February 11th, 2010
11:17 AM ET
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Poll: No favorites in 2012 GOP Battle

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/11/art.romney.file.gi.jpg caption="A Gallup poll released Thursday indicates that 14 percent of Republican voters and Republican-leaning independents say they would like to see Mitt Romney as their party's nominee in 2012."]Washington (CNN) - It's still early in the pre-season in the next battle for the White House, and a new poll indicates that the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is wide open.

A Gallup poll released Thursday indicates that 14 percent of Republican voters and Republican-leaning independents say they would like to see former Massachusetts Gov. and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney as their party's nominee.

Eleven percent of those questioned said they'd like former Alaska Gov. and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as their party's candidate in 2012, with 7 percent backing Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, 4 percent supporting the newest member of the Senate, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, and 3 percent pulling for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and for former Arkansas Gov. and 2008 Republican White House hopeful Mike Huckabee. Everyone else registered at 2 percent or less.

The survey, without prompting any names, asked Republicans and Republican leaning-independents whom they would most like to see as the party's 2012 presidential candidate.

In a hypothetical 2012 general election match-up, the poll indicates that 44 percent of the public say they would likely support President Barack Obama if he decides to run for re-election, with 42 percent backing the Republican candidate and 14 percent undecided or supporting another candidate.

According to the survey, Democrats would overwhelmingly back Obama and Republicans overwhelming support the GOP candidate.

Thirty-one percent of independents questioned say they would support Obama, with 45 percent backing the Republican candidate and 1 in 4 backing another candidate or undecided.

The survey's release comes one week before some possible 2012 GOP presidential contenders will speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

The Gallup poll was conducted February 1-3, with 1,025 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points for the overall sample and plus or minus 5 percentage points for the Republican only questions.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. cindy ex-republican

    Oh people, Palin. She is like a plaque McCain unleashed on our Country. PLease, use your brains!!! And give the POTUS a chance. We are like this mircro-wave society. I want everything fixed and I want it fixed yesterday. And tell the republican'ts to stop fighting everything Obama on EVERYTHING out of hate and to make him fail. That makes our country fail, and me fail. stop it gop.

    February 11, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. USMC are Corpse-men?

    How bout Arnold Schwartenegger!
    He wasn't born in America, has very little political experiance, and has Hollywood stardom. The only qualification that makes him different than the current POTUS is his skin color.

    February 11, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Can you just imagine the debates-–Obama being forced to debate Mitt Romney without his teleprompter??? Romney would make Obama look like a fool in a debate."

    Seriously, the teleprompter meme is getting old. There are myriad examples of him speaking without one and doing his usual excellent job of it. For example...the recent meeting with the Republicans where he spoke and took questions. The only reason the GOP and conservatives continue to attack with the teleprompter nonsense is because they feel so threatened by the fact that Obama is a world-class speaker...and the best they have to field are ranting tantrum-throwing pantwetters like Boehner, the "Don Knotts" of politics Booby Jingle and others like Romney, who has all the charisma of a loaf of stale pumpernickle...and what little he does have he can thank Rogaine for...as it is all a result of that over-gelled anchor-man hairdo ensconced on his empty head.

    February 11, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Sadie

    The only platform Palin has to run on is to be-little the President, make crude remarks .......all I hear her say is We need Smaller Government but yet she wants us to start another War with Iran........what do you think that would do to our Government.......make it bigger ....... Yeah that's what American needs another War.......where the Hell does she think we have the money for another War not to mention Military men and women.......this woman is a digrace to this country and all those that follow her are like Rats following the Pide Piper.........

    February 11, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Time for your favorite independent or 3rd party."

    In your wet dreams.

    February 11, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. JJ Jones

    Obama will be re-elected.

    February 11, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Mike in MN

    The Republicans do not have a front runner yet. Not unusual to not have one at this time. And even if they did it could change.
    Hillary was the favorite for the Dems in the last election well before the primaries started. Obama was just an also ran at that time.
    2012 is a long way off yet. But with the way things are going now, whe ever the Republicans choose will be favored to make Obama a one term failed President who will leave office having done little else other than to grow a mountain of debt higer than any President in history. The poor will be worse off because the nation will be bankrupt and will have no money to help anyone.

    February 11, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |

    To Sue- Mitt Romney and Scott Bown can't run on the same ticket. Rules against both people being from the same state. It was a problem for Buch and Cheney until Cheney decided his hunting lodge in Wyoming was really his main home. Not the one in Texas.

    February 11, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |

    Sarah Palin / Carrie Prejean in 2012


    February 11, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. stevegee

    It doesn't matter who becomes the front-runner for the GOP, a conservative team will win by a landslide.

    And Obama will gone down in history as a one-term mistake.

    February 11, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. Bubble of Sanity

    Ron Paul. Anyone else - either party - is a joke.

    February 11, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Alfalfa

    The Conservative candidate for 2012 has yet to reveal themselves, the time is not quite ready. Just a little closer into the abyss of global default and economic unrest and civil dissent has not quite made it the sure thing yet, but have no doubts, it is coming. Obama has doubled down on non-sustainable government spending, at all levels, funding now Federal, State and local governments. How many layoffs within the government sector have YOU seen as you're sitting there with nothing to do wondering why your health insurance no longer will carry you and how to pay next months bills? The only economy left for private sector America is the Government regurgitation of our own tax dollars hardly at work!

    February 11, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |

    By 2012, this country is going to be in such poor shape, even Sarah Palin will give Obama a run for his money.

    February 11, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Mike in MN

    There are any number of Repubicans that should be able to beat Obama in 2012. Romney, Gingrich, Huckabee, Paul Ryan and Gov. Daniels all have a strong fisical track record that voters will be looking for to lead us out of the Obama disaster.
    Even if there is eventually jobs created during Obama's terms. Many voters, I predict a majority will look as how much is cost to try and create them and the incredible deficits that the spending is producing. The huge mountains of debet threaten massive inflation and a possible double dip recession. Not to mention Obama has no clue on how to pay for all the debt. And now just yesterday Obama has put tax increases on the middle class back on the table. Any one looking at all the spending in Obama's agenda has known since before he was elected that he would have to raise taxes on the middle class to pay for it.
    Obama will be a one term loser. Liberal/progressive tax and spend policy will be dirty words in America for decades.

    February 11, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. The Unsub

    Never a Republican again...maybe Ron Paul or Colin Powell.

    February 11, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Bob

    Ah, an article about a simple poll and look, the Liberals come out of the woodwork, fangs already dripping with hatred and disdain. Lovely. To the people here who spell out their arguments with name calling and immature hatred, what is it you are trying to accomplish? Instead of debating where a candidate stands on issues, it disintegrates into nastiness and hatred. This is the "hope and change" promised by the Democrats that all of us can believe in? I am starting to think not. I would encourage all to become Independents so you can rise above all of the petty name calling and decide on candidates by the issues. Grow up people.

    February 11, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Rocky

    !4% would like to see Romney. That mean a whole lot would NOT like to see Romney!

    February 11, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. ted

    The GOP and media keep rehashing the same old reruns of possible candidates for president. How about Mitch Daniels or some other fresh face? Mitt Romney is an elitist moron, Huckabee is a redneck moron, Palin is a retarded moron, Gingrich is a arrogant moron, McCain is an old fart moron. Maybe the new guy Scott Brown might be good, but he will be roadkill after these collective morons and Limbarf and Hannity and the rest of Faux news get finished.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    February 11, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. proud mother and sister of a soldier

    @cjr.....the racisim tactic is only further distructive to any race progress. I am not a racist but people who play that card just make me dislike them for this belief to further their own agenda and not skin color. The popularity of Obama's agenda has nothing to do with race but this is the most divisive administration to govern this country. It is time to act like adults, stop pointing the finger and calling names and move forward. Keep race out of the equation....it isn't a factor here!
    Obama's record and deficit says it all!

    February 11, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Rocky

    Dennis-– Romney cannot understand economics, keep up with reports of his blowing through money. Not, to mention how much he put into his last failed presidential run. Romney economics is constant annoying pleas to anyone who had the misfortune to contribute to him in the past for more and more money.

    February 11, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Aspen Professor

    Those numbers seem about right. There does not seem to be a Republican out there that the public believes is honest, not arrogant, not hypicritical, is not an off-shore nations builder, and does believe the lies told daily by the Fox Channel fools.

    February 11, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Slave labor toyotas are great,hahaha

    Im going to vote for him if his magic BVDS can save us.

    February 11, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. angela Saviano

    If the Republicans run McCain again – they will not only lose me, but
    many. I would go with the Tea Party. They are true conservatives.

    February 11, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. SocialismBad

    Romney would be an excellent candidate for President. Experience and competence. Has run business, Olympics, Gov. of Mass. No more inexperienced community organizers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. NancyLV

    You know it's funny how these polls on CNN say something totally different from FOX not saying that Romey came in as number 1 on their poll but the poll for Sarah Palin came in on FOX as her as number 1 choice not by much though. I really believe both CNN and FOX only put out what they want you to hear about. Everyone that watches CNN says that FOX is GOP and those that watch FOX say that CNN is very much on the left look at their guest as well as their commentators on both sides.It is very obvious that CNN is for Dems and FOX for the GOP they both seem to only have on who they choose as far as political guest. The rest of the main stream media like ABC<NBC<CBS<MSNBC are all left but that goes without saying. I guess you believe and watch whatever station you are for politically.

    February 11, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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