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New Poll Numbers: Huckabee-Romney-Palin Top the GOP, Obama at 54%

Chris Cilliza notes:  A three-way pileup atop 2012 GOP presidential race

Former Govs. Mike Huckabee (Ark.), Sarah Palin (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Mass.) make up the top tier of the 2012 Republican presidential field, according to a new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News.

Huckabee took 21 percent of the vote while Palin received 19 percent and Romney 17 percent among Republicans and GOP-leaning independents. No other potential candidate made it into double digits, although former House Speaker Newt Gingrich received 9 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took 8 percent. The rest of the field received 3 percent or less support.

Take all of that for what it is worth.

In other numbers (full poll here):  President Obama’s approval rating was up to 54% (from 49% in December).

Approval for the Congress is at 28%.

The country’s right direction/wrong track/no opinion numbers are as follows:  38/60/3.

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

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  1. PJ says:

    How long until some Palin fan writes that the topic is anti-Palin?

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  2. Or, more likely, evidence of a Palin fixation since, after all, “Palin” is in the headline 😉

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  3. Geek, Esq. says:

    Let’s recap:

    The GOP field in 2008 was unpalatable to the GOP base, with RINO John McCain, Multiple Choice Mitt Romney (endorser of the individual insurance mandate), social liberal Rudy Giuliani, and Mike Huckabee, who contradicts the party base on both economics and immigration.

    Flash forward to the race for 2012, and the frontrunners are all retreads from 2008.

    And Huckabee isn’t even looking like he’s seriously interested, and neither is Palin.

    Could it really be Romney vs D-Listers like Tim Pawlenty?

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  4. ponce says:

    “Flash forward to the race for 2012, and the frontrunners are all retreads from 2008. ”

    With one notable exception, John McCain.

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  5. ponce says:

    Jerry Brown was Democratic Primary runner up to both Jimmy Carter in 1976 and Bill Clinton in 1992

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  6. Smooth Jazz says:

    “Or, more likely, evidence of a Palin fixation since, after all, “Palin” is in the headline ;)”

    No, a post about Palin doesn’t indicate a fixation and is not the issue; It’s the “number” of posts that try to force feed Liberal talking points and the anti Palin POV on folks coming here for info and a balanced take. Indeed, posts by you and James Joyner, while displaying the overall skepticism for the former Alaska Gov, generally have been fair and balanced – without all the histrionics and lecturing that generally emanates from Mr Mataconis (paraphrasing, “Hey stupid Repubs, here is what you should do: The former Alaska Gov is a dimwit and shouldn’t have left Alaska in the first place so take my and the Liberal talking heads advice regarding what she should do”). Importantly, his posts are often characterized by dubious sources (the many people who have an anti Palin agenda) or bogus polls (Like DailyKOS/PPP), which he never seems to qualify in his posts and point out to readers.

    You and James essentially have taken the “Just Ge Me The Facts” regarding the former Alaska Gov, even though you both clearly dislike her. The other guy just gives us condescending lectures, day after day, post after post, citing Palin Haters as sources almost as if he was one of those JourNOLista Liberals that hated her from day 1. She’s a well known political figure so obviously you guys are going to post her about. The snobbishness (“I know What’s Good For You and that Alaska idiot isn’t it”) and the lectures get old for everyone except the many anti Palin members.

    Many people, including me, eschew the obvious agenda driven blogs, both RIGHT and LEFT, in favor of blogs that dispassionately present the facts and provide balanced point of views. If I wanted a strictly Liberal point of view, I know I can go to Huffington Post. I’m frankly surprised by the anti Palin vitriol and “leading” posts from certain posters given OTB’s generally moderate history. Your Palin Hating members do suck it up, so at least you have a built in audience.

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  7. mantis says:

    Kenny G,

    Again, if you dislike this blog so much, why do you keep coming here and commenting?

    paraphrasing, “Hey stupid Repubs, here is what you should do: The former Alaska Gov is a dimwit and shouldn’t have left Alaska in the first place so take my and the Liberal talking heads advice regarding what she should do”

    Actually, us real liberals (Doug is not a liberal) advise you to support Palin in anyway you can, so that she is voted the Republican candidate for president in 2012. We will be very happy if that happens. Run Sarah, run!

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  8. anjin-san says:

    > Many people, including me, eschew the obvious agenda driven blogs

    Eschew: to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid

    It’s a good idea to know what a word means before you publicly use it in a sentence. People will laugh at you and stuff.

    At any rate, your OTB obsession is pretty much a polar opposite from “eschewing” it. So you are either simply ignorant (the likely culprit), or you are admitting by your actions that this is not an agenda driven blog.

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