Visualizing Impressions of the Republican Presidential Candidates

Courtesy of the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post:

The wordle represents the frequency of answers in a May 26-29, 2011 survey where respondents were asked for one word to describe the Republican candidates for president.

More bad news for the candidates from the survey:

Even Republicans and Republican-leaning independents use mostly negative words to describe their party’s presidential candidates. Nearly four-in-ten (37%) use a negative word, 22% a positive word and 18% a neutral description. “Unimpressed” is the top descriptor among Republicans and Republican leaners, with 17 mentions.

[Cross-posted at the Monkey Cage]

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Joshua Tucker

Joshua Tucker is a Professor of Politics at New York University.