Voters: Ron Paul Credible, Mitt Not

Why can't Mitt close the deal? Maybe it's because voters who are strongly conservative don't like him. Or, maybe it's because only half of all voters think they can believe what he says.

Just 52 percent of Republicans in the (ABC News/Washington Post) survey say they can rely on Gingrich either a “great deal”(21 percent) or a “good amount” (31 percent) to “say what he really believes.” The numbers are even less encouraging for Romney, with just 16 percent saying they feel they can rely on him “a great deal” to voice his actual opinions and 35 percent saying they trust him a “good amount” to speak his mind.

Those numbers compare unfavorably to Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who is the only candidate aside from Romney and Gingrich who clocks double digits in the national ballot test. Fully two-thirds of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they have either a “great deal” or a “good amount” of faith that they can rely on Paul to say what he believes.

Unfortunately, voters don't generally vote for people who are honest. Maybe this year will be different?