Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin sit atop a new poll in the battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
The Gallup survey, released Thursday, was the first national poll conducted following the announcements by Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump that they would not run for the White House and partially before and after Mitch Daniels' announcement that he also would not make a bid for his party's nomination.
According to the survey, 17 percent of Republicans and GOP leaning independents say they would support Romney and 15 percent say they would back Palin for their party's nomination.
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 GOP White House hopeful is an all-but-declared presidential candidate. He's been beefing up his campaign staff in recent months and formed a presidential exploratory committee in early April. Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, has made few public moves toward launching a campaign, but has never ruled out a run. In recent weeks she has hinted that a bid is a possibility.
The poll indicates that Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third run for the White House, is at ten percent, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at nine percent, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain at eight percent, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at six percent, and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at five percent. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania are tied at two percent, with just over one in five questioned saying they have no opinion.
The Gallup poll was conducted May 20 through May 24, after Trump and Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate, announced they would not run for the White House.
Daniels, the Indiana governor, announced he would not make a bid on May 22. Gallup says Daniels' name was removed for the last two days of questioning, and Daniels' supporters second choice was substituted for results from the first two days of polling.
The survey also looks at what the race would look like if Palin decided against a bid. Without her in the mix, Romney stands at 19 percent, followed by Gingrich and Paul at 12 percent and everyone else in single digits.
The Gallup poll questioned 971 Republicans and GOP leaning independents by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
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