Monday, April 27, 2009

What the conservative Republicans think

Last week we looked at what moderate Republicans think about some of their most likely 2012 Presidential candidates, so today we'll look at the conservatives:

The most popular is easily Sarah Palin. 85% have a positive opinion of her compared to only 10% who have a negative one.

In the middle with nearly identical numbers are Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee. Both are viewed favorably by 71% with 13% holding an unfavorable opinion of Gingrich and 14% doing the same for Huckabee.

By far the least popular among conservative Republicans is Mitt Romney, with a 65% favorability rating and 17% dissenting.

When it comes to the horse race against Obama though there's a curious disconnect with the favorability numbers. Huckabee does the best, getting 86% against the President, followed by Gingrich at 85% and Romney at 80%. Palin actually does the worst on that count, getting 78%.

What does that mean? That there are a decent number of Republicans who really like Palin, but don't necessarily consider her to be Presidential timber. That could make a possible candidacy very difficult for her.

1 comment:

TommyReport said...

Jensen,

Any theory on why Palin performs significantly better against Obama among independents than the other three according to your poll?

 
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