Poll: Issues split 2012 GOP frontrunners
February 24th, 2011
07:15 PM ET
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Poll: Issues split 2012 GOP frontrunners

Washington (CNN) - Republicans know who they trust when it comes to their most valued issues, which may also decide whom they favor. Though Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin all hover at the top of most supported potential 2012 GOP nominees, four sets of issues divide them among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, according to a Gallup poll.

The survey reveals that respondents who care most about government spending and power are more likely to support Southern Baptist minister Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, or Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts.

When it comes to business and the economy, Harvard MBA-toting Romney ranks highest, while those who value social and moral issues most favor Huckabee.

More GOPers and GOP-leaning independents that rank national security and foreign policy as the issue most important to them support former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin over the other three frontrunners, though Huckabee is also a favorite.

The Gallup poll surveyed 1,326 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by telephone from February 18-20. It has a sampling error of plus-or-minus three percentage points.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Macman

    Seriously...Palin for national security and foreign policy? Are you kidding me?

    February 24, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Since unemployment and the economy will be the greatest issue, Mitt Romney is looking very good for 2012. Which is interesting since he is fantastic as well in so many other areas. I'm thinking he will make an excellent President. America needs desperately someone to step up to the plate as a leader and to manage the Federal Government responsibly.

    February 24, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Indy

    More GOPers and GOP-leaning independents that rank national security and foreign policy as the issue most important to them support former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin over the other three frontrunners, though Huckabee is also a favorite.

    The above people should scare the living daylights out of every American alive, and for the rest of the world they will pee their pants in laughter. Sarah Palin is the front runner in national security ? Hucker is second ? If this doesn't make you shake your head nothing will. For a failed mayor and former socialist Governor (That Quit Because of pending criminal charges)of small town Alaska to be some peoples choice for national security credentials is insane ! Why would people support one of the most hated people in the world as a leader of anything.

    February 24, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. Canuck

    As a Canadian, I find it frightening and disappointing that the surveyed Americans lean to Palin when it coms to national security and foreign policy issues. She has demonstrated time and again that she knows nothing about these matters and that her primary strategy is to foment discord. Yikes!

    February 24, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Sounds about right, each one of these empty suits has one-third of the qualifications of President Obama.

    February 24, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. jodipo

    jsut more proof that people who vote republican are less than intelligent

    February 24, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. A keen observer

    All three are losers so why not find someone new. Huckabee and Romney are religious bigots and Palin is an undercover hedonist. Go figure.

    February 24, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  8. willie floyd

    National security and FOREIGN POLICY-Palin!!! This has to be a joke.

    February 24, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. Bob

    Are you serious? Those who consider foreign policy important support Palin??? That's the best joke I've heard in years. Unreal.

    February 24, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    "More GOPers and GOP-leaning independents that rank national security and foreign policy as the issue most important to them support former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin over the other three frontrunners, ..."

    Well, that proves it, folks! The GOP rank-and-file has gone insane. They've been totally bamboozled by Caribou Barbie's ability to mouth off at the least provocation – and somehow consider that to be national security and foreign policy acumen.

    (Next poll: Ask these same "GOPers and GOP-leaning independents" what "acumen" means ... my guess is the percentage would be pretty low.)

    February 24, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. Shannon

    Really, is this the best the Republicans have to offer. It's a laughable! $arah is delusional if she thinks her trip to India will make her a credible candidate for President.

    February 24, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. Jerrold

    Are you serious? Palin on national security and foreign policy? I can't stop laughing!

    February 24, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |