A new Tea Party poll shows most of the movement's supporters will fall in line behind Mitt Romney if he is the GOP's nominee in 2012.
The Hill notes that the Tea Party Nation poll was an informal survey at the group's website. 52% said they would "hold their nose" and vote for Romney if he wins the Republican nomination in 2012, while 23% they would back a third-party candidate.
The unscientific results underscore a general lack of enthusiasm for Romney from the conservative wing of the Republican party, but also contrast with a poll taken by the same group in August. In that survey, 45 percent of 1,700 members answered 'no' when asked, "If Romney is the nominee, will you vote for him in the General Election?"
“Romney has a huge problem and this flies straight into the face of the idea that he is the most electable candidate,” said Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips. “If he is nominated, he will face the same situation [Arizona Sen. John] McCain did in 2008 where conservatives are going to stay home.”
Phillips, who endorsed candidate Newt Gingrich in September, told The Hill earlier this month that he would vote for Romney if he became the nominee.
“He is better than Obama, but not necessarily by a whole lot,” Phillips said.