Liars                           8        4            2
Pitiful                         8        5            1
Ridiculous                      8        6            0
Unknown                         8        4            4
Boring                          7        3            4
Conservative                    7        2            5
Disgusting                      7        5            2
Joke                            7        7            0
Lacking/Lackluster              7        4            2
Losers                          7        6            1
Qualified/Highly qualified      7        1            3
Competent                       6        1            5
Diverse                         6        1            4
Impressed/Impressive            6        2            4
Sad                             6        4            1
Inadequate                      5        4            0
Lousy                           5        4            1
Stupid                          5        4            0
Untrustworthy                   5        3            1
Bad                             4        4            0
Blah/Bland                      4        2            2
Capable                         4        2            2
Crazy                           4        3            1
Dishonest                       4        2            0
Dislike/Don't like/Unlikeable   4        3            1
Disorganized/Unorganized        4        1            2
Greedy                          4        4            0
Honesty                         4        0            4
Republican                      4        2            2
Terrible                        4        3            0
Undecided                       4        0            3
Unelectable                     4        2            2
Waiting/Wait and see            4        0            4

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