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Missouri Republicans: Mitt Romney Right On Bain & Tax Returns

A Patch panel of party insiders from the local and state level believes the presumptive Presidential nominee will carry Missouri in November.

If the presidential election were held today, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would carry the state of Missouri. That's according to a recent survey of GOP party insiders assembled as part of Patch's ongoing "Red Arch" project.

Previous Red Arch Survey Coverage:

Of those surveyed, 57.1 percent said they strongly agreed with the statement, while 38.1 percent somewhat agreed. One respondent somewhat disagreed (2.4 percent) while another was neutral on the question.

The survey reflects the general evolution of Missouri Republicans as it pertains to the likely nominee. Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum won Missouri's non-binding primary, and Romney had to work until June to cement a majority of the state's convention delegates.

As the campaign has gone through the month of July, Democrats have tried to make an issue of Romney's involvement with Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded. Critics point to SEC filings which indicate his role continued even after he left to lead the U.S. Olympic effort in Salt Lake City.

An overwhelming number of Missouri Republicans (71.4 percent) polled in the Red Arch survey said they felt the Romney campaign has done an effective job handling questions about Bain. Nineteen percent said no and 9.5 percent said they had no opinion.

A majority of respondents (54.8 percent) also said Governor Romney should not release more tax return information, despite calls from critics to do so, while 35.7 percent said the campaign should. Nearly 10 percent (9.5) had no opinion.

Tell us what you think of the results in the comments section below

The Red Arch/Blue Arch Survey 

Patch political surveys are not a scientific random sample of any larger population, but rather an effort to listen to a swath of influential local Republican and Democratic activists, party leaders and elected officials in Missouri. All of these individuals have agreed to participate in the surveys, although not all responded to this week's questions. Interviews for this poll were conducted between July 23 and July 27. More than 60 individuals were polled using an automated survey tool. 42 people responded.

Patch will be conducting Red Arch and Blue Arch surveys throughout 2012 in hopes of determining the true sentiment of conservatives, liberals and moderates on the ground in Missouri.

If you are an activist, party leader or elected official and would like to take part in a bi-weekly survey that lasts just a few minutes, please email Gregg.Palermo@patch.com.

Red Arch Roster

Ruth Springer (former Olivette Mayor), Frederic Steinbach (former Chesterfield Mayor), Randy Jotte (Candidate for Congress), Katy Forand (Gravois Township Committeewoman) Scott Rupp (State Senator/Secretary of State Candidate), Rick Stokes (Wentzville Alderman/State Rep. Candidate), Charlie Hinderliter (State Legislative campaign manager), Mark Parkinson (State Rep.), Chrissy Sommer (State Rep.), Jon Bennett (St. Charles Township Committeeman), Eugene Dokes (Chairman of St. Charles County Republican Central Committee), Chuck Gross (former State Senator), Cheryl Bates (St. Charles Young Republicans President), Penny Henke (St. Charles County Republican Central Committeewoman), Joe Cronin (St. Charles County Council), Terry Hollander (St. Charles County Council), Mike Nunnery (Republican voter), Jim Pepper (O'Fallon City Council), David Blanke (Lewis & Clark Republican Township Committeeman), Robyn Hamlin (Candidate for Congress), Don Bickowski (Jefferson County Council member), Linda Van De Riet (Jefferson County Republican Central Committee member), Renee Reuter (Jefferson County Council Member), D.J. Cully (Jefferson County Council candidate), Roy W. Sims (High Ridge Township Republican committeeman candidate), Celeste Witzel (GOP Committeewoman for the Oakville Township), Alan Leaderbrand (GOP Committeeman for the Lemay Township), Kourtney Lamb (President of the Brentwood Young Republicans), Dennis Broadbooks , (Wild Horse Township), Eileen Tyrrell (Meramec Township Member), Judy Hon (Chesterfield Township Committeewoman), Anne Gassel (Wild Horse Township Committeewoman), Chris Howard (Lafayette Township Committeeman/Convention Delegate), Kevin Rejent (Election Attorney), Richard C. Rowe (Republican voter), Rekha Sharma (State Rep. Candidate), Darin Morley (Reboot Congress blogger), Mark Zinn (GOP Consultant), Cynthia Davis (candidate for Lt. Governor), Sue Allen (State Rep.), Claire Chosid (Republican voter), John Diehl (State Rep.), Lee Presser (blogger/tv host), Ed Martin (Attorney General candidate), Carl Bearden (Former State Rep/Exec. Dir. United for Missouri), Michael Morton (Regional Political Director/Ann Wagner campaign), Christopher Brooks (Candidate For County Central Committee), Marsha Haefner (State Rep.), Cloria Brown (State Rep.), Philip Scherry (Rock Hill Alderman), Derek Michael Spencer (Regional Political Director/Brad Lager For Lt. Gov.), Brian Spencer (State Rep. candidate), Catherine Dreher (Candidate for Committeewoman candidate), Annette Read (Candidate, Missouri River Township GOP Committeewoman), Chris Gard (State Rep. candidate), Anthony Pousosa (St. Louis County Council candidate), Kit Crancer (Chief of Staff, State Senator Jane Cunningham), Cole McNary (Candidate for State Treasurer), Michael Burr (Creve Coeur Township Committee Candidate), Maria Burr (Creve Coeur Township Committee Candidate), Bill Stouffer (Candidate for Secretary of State), Tyler Holyfield (State Rep. Candidate), David Wissler (Gravois Township Committee candidate), Pat Walker (Maryland Heights Township Committee candidate), Maggie Walker (Maryland Heights Township Committee candidate), Scott Pinkham (Boone Township Committee candidate), Teresa Douglas (Lemay Township committee candidate).

Sonny Pondrom August 25, 2012 at 03:01 PM
This reminds me of the talking heads that they use to have in arcades. You can may them say anything if you put in enough money. :-)
Sonny Pondrom August 25, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Scott, I thought that the Senate had to agree with a budget proposed by the House of Representatives. The Tea Party has dominated the House from 2010-2012. The Tea Party members should be representing all of America, not just 1%.
Sonny Pondrom August 25, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Over these past 10 years, we did pay a high tax rate. I wish I could compare it to Mitt Romney's 13% ( supposedly). I would tell you mine, if I wanted your trust to run our country for the next 4 years.
Sonny Pondrom August 25, 2012 at 04:39 PM
In July, a majority of respondents said Governor Romney should not release more tax return information. I wonder why, after years of request, so many citizens are not curious about why Mitt does not want to put all these questions to rest by taking up the Democratic request to release 5 (half as many as his father) years 2004-2009. After all, the upper classes should be honored, not as heros, but as dedicated Americans that support democracy in one of the best countries in the world. However, this tribute to the upper class should not include those who choose to use tax shelters to avoid the current tax laws. Tax laws (almost 3/4 million pages) that is burdened with loop-holes designed to reduce taxes on certain types of income. How much does Mitt pay his tax preparer(s)? Can he save money using an online tax preparer (like TurboTax)? Any reasonable tax law should not take tax returns that take dozen and dozen of pages. Simpler tax laws are better.
PaulRevere August 25, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Sonny: Really, You understand everything about what the Republican Romney wants to do and how deceitful he might be. BUT, you don't understand what the Democratic Party wants to do to fix this country problems. Question!-- What could possibly be in Romney 2011 tax return that will MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER? I doubt YOU would really know the terms, Passive income, Alternative minimum taxes, Capital gain exclusions, Pass-Thru entities, Minority interest values-- on and on. ALL Legitimate income tax considerations. This President wants to keep you focused on Romney- Rather than his record of ZERO accomplishments as he struggles with being the only president ever having over 8% unemployment for over 3 years. With Zero program to CUT spending. He offers only MORE SPENDING by Stealing money from the Rich He says that , but you should know TAXING 100% of every Rich Person in America would only pay for 8 days to run this government. Stop reading the lies. Start using your Brain. Question them , like you question whatever a Republican says..

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