(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.