A new CNN poll of Republican preferences for 2012 shows a statistical tie between the usual suspects:
WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the the first unofficial ballots are cast in the next race for the White House, a new national survey of Republicans indicates that the GOP doesn’t have a clear presidential frontrunner — but does have a clear gender gap.
Twenty-nine percent of Republicans questioned in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they are most likely to support Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. Right behind the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, and well within the poll’s 4.5 percent sampling error, is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Twenty-six percent of those questioned say they are most likely backing the former, and possibly future, Republican presidential candidate.
Twenty-one percent of Republicans polled say they most likely would support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, another GOP hopeful from the last campaign who may put his hat into the ring again.
Nine percent say they would probably back Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who is considered a rising star in the GOP. On Tuesday, Jindal gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s prime time address to a joint session of Congress. This poll was conducted before that speech, which drew some critical reviews.
Since Huckabee and Palin are, presumably, drawing from the same pool of socially conservative voters, one could expect to see them going after each other if they are serious about a run in 2012. Only one of them can survive, though, and Romney will be right there to pick up the pieces.
I know it’s three years early, but this is still pretty darn interesting.
H/T: Hot Air