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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  1. Taioseach

    Given his "world view" and her knowledge of the history of the United States and of the constitution, I'd say go for it.

    March 15, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. Seattle Sue

    If either of these two lying,radical, religious, right wing nut jobs get the nod for the Republican/Tea Party nomination, it will be a shoo in for the Democrats. Has anyone noticed how the stock market has dropped since the Republicans/Tea Party came into power in the House and took so many Senator seats and Governor positions just 2 1/2 months ago? The only time I hear them speak of jobs is when they are talking about cutting jobs instead of creating jobs.

    March 15, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    You can be intense and crazy which is a dangerous combination, and while Huckabee only get an 80 (out of 100) on the crazy level, Bachman gets a perfect 100% crazy with extra credit added on to it on good days...

    March 15, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. lndepend

    Beam me up Scotty,there is no intelligent life in the good "old" USA! The survivers say," Everything started to crash in 1999. Something about corporate greed and Gop? Full speed ahead,Scotty!

    March 15, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. Realistic

    Polls are stupid that they are becoming irrelevant. *WTF* is with all these polls anyway? We have polls for everything about everything and everyone and every situation. Enough already and Huckleberry and Bachy *motor mouth* has no chance of beating president Obama on a debate and thus she will loose to him. The more she talks and Huckleberry talks, the more I dislike republicans.

    March 15, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. once upon a horse

    this just proves that the "dumbing down of America" was somewhat sucessful to have these two with such a great fan base. Still I doubt either one of them could beat President Obama in 2012 so to borrow a quote from our former POTUS..."BRING IT ON!!"

    March 15, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. ART

    Great thats all the Republicans have Gomer Pile and a crazy nut job from MInnesota

    March 15, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. notfooledbydistractions

    They may have intensity with their base, but that won't win a national election. I personally wouldn't vote for either – Huckabee is too much of a holier-than-thou "christian" hypocrit, and bachmann doesn't have two live brain cells to rub together. The loud and clamorous base isn't enough. Neither could win against Obama.

    March 15, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. Name king

    Backman pushes remnants of her party's budget mess upon this president and acts like he was the one that caused america's second worst economic crisis in history, while not saying how she would have done things different and how it would have worked. huckAbee is all about wedge issues that have nothing to do with the economy crisis, but it scores brownie points with his rabid base. Both candidates want to continue the bush economic disaster by taking from the demanders in the economy and giving to their rich friends. Who then will say that the reason why we are taking our jobs and money over seas, is because Americans have no demand money to invest here, but for now they'll stick with the uncertainty theory, that the repugs imbreaded into these backward American minds, while the rich keeps piling trillions on the sidelines. If the dems keep laying down and allow the repugs to shove their Trikle down and cut the little man's money philosophy into the Americans mind. This country will be lost for a long time.

    March 15, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    Excellent. Enthusiastic supporters often means showing up at the primaries/caucases and that translates into a better chance that either of these two brain-dead dolts will work on getting the nomination,,,,thus guaranteeing reelection of Obama. Actually ANY of the GOP candidates does that, but these two...

    March 15, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. Michael in Houston

    Do you have a poll that measures creepiness factor most all of mainstream America has for this field of right winged pukes?

    March 15, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. KO

    Good. Obama would clean both of their clocks, particularly Bachmann.

    March 15, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Seriously?

    Neither one qualified to be the the leader of the free world. Mike won't be able to keep his religion out of the job and Michelle won't be able to keep her stupid out of the job. Neither one has a chance in he!! of beating Obama. So, glad to hear they are the front runners . . .

    March 15, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. TruthAndBeauty

    Huckabee and Bachman: Pres/VP, VP/Pres GOP 2012!!!
    A dream team.
    Question is, what is their moniker: Dumb and dumber or Nutty and Nuttier?

    March 15, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. Obamacare = Romneycare v1.01

    Elections and winning are not about who has the most enthusiastic supporters ... that's preaching to the choir. It's about which candidate can inspire the unenthusiastic and the undecides to get up and vote for him or her.

    Niether Huckabee or Bachmann strike me as being inspiring, or more important, "includers." There is a vast number of moderate GOPers and undecides who would love to vote Republican again, but they don't feel either welcome or that they will be listened to.

    So what's going to happen if Huckabee or Bachmann or Palin get the GOP nod? Four more years of Obama.

    March 15, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Bob F.

    Bachmann has all the same negatives as Sarah Palin but without the sexiness.

    March 15, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. geecee

    No, you have got to be kidding? Then again, I hope you aren't. If that is truly the best that the Republican base can come up with, they are in serious trouble for 2012. So, whatever happens in the world between now and then, regardless of what other catastrophes occur, natural or man-made, it looks like nothing will prevent our current President from being re-elected because he essentially has no opponents to speak of. Sounds good to me!!!

    March 15, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. jeff, alabama

    Here's a news flash
    for all the poll zombies
    out there.
    Sarah Palin is going to
    wipe the primary floor
    with these two clowns.
    The republican's so called
    front runners need to come
    to grips with reality and the
    liberals need to get ready
    for some bad campaign days.

    March 15, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Can I assume the IQ of the Republicans polled runs at about 80? Either that or the Republicans polled were from other than the Northeast and Southwest.

    March 15, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Alina77

    Yep, that's "what" Republicans have for the hardest job in the country. Nice, I think its time to cry Boehner and Co.

    March 15, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So far, none of the GOP possible nominees are really that exciting in the sense that they could provide something different than other candidates in the past.

    March 15, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Cosmo

    Yeah, they should run them together, Gomer and Nitwit.

    March 15, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. DIANA

    Please have Michele Bachman as the nominee and Huckabee as the V-President. That would guarantee another four years for our President. But, it could backfire- George W. Bush, elected twice.

    March 15, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Tim

    As a Minnesotan, I am embarrassed by the representation of the 6th district by this representative. Before people begin to rail us Minnesotans, the district she represents is absolutely unmovable. When this district was gerrymandered, it ensured that a Republican, irrespective of their views, would hold that seat for the indefinite future. Because of voter apathy in our State, the district, as well as the entire state, will be further gerrymandered to ensure that Republicans will hold the majority of seats from our state for the foreseeable future.
    Rep. Bachmann has done virtually nothing for our state. It is very easy to see from her record. Take a look if you don't believe me. What she has done is being always on the attack, never offering anything constructive except providing empty-headed sarcasm and meaningless innuendo. It has been her modus operandi since coming into state office, literally "hiding in the bushes" waiting for something to pounce on (just Google Michele Bachmann, hiding in bushes, St. Paul). She is an empty vessel that will continue to spew nonsense relentlessly, just like her counterpart, in order to stir up the extreme conservative base, a base of which has now become so extreme as to present a danger to our democracy and way of life.

    March 15, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    " They are still mulling over presidential bids"

    Come January 2013, they will still be mulling. As will Romeny, Gingrich, Pawlenty, Trump, Cain, Palin, Daniels, Hunstman, Santorum, and every other GOPer presidential wannabee not wanting to do the hard work of actually getting elected - but would rather spend months criticizing the President we already have. Sounds as if Congress is following their lead . . . rather than actually working to improve the economy, these fools are spending day after day after day finding new ways to blame Mr. Obama for their own indecisions and lack of leadership. Unbelievable.

    March 15, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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