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GOP voters find Gingrich, Romney "acceptable": poll

(Xinhua)

16:41, December 06, 2011

Combo photo shows U.S. Republican presidential contenders Newt Gingrich (L) and Mitt Romney. (Xinhua Photo)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Republican presidential contenders Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are the only two candidates that a majority of Republicans consider as "acceptable" presidential nominees from their party, a new national poll showed Monday.

Sixty-two percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents see Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, as an acceptable nominee, with 34 percent finding him unacceptable, according to the Gallup poll conducted from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, shortly before Herman Cain's departure from the race.

Fifty-four percent find Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, acceptable.

The other six candidates -- Texas Governor Rick Perry, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Congressman Ron Paul, former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, former Senator Rick Santorum and Cain -- are seen as unacceptable nominees by a majority of voters.

The survey underscored the fact that as the race for the GOP nomination enters the final month before actual voting begins on Jan. 3 in Iowa, the race has narrowed down to a two-man showdown between Gingrich and Romney.

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