Top One-Word Reaction to Cain Is a Number: 9-9-9

Oct 18, 2011

When Americans are asked to describe Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain in a single word, they most frequently offer a series of numbers: “9-9-9.” Cain’s tax proposal is mentioned more often than his background as a businessman.

For Mitt Romney, the most frequently used single word is his religion – “Mormon.” And the most frequently offered word for Rick Perry is his home state – “Texas.”

The latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and The Washington Post, conducted Oct. 13-16 among 1,007 adults, finds that many Americans are unable to come up with words to describe the three GOP candidates. Nearly half (46%) did not offer a one-word description of Cain, 44% did not offer a word to describe Perry and 37% did not have a one-word description of Romney.

Read the full analysis, Top One-Word Reaction to Cain Is a Number: 9-9-9, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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