Washington (CNN) - The results of the Washington Times CPAC straw poll of presidential candidates are in, and the winner is Texas Rep. Ron Paul, with 30 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the runner-up with 23 percent.
There were 3,742 ballots cast in the annual survey, which is a chance for devotees to name their pick for president in 2012. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they were generally satisfied with the field of potential candidates and 43 percent said they wished the GOP had a better field of potential candidates. For those surveyed, the size of the federal government was the most important issue to them.
CPAC is an annual gathering of conservatives, which this year served as the first cattle-call of potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates.
The full results:
Texas Rep. Ron Paul: 30 percent
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 23 percent
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson: 6 percent
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 6 percent
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: 5 percent
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 4 percent
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: 4 percent
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: 4 percent
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 3 percent
Former talk show host Herman Cain: 2 percent
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 2 percent
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: 2 percent
South Dakota Sen. John Thune: 2 percent
U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: 1 percent
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: 1 percent
Others: 5 percent
Undecided: 1 percent
"Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they were generally satisfied with the field of potential candidates and 43 percent said they wished the GOP had a better field of potential candidates. " Why is 56 percent spelled out and not 43 not? Maybe, its a mind trick for simple people. Anyway, yes they would want better field of people. Just look at who you had there. The only True Contender is Ron Paul. People are tired of lies and Fox news but reading this article I kinda wonder if Fox and Cnn are in bed.
Ron Paul, 30%, I'm impressed. Nearly one third of 10% of the right-wing idiots who make up, what, five percent of the populace?
Why waste our time all these guys Stink.
Ron Paul. Is 75 and a half years old today. He has never been more than a U. S. Representative. I really don't know much about his positions on the issues, but really he is 75+ now and that means he would be 77+ if elected President in 2012, and making him 81+ at the end of his first term if elected in 2012. I want Obama out of office as bad as most republicans and I am an independent. You guys really need to sharpen your pencils and do it quick.
ROTHLMAO!! What a joke!
And where is SARAH???? Where is Bachmann???? A whole weekend of spewing HATE and this is all they come out of it with??? Gee Whiz!!!!
The GOP is definitely turning into a neo-Nazi movement.
Yes, I am sure this straw poll is sooo meaningful... for a party that kept shunning Ron Paul for years for ACTUALLY being a conservative.
You are aware that republicans will not get behind him, right? That once again he'll be snubbed in the primaries at 1% as he always has been?
Republicans don't want actual conservatives. Paul has been advocating international non-interventionism, ACTUAL fiscal conservatism, taking away subsidies from republicans' corporate and farmer friends, and a major reduction in the military. Oh, and he doesn't parrot some token lipservice about Jesus every time he is asking for campaign contributions, which is what all the other republican candidates have reduced Jesus to.
What a list of losers!!!!
But I thought the great conservative icon was Palin! That's what I was told! The media keeps telling me Sarah Palin is the next Reagan!
I am not an American but i just wanted to point out that i have watched a lot of speeches given by Ron Paul and he is the only Politician in the USA that i like.
The American Street knows they have been lied to.
both of our corrupt political parties
all of our corrupt controlled media
This ain’t no party
This ain’t no disco
This ain’t no fooling around
this show radicals like Sarah Palin go to extreems not needed instead of helping the republican party grow stronger to win instead dirty our political partyT Party won't win precidential elections
I agree– Ron Paul is the best they have. That is not a compliment.
more of the same from the gop. why not just give obama another term if this is all that we have
The Ship of Fools has elected their captain
for god's sake the dude is 75!!!!! he'll be 77 by the time the elections roll by!!!!!!! he'll be 81 at the end of his first term!! they need to enact age limits. dead current presidents do terrible things for the nation's moral. stop being selfish and stop trying to win. if you're still trying to get in the office at 77...you obviously weren't meant to win! stop trying!!!
Wait a minute! Sarah Palin only received 3% of the vote?! Was this straw poll taken in REAL America?
Encouraging to say the least. I only hope this type of consensus continues to the time when it can make a difference. Ron Paul is what this country needs right now.
No thank you. If Ron Paul and his son Ayn Rand Paul want a libertarian paradise they should move to Somalia.
The GOP is more screwed up than I thought and Palin is done.
Ron Paul is the only person I would vote for...unless a third party candidate came in the mix. Real change means getting rid of JUST having the two politcal party system
This list of has-beens and never-will-bes demonstrates the dearth of talent in the Republican party at this time. Surely before 2012 some "cream" will rise to the top.
RON PAUL 2012! Real change, real hope. Stop the wars, stop the inflation, restore sound money, stop american imperialism and empire. Focus on peace and prosperity. Can't wait to see all the media spin and falsehood spread about this poll. Ron Paul is the most intelligent, consistent, integrity driven individual this country could elect.
I was undecided up until I heard Mitt Romney speak. He gave an awesome speech. I am really impressed by him. I hope he runs!
Ron Paul is realy a democrat . and the idiot republicans don't know it . LOL any way we will re-elect Obama . and we need him to continue to take back AMERICA from the evil republican dark side of the force