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article imageGeorge Bush or Sarah Palin support little help for GOP candidates

By Marcus Hondro     Jan 15, 2012 in Politics
A poll from the Pew Research Center released last week suggests an endorsement from George W. Bush or Sarah Palin would mean little to current GOP candidates for the Republican nomination for the Presidency.
Pew Research and the Washington Post conducted the poll by phone from Jan. 5-8. The poll asked Republican and Republican-leaning voters about the effect of an endorsement by Bush, Palin, John McCain, Herman Cain, Donald Trump and Michelle Bachman on their selection of a current candidate in the Republican race.
George W. Bush and Sarah Palin: non-factors
Among Republican and Republican-leaning voters the poll found that 28 percent said they would be more likely to vote for a GOP candidate if that candidate had an endorsement from George W. Bush. However, 11 percent of the respondents said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate with his endorsement. That leaves a plus of 17 percent, not insignificant but not, well, a ringing endorsement.
Among Republican and Republican-leaning voters the poll found that 23 percent said they'd be more likely to vote for a candidate who had Sarah Palin's endorsement. In her case though, 15 percent would be less likely to vote for that candidate, leaving a plus of but 8 percent.
Of the others listed in the poll, McCain and Cain had a plus 2 percent effect, while Trump had an overall minus7 percent effect and Bachmann, who recently herself dropped out of the race, would have a minus8 percent effect.
Endorsements from Newspapers, Religious leaders, Governors
The poll also queried respondents on the effect an endorsement from their local newspaper, their minister, priest or rabbi and the governor of their state might have. Seventy-five percent said an endorsement from local newspapers would make no difference, 70 percent said an endorsement from a minister, priest or rabbi would make no difference and 67 percent said an endorsement from the governor of their state would make no difference.
Pew Research Center posts detailed information on their polling methodology on the internet.
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