This is pretty interesting, and speaks to how disenchanted the GOPers are with their choices in 2008.
The latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that nearly a quarter of Republicans are unwilling to back top-tier hopefuls Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, John McCain or Mitt Romney, and no one candidate has emerged as the clear front-runner among Christian evangelicals. Such dissatisfaction underscores the volatility of the 2008 GOP nomination fight.
In sharp contrast, the Democratic race remains static, with Hillary Rodham Clinton holding a sizable lead over Barack Obama. The New York senator, who is white, also outpaces her Illinois counterpart, who is black, among black and Hispanic Democrats, according to a combined sample of two months of polls. […]
A half year before voting begins, the survey shows the White House race is far more wide open on the Republican side than on the Democratic. The uneven enthusiasm about the fields also is reflected in fundraising in which Democrats outraised Republicans $80 million to $50 million from April through June, continuing a trend from the year’s first three months.
More Republicans have become apathetic about their top options over the past month. […] A hefty 23 percent can’t or won’t say which candidate they would back, a jump from the 14 percent who took a pass in June.
The reason? Values and honesty…
Among the legions of undecided Republicans is Barbara Skogman, 72, a retired legal assistant from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She isn’t at all excited about any of the prospects. At one point, she favored McCain. At another, she was open to Giuliani. Now, she’s leaning slightly toward Romney but says she’s far from sold on him.
“I’m looking for a strong, honest person. Do you know of any?” she joked. She had an easy time detailing why she was queasy about each of the most serious contenders. “Isn’t that sad?” Then she reached a conclusion: “I just don’t know.”
Heh, well, we are talking about politics here, right? Bush struck everybody as a very forthright and honest guy, and he’s been one of the most secretive Presidents in the history of the office.
So, does this leave room for a dark horse? And if so, who’s the “honest” candidate?