August 13th, 2010
03:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll shows Palin not the clear Tea Party favorite

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(CNN) - She's appeared at Tea Party rallies across the country and long been considered the movement's de facto leader, but a new CNN poll out Friday suggests Sarah Palin isn't the group's clear favorite for the White House.

According to the new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney comes in No. 1 among Tea Party supporters with 22 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is second with 19 percent, and the former Alaska governor holds the No. 3 spot with 17 percent of support from the fiscally conservative group.

Full results (PDF)

Given the poll's 7-point margin of error, all three politicos are statistically tied. But while the fact that Palin – arguably the movement's most visible advocate – isn't head and shoulders above the rest of the field may cause a few heads to turn, the numbers are more a reflection of the diversity of the movement, according to Republican consultant Leslie Sanchez.

"Sarah Palin amplifies the concern among many Tea Party voters in the sense of runaway federal government, out of control unchecked spending, and a growing federal deficit," Sanchez said. "But with that said, the story that's rarely told is how diverse the Tea Party is."

Indeed, 52 percent of Republicans say they are active members of the movement in the new CNN poll, compared to 27 percent of independents and 8 percent of Democrats who pledge support to the grassroots organizations.

Still, few national Republicans have appeared at as many tea party-backed events as Palin has, and members of the movement have repeatedly greeted the former presidential nominee with breathless support when she speaks before them.

So just why isn't Palin the clear Tea Party favorite for president?

"They're ultimately looking for solutions beyond the rhetoric," says Sanchez. "There is no doubt Palin engages the base, she amplifies their message. But in the long run, it's going to be who has the best solutions and can sustain a common sense approach to fixing government."

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin • Tea Party movement
soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Allen, Texas

    SHe tried to hijack the Tea Party and even they rejected her. She is no Presidential material. She's all hot air. 99.99% of the time, she has no clue what the h??? she's talking about. She's Bush in a skirt.

    August 13, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Oregon Calling

    hahahahaha 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

    Peace 🙂

    August 13, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Drew Williams

    Any fool can yell "fire"; it takes a leader to get people to safety. And this is where Sarah Palin falls flat.

    August 13, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. mandabears

    she scares me and the fact that people give her any creditability is even scarier

    August 13, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. maine liberal

    speading the wealth Alaskan way
    Comrade Sarah

    Alaska is 2nd in per capita debt 9600

    Alaskans pay no state or sales tax. and yet recieve 3200 to everyone from the state oil fund.

    the oil fund as described by Sister Sara : Alaska—we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs. … It’s to maximize benefits for Alaskans, not an individual company, not some multinational somewhere, but for Alaskans.

    alaska however loves to spread the wealth from the rest of the country
    it is 5th in federal dollars received (1.85) for each dollar sent

    red states feed
    1. D.C. ($6.17)
    2. North Dakota ($2.03)
    3. New Mexico ($1.89)
    4. Mississippi ($1.84)
    5. Alaska ($1.82)
    6. West Virginia ($1.74)
    7. Montana ($1.64)
    8. Alabama ($1.61)
    9. South Dakota ($1.59)
    10. Arkansas ($1.53)
    blue states supply
    1. New Jersey ($0.62)
    2. Connecticut ($0.64)
    3. New Hampshire ($0.68)
    4. Nevada ($0.73)
    5. Illinois ($0.77)
    6. Minnesota ($0.77)
    7. Colorado ($0.79)
    8. Massachusetts ($0.79)
    9. California ($0.81)
    10. New York ($0.81)

    August 13, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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