Poll: Voters Not Happy with GOP Presidential Field

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The 2012 race for the Republican nomination for president is on, with a wide variety of candidates from which to choose. But GOP voters don't appear happy with their choices.

According to a report from Newsvine, a new NBC News/The Wall Street Journal poll finds 45% of likely Republican primary voters are not satisfied with the current candidates.

To put that into perspective, 73% of Republicans were happy with their candidates at this time in 2008.

“In retrospect, the 2007-2008 field looks unusually strong compared to the current crop of candidates,” said Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the survey with Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart.

This frustration is perhaps why there is so much speculation about whether non-candidates such as Sarah Palin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry will jump into the race.

Hart said voters “obviously sense that there is something that is weak about this field.”

In the meantime, the poll finds Mitt Romney is the leader of the weak field with 30%. Palin (who again, is not even running) is second at 14%. Herman Cain is a surprising third with 12%.

However, just 24% say they have confidence in Romney’s skills and ability to be president. Again, to understand how low this is, in Sept. 2007, Hillary Clinton (46%), Rudy Giuliani (36%), President Obama (32%), John McCain (31%) and John Edwards (31%) all had higher scores on this question than Romney does now.