The ‘Anybody-but-Romney’ Myth?

by Reihan Salam

Josh Green reports that Republican primary voters don’t have some deep and abiding hatred for Mitt Romney. 

In a poll of Iowa and New Hampshire voters conducted for Bloomberg and released on Nov. 17, J. Ann Selzer, president of Des Moines-based Selzer & Co., sought to measure the intensity and causes of this supposed phenomenon. “We tried to identify why people hate Romney and discovered that they really don’t,” she says. “In fact, people think he’s smart, Presidential, and electable—but a significant minority don’t think he’s conservative enough. We found discomfort and unease, but not an ‘anybody but Romney’ sentiment.”

And it turns out that he is the second choice of a large number of Republican primary voters who aren’t backing him just yet.

The Agenda

NRO’s domestic-policy blog, by Reihan Salam.