Poll: Huckabee most liked, Palin provokes most negative reaction
January 10th, 2011
08:46 AM ET
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Poll: Huckabee most liked, Palin provokes most negative reaction

(CNN) – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appears to have the clear advantage out of the gate when it comes to the 2012 battle for the GOP presidential nomination, enjoying a significantly higher net-favorability rating and name identification among national Republicans than any other potential candidate.

According to the new survey by Gallup, Huckabee has a net-favorability rating (the difference between those who hold a favorable view and those who hold an unfavorable view) of 30 percent.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is six points back with a net-favorable of 24 percent with former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former GOP presidential candidate Sarah Palin are close behind at 23 percent and 22 percent respectively.

Several more possible candidates, including dark horse favorite Mike Pence, Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Rep. Ron Paul, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Sen. Jon Thune, registered in the high teens.

The survey also shows a clear divide in name identification - with Huckabee, Palin, Romney, and Gingrich considerably more well known to Republicans than the rest of the field - a fact that suggests their favorability ratings may be more static than those of the lesser know candidates because voters have already had ample opportunity to form opinions about them compared to those who are new to the national scene.

Moreover, in what is an ominous sign for Palin and Gingrich, the two generate higher levels of negative reactions than any other leading candidate, a factor that significantly decreases their net favorability rating.

In fact, Palin by far generates the most negative reaction among some Republicans, with 8 percent saying they strongly disfavor her. That compares to 1 percent who said the same about Mike Huckabee and 4 percent who strongly disfavor Gingrich.

The Gallup poll was conducted Jan. 4-5 among 923 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents interviewed by telephone. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Seriously?

    I don't think Huckabee would be able to discern a difference between his religious beliefs and what is good for our country, which is made up of many religions. I do not believe we need a preacher in the white house.

    January 10, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. HomeSkillet

    I'm not even a Republican and I have to ask, "Who can hate Huckabee?" 1% of you do, apparently. I guess that's to be expected in any poll on any side. Just curious. I, even as a Dem/Lib, enjoy watching his show. He's not mean-spirited like so many of the other Repubs.

    January 10, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Robert

    Well, none of them make good candidates against President Obama. The Republican Party had better find someone new to put in the race, or they won't really be in the race except to hope for enough anger to support them in key places. You have to have more than anger to run on though.

    January 10, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. johnkc

    Why shouldn't he be liked! He is on Fox news every day trying to sway voters just like the rest of the network and it's commentators. A purely political network should be against the law. They should call it Fox Propaganda Network.

    January 10, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. blf83

    Were the poll taken today, I suspect Ms. Palin's numbers would be far lower as most of us believe that she must accept responsibility for her incendiary rhetoric, her targets in the crosshairs, and her gun lingo and imagery she uses so frequently.

    January 10, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Brian, NJ

    Why isn't this article titled "Good news for Huckabee". CNN, your obsession with all things Palin is getting old. The country is moving on from her, her book sales are down, TLC will not renew her show. You...CNN... need to move on from her too.

    January 10, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. HeyZeus

    Did the Republican Party FINALLY wake up and see this woman for what she is?? One can only hope. As the saying goes, Better not say anything and be thought an idiot than to speak and remove all doubt. Palin removed all doubt a few years ago.

    January 10, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. marilyn

    I think Sarah Palin is evil and needs to be stopped from the evil things she is doing...She incites trouble everytime she opens her mouth

    January 10, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. lynn

    If Huckabee really gets the nomination, wait until the voters hear what he did in my state of Arkansas. He practically put a lighted Welcome sign out for all illegals at our State border. Free medical clinics, free OBGYN clinics for women, free Mexican consulate (he GAVE a state building to them) and encouraged the Catholic Archbishop to welcome all "immigrants as Joseph and Mary were welcomed". The church published a booklet for all parishioners "I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me". Is this the best the GOP can offer? A guarantee for President Obama another win.

    January 10, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Moment1440

    You can stick a fork in Palin, she's done.

    January 10, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    And they're both bible-thumping religious nuts... Sigh...

    I just wish the GOP would just get it that religion is divisive–not everyone agrees with the details of any one religion, and a lot see no place at all for religion in the governance of the country–but a big majority agree that issues of the economy are paramount. If the Republicans could concentrate on that, rather than on their self-righteous, authoritarian, "social conservatism," they'd get a lot more public support.

    January 10, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Ben Ben

    None of these will get my vote in 2012.

    January 10, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    How many of those republicans polled come from the more moderate Republican enclaves of the Northeast? You would probably find just about all of the ones named above to be considered too extreme for the Party!

    January 10, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Radtech01

    This is good. I think Sarah Palin is the worst thing for this country. She's too brash, emotional, quick to anger, impulsive and not to mention under qualified for the job. I think if she was on the ballot, I would be forced to vote Democrat. How scary is that?

    January 10, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Hotdog

    She is not going any where politically. She has a fan base that allows her to make money but politically she is empty. She can do what ever to try to change her image but people are on to her like whtie on rice.

    January 10, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. GI Joe

    The violent rhetoric from the 1st campaign speeches in 2008 with all the racial prejudice until now with all the reload/death panels/etc. has assured Palin a place in psychiatrists history - her negativity will be studied for years. Way to go McCain – turn a sociopath loose in the lower 48. Go away - both of you. WE DON"T NEED IT.

    January 10, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Steve in Denver

    Thanks, CNN, for keeping this dim bulb in the news yet another day. Not sure whether McCain or you, the Palin News Network, are more responsible for the quitter from wasilla still being in the news, 2.5 years after her 15 minutes of fame were up.

    January 10, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. GOP = Greed Over People

    Wow, that is just what America needs, a President that cannot act until he hears mystical voices to tell him what to do!

    January 10, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. tiredofthepolls

    She has never said she was running, so who cares. Why do you insist on running a poll every week about her? You (the media) really need to get a life. There are far more important things you could be writing about.

    January 10, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. once upon a horse

    personally I don't think either one of them could beat Obama is 2012, and what happened this weekend is not going to help Sarah Palin at all. But I don't think she really was going to run anyway, why give up millions for a job that pays only 400 grand a year. The negative images though may finally start to hurt her pocketbook and I'm sure she's more concerned about that than living in the White House.

    January 10, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Dnick47

    Just what we need: a money loving preacher to lead this country. Another sign that the GOP'ers do not have a clue.

    January 10, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. EddyL

    The country is sick to death of Palin and her negative spew of hate and violence.

    January 10, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Sgt, Joe

    Not much to pick from in this pack. Honestly, are we really surprised by Palin's unfavorable ratings, even with Repubs? This is like bleeding a turnip, CNN.

    January 10, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. sara

    Why do you do these polls – they don't mean a thing, except what 923 people think?? I wish some one would explain it to me.

    January 10, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |

    That says something when that high a percentage of the GOP dislike Sarah. Wonder what a poll now would show for her?

    January 10, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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