- Mike Huckabee – 24%
- Sarah Palin – 14%
- Mitt Romney – 14%
- Newt Gingrich – 11%
- Tim Pawlenty – 7%
- Ron Paul – 7%
- Mitch Daniels – 4%
- John Thune – 1%
But, does this poll really mean anything? Is it relevant?
Probably not since it is obvious that Mike Huckabee will NOT run if Sarah Palin does. And, if Srah Palin runs, it is doubtful that anyone else except Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.
But, this poll is a downer for Mitt Romney, especially if and when he faces off with Sarah Palin.
This month’s numbers are indicative of an ongoing problem for Romney: conservative voters just don’t like him nearly as much as they do the rest of the leading Republican contenders. Only 55% have a favorable opinion of him. Gingrich is 10 points better at 65% favorability, and Palin and Huckabee are each almost 20 points higher at 74% and 73% respectively. Our state by state polling has indicated that the Republican electorate in most places is going to be more conservative leaning than it was in 2008 so this is somewhere Romney’s really going to have to step it up if he’s going to be viable for the nomination.