A sign that the bloom is coming of the rose, perhaps:
The 2012 Republican Presidential field is about as muddled as it could be with Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Sarah Palin all polling within five points of each other in PPP’s newest national poll on the race.
Huckabee leads the way, such as it is, with 25%. He’s followed by Romney at 23%, Gingrich at 21%, and Palin at 20%. Ron Paul finishes further back with 8%.
Palin continues to be by far the most well liked of the Republican candidates, with 69% of GOP voters holding a favorable opinion of her. That’s more than 10 points higher than any of the other potential contenders with 58% viewing Huckabee positively, 57% for Gingrich, and 54% for Romney. But that higher level of favorability is not translating into support for President.
Full results here
Obviously, the race is still too closely bunched together for anyone to be called a frontrunner, but it’s interesting to note that Palin has slipped further and further back each time one of these polls comes out, and that she falls into fourth place the first time Newt Gingrich is brought into the picture.
It would appear that the Palinistas are not as prevalent as we might have thought.