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Romney For President, But Palin More Popular: Poll

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 08/16/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:40 PM ET

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Republicans would like to see Mitt Romney run for president again in 2012, a new poll suggests.

The Gallup poll, released on Wednesday, asked Republicans and Republican-leaning independents to chose between six possible candidates for the 2012 Republican nomination.

Romney, who was a front-runner for the 2008 nomination, came out on top with 26 percent of respondents. That gives the former Massachusetts Governor a slight advantage over Sarah Palin, who was chosen by 21 percent of the survey voters.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich got 19 percent and 14 percent respectively, while much smaller numbers said they would support Governors Tim Pawlenty (Minn.) and Haley Barbour (Miss.)

While the survey results show that Romney is the preferred presidential candidate, Palin is the most popular of the leading GOP candidates.

Seventy-two percent of those surveyed had a favorable opinion of Palin, compared with 56 percent for Romney and 59 percent for Huckabee.

Among all Americans, however, Palin receives the highest negative rating. Although Romney, Huckabee and Palin each receive a similar favorable rating from the general public, Palin's 45 percent unfavorable rating far outdoes Romney's 29 percent and Huckabee's 23 percent.


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