Poll: Bachmann makes a splash
June 28th, 2011
05:18 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Bachmann makes a splash

(CNN)-Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's entrance into the GOP presidential pool of candidates Monday has made a splash among Republicans, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.

The third-term congresswoman's name recognition has risen 17 points since late February-early March to 69 percent, placing her fifth among the most well-known Republican candidates and potential contenders included in the Gallup poll.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and Texas Rep. Ron Paul take the top four spots in the poll as the most recognized in the field, though Sarah Palin has not formally announced a bid for the presidency and the other candidates have.

The poll was conducted in the days leading up to Bachmann's formal announcement of her intention to seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2012 from Waterloo, Iowa. It began on the day she appeared in the CNN Presidential Primary Debate from New Hampshire -a performance that was well-received-but does not include potential impact from her most recent gaffe.

But coupled with a high positive intensity score-matched only by businessman Herman Cain-signs for Bachmann's candidacy appear to be good. The positive intensity score is a Gallup indicator that measures the gap between a strongly unfavorable and strongly favorable rating for subjects, giving an indication of how strong a candidate's image is. It is measured by subtracting the strongly unfavorable rating from the strongly favorable rating. The margin between the two becomes the positive intensity score.

Both Bachmann and Cain enjoy a score of 24. It is the highest among the GOP field, followed by Palin at 17 and Romney at 15.

Perhaps more telling is the way the numbers move. For other candidates, such as former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, the positive intensity score has lowered, though name recognition has gone up, which indicates that his image is not improving. Positive intensity scores for Romney, Gingrich, and Paul have also declined from where they stood earlier this year, according to the poll.

For now, Bachmann's increased exposure hasn't impacted her image, which bodes well for the newly minted candidate.

Gallup's survey was conducted from June 13-26 among 1,500 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents via telephone.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Polls
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Bob in Pa.

    Herman Cain, what a standup guy. He could have rightfully trashed John Stewart for his racist bit the other day but he choose to stay above the fray and simply said the guy is a comedian and he does what he does.

    June 28, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Texas Doc

    The more they get to know her the more they will love her, just like we love Palin.

    June 28, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Jake

    why isn't Santorum's hate and ignorance spiking his poll numbers like Palin & Bachmann?

    June 28, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Martha in CF

    Scary........I can't picture her as Commander in Chief. I wonder if she can recall where Minnesota is? We all have to think long and hard on this..............

    June 28, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Where do I send th check?

    Bachmann/Palin in 2012


    June 28, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Lolo

    Please do not give this lady a big ego. She is tunrning out to be another S. Palin from the get go. Same old rhetoric and racists views. Birds of a feather flock together. Dumb and Dumber. Because she earned her law degree does not mean she was at the top of her class. I do give her credit for completing college on time and using few colleges than her cohort S. Palin. She definitely is on top when it comes to that, but smarter thamn the other candidates? Not in this life time.

    June 28, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Bet the citizens of minnesota feel cheated by electing her. They thought they were voting for someonr to represent them....instead of the Koch brothers. Bet they feel pretty stupid now....

    June 28, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Oh please, my dog can make a bigger splash in his kiddie pool than this flake!
    @Martha in CF – she doesn't care about MN (not that she ever did it seems). She was born in Iowa dontcha kno'?
    Google this woman's name and all the dumb and out of planet things she has said for years. She sort of reminds me of the AK bimbo, crazy angle and the DE witch all in one insane person.
    Sorry, but as a woman I am extremely disappointed that, except for Hillary, this country can't come up with one woman who is capable of leading the nation. Women run homes but when it comes to politics some fall way short and if you think that being subservient to men is the answer think again!!!

    June 28, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    Sarah Palin made a big splash as well in 2008....well we see what that turned into. Just a money making machine called SarahPac. One thing I WILL give Bachmann credit for moreso that Sarah Palin......Michelle Bachmann is not afraid to talk to anybody but FoxNews and doesn't hide behind tweets and FaceBook. One thing I am waiting for though is for MB to actually FACE President Obama with some of her accusations and see how that all turns out.

    June 28, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    If Michelle Bachmann continues to do a good job of staying on message and working her campaign well strategically, there's no question she can get the nomination. And she absolutely can beat Obama. The only question is whether she gets the Republican nomination or not. There are several candidates with excellent capabilities.

    June 28, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |

    She boasts shes scholarly,.. show us your diplomas, your certificates, your law degree.

    June 28, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Sara Palin is busy running from debates while Bachmann goes toe to toe with the big boys just like she done even when it was about the deficit. Well, then there's Palin who went into hiding and praying that it would all just go away so she can talk about nothing of importance. Palin is trying to look more favorable by making a movie so when she flubs in a debate nobody will care thinking the movie will make her popular, NOT. Palin's movie won't win an academy and trying to replace a debate with a movie won't be a win either. Palin knows she's limited and attempting to floss it over with a movie, Please.

    June 28, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    P.S. I have to admit Bachmann does have an impressive educational background like the 10 other women Presidents around the World, Palin, NOT.

    June 28, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Suzy

    Just another frosted "flake" in the cereal bowl of Teapublican eccentrics.

    June 28, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Daniel

    Gosh , Ron Paul just looks better and better. did my home work on these contenders educated myself on the issuse and well, Ron Paul wins for 2012 Yippieeeeeeeeeeee

    June 28, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. duke13

    I believe Romney will get the GOP nomination and he MAY choose Bachmann as running mate. Bachmann could help him get SOME Evangelical and Tea Party votes.

    I don't personally believe Romney can win even with Bachmann on the ticket. Evangelicals who understand the beliefs of the LDS church would not vote for a Mormon even with Bachmann on the ticket.

    June 28, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. li

    Michelle could not and will not beat Obama, but wishful thinking....what we do not need is a commander who is a whack tea party canidate...the world is laughing and so am I

    June 28, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Pat

    How can she not make a splash. I've read 3 articles in the past week, each officially announcing that she is running for the office. But I don't forget statements she made 2 years ago; I hope others remember too.

    June 28, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    In her wildest dreams she couldn't even beat George Bush JR. (the worst president in 50 years or more).

    June 28, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Dave

    No one wants Sarah Palin to run, except maybe late night comedian. Bachmann is just another Obama, making promises she won't keep. She used to be an attorney for the IRS if that tells you anything. I'll be voting for Ron Paul. I think he has the best chance to beat Obama out of any of the candidates. But more importantly I agree with his positions on most issues.

    June 28, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |