Bad News For Jon Huntsman
The latest poll from Iowa finds his base there to be rather limited:
As I tweeted earlier today one Iowa Republican on the poll we will release tomorrow said they would vote for Jon Huntsman if the election was today- not 1% but one respondent, period.
Here are some facts about Huntsman’s supporter:
-He is ‘not sure’ when it comes to Barack Obama’s job performance- doesn’t approve or disapprove. He reports having voted for Obama in 2008.
-Huntsman is the only potential Republican candidate he has a favorable opinion of. He expresses ‘no opinion’ about Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie, Buddy Roemer, Rick Perry, Fred Karger, Paul Ryan, and Gary Johnson. He has an unfavorable opinion of Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Donald Trump.
-When it comes to the general election he would vote for Romney over Obama, but he would vote for Obama if the GOP nominee was Palin or Cain. He’s undecided about match ups between Obama and Gingrich or Pawlenty.
-He does not consider himself to be a member of the Tea Party, and thinks Obama was born in the United States. He describes himself as ‘somewhat conservative,’ is between the ages of 46 and 65 and lives in the northeastern part of the state.
If Huntsman could find one person like this in each state. He’d have 50 votes.
The media seems to think that Huntsman will emerge as a top tier candidate but there’s almost no reason to believe that would be the case, especially given that he has very low name recognition, little to distinguish himself from guys like Romney and Pawlenty, and, well, only one supporter in Iowa.