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Sheer Number of Candidates Has Many Republican Voters Worried

Campaign buttons are displayed for sale outside the Georgia Republican Convention floor Friday, May 15, 2015, in Athens, Ga.
Campaign buttons are displayed for sale outside the Georgia Republican Convention floor Friday, May 15, 2015, in Athens, Ga. Georgia Republicans will hear from three White House hopefuls, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as the party gathers for its annual convention Friday. The appearances come as Georgia Republicans look to raise their profile in the 2016 nominating contest. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Republican voters have mixed feelings about the way an ever-expanding pool of GOP candidates will affect their party, according to a Monmouth University Poll released Monday.

Thirty-nine percent of Republican voters say the number of candidates is bad for the party, while a similar 34 percent disagree, saying that the number of candidates is good for the party. Twenty-two percent say the unprecedented number of GOP hopefuls has no impact on their party.

These figures come on the heels of Monday's announcement by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) that he, too, will seek the presidential nomination -- becoming the 15th Republican candidate to do so.

While they might have mixed feelings about quantity of candidates, Republican voters don't seem to have mixed feelings about their quality. In an earlier HuffPost/YouGov poll, while 41 percent of Republican voters said their party had too many candidates, 69 percent of those voters said they were satisfied with their candidate pool.

The Monmouth Poll consisted of 1,001 landline and cellphone interviews conducted July 9-12 with a national random sample of adults. The data and methodology can be found here.

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