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article imagePew: GOP will rally around its nominee

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 19, 2012 in Politics
While Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney continue to be political punching bags, a new Pew Research report indicate most people, who consider themselves a member of the GOP, would vote for Romney, if he becomes the nominee.
Now, as ABC airs an interview with Gingrich's first wife and Romney faces lingering tax and money questions, will these numbers matter in the long run?
The percentage of white evangelical Protestants who say that the Mormon religion is not a Christian faith stands at 53 percent. Yet, that same group indicates they would still vote for Romney if he becomes the nominee (91 percent). And of that number, 71 percent of their support is "strong."
In other groups studied, white Catholics who think he is not a Christian is 22 percent while white Protestants is 21 percent. Those two groups would also "strongly" vote in high percentages for Romney, when running against Barack Obama, 71 percent and 66 percent, respectively.
Pew studied the endorsement factor, too. Out of those expected to, or have, given an endorsement, do they mean anything? First, the "no difference" numbers are all pretty high for the endorsers,but here are the "more likely" help category.
Only 28 percent said if George W. Bush issued an endorsement it would "more likely" help. As for Sarah Palin it was 23 percent and John McCain, 19 percent. They even noted your minister, rabbi or priest. Those "more likely" numbers were 22 percent and the local newspaper was 13 percent, which was lower than that of the governor of your state, 20 percent.
In fact, in the category of an endorsement making "no difference," local newspapers were the tops with 73 percent. An endorsement from Donald Trumps gets a 64 percent "no difference" and Michelle Bachmann, 70 percent.
As the United States heads into the election year, that, too is now becoming the focus of the news outlets. Pew found that 46 percent of the news poll is now devoted to the election, as the economy fades a bit.
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