According to the latest poll from the Gallup Organization, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the candidate most Republicans feel enthusiastic about.
The poll shows no evidence that any of the other candidates have gained ground on him as a result of the recent debate in Michigan. But still most Republicans say they might change their minds about whom they will vote for.
The candidate that Republicans seem to be the least enthusiastic about is former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. If he were to be the nominee, more republicans say they would vote for him to keep a Democrat from winning and not because they support him. They also view the possibility of Senator John McCain being the nominee less favorably than they would Giuliani or former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson.
The poll which was taken Oct. 12-14, 2007, shows that the recent debate, which is the first one that Thompson was a part of, made very little difference in the rankings. Giuliani is still in the number one spot with 32% of Republicans and Republican leaning independents supporting him. Thompson comes in number 2 with 18%. Next is McCain with 14% and then Romney with 10%. No other candidate gets more than 6%.
However, only 44% of Republicans say they are certain that they will continue to support the candidate they choose now with 53% saying they may change their minds.
On the Democratic side, 57% of Democrats and Democratic leaning independents say they are certain they will vote for the candidate they choose now, with 42% saying they may change their minds.
What this show is that the Republican race is very unsettled, while the Democratic race is solidifying around Hillary Clinton.
They also asked Republicans to show how much enthusiasm they had about voting for each one of the top four if they were to be the Republican candidate.
The candidate they would be most enthusiastic about supporting is Giuliani with 51% saying they would vote for him enthusiastically, 38% say the same for McCain , 37% for Thompson and 25% for Romney. Both Thompson and Romney got a high percentage of voters saying they had no opinion and in the case of Romeny, more Republicans say they would vote for him just to vote against a Democrat than would vote for him enthusiastically. Also 22% said they would vote against him or not vote at all. The other thee each come in with about 15% who say they would not vote for them.
When it comes to giving the candidates a favorability rating, Giuliani comes in with 67%, Mc Cain gets 61%, Thompson 53% and Romney 41%. About one out of three Republicans say they do not know enough about either Thompson or Romney to give them a rating.
Source: Gallup Organization http://www.galluppoll.com/