Poll: Majority of likely voters rate GOP field negatively

Republican presidential candidates former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, left, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, businessman Herman Cain, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, pose before a Republican presidential debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Republican presidential candidates former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, left, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, businessman Herman Cain, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, pose before a Republican presidential debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

More than half of potential Republican voters are far more likely than independents and Democrats to rate the 2012 GOP presidential field positively, according to a poll conducted Nov. 23-28.

Zogby International

More than half of potential Republican voters are far more likely than independents and Democrats to rate the 2012 GOP presidential field positively, according to a poll conducted Nov. 23-28.

Nearly 70 percent of all likely voters rate the 2012 Republican field for president negatively, with nearly half (46 percent) saying it is poor and nearly a quarter (23 percent) characterizing it as fair, according to an IBOPE Zogby interactive poll conducted Nov. 23-28.

Overall, 27 percent rated the Republican field positively, with 7 percent saying it is excellent and 20 percent good.

Republicans (53 percent) are far more likely than independents (25 percent) and Democrats (7 percent) to rate the field positively.

IBOPE Zogby International conducted an online survey of 2,061 likely voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.2 percentage points. A sampling of IBOPE Zogby International's online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the U.S., was invited to participate. Slight weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, gender and education to more accurately reflect the population.

IBOPE Zogby International also conducted an online survey of 1,366 likely Republican primary voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

CLICK HERE for complete poll results.

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