59% of Republicans Want Mitt Romney to Run for President Again

Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting. (PHOTO CREDIT: Sandy Huffaker, Getty Images)

A new CBS poll should make Mitt Romney smile: 59% of Republicans say they’d like to see their 2012 presidential nominee run for the White House again.

The findings by CBS come as Romney is being met with skepticism from some donors and potential Republican rivals. In the survey, 26% say they don’t want Romney in the GOP field.

The poll also brings good news to Jeb Bush, who would likely compete with Romney for the same support from within the GOP establishment. Half of Republicans say they’d like to see the former Florida governor in the presidential race, while 27% think Bush shouldn’t run.

Romney didn’t dampen any speculation about a third presidential bid when he told a Republican National Committee meeting that he’s giving “serious consideration” about his future. He also outlined three principles, including fighting poverty, that are his top concerns.

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