GOP 2012 poll: Romney & Palin in top spots
May 26th, 2011
08:15 AM ET
10 years ago

GOP 2012 poll: Romney & Palin in top spots

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin sit atop a new poll in the battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

The Gallup survey, released Thursday, was the first national poll conducted following the announcements by Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump that they would not run for the White House and partially before and after Mitch Daniels' announcement that he also would not make a bid for his party's nomination.

According to the survey, 17 percent of Republicans and GOP leaning independents say they would support Romney and 15 percent say they would back Palin for their party's nomination.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 GOP White House hopeful is an all-but-declared presidential candidate. He's been beefing up his campaign staff in recent months and formed a presidential exploratory committee in early April. Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, has made few public moves toward launching a campaign, but has never ruled out a run. In recent weeks she has hinted that a bid is a possibility.

The poll indicates that Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third run for the White House, is at ten percent, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at nine percent, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain at eight percent, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at six percent, and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at five percent. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania are tied at two percent, with just over one in five questioned saying they have no opinion.

The Gallup poll was conducted May 20 through May 24, after Trump and Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate, announced they would not run for the White House.

Daniels, the Indiana governor, announced he would not make a bid on May 22. Gallup says Daniels' name was removed for the last two days of questioning, and Daniels' supporters second choice was substituted for results from the first two days of polling.

The survey also looks at what the race would look like if Palin decided against a bid. Without her in the mix, Romney stands at 19 percent, followed by Gingrich and Paul at 12 percent and everyone else in single digits.

The Gallup poll questioned 971 Republicans and GOP leaning independents by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. EddyL

    17 and 15? BIG WHOOP..... OBAMA 2012

    May 26, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. Steve Oehmen

    Looks to me like the top spot is pretty clearly "Neither of The Above". No?

    May 26, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. John

    Funny..when 15% of the Republicans would still vote for UN AMERICAN Palin you just know they are not the sharpest tools in the shed. Wake up Refooligans....would you really put a nitwit like her in charge?

    May 26, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  4. Tom in NY

    I remember this story. It was a very funny movie starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Now what was it called? Oh, yeah, I remember now, it was called "Dumb and Dumber"

    May 26, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  5. Casual

    So on top is 17% and 15%? Those are afully low numbers. But, who do they got? The line up gets keep getting better.
    Most of the county had finally discovered that Sarah Palin's retarded child could run the countyr better than she could.....has a bigger IQ to boot I suspect.

    May 26, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  6. Diana

    President Obama is one of the most gifted statesman the world has seen. To see him and Michelle in Europe dealing with Royalty and heads of state is a pleasure. They are refined and sophisticated and bring honor to the American People.

    Sarah Palin, on the other hand, would embarrass Americans. She gave herself the title of 'Rogue' of the meanings of this word is 'a deliberately dishonest person'.

    May 26, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  7. Mark

    President Palin!!! If this is the best that republicans have to offer, they are in huge trouble. The neocons think Obama was bad but sandwich him between Bush and Palin and he'll look golden.

    May 26, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  8. king

    aaahhhh here come the circus, If palin could do something with that head wrenching annoying squeaky voice, and that out of controeled obama bashing with no viable solutions. i probably would able to sit and lesson to a couple of minuites of what she has to say. naaaa, ill get too bored with the same staled repugs talking points wev'e all heard for the past 2 years. i wonder if she will ever bring somthing fresh to the table.

    May 26, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  9. Independent

    The fact that Sarah Palin is even being considered as presidential material makes me shudder!! Just imagine her "taking the 3 AM phone call!"..........

    May 26, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  10. sortakinda

    I suppose after Reagan, Clinton, W and O, people may think "anyone" can be president of the U.S., but Palin? Are you kidding me? She wouldn't be a person who could be an effective PTA president. I think the "fire in the belly" she feels is a combination of greed and an unreal sense of her own self-importance.

    May 26, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  11. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    OOH! 17% favor Romney and 15% favor Sarah the Quitter! That means 83% of those polled do not favor Romney and 85% of those polled do not favor Sarah!

    May 26, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  12. Jim

    Dumb and Dumber. Wow that's the republican front runners? Scraping the bottom of the barrel with Palin. When the good lord was handing out brains the republican voters were no where in sight!

    May 26, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  13. anagram_kid

    They might as well run Bob Dole again.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 26, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  14. demogal

    No wonder reasonable Repubs are frantically searching for a "reasonable" candidate.

    May 26, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Romney is arguably neck and neck with Palin. That's nothing to be proud of.
    That's like winning honorable mention on the NBA All-Ugly Team.

    May 26, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  16. FM

    Go Sarah go! My fellow Dems I would like to remind you all not to forget our very important assignment of supporting Sarah. Come one come all, let us put her on top! She deserves it.

    May 26, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. Indy

    Romney cant win because of Robama Care and his religion, Palin is in love with herself so much that she made a two hour movie about herself after an unsuccessful year as Governor in a socialist state and a failed bid for VP. Palin has been defeated at everything she has done in the past four years, other then suck money out of the weak minded.I am certain that people will wretch at someone that become the joke of the world and after 15 minutes in politics makes a movie about themselves and then the title is the exact opposite of who the person truly is. Ron Paul is the only serious contender but he can never win the majority.Mitt knows more about destroying jobs then creating jobs and answers to his religious leader rather then Americans. Newt has neutered himself daily and will never get over his disgraceful past.Tim Pawlenty the absent minded Governor is a fringe player and Santorium is his own worst enemy. Looking good for the Dems !

    May 26, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    They must have mispelled 'Huntsman' as 'Palin'. Yeah, that's it.
    The Republican voters have been miscontrued here. Yeah, that's it.

    May 26, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  19. GrogInOhio

    Please, please, please let it be Palin... An assured Obama 2nd term.

    May 26, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  20. ConservaFASCISTS

    The tale of two losers. No need to comment on Silly Sarah. I am not going to risk my carpal tunnel over that numbskull. However Mitt, you're taking credit for the Chyrsler bailout?!?!? You must be smoking crack.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    May 26, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  21. Bryan

    Please, please let it be Palin... 🙂

    May 26, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  22. lynn

    This should be fun to watch how they duke it out. Both pretty faces, but one will walk away bruised. Bring it on.

    May 26, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  23. Liz the First

    So Sister Sarah is going to gift the comics with a presidential run. hear she has a 'fire in her belly.' too bad she doesn't have a brain in her head to go along with it.

    May 26, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  24. Billy

    Wow, I think I have a better chance of being elected President than those two.

    May 26, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  25. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on America!

    Two horrible candidates. A good example of just how low the GOBPbagger cult has sunk.

    May 26, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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