September 29th, 2010
01:10 PM ET
12 years ago

2012 Watch: Palin, Romney, Gingrich face unfavorables

(CNN) – Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich all appear to be at a disadvantage as the start of the 2012 presidential race looms – at least according to one metric.

More Americans appear to dislike than like each of the potential GOP White House contenders, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Wednesday.

The survey found Gingrich has a 24 percent favorable rating, while 35 percent of Americans view him unfavorably. Romney has a 21 percent favorable and 30 percent unfavorable rating. Palin - the best known of the group - has a 30 percent favorable and 48 percent unfavorable rating.

Americans are split over Mike Huckabee - 26 percent view him favorably while 25 percent do not.

The poll reflects the fact that a plurality of Americans have yet to form a strong opinion either way when it comes to Romney and Gingrich - even as both have maintained an elevated national profile over the last two years.

Palin fares better when it comes to Tea Party supporters. Among that group, nearly two-thirds give the former Alaska governor a positive rating.

Gingrich and Huckabee also have net positive ratings with self-identified Tea Party backers. Romney, however, is disliked by almost 40 percent of Tea Party sympathizers.

The poll was conducted September 22-26 by telephone and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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  1. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    A Liberal Dem's take on these folks:
    Romney – a slick package trying to make people forget he served as one of the most liberal governors in the most liberal state in the country. The OBAMACARE the Republicans keep decrying is only a half-step measure compared to the health care reform Mitt signed into law.
    Gingrich – Trying to reboot himself from his previous failures. He did the tour circuit and is probably the most well-educated and best prepared of the lot for the realities of the office. After the '94 elections, the standing joke was that he was two-heartbeats away from the Presidency and carried two stethescopes just in case.
    Huckabee – The most sincere one of the lot. He says what he means and means what he says. He tries to stand as a good example and admits when he has failings. Obviously a candidate this honest and sincere has no place as the Republican Candidate for President.
    Palin – Yes, I have been bashing Caribou Barbie for the past 18 months in this forum, and I will not stop until she goes away. She tries to come across as folksy and down to earth. She is probably the least qualified candidate the Republican Party could ever come up with since Warren Harding and Ulysses Grant! In both those cases, the Republican Party machine got them elected, and then went on to rape the country and its wealth. Of course a lot of the corporate backers would like Sarah in the Oval Office. It would be giving all of them the pens needed to write their own regulations.

    September 29, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. S. in California

    I DISLIKE ALL of them.

    Today is September 29, 2010 and the republicans STILL haven't found an aswer to Obama.

    September 29, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. S. in California


    I DISLIKE ALL of them.

    Today is September 29, 2010 and the republicans STILL haven't found an answer to Obama.

    September 29, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Viper1

    And meanwhile back on planet earth, President Obama's job approval AT THIS POINT in his presidency has plummeted faster that any other President's in american history. To further dampen O's likelihood of reelection, Prior to his being elected, there had been 15 senators (13 if you remove JFK and William Henry Harrison from the sample because they did not survive their first term) who ascended to the Oval office but only six who won a second term. This list includes one "Founding Father" (James Monroe); an iconic American hero in Andrew Jackson who had served as a Governor, Senator, and in the House and remains the only President to have paid off the national debt. LBJ, Nixon, and Truman who each had served as Vice President, the first two after lengthy terms as senators,

    Barack Obama is the 16th and it would seem clear he shares little with those senators who not only defied odds in being elected but who won second terms.

    As an aside, his odds to be reelected offered by major betting houses in Europe has seen a decided chilling effect–dropping from an 80%probability to about 30%.

    And the candidates from the right face hurdles?

    September 29, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. jim germann

    cnn is priceless, arent they. who's approval rating did they leave out. the most important figure in this election cycle,other than pres. obama. nancy pelosi. the same poll they are quoting here, democratic speaker of the house pelosi's approval rating is at just 22%. I wonder why cnn didnt note that?

    September 29, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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