(CNN) - Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich all appear to be at a disadvantage as the start of the 2012 presidential race looms – at least according to one metric.
More Americans appear to dislike than like each of the potential GOP White House contenders, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Wednesday.
The survey found Gingrich has a 24 percent favorable rating, while 35 percent of Americans view him unfavorably. Romney has a 21 percent favorable and 30 percent unfavorable rating. Palin - the best known of the group - has a 30 percent favorable and 48 percent unfavorable rating.
Americans are split over Mike Huckabee - 26 percent view him favorably while 25 percent do not.
The poll reflects the fact that a plurality of Americans have yet to form a strong opinion either way when it comes to Romney and Gingrich - even as both have maintained an elevated national profile over the last two years.
Palin fares better when it comes to Tea Party supporters. Among that group, nearly two-thirds give the former Alaska governor a positive rating.
Gingrich and Huckabee also have net positive ratings with self-identified Tea Party backers. Romney, however, is disliked by almost 40 percent of Tea Party sympathizers.
The poll was conducted September 22-26 by telephone and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.