Rasmussen Alabama 2012 GOP Primary Poll
- Newt Gingrich 30%
- Rick Santorum 29%
- Mitt Romney 28%
- Ron Paul 7%
- Some other candidate 1%
- Undecided 6%
- Newt Gingrich 34%
- Rick Santorum 34%
- Mitt Romney 21%
- Mitt Romney 34%
- Newt Gingrich 30%
- Rick Santorum 25%
- Certain 59%
- Could change mind 36%
Inside the numbers:
Santorum leads among Evangelical Christians and Alabama Republicans of non-Christian faiths. Romney and Gingrich are virtually tied among other Protestants and Catholics.
Seventy-one percent (71%) of Alabama Republicans believe Romney will be the party’s eventual presidential nominee, although that compares with 80% nationally. In Alabama, just 13% and eight percent (8%) respectively expect Santorum or Gingrich to emerge as the winner.
Forty percent (40%) say Romney would be the strongest candidate against President Obama. Twenty-seven percent (27%) feel that way about Gingrich, while 20% say the same of Santorum.
Fifty-five percent (55%) of Alabama primary voters place more importance on a candidate who has the best chance to beat Obama. Thirty-nine percent (39%) think it’s more important to choose a candidate who does the best job representing Republican values. Among those who put the emphasis on electability, it’s Romney 35%, Gingrich 31%, Santorum 21%. For those who put GOP values first, it’s Santorum 38%, Gingrich 28% and Romney 20%.
Eighty-two percent (82%) regard Santorum as a conservative, and 79% say the same of Gingrich. Just 51% feel that way about Romney and Paul. Of that number, only seven percent (7%) consider Romney very conservative, compared to 43% who say the same of Santorum, 38% of Gingrich and 26% of Paul.
Eighty-five percent (85%) of all likely GOP primary voters in the state will vote for the Republican candidate even if their favorite is not the nominee. Six percent (6%) will go for Obama if that’s the case, and five percent (5%) will support a third party candidate.
Santorum is viewed favorably by 71% of likely Alabama primary voters, Gingrich by 66% and Romney by 62%. Fifty-nine percent (59%) have an unfavorable opinion of Paul.