Super Tuesday Poll: More GOP Voters Would Buy a Used Car from Santorum Than Romney

 @julia_greenberg on March 06 2012 5:28 PM
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Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. REUTERS

A new poll offers insight into the fate of Republican candidates as they await the returns from the critical Super Tuesday contests. A poll commissioned by Craigslist indicates that Republican voters living in the 10 Super Tuesday states would rather buy a used car from Rick Santorum than from Mitt Romney.

The poll, a twist on the more traditional which candidate would you rather have a beer with poll, was inspired by a famous anti-Richard Nixon poster from the 1960 presidential election. The poster asked voters, Would you buy a used car from this man?

Craigslist asked Republican voters in the 10 Super Tuesday states the same question in a poll that included a sub-sample of nearly 700 Republican voters.

It's a good one to ask of any politician, Susan Best of Craigslist said in a statement. It's not just a good test of public trust, but also a wise precaution now that you could actually find yourself buying a car from one on Craigslist.

According to the poll, 60 percent of Republican voters in the Super Tuesday states questioned said they would buy a used car from Santorum, while only 27 percent said they would not.

On the other hand, only 46 percent of respondents said they would buy a used car from Romney. In fact, more Republican voters said they would avoid buying a used car from the former Massachusetts governor than those who would buy one.

It seems like Romney's reputation for flip-flopping has hurt his prospects of a career in the used car business, Best noted. The poll seems to give a good indication of the voters' confidence and trust in candidates, as used car salesmen are often seen as less than trustworthy.

In a nationwide poll, Craigslist found that Republican voters across all 50 states were more likely to vote for Santorum, at 62 percent, than Romney, at 49 percent.

In another poll that included both Democrats and Republicans, Craigslist found that Americans overall would trust Santorum more than Romney, with 36 percent claiming they would buy a used car from the former compared to only 29 percent saying they would buy from the latter.

Only time will tell who will come out on top as voters head to the voting box on Super Tuesday as the candidates face off in primaries and caucuses in Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.

While Romney and Santorum are leading the race, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich hopes to score some points in Southern states, like his home state of Georgia, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul hopes to garner support in Alaska, Idaho or North Dakota. 

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