The Rich Like Romney, the Poor Like Palin

Huckabee polls well with both, but only in the south
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2011 9:06 AM CDT
Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin are seen in this combo image.   (Associated Press/Getty)

(Newser) – The more wealthy Republican voters are, the more likely they are to support Mitt Romney—and the exact opposite is true of Sarah Palin, according to a new Gallup poll that breaks down the GOP field’s demographic appeal. Romney is the top candidate among college graduates, with 21% of the vote, but fares more poorly (13%) with non-grads. Palin, meanwhile, was much more popular with non-college grads (16%) than with graduates (9%).

Romney scored highest among those making $90,000 or more a year (21%), while Palin was queen for those making less than $24,000, with 22%. Mike Huckabee, meanwhile, polled roughly evenly across class lines, but his support was concentrated among conservatives, and in the South. Romney and Palin, by contrast, had roughly equal support among conservative, moderate, and even liberal Republicans. Palin’s support is roughly flat among all regions, while Romney’s is concentrated in the East and West. The poll did not include Donald Trump, and other contenders' numbers were in the single digits.

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