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Poll: Republicans Still Dissatisfied with Field

4:30 PM, Jan 30, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Nearly a month after the first primary of the year, Republicans are increasingly dissatisfied with the choice of presidential candidates, a new poll from Pew Research Center finds. CNN reports:

Fifty-two percent of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters said the GOP field was "fair or poor," an eight percentage-point increase since the question was asked in early January.

Likewise, the number of Republicans who had positive feelings about the candidates dropped. Forty-six percent rated the current field of four candidates "excellent or good," a drop from the 51% who had that response in January. The GOP field has undergone substantial change since then, with former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropping out of the contest.

Monday's poll from Pew, which was conducted in partnership with the Washington Post, is the first time since this election cycle the negative response from voters outweighed the positive. Pew began asking the question in May 2011.

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