We'll release our national poll numbers tomorrow looking at how Barack Obama fares for reelection against Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Michele Bachmann who you all voted in as this month's 'bonus Republican.'
That's not what I found most interesting about this round of the 2012 poll though. We also asked respondents this: "Do you think Republicans would be better off with someone well known like Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney as their Presidential nominee next year, or would they be better off with someone newer to the national scene who is currently not as well known?"
47% of Republicans said they thought the party should stick with one of the current top four, compared to 35% who thought they should go with a fresher face.
With independents it was a completely different story: 56% said the Republicans needed to go with someone new to only 24% who said they should nominate one of the old hands.
The findings on this poll question nicely summarize the current state of the Presidential race- independents hate the current crop of GOP contenders and because of that Barack Obama is leading them in head to head match ups even in a lot of states where he has approval numbers that are under water. At the same time Republicans kind of like their leading lights and would be perfectly happy to nominate one of them. At some point though they're going to have to decide whether they should nominate someone they've known a long time and are comfortable with- or whether they'd rather go with a newer face they don't know as well, but who might actually be able to defeat Barack Obama.