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March 04, 2012


Divisive Primary Takes Toll on Republicans

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that the combative Republican primary season has damaged the party and its candidates.

Key findings: 40% say the GOP nominating process has given them a less favorable impression of the Republican Party and when asked to describe the GOP nominating battle in a word or phrase, nearly 70% of respondents answered with a negative comment.

Said GOP pollster Bill McInturff: "The word you'd have to use at this stage is: Corrosive."

The damage to Republicans has given Democrats an early advantage for November's general election. President Obama's job-approval rating now stands at 50% and he leads Mitt Romney in a hypothetical general-election match up by six points. In addition, Democrats hold a five-point edge on the generic congressional ballot.












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