Romney Emerges as GOP's 2012 Frontrunner: Poll

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2009 3:00 PM CDT
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee plays bass at a campaign event.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The 2012 presidential race is heating up—at least in a Gallup poll of Republican voters. CQ Politics looks at the results, which have former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney out front, with 26% saying he should top the GOP ticket. Sarah Palin snags 21%, Mike Huckabee gets 19%, and Newt Gingrich scores 14%. But the poll also reports favorability ratings, and there the picture is different:

  • Palin: Here she wins, with a 71% to 21% favorable/unfavorable ratio among Republicans. Nationwide she is the most divisive of the pack, with a 45% to 43% unfavorable/favorable number. She also received by far the fewest "no opinions."
  • Romney: 56% to 17% favorable/unfavorable among Republicans, and 37% to 29% in the US at large.
  • Huckabee: 59% of GOP voters like the former Arkansas governor, while 16% would rather not. Among all voters, his numbers change to 42% in favor, 23% against.