Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Steelman, Huckabee lead in Missouri

Sarah Steelman is the early top choice of Missouri Republicans to be their candidate for the Senate next year, although with most of the candidates including herself largely unknown at this point there is plenty of time for that to change.

31% of GOP primary voters say they'd like Steelman to be their nominee to 24% for Todd Akin, 9% for Ed Martin, and just 2% for Ann Wagner. If you take Akin out of the mix Steelman's support expands to 37% compared with 18% for Martin and 11% for Wagner.

We're not seeing any big ideological fissures yet in these numbers. Steelman leads Akin by 14 points with moderates but she also has a 13 point advantage with those voters describing themselves as 'very conservative.' Her lead is narrower with 'somewhat conservative' voters who give her only a one point edge on Akin. It's a similar story when Akin's out- then Steelman's up 26 points on Martin with the 'very conservative' wing and 24 points with the moderates, but only 9 points with folks who call themselves 'somewhat conservative.' For whatever reason she's doing better with moderates and the far right than the center right.

It's too early to make a whole lot of these numbers though given that 56% of voters don't know enough about Steelman to have formed an opinion and that just rises to 61% for Akin, 75% for Martin, and 81% for Wagner.

There's a little more clarity with the Presidential primary in the state. Mike Huckabee has the lead with 29% to 19% for Newt Gingrich, 14% for Sarah Palin, 13% for Mitt Romney, 7% for Ron Paul, 4% for Mitch Daniels, 3% for Tim Pawlenty, and 2% for Haley Barbour.

One thing these numbers do reinforce is the recent ABC/Washington Post poll that showed Palin's numbers plummeting even with Republican voters. When we polled Missouri in December Palin was at 25%, so her 14% now represents an 11 point drop in her standing over the last three months. Also while the other GOP frontrunners have seen modest drops in their net favorability since our previous Missouri Republican poll- 5 points for Romney, 3 for Gingrich, and 2 for Huckabee- Palin has seen a much more dramatic 16 point decline from +52 in December at 72/20 to now +36 at 63/27. There's no doubt that the already limited interest in a Presidential bid from her that Republican voters had is declining even further.

The other thing that's striking in these numbers is how weak Romney is. In 2008 Huckabee got 32% here and his current 29% standing doesn't represent much difference. But Romney pulled 29% here last time around and his 13% now means he's lost more than half of his support. His albatross here, as we're seeing in more and more of our GOP polling, is voters describing themselves as 'very conservative.' They're the largest segment of the Republican electorate in Missouri at 41%, and only 10% of them want Romney as their candidate next year. His favorability numbers with those folks are only narrowly above water at 46/34. Compare that to 80% for Huckabee, 79% for Palin, and 61% for Gingrich. He can't win the nomination if his standing doesn't vastly improve with those folks.

Full results here

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mike Huckabee has the intelligence, the character, the experience, and the judgment to be a great President. It is good to know that the people of Missouri favor him.

Gary Walter said...

Great News! Go Mike Huckabee!

Anonymous said...

I just saw another poll saying Huackabee is leading in many states - including mine! He won GA in 2008, and we'll help him do it again. Huckabee 2012!

Anonymous said...

Governor HUckabee came close to winning MO in 2008 and it is clear that MO still likes Mike!

He is the only person articulating a message that resonates with real people. Some candidates would do well to learn from him, He never talks down to us, never makes us feel we aren't smart enough to understand. He knows, as we do, that our government is our biggest problem. Balance. Cut. Save.

Anonymous said...

I SINCERELY HOPE THAT MIKE HUCKABEE WILL RUN FOR AND BE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY WHICH HAS BEEN ERODED BY CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. MIKE HUCKABEE IS THE PERSON WHO CAN BRING OUR NATION BACK TO THE CONSTITUTION & BUILD OUR COUNTRY INTO ONE IN WHICH OUR FOUNDERS WOULD BE PROUD.

Michael said...

Huckabee is a fair man, a family man, and a common sense leader! He would make a great President that we could all trust to make the right choice!

Anonymous said...

Huckabee is rapidly becoming the scariest Republican for Obama in my mind. Very likable, and very smart; although I have to say that some of his policy ideas scare me quite a bit.

Anonymous said...

Ron Paul 2012

Jonny V said...

Ha! Huckabee is a loser. A far right wing Natalie Portman attacking loon.

The only chance the GOP has is Romney and it's clear he's not crazy enough for the Republican base.

Anonymous said...

Huck is the man to defeat Obama in 2012 if he runs. If not then I don't know!

 
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