July 16th, 2010
02:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Cafferty: Should Dems pop out champagne if Palin most popular in GOP for 2012?

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There are five Republicans generally viewed as the most likely contenders for the 2012 presidential nomination.

Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana. Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts – who actually finished his term of office and was a hugely successful businessman. Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, who actually finished his term of office.

See where this is going?

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House.

But the most popular of the Republicans seen vying for the nomination in 2012 is... you guessed it... Sarah Palin. And it's not even close.

Palin, who describes herself as a mama grizzly bear, has a whopping 76 percent favorable rating among Republicans, according to a new Gallup poll.

Compare that to Huckabee, who gets a 65 percent favorable rating, Gingrich 64 percent followed by Romney with 54 percent and Jindal with 45 percent.

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