The longer the GOP primary process goes, the more it rallies Democrats behind Barack Obama.
A new Pew Research Center poll finds that the number of Democrats who say their impression of Obama is getting better the more they find out about the GOP candidates has jumped 13% since December.
What's worse is Republicans aren't getting more enthusiastic about their candidates the longer the process is drawn out. 26% of GOP voters say their impressions of the Republican field has improved, which is down a bit from 30% in December.
Additionally, Americans' impression of the GOP field is not improving over time.
About three-in-ten (29%) Americans say as they learn more about the field their impression of the Republican candidates has gotten worse, while just 12% say it has gotten better. Half (50%) say their impression has been staying about the same. That is little changed from December.
A Pew Research Center/Washington Post survey in late January found that ratings of the Republican field are lackluster even among Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters: At that time, 52% said the field of candidates was only fair or poor while 46% said it was excellent or good.