December 7th, 2007
12:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Third national poll out showing Huckabee in second place

Huckabee is in second place in several national polls.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Mike Huckabee has jumped into second place nationally in the Republican race for the White House, according to a new poll out Friday - the third national survey this week to indicate the former Arkansas governor's surge is not limited to Iowa.

Huckabee registers support from 18 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters in a new AP/Ipsos poll, a number that puts him 6 points behind former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Arizona Sen. John McCain is in a close third with 13 percent - virtually tied with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney at 12 percent and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson at 11 percent.

Huckabee's rise nationally seems to have hurt Thompson the most. A similar survey a month ago had the Tennessee Republican at 19 percent - 8 points higher than his current position.

Huckabee's rise nationally follows his success in the crucial early-voting state of Iowa, where Christian conservatives make up a significant proportion of the state's Republican voters. The onetime Southern Baptist minister has made his conservative stances on social issues a centerpiece of his dark horse campaign and is now virtually tied with Romney there.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Fred Thompson • Iowa • John McCain • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Ian Geneva, NY


    disagrees with science – granted, some social conservatives do

    economically neoliberal – supply side economics is not what got us in such a huge deficit, liberal Keynsian economics is, thank FDR for that one.

    considers government a form of corporate welfare – the grammar is so bad I am not sure what you're saying, but you are talking about some Republicans, not any conservatives
    militaristic – who started Vietnam? WWII? the Korean War? Help me out here. Foreign policy has nothing to do with conservatism or liberalism.

    December 8, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Stephen , Columbia, SC

    Mike's experience isn't limited to being a pastor, as some have accused; Mike was Governor of the state of Arkansas for *ten years*, that gives him a lot of experience in everything ranging from economic policy to criminal justice, disaster relief to defense policy. Mike Huckabee is an expert leader and has what it takes to be the next President of the United States! GO HUCK!!!

    December 8, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Ryan, Atlanta Georgia

    People need to be aware of his position on issues. According to his website

    – "To control spending, I believe the President should have the line-item veto"
    – "I consistently opposed banning assault weapons and opposed the Brady Bill."
    -"I believe in the Powell Doctrine of using overwhelming force to accomplish a mission"
    -"I will expand the army and increase the defense budget"

    Are these the values our next president of the US should possess?

    December 8, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |

    His flat tax will also apply to health care costs. So besides eliminating employers' contributions to health care premiums, we would also be taxed each time we had to see a doctor. Yeah, that sounds real fair. There'd be no middle class left. Only poor and of course the wealthy.

    December 8, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. TrueHawk, St. Croix, USVI

    Nothing would be more interesting than an Obama-Huck match up. Obama would draw liberal Republicans and Huckabee would draw conservative Democrats. And with Ron Paul as the third party candidate (we all know he is going to do that) then no telling who would win.

    December 11, 2007 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  6. Space Gorilla, Canada

    >> Um……what?!?!? You would rather pay 23% on 80 cents than SEVEN percent on a dollar? Do you understand basic math? 23% on 80 cents is 19 cents. Seven percent on a dollar is SEVEN CENTS! Now, which one would you rather pay?

    I guess when the poster said do the math, nobody did. Here you go:

    23% on 80 cents is $0.98, that's 98 cents people. Now, 7% on $1.00 is $1.07, which is 9 cents higher. Get it? A higher percentage sales tax doesn't automatically mean things will cost more. They could very well cost less, as in the example the poster put forth, and y'all couldn't do basic math.

    December 18, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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