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Who would you NOT support?

Topics: 2008 , Measurement , The 2008 Race

In the comments section on my post about Hillary Clinton's support from women, reader timm0 asks:

Has anyone thought to ask this question in a poll:

I will read through the list of candidates. Please tell me which ones you will absolutely, positively NOT vote for?

I'd love to hear what the answers are for that.

Good question. Pollsters often ask exactly that question in large multi-candidate primaries. In fact, the NBC/Wall Street Journal survey asked it on their March 2007 survey (n=1,007 adults):

(ASK ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAY THEY ARE A DEMOCRAT IN Q.10a OR THAT THEY WOULD VOTE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY IN Q.10b.)
Thinking of these same candidates again, are there any candidates for whom you would definitely NOT vote for the Democratic nomination for president?

16% Hillary Clinton
11% Dennis Kucinich
9% Joe Biden
7% John Edwards
7% Chris Dodd
7% Barack Obama
5% Wesley Clark
5% Bill Richardson
1% Other (VOL)
29% None (VOL)
17% Not sure

(ASK ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAY THEY ARE A REPUBLICAN IN Q.10a OR THAT THEY WOULD VOTE IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY IN Q.10b.)
Thinking of these same candidates again, are there any candidates for whom you would definitely NOT vote for the Republican nomination for president?

20% John McCain
14% Newt Gingrich
9% Mitt Romney
6% Sam Brownback
7% Rudy Giuliani
4% Mike Huckabee
3% Tommy Thompson
2% Duncan Hunter
0% Other (VOL)
24% None (VOL)
22% Not sure

Remember, of course, that these results are a bit dated. The full results of the NBC/WSJ poll conducted this week have not yet been released, but those available as of this posting do not include an update on the "who would you NOT support" question.

 

Comments
ari:

Quick question - could respondents check as many candidates as they wanted to? For instance, could a person polled say that they would not vote for Clinton, Kucinich, and Biden? Or would the limit be 1 candidate to not vote for?

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Mark Blumenthal:

Ari: Given that the responses add up to more than 100% (114% for the Democrats and 111% for the Republicans) it looks as if respondents were allowed to name more than one candidate.

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Chrispy67:


In addition to NBC/WSJ, are there any other pollsters asking this question - and making this information public?


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