Huckabee, Bachmann have the intensity in 2012 field
March 15th, 2011
09:45 AM ET
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Huckabee, Bachmann have the intensity in 2012 field

(CNN) – They are still mulling over presidential bids, but a new survey suggests Republicans Mike Huckabee and Michele Bachmann lead the field when comes to the most enthusiastic supporters.

According to a new Gallup analysis, Huckabee – the former Arkansas governor who also ran for president in 2008 – has a "positive intensity" score of +25 while Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman, comes in at +20 on the intensity meter.

Those figures are based on Gallup's questioning of more than 1,500 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents over the last two weeks, during which the organization asked how strongly favorable, or unfavorable, they felt about likely presidential candidates. The "positive intensity score" is the difference between those Republicans who felt strongly favorable and those who felt strongly unfavorable about each particular candidate whom they could identify.

For example, Huckabee's score is the result of Gallup's finding that 27 percent of Republicans who recognize him expressed a strongly favorable opinion while 2 percent said they think little of the current Fox News host.

Next on the list is Bachmann, whose score of 20 marks the difference between the 24 percent who have have a strongly favorable opinion and the 4 percent who view her very negatively.

Rounding out the top five on the list is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with a score of +17, and both former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and ex-Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at +16.

The survey results came from Gallup's daily tracking poll of Republicans, conducted by telephone between February 28-March 13. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus of 3 percentage points.


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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. G

    Ron Paul supporters aren't the most enthusiastic?

    March 15, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. KathyC in Minnesota

    The MInnesota State Bird(the Loon) and the Huck from Arkansas, INTENSE??? More like COMICAL instead.

    Michele Bachmann and Mike Huckabee areare nothing more than bomb throwers who make obvious errors in judgement without FACTS to back them up! FACTS???What are those???

    March 15, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Russ

    Does anyone else get sick of all the stupid polls posted on CNN. Most, like this one tell you absolutely nothing. Normal people, and yes I refer to some Republicans, don't respond to these polls. They hang up on them. So you get the radicals that are eager to have there minus two cents heard responding. Anyone in their "right" mind wouldn't give either of these two a second thought because they would want to back someone who could actually win a Presidential election. These two will hand another four years to Obama.

    March 15, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. diridi

    what intensity? on religion?????? Tell that we are in 21st century, can not be duped....by these nasty GOP idiots...o.k. Enough connivance, enough craftiness...nation lost a lot under GOP, it is more than enough.....

    March 15, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. rs

    This story fits well with the "Obama too liberal" story above. Obama's positions remains relatively constant- and now compare them to Huckabee's and Bachmann's. Bachmann is simply a rabid fool- devoid of facts, chock full of radical ideology and mis-truths, and Huckabee manages to stop just short of advocating for a theocracy. A lying preacherman still pushing "birtherism" and anti-muslin, anti-gay histeria. Both are at war with the middle class, and the environment. How can you compare Obama to these two? Can't be done. The Republican/ Tea Party has taken a long walk off of the sanity pier, and are wallowing in crazy ideology.

    March 15, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Bachmann, Palin, Huckabee, Romney, Newt ... all completely unelectable.

    And Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, Dick Cheney, etc., etc., etc., know this and are just using these folks to keep the GOP "base" stirred up and anxious to get to the polls, where they can vote once again FOR a Republican and AGAINST their own self-interest.

    This con is so transparently obvious ...

    March 15, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. JR

    Michele is a plus 85 on the Wack O Meter.

    March 15, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Brandon

    Sounds like Ron Paul was conspicuously left out of yet another poll...

    March 15, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Rickster

    I don't care anymore who it is.....just get somebody in there to replace the total incompetent that we are currently stuck with. Barack Obama...hands down, Worst President Ever.

    March 15, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. DaveL

    Huckabee is bazaar....Michelle Bachmann... now that's really insane! We really need to start funding education in this country!

    March 15, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Bill

    Great news! Let's hope that MB's looks put her at the top of the line and keep her there through the next 15 months.

    Should be a landslide for Obama/Biden in 2012!

    March 15, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Indy

    If you vote Republican you vote for Koch Bros, it does not matter who the puppet is. If you want Koch Bros as your President vote Republican and they will guarantee that whoever the Republican candidate is will answer to the Koch Bros.

    March 15, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Steve in Denver

    Well, the R's seem to have moved on from the ignorant bimbo in Alaska to the full on crazy bimbo from Minnesota. Love that battles of lexington and concord started in New Hampshire.

    Maybe O'Donnell can be the VP choice!

    The women in the GOP races may be prettier than Dem candidates, but we have brains and sanity on our side (and no witchcraft).

    March 15, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. chuck

    Huckabee's view of everything through the prism of religion is disturbing. Much of what he says is filtered through Judeo-Christian beliefs. His blind support of Israel borders on unwavering fundamentalist ideology.

    March 15, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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