Poll: Nearly Three-Quarters Of Republicans See Romney As Nominee

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown

(CNN) – A new poll released Monday shows further evidence that Republicans have circled around Mitt Romney as their party's presumptive nominee.

Seventy-four percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters nationwide believe the former Massachusetts governor will definitely become the candidate to go head-to-head against President Barack Obama this fall, according to a new survey by The Pew Research Center.

The same poll indicates 21% say a candidate other than Romney will take the nomination, while six percent said they did not know or did not give an opinion.

Also notable, a plurality of Republican voters said the ongoing nomination process is damaging to the GOP, by a margin of 47% to 36%.

Democrats have jumped on board, as well, agreeing with the notion that Romney will march on ahead to the fall. According to the poll, 64% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters consider Romney the inevitable nominee, while nearly as many (63%) see the primary fight as bad for the GOP.

State and national polls have long indicated that voters, even those who don't support Romney, assumed he would ultimately become the nominee.

In recent weeks, however, those sentiments have increased as Romney's delegate count experienced big boosts after wins in Illinois, Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. territories.

Romney supporters argue their candidate will only benefit further from upcoming contests in the Democrat-heavy states of Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Rhode Island on April 24.

Meanwhile, Rick Santorum is banking on a win in his home state of Pennsylvania the same day, arguing a victory in the Keystone State will propel his campaign into May, a month plump with contests in what he calls more conservative states.

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