Rep. Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll
February 12th, 2011
05:24 PM ET
12 years ago

Rep. Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll

Washington (CNN) - The results of the Washington Times CPAC straw poll of presidential candidates are in, and the winner is Texas Rep. Ron Paul, with 30 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the runner-up with 23 percent.

There were 3,742 ballots cast in the annual survey, which is a chance for devotees to name their pick for president in 2012. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they were generally satisfied with the field of potential candidates and 43 percent said they wished the GOP had a better field of potential candidates. For those surveyed, the size of the federal government was the most important issue to them.

CPAC is an annual gathering of conservatives, which this year served as the first cattle-call of potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

The full results:

Texas Rep. Ron Paul: 30 percent
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 23 percent
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson: 6 percent
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 6 percent
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: 5 percent
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 4 percent
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: 4 percent
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: 4 percent
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 3 percent
Former talk show host Herman Cain: 2 percent
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 2 percent
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: 2 percent
South Dakota Sen. John Thune: 2 percent
U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: 1 percent
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: 1 percent
Others: 5 percent
Undecided: 1 percent

Filed under: CPAC 2011
soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. grungem0nkey

    I voted for obama last election but I would definitely vote for ron paul if he were head of the republican ticket

    February 13, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. really!

    This is all they got, beating down and making jokes of a sitting president instead of figuring out how to solve problems.

    February 13, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Canadian Jim

    Looking a that list I have to say what a gift for the Democrats! Any of them would get all of the Republican votes anyway so big deal there. YOu could run a duck as the Republican nominee and the Republicans would voye for it simply because it is not Obama, a man most of them hate funadmentally because he is black, although they won't admit it.

    February 13, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Peter

    Mostly cartoon characters at that event. Astonishing that some were actually suggesting that Obama was weak because he didn't send US troups to Egypt to break up the crowd and protect Mubarak! Imagine what would have happened if he did that.
    These people are really a strange lot.

    February 13, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. lefty avenger

    Ron Paul is a decent libertarian, the rest of the republican party are corporate sold out fascist racists.

    February 13, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. kmurphy

    You lefties are actually proud of the increase in the size of the FedGov? Proud of socialist agendas? Proud of our president and the far left dems ignoring the US Constitution? Proud of an arrogant president who absolutely hasnt got a clue what he is doing? Either your white guilt has gotten to you or you are very happy with the increase in handouts...the next president should be a guy like Herman Cain, but he isnt even mentioned and he should be...

    February 13, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. SuzieKJ

    I'm with the 43% – there needs to be a better field of choices.

    Given that list, now I understand why some folks think Palin is so aw-shucks awesome lol.

    February 13, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Anybody but Obama in 2012 ... he is ruining America

    February 13, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. JC

    Just look for the Ron Paul was right video on youtube. He'll win you over.

    February 13, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. jon s

    I'm a dem. but would vote ron paul if he makes it that far

    February 13, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Justin Observation

    Now begins the media and status quo politician's campaign to discredit Ron Paul and his supporters. The establishment does not want his anti-war, anti-global meddling, anti-overspending, anti-big government, anti-intrusive, anti-corporatism, pro-citizen, pro-freedom, pro-democracy type policies.
    We need Ron Paul in 2012. The fact that everyone on the top of the good old boy network hates him, should be a sign as to who he really fights for.

    February 13, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. jkINC

    He gets the crowd all charged up with pie-in-the-sky ideas, but aren't practical and can't be implemented. If the Republicans nominated Paul to run in 2012 it would guarantee a loss to the Democrats. Trump is absolutely correct that Paul is unelectable, but he stopped short The Donald is unelectable too.

    February 13, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Vegasboy

    To all the Tea Party haters who think the tea party can't produce, have you already forgotten the past mid term elections???? There is a revolution coming!!! PAUL FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!

    February 13, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. AdamCO

    Ron Paul would only get my vote if he ran as an independent.

    February 13, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Kareem Abdul Von Fistenberg the 4th

    If we can trim down his kinda crazy perhaps the resulting middle ground could be quite exciting. O best watch out.

    February 13, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. DB

    Folks who are worried about Devil amongst us, do you really think they wear "I'm Devil" badges? No, they will talk about God (ie talk your language) and proceed to influence you to get your generations suffer – convincing you that there is no climate change, that flu vaccines are bad, wage wars to kill your progeny, tell you that tax cut for rich is fair, and trash your economy. CPAC, friends, is Devil's meeting, and perhaps you have fallen for them.

    February 13, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Uh-huh

    I love how the liberal hate mongers just open their sewage pipes at articles like this. The more you hate, the more it empowers the normal people in this country to wake up and see what a sham progressivism has been. Desperation is a stinky perfume.

    February 13, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Bgg

    I cant believe there are people who think Sarah Palin, would be elected by a majority of people in this country! LOL!! So there are others as stupid as she is!

    February 13, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. zack

    Ron Paul has been warning that our monetary policy is unsustainable and would lead to a currency crisis – since 1971; events now prove him right. He has been warning that our reckless militaristic foreign policy was harmful to our interests – events in Egypt prove him right. Americans on the right and the left should do themselves a favor and do their own research on Ron Paul. Don't listen to the mainstream media which tends to belittle and smear him, because he opposes their corporate interests. He would make a fine president.

    February 13, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. kizz

    It comes down to the unemployment rate and jobs in 2012 folks...that's it, not the candidates. IF the economy is good: Obama, if not: Republican. Ron Paul would make a great President. A lot of his "radical" ideas are brilliant. ROn Paul 2012

    February 13, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. kate gallagher

    I can not believe we are going to talk about this already, please let us enjoy DECENCY iN THE WHITE HOUSE, we had 8 years of complete and total out and out evil in there, at least we have a decent human being in White house for a change.

    February 13, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Von

    I support Ron Paul 100%.
    I always said I would never vote for Mitt Romney or any other candidate with extreme religious views.
    But the truth is, today I would vote for anyone who were able to kick the Liberals out in the cold.
    We've already seen what they had to offer under Obama: nothing but increased spending and moral decay.
    Even Palin is better than Democrat leadership.

    February 13, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Raj

    Ron Paul is the only best in all. I bet if you listen him you gonna change your views about him.

    RON PAUL for 2012

    February 13, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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