Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans say they would never support Sarah Palin or Donald Trump for president, according to a new national poll.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday indicates that 58 percent of the public says they would never vote for the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, with an equal amount saying the same thing about the billionaire businessman, real estate mogul, and reality TV star.
Fifteen percent of people questioned say they are enthusiastic about Palin as a candidate and around one in four say they would consider voting for her for president. According to the poll, nine percent say they are enthusiastic about Trump as a candidate, with about a quarter saying they would consider voting for him for president.
Palin has not made any major moves towards running for the GOP presidential nomination, but says she's not ruling anything out. Trump says he'll announce by June whether he'll run for the White House.
At the opposite end of the poll are two Republicans who ran for their party's nomination in the last presidential election: Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.
Fifty-three percent say they are enthusiastic or would consider voting for Romney, with just over one in four saying they would never support the former Massachusetts governor for president. Romney has formed a presidential exploratory committee and is expected to formally declare his candidacy later this year.
According to the survey, 47 percent say they are enthusiastic or would consider voting for Huckabee, with 32 percent saying they would never vote for the former Arkansas governor for the White House. Huckabee has not, to date, made many public moves towards launching a campaign, but his advisers push back anytime it's suggested that he won't run for president.
"It is difficult to get a handle on the 2012 Republican race. Many contenders are not well known and many who are known are not liked, making their candidacies problematic. You could call this the 'No Way' measure," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are in the best shape. Sarah Palin and Donald Trump suffer from the reality that, as our mothers told us, 'You never get a second chance to make a first impression.' "
Forty-two percent say they would never consider voting for Newt Gingrich with 38 percent saying they are enthusiastic or would consider supporting the former House speaker for president.
Thirty-five percent say they are enthusiastic or would consider voting for Rep. Ron Paul, with one in four saying they would never vote for the congressman from Texas and former White House candidate.
Twenty-seven percent say they are enthusiastic or would consider voting for Rep. Michele Bachmann, with 29 percent saying they would never support the congresswoman from Minnesota.
In the battle for the GOP nomination, the poll indicates that 18 percent of Republicans and independent voters leaning Republican say they prefer Romney, with Huckabee and Palin at 15 percent each and Trump at 12 percent. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Gingrich, Paul have five percent each.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted April 26-May 1, with 1,408 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.