Study Documents Word Association with GOP Candidates

Texas Governor Rick Perry is the only candidate to receive more negative than positive descriptions from Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents.

Check_MarkAccording to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and The Washington post, many Americans are unable to come up with words to describe the top three candidates vying for the GOP nomination — Romney, Cain and Gov. Rick Perry. When a word did pop into a respondent’s head, it wasn’t likely to be positive,

The survey, conducted Oct. 13 to Oct. 16 among 1,007 adults, found that almost half of respondents — 46 percent — could not offer a one-word description of Cain, who has never held an elected office and is relatively new to the Republican playing field. Meanwhile, 44 percent did not have a word associated with Perry and 37 percent did not have one for Romney.

Those who did not identify with the Republican party tended to use neutral or negative words to describe the candidates, while conservatives were more likely to gush — except over Perry, when even self-described Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents were more likely to use a negative word (19 percent) than a flattering one (9 percent).

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Source: Ashley Portero | International Business Times