Huckabee Tops Republicans' List For 2012

Huckabee Tops Republicans' List For 2012


Found this little nugget in a piece about Huck in the Politico today.

Apparently he’s leading the pack with GOPers…

Gallup’s survey of Republicans found that 71 percent would consider voting for him, more than for Palin, Romney or others. The same survey found that he’s the only Republican whom even 50 percent of Americans say they think is qualified to be president.

And here are the numbers from Gallup

First, would you vote for a specific candidate?

Then, is the candidate qualified?

Yet more bad news for Palin on that one, and it’s unlikely she’ll ever be able to undo the damage she did to her image last year.

But let’s get back to Huck, specifically his character. Here’s an interesting sidenote in that Politico piece on the Club For Growth…

Huckabee met in the spring with Pat Toomey, then the president of the Wall Street-backed Club for Growth, which had attacked him during the 2008 campaign for raising taxes in Arkansas.

“It wasn’t very productive,” he said of the meeting. “I realized then that these guys are just what I thought they were — they’re pay for play, and they do it anonymously on behalf of people who don’t want to be known as the funders of these hit operations. I find that repulsive.”

No surprise there, but a round of applause for Huck’s bluntness. That’s what I like about him: he’s honest. Well, as honest as any politician can be.

And while I don’t agree with a lot of what he says, I think he’d make good decisions if given all the facts. This alone makes him formidable in 2012. But would he be able to split the evangelical base with Palin and still beat Romney? Perhaps…and it would be the Ron Paul crowd he could attract with his Fair Tax idea and getting rid of the IRS.

I can’t wait to find out.

  • Gaucho Politico

    Mitt should be scared by those numbers. He already ran, just as Huck did, and people dont find him qualified? I really dont see how you can change that impression after he has had such exposure. He isnt an unknown and he isnt doing anything that would increase his qualifications at this point. though niether is huck. As for pawlenty, maybe cilizza will stop writing about him now that so few gop members find him qualified.

  • JVB

    I like Huckabee, but I won’t vote Republican again. They still don’t have the issues resolved with the RINOs and conservatives. I’ll never vote Democrat again. I’m going to vote Independent. It won’t split any kind of party vote because Republicans aren’t even together and Democrats are going to be slaughtered in the next election. This next election will be the one for the Independent.

  • milo

    1. I think Huck has potential because he is religious enough for the social conservatives, but he can speak reasonably and calmly enough to sway a moderate.

    2. The bigger question I have is with those Palin numbers: how is it 62% would consider supporting her when 60% consider her unqualified!?! That means a bunch of people would support her even though they think her unqualified, or am I missing something?

  • kranky kritter

    Yeah, this doesn’t surprise me much.Huckabee transmits a strong vibe of being thoughful, reasonable, and likeable, and that REALLY matters. We’re not of like minds, but I have some respect for him. I think folks who dismiss Huckabee are grossly underestimating him.

    You’re on target to talk about opponents and how they can effect the outcome come primary season. After all, how did McCain win the last nom?IMO, it had an awful lot to do with other candidates splitting votes. Romney would have been a LOT stronger last time if Huckabee and Guiliani hadn’t siphoned off votes, for example. If you have like 5 candidates, and 1 and 2 are similar and 3 and 4 are similar, 5 may well emerge in front even if s/he is no more popular than the other 4.

  • Frank Hagan

    These early polls are more about name recognition for the general public. The left keeps Palin in the news with their bashing of her. Huckabee is out in front of conservatives with a well regarded Fox News variety show similar to late night shows on the nets. Romney is visible only to those tuned in to politics and paying attention.

    Huckabee had more Executive branch experience than any of the other candidates, Republican or Democrat, in the last election. His “Fair Tax” idea will appeal to some conservatives, but I think it will scare independents (a 30% sales tax!)