PPP: Romney up big within GOP field among disaffected Obama voters

posted at 9:35 pm on July 14, 2010 by Allahpundit

One word: Electability.

Among the people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but don’t approve of his job performance:

-Mitt Romney’s favorability is 32/31 (+1)

-Newt Gingrich’s is 32/40 (-8)

-Mike Huckabee’s is 20/39 (-19)

-Sarah Palin’s is 33/63 (-30)

Palin continues to be the most well liked of the leading 2012 contenders with GOP voters.

Palin’s obviously suffering from higher name recognition here. Most O voters already know her and hate her, whereas plenty don’t yet know and hate Mitt but surely would if/when he became the nominee. Interesting, though, that more people seem to know and like him than Huck despite the latter’s recurring presence on Fox. And really interesting that Newt fares relatively well despite his decades of baggage with the left. Second look at Gingrich’s appeal to centrists?

Speaking of disaffected Obama voters, another new PPP poll finds that an endorsement from The One makes a candidate seem more attractive to 32 percent of voters and less attractive to … 49 percent. That’s right on par with Palin, in fact, which suggests either that her brand’s doing better these days than the media would have you believe or that his is doing much, much worse. Good news, Democratic House incumbents: He’s ready to help.


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Read it and weep Palinista’s.

Out in the real world, she is not highly regarded.

rickyricardo on July 14, 2010 at 10:13 PM

No, she is on the attack to defeat the democrats in Nov at the moment. And doing a great job. When she starts running, as Romney is currently doing, she will be more positive with solutions. The numbers will turn around over 3-6 mths very substantially IMO.

csThor on July 14, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Who cares what disaffected Pinnochio voters think. I doubt Pinnochio will even be the nominee!
He will either be Impeached (If Repubs had any balls), destroy his party to the point that Hillary takes him out, or be found sittin in the corner of the Oval Office suckin on a crack pipe and his thumb, or get caught tryin to push the magic nuke button to usher in the Immommy!

Since both his parents weren’t American citizens the Dims may throw him overboard after he loses the House and the Senate!
90% of Blacks and 75% of Hispans ain’t gonna cut it for 2010.

dhunter on July 14, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Mittens is the most like Zero (RomneyCare, hello?) so of course the Ex-Zero-voters prefer the next nearest thing.

We want the opposite end of the chart from what the “buyer’s remorse” idiots want.

I mean they voted for Zero, the poor judgement is documented, and you care WTF they think NOW?

Meh. We need to focus on OUR memes, not distractions presented by the mentally-challenged.

We have a nation 60/20 Conservative… why do the 20% set the agenda and dominate the conversation?

Who is John Galt on July 14, 2010 at 10:32 PM

JohnJ on July 14, 2010 at 10:29 PM

You have a point! The next president is going to have a He!! of a job undoing what the Obie crew has created! We have to flip the house in November and get above the Maine twins and Scott Brown in the senate.

Dire Straits on July 14, 2010 at 10:33 PM

OK, we’ll act all enthusiastic about your boy Mitt who’s highly regarded.

I’d rather have a box of rocks in the white house instead of the clown currently occupying the office.

Mitt sucks, big time. Huckabee? A joke.

Palin? Not electable nationally. 35% is her ceiling.

I would rather see Tim Pawlenty or Daniels….by a country mile.

rickyricardo on July 14, 2010 at 10:33 PM

-Mitt Romney’s favorability is 32/31 (+1)

-Newt Gingrich’s is 32/40 (-8)

-Mike Huckabee’s is 20/39 (-19)

-Sarah Palin’s is 33/63 (-30)

None of the above.

Shiny_Tiara on July 14, 2010 at 10:34 PM

None of the above.

Shiny_Tiara on July 14, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Then who?
This is a serious inquiry. Who?

Who is John Galt on July 14, 2010 at 10:38 PM

I can honestly say I couldn’t care less who Obama voters choose in the Republican Party. What a beginning recipe for disaster.

Marcus on July 14, 2010 at 10:45 PM

This headline spin is hiding the real poll message. People who loved Obama are the Democrats that are not satisfied today. Those folks certainly want to pick the GOP nominee from among RINOs, as they always have.

jimw on July 14, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Jenfidel on July 14, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Domestically, we are broke. We have troops in over 135 countries. We have two ongoing wars spent more on occupying the country and pushing the enemy to other countries. You think this is making our country stronger? See, Ron Paul wants a strong national defense. Not an offense. We have been meddling in the Middle East for far too long and it has backfired. Conservatives love to talk about unintended consequences of domestic policy. What about foreign policy? There’s a reason the founding fathers believed in principles that would keep us safe and prosperous. Free markets and non-interventionism. There was evil in their day as well, and these principles are at the core of the constitution.

George Washington:

T

he great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible… Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary vicissitudes of [their] politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of [their] friendships or enmities.

Thomas Jefferson:

Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.

Instead, we are meddling in the affairs of hundreds of different countries and have had a bipolar foreign policy throughout the Middle East. You don’t think there will be blowback? Our interventions have made us weaker, not stronger, much like our interventions in the market make us poorer, not richer. Wise up. Go read some books.

iamse7en on July 14, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Why not Rick Perry? I know he’s from Texas, and that some people don’t like him (I don’t why, I’m not from Texas so not as well informed), but why not him? 10 years experience as governor, pro 2nd, pro life, and charismatic.

El_Terrible on July 14, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Oh, and just to turn this thought experiment around a bit-

How many McCain/Palin voters would rate Obama as “favorable?”

Hello? Anybody out there?

cs89 on July 14, 2010 at 10:53 PM

ddrintn on July 14, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Won’t happen this time, dd. Too much tea in the harbor. That’s why I just don’t see Romney as the candidate.
Randy

williars on July 14, 2010 at 10:53 PM

El_Terrible on July 14, 2010 at 10:50 PM

I like Rick Perry because he has been extremely pro-physician and anti-attorney. But I have parents who are Texans too and are furious with him for running away from Jan Brewer within 24 hours of the first news stories of the Arizona law. Furious with him.

Marcus on July 14, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Oh, and just to turn this thought experiment around a bit-

How many McCain/Palin voters would rate Obama as “favorable?”

Hello? Anybody out there?

cs89 on July 14, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Obamacans!

El_Terrible on July 14, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Why not Rick Perry? I know he’s from Texas, and that some people don’t like him (I don’t why, I’m not from Texas so not as well informed), but why not him? 10 years experience as governor, pro 2nd, pro life, and charismatic.

El_Terrible on July 14, 2010 at 10:50 PM

3 words: Open borders hack

Marybeth on July 14, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Among the people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008

One can only hope that the Republicans will run someone like McCain or Dole who will please the Obama voters, it’s worked so well in the past.
/Sarcasm off.

RJL on July 14, 2010 at 10:59 PM

RJL on July 14, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Well, Mitt’s the Guy. He’ll be the toast of the town – until he gets the nomination.

Marcus on July 14, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Mitt= Obama lite. We need to completely reverse the slouch towards socialism. Romneycare is not the guy to do it.

Valiant on July 14, 2010 at 11:07 PM

I understand Newt’s appeal to centrists. He’s smart and competent.

terryannonline on July 14, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Why not Rick Perry? I’ll tell you. Soft on the border (was nowhere to be found when Jan Brewer actually showed a spine and was pretty much taking the heat alone). He and the lieutenant governor have bilked Texans for years of money that was allotted for road construction and he supports toll roads that “fill in the gap”. Thanks, Governor Perry. He’s not a terrible governor, he’s just very mediocre one and every year in office he gets more corruptible; he over-promises and under-delivers. Oh, the pandering smugness of Rick Perry. Still better than any Democrat.
I think Mitt is going to do the best job. He knows EXACTLY how to kick start the economy, what companies need to have their taxes cut, and he will slash spending, programs and bureaucracy big time. Maybe he’ll get Rick Santorum as Veep and Glenn Beck as chief advisor…

pacard33 on July 14, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Out of the four, I’d go with Romney. Huckabee reminds me of a game show host. Palin and Gingrich would rouse the Democrat base. Romney is an actual executive and knows how to turn financial disasters around, and I don’t think he’d veto a repeal of Obamacare. Unfortunately, he comes across as nervous and overly anxious to please. His son, Tag, would be a better candidate.

However, I’m mostly hoping for someone else to emerge, say Tim Pawlenty.

flataffect on July 14, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Mitt would make a great Secretary of Commerce.

slickwillie2001 on July 14, 2010 at 11:29 PM

This poll is fantastic news for both Mitt Romney and our country. Mitt is the best man to lead our country out of the depths. He has turned around dire situations for his entire adult life and no one in the entire country may have the resume that Mitt has. It’s time America had the best person available become our president and we’re blessed that they best person in Mitt seems willing to run and endure the character assassination he will inevitably endure.

Make sure to go to http://mittromneycentral.com/ regularly to see through the media’s attempts to marginalize/ignore Mitt as Mitt works behind the scenes to strengthen our country and set the foundation for 2012. We take back the house and maybe the senate in 2010 and the presidency in 2012!

dnlchisholm on July 14, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Poor Willard. He’s the most popular Republican among people dumb enough to have voted for Obama. That says all you need to know about him.

Ted Torgerson on July 14, 2010 at 11:41 PM

Eh, I’m not feeling it for Romney, he seems to much like a RINO to me.

And who gives a crap what the O-loser voters think?

Cookies Mom on July 14, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Men won’t vote for Romney.

wheelgun on July 14, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Romney has too much baggage to be elected.

It’s not happening Romneybots.

portlandon on July 14, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Then who?
This is a serious inquiry. Who?

Who is John Galt on July 14, 2010 at 10:38 PM

See below.

However, I’m mostly hoping for someone else to emerge, say Tim Pawlenty.

flataffect on July 14, 2010 at 11:25 PM

I would rather see Tim Pawlenty or Daniels….by a country mile.

rickyricardo on July 14, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Shiny_Tiara on July 14, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Christie, anyone?

WWIII on July 14, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Only AP would trust a PPP poll these days

ConservativePartyNow on July 14, 2010 at 11:58 PM

Alt headline: “Confused moderates who don’t know which way is up, and foolish enough to fall for the BS BO was slinging ….like Romney.”

My goodness, that does make Palin look bad. Oh my.

Dongemaharu on July 15, 2010 at 12:03 AM

As a four-tour vet of Iraq, I would vote for Romney over Obama easily! You all who continue to say I’ll sit out the vote if it is Romney are the same ones that killed us in the 2006 and 2008 elections and helped elect the current Democratic Congress and President! Wake up! Palin, jindal, Christie, et al would be better than our current leader. Romney also is one of only a few candidates with financial experience that would/could get us out of our demise. Romney also WOULD support American exceptionalism around the world and also all those that have said Romney has been absent on many issues in the last year has not paid much attention. He has traveled all over the country helping elect conservatives in their primaries and helping in fund-raising.

g2825m on July 15, 2010 at 12:08 AM

I could live with Mitt. Rather have Rudy but I guess that ship has sailed.

a capella on July 15, 2010 at 12:15 AM

So you are saying that 33% of Obama voters would vote for Palin and add the 44% or 45% that voted for Palin in 2008 and Palin is your next POTUS.

As you keep saying Palin is the most popular with the GOP.

She takes the GOP and she is the next POTUS.

oldyeller on July 15, 2010 at 12:16 AM

iamse7en on July 14, 2010 at 10:49 PM

I’ve read plenty of books, thanks!
You and Ron Paul are dead wrong about foreign policy and the way you interpret the Constitution to aid and abet our jihadi Muslim enemies.
For a “Republican,” Ron Paul thinks an awful lot like Oilbama.
Paul does not believe in American Exceptionalism, which was innate to our Founders, but instead Paul wants to blow it on domestic entitlements like his pork projects and earmarks.
Also, he wants to go back to a gold standard. Why?
Because he’s invested in gold trading firms himself.
His 2008 endorsement by the Neo-Nazi group Storm Front as well as KKK-er David Duke is beyond troubling.

Jenfidel on July 15, 2010 at 12:25 AM

Oh, and no Flip Flopney.
Being leader of the Free World involves a lot more than being a business executive who can produce an economic turnaround.
President Palin can do that with tax cuts, just like Bush, and with repealing O-care.

Romney has flip-flopped on so many key issues that you can’t believe him from one day to the next.

He’s trouble in a $5,000 suit.
Do. Not. Want.

Jenfidel on July 15, 2010 at 12:28 AM

ROLF….As Allah says Mitt has not had to go thru the fire. He has not been tarred with his wall street past yet his close personal ties with DC nor do many know of rommneycare and its major problems. those will come out early and often and Mitt will lose support.

Palin remains the most liked and loved of the GOP by the GOP voter which means she can win the nomination. Once its a choice between Palin and Obama Palin wins by a landslide.

Mitt’s favorables are also up because he has not been fighting the fight. It’s hard to dislike a wet paper bag. It’s just there but when you try to place something in that wet paper bag it is easy to dislike since it does not do what it claimed to do and breaks at the slightest weight much like Mitt will do

unseen on July 15, 2010 at 12:35 AM

Christie, anyone?

WWIII on July 14, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Possibly. So far, I like what I see.

Shiny_Tiara on July 15, 2010 at 12:39 AM

Palin continues to be the most well liked of the leading 2012 contenders with GOP voters.

Any questions?

unseen on July 15, 2010 at 12:48 AM

Among the people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but don’t approve of his job performance:

-Mitt Romney’s favorability is 32/31 (+1)

We need someone to help us fix Obamacare and make it work like in MA!!!/

Caper29 on July 15, 2010 at 12:56 AM

Romney no. Palin no. Huckabee hell no. Newt no.

Also big no on Pawlenty. Trust me, I’m from Minnesotan and he’s soft on global warming, teacher’s unions, and other stuff.

I really like Christie and he’s my favorite. After him I like Paul Ryan a lot too as well as Daniels and Pence from Indiana. Also the governor of Nebraska seems really good, too.

Nelsen on July 15, 2010 at 1:13 AM

Romney has flip-flopped on so many key issues that you can’t believe him from one day to the next.

He’s trouble in a $5,000 suit.
Do. Not. Want.

Jenfidel on July 15, 2010 at 12:28 AM

This is how the media will portray him in 2012, if he gets the nomination:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/affluent-white-man-enjoys-causes-the-blues,1511/

ebrown2 on July 15, 2010 at 1:23 AM

Romney has not flip flopped on issues. He has flipped (meaning once) over to the conservative side…which is good, correct? That is what we want right someone who will flip over to our side of view. I recall names such as Reagan, Henry Hyde, and other true leaders that have had the courage to say I was wrong here on this issue and now I firmly believe X, Y, or Z. You all have fallen for the media’s painting of Romney as a flip-flopper. Even if Romney is not the nomineee I would still vote for any of the conservatives we have on our side of the aisle and we all need to do the same or we will get another four years of this socialism into 2016.

g2825m on July 15, 2010 at 1:30 AM

Then who?
This is a serious inquiry. Who?

Who is John Galt on July 14, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Slow down. Still way to early to be worrying about who is going to run against Obama. It’s not going to be any one of those mentioned in this post, though.

gstrickler on July 15, 2010 at 1:32 AM

Then who?
This is a serious inquiry. Who?

Who is John Galt on July 14, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Doesn’t matter who wins 2012 unless it’s someone like Christie. If it’s an establishment candidate then it’s one term, if that, the real show is going to be the election after 2016.

DFCtomm on July 15, 2010 at 1:47 AM

God Almighty, here we go again with the picking apart of every possible candidate. Did it ever occur to any Repub/Conservative that we need to accept the candidate the convention selects (that’s why we have a convention) and work like hell for him/her? That is how the liberals win elections, by being united. I cannot believe the people who won’t vote if a certain candidate runs or doesn’t run. We can’t all have our favorites. Get it together and get working and quit nitpicking. I will work for any Repub/Conservative as long as they are FOR AMERICA. Anyone else feel this way?

AReadyRepub on July 15, 2010 at 1:51 AM

Anyone else feel this way?

AReadyRepub on July 15, 2010 at 1:51 AM

The problem is the moderates have been in control for the last 30 years and they do not want to give up power to a conservative and it is only a conservative that will win in 2012. A bush clone will not win and the moderates are unhappy.

unseen on July 15, 2010 at 2:05 AM

Unseen: Well, I agree but we cannot win alone as only Repubs OR Conservatives. This means moderates will have to give just like anyone else. Someone higher on the blog said it was the people who would only vote for a conservative who passed their litmus test and that is why we have Odumba. Holds water. Is this what we all want, more progressive socialists running our lives? The party( meaning us) will create and attempt to mold any nominee to fit as many criteria as possible. I do not want another empty bag like we have now; I just cannot bear this boob.

AReadyRepub on July 15, 2010 at 2:22 AM

Romney, knows business and will not trot around the globe apologizing for US!

FireBlogger on July 14, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Willard MIGHT know business, but he was one of the worse Governors in the nation, and that’s BEFORE WillardCare

Mitt Romney plays the jobs card
Commentary: Looking at his record, it’s a losing argument
.

On the other hand, Sarah Palin was a SUCCESSFUL Mayor, and one of the MOST SUCCESSFUL Governors in the nation. She had an 85% approval rating before Obama’s recruited filth went to work.

Sarah is more fiscally conservative than Romney, has a better world view, and a smarter foreign policy. Best yet, absolutely NO ONE is better on energy than Sarah, and energy is going to be one of the real keys to getting our economy right again.

Past that, she’s the only one with the BALLS to actually get done what she promises.

gary4205 on July 15, 2010 at 2:27 AM

Christie has been in office 1 1/2 yrs and he’s being promoted as candidate for President. Yet, another person that held a Governorship for the same amt of time is dismissed. For those that didn’t follow the NJ Gov. election, Christie was the “establishment” backed candidate…

Pawlenty sat out the Franken stolen election. As Nelson @ 1:13 said, Pawlenty is soft on important issues…

Romney is John Kerry with an “R” and someone that AP trots out to gin up traffic…

Very few outside of Indiana know who Pence and Daniels are…

It looks like FRED! is still tired…

Huck is not raising much $…

Newt, while knowledgeable and well spoken, neutered himself sitting on a couch with Lugosi and in backing Dede…

Gohawgs on July 15, 2010 at 2:32 AM

AReadyRepub on July 15, 2010 at 2:22 AM

moderates do not have a good track record of working as a team. Dede and Crist come to mind as well as iglis and Bennet.

unseen on July 15, 2010 at 2:44 AM

AReadyRepub on July 15, 2010 at 2:22 AM
another point. The moderates can not win without the conservatives. for too long the conservatives have been shunned from the halls of power and told to sit in the corner until election day. Just electing another moderate will not work we tried that in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and all we got was more debt, more spending, less freedom. If the moderates will not play ball why should we “come together” let them wonder in the wilderness for 40 years. the moderates screwed the pooch too many times. If they want power they must be brought to heel first.

unseen on July 15, 2010 at 2:48 AM

*sighs* Ron Paul will never be president.

ThePrez on July 14, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Who cares. Isn’t this the point of elections? To vote for the person who will “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” There’s only one person among the potential candidates who will do that. Who cares if he’ll never be president. And, I’ll proudly vote for HER in 2012.

iamse7en on July 14, 2010 at 10:19 PM

FIFY ….

Sarah Palin is the only one that actually understands the Constitution, the Rule of Law, and knowledge of how the real world works.

We need a serious adult in charge. Someone who can articulate solid domestic policy as well as a solid REALISTIC foreign policy.

We also need a fiscal conservative.

Ron Paul is know for three things. Voting “no” on everything, grabbing up pork like it’s going out of style, and duping silly supporters out of their money for dead end presidential runs. The only reason he is a Texas Congressman is because his supporters throw so much money at that leach that he literally buys he seat every two years. No one can compete with the millions he throws out.

gary4205 on July 15, 2010 at 3:07 AM

Why not Rick Perry? I know he’s from Texas, and that some people don’t like him (I don’t why, I’m not from Texas so not as well informed), but why not him? 10 years experience as governor, pro 2nd, pro life, and charismatic.

El_Terrible on July 14, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Great governor. I live in Texas and things aren’t booming, but they aren’t bad. Texas is the only state working. He’s an good man.

Look for Perry to be on Sarah’s short list for Vice President. They are great friends and he is just establishment enough to shut the elites up.

It would be the 2012 version of Reagan having to pick Bush 41, except Sarah and Rick actually get along well.

And no, Sarah will never join a ticket as veep again, so don’t the effort.

BTW, Sarah spends a fair amount of time in Texas, Giddings, just south of Austin.

gary4205 on July 15, 2010 at 3:16 AM

Palin likes Mitt. Keep that in mind people. This will sort itself out, but I am really sick of reading crap against him from some readers on this blog.

scotash on July 15, 2010 at 3:21 AM

So you are saying that 33% of Obama voters would vote for Palin and add the 44% or 45% that voted for Palin in 2008 and Palin is your next POTUS.

As you keep saying Palin is the most popular with the GOP.

She takes the GOP and she is the next POTUS.

oldyeller on July 15, 2010 at 12:16 AM

As in landslide.

These people touting Willard, Newt, Daniels (?) and so on, forget one must win the PRIMARY first, and Sarah will have that wrapped up pretty quick.

If she runs, and no one who is serious thinks she won’t, it will be her’s to lose.

The only thing the primaries will do is give her a good workout before running against Obama. Something to get her pumped up. As if climbing Mt McKinley today wasn’t!

gary4205 on July 15, 2010 at 3:39 AM

Palin likes Mitt. Keep that in mind people. This will sort itself out, but I am really sick of reading crap against him from some readers on this blog.

scotash on July 15, 2010 at 3:21 AM

I like Mitt as a person, but I don’t want him anywhere NEAR the White House, ever. Not even for a visit.

He was a terrible Governor, and has absolutely no core values. The guy plays a liberal in front of liberals, then soils Reagan’s good name by trying to claim that mantle when it suits him. THEN, he hooks up with Jeb Bush and goes on a “Forget Ronald Reagan Tour.”

In other words, Romney represents the very worst politics has to offer. The absolute worst.

Instead of being out there and trying to help save the nation from destruction, Willard is doing nothing but scheming for 2012. He couldn’t care less about the country. He just wants to be POTUS.

Never …. Gonna …. Happen …. EVER.

gary4205 on July 15, 2010 at 3:50 AM

either that her brand’s doing better these days than the media would have you believe

Ya think??? Seen anything about the crowds she draws…might, just might be an indicator….

winston on July 15, 2010 at 4:19 AM

Dick Morris: Sarah Palin Is Still The Clear Front Runner For 2012

gary4205 on July 15, 2010 at 2:28 AM

Is that the same Dick Morris who predicted an epic battle between Hillary and Condi in 2008?

Bradky on July 15, 2010 at 4:22 AM

This is the most bizarre twisted pretzel attempt yet, on this site, to backhand Gov. Palin back where she must belong, which is anywhere but in the Presidential race.

OBAMBA voters prefer Mitt Romney?!?!

Excuse me. And that is the test of a Republican candidate for President? Who the opposition hates least?

I suggest a moratorium on Palin stories here for a while. See if the angina subsides and revisit it later. These logic acrobatics must be tiring.

IndieDogg on July 15, 2010 at 4:26 AM

Who will Obama endorse, Edward or Jacob?

year_of_the_dingo on July 15, 2010 at 4:39 AM

That’s the ticket! Pick the guy that is MOST ATTRACTIVE TO OBAMAMORONS.

The media foisted McCain on us and now they are looking to stuff Romney down our throats. I don’t think so.

CC

CapedConservative on July 15, 2010 at 5:39 AM

And really interesting that Newt fares relatively well despite his decades of baggage with the left. Second look at Gingrich’s appeal to centrists?

It could be they associate Newt with Clinton and they miss those times. They also see Newt as smart. They might not like him, but they think he is a smart guy.

Terrye on July 15, 2010 at 6:48 AM

PPP polled 667 people in June.

Statistics on the three names were similar regarding Obama, Clinton and Palin endorsement affects.

The interesting thing is to narrow in on those disaffected Obama voters so willing to vote for CHANGE; out with the old incumbent.

Volatile times.

maverick muse on July 15, 2010 at 7:22 AM

Let the Primaries decide. ‘Cuda!

SurferDoc on July 15, 2010 at 7:30 AM

Funny,
Four years ago McCain probably topped that list…

mjbrooks3 on July 15, 2010 at 7:34 AM

Mitt had to work with an extremely liberal state congress in Massachusetts. He didn’t write the legislation – they did. Why do people forget that?
I’m thinking Romney with maybe mike Pence would be a good ticket for 2012.

tmedlin on July 15, 2010 at 7:43 AM

Palin would be a good successor to Michael Steele – she’s already proven she can raise some bucks, and that’s the biggest part of that job.

tmedlin on July 15, 2010 at 7:44 AM

Huckabee – he gets the blame for the GOP being stuck with McCain as the candidate. His ego is big enough for him to run, and I think he will, unless Fox pays him enough bucks to stay on the sidelines.

Jan Brewer of Arizona is starting to look really good. She’s got the balz to take Obama on, and it’s easier to listen to her voice, than Palin’s.

Newt is probably the smartest and best debator. I just don’t see him being the one to win, but I think he IS the one to help shape the debate (Palin, too)

tmedlin on July 15, 2010 at 7:47 AM

Most people have blocked Newt’s worst qualities from their mind because he hasn’t mattered for over a decade. As soon as he starts making speeches, they will be reminded.

Speedwagon82 on July 15, 2010 at 7:52 AM

beware open primaries

joepub on July 15, 2010 at 8:18 AM

None of the above.

Shiny_Tiara on July 14, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Then who?
This is a serious inquiry. Who?

Who is John Galt on July 14, 2010 at 10:38 PM

The “who” is likely to be a currently sitting Republican governor. Of which there are many. At least two of whom will be free to run starting next year as they are subject to term limits and will have to leave their current seats in 2011 anyway.

SunSword on July 15, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Newt is a history professor. He ran 4 times before he won his seat in the House. He had to spend hundreds of hours with media coaches before he learned to hide his mean streak. People still sense that in him and it kills his popularity. He is a useless candidate against Obama. But Palin has a charismatic personality and she will be helped by being a woman when she goes into the octagon of politics against a black man who claims that he is fighting for his civil rights.

jimw on July 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Mitt – at least he loves the county but not my choice too NE elite.

Palin – needs to be a moneymaker for conservatives – period.

Newt – sat on the couch with pelosi – enough said there.

Huckabee – hukster – period.

Jeb Bush – NO MORE dynasties.

DeMint – absolutely

uber-con on July 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM

The Romney guys are an evil cancer in the republican party. They are NOT conservatives. They are more big government guys who believe that they can manage big government better than democrats can.
The Romney guys were the ones who bashed Palin before the end of the 2008 elections to make Romney the front runner.
The Romney guys are misogynists who just want to continue their Ivy League frat party shenanigans.
A perfect example is the scandal brewing in the Illinois GOP that involves all Romney guys. It’s ready to burst.
Read it and weep and forget about Romney.

http://hillbuzz.org/2010/07/15/case-study-why-the-chicago-young-republicans-sexual-assault-scandal-and-its-cover-up-by-the-chicago-gop-is-yet-another-example-of-republicans-refusing-to-get-in-front-of-a-problem-before-it-metast/

Back the Momma Grizzlies. They are sure winners.

The Romney guys don’t like Palin because she exposed the hypocrites in the republican party in Alaska, end of subject.

ROMNEY STINKS ON ICE AND SO DO HIS BACKERS.

Jayrae on July 15, 2010 at 9:21 AM

I like Pawlenty.

lizzieillinois on July 15, 2010 at 9:30 AM

That’s the ticket! Pick the guy that is MOST ATTRACTIVE TO OBAMAMORONS.

CapedConservative on July 15, 2010 at 5:39 AM

Exactly my reaction — down to every sarcastic detail. We may as well have President Frum.

jwolf on July 15, 2010 at 9:36 AM

i’m going to vote for whomever is not Obama. If that’s Romney, Palin, Huckabee, then so be it. I have my preferences, but Obama needs to lose in 2012.

deidre on July 15, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Basically 1/3 of all disaffected Obama supporters would support any Republican… that is what the numbers are coming to up there. Of course that is in JUL 2010 not JUL 2012.

Take 1/3 of Obama’s vote (1/3 of 51% – 17%) and remove that from Obama to get his residual (34%) and that leaves 66% as the field to go after, and 17% are willing to flee from Obama to any of those Republican candidates. I can’t see Democrats or the Left overly enthused in 2012 once they get hung with the economy and the rest of the junk going on due to Obama. Now all you need is a Republican who can shoot themselves in the foot on a regular basis to turn off that 17% and you have a dead loss to Obama.

Mind you only 51% (Obama got 51% of 51% or ~26% of the voting age population to vote for him) of the electorate came out to vote in 2008, so there is that other half of the non-voting population STILL available to talk to and get involved to help tear this mess down. And that chunk would move the elections of the future like nobody’s business, if someone had the wit and ability to appeal to them. So far, no luck on that from the Left or Right, D or R.

That speaks volumes.

ajacksonian on July 15, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Mitt, I want to thank you for bringing Scott Brown onto the national political scene. He’s only voted for the most disastrous financial reform bill I could have imagined. Maybe you should have allowed Scott to his own devices.

I know, I know, everyone is going to say okay, who was the alternative? Basically this has turned out to be a push. At the end of the day, what has Scott Brown done but put Financial Reform over the top. Thanks Scott!

If Mitt can’t inspire conservative values in a close constituent how is he possibly going to be able to do this with the Nation? I’m seeing the signs and I don’t like em. If Mitt agrees with Brown on this vote I’ll be looking at other qualified candidates.

Tangerinesong on July 15, 2010 at 11:00 AM

The Romney guys are an evil cancer in the republican party. They are NOT conservatives. They are more big government guys who believe that they can manage big government better than democrats can.
The Romney guys were the ones who bashed Palin before the end of the 2008 elections to make Romney the front runner.
The Romney guys are misogynists who just want to continue their Ivy League frat party shenanigans.
A perfect example is the scandal brewing in the Illinois GOP that involves all Romney guys. It’s ready to burst.
Read it and weep and forget about Romney.

http://hillbuzz.org/2010/07/15/case-study-why-the-chicago-young-republicans-sexual-assault-scandal-and-its-cover-up-by-the-chicago-gop-is-yet-another-example-of-republicans-refusing-to-get-in-front-of-a-problem-before-it-metast/

Back the Momma Grizzlies. They are sure winners.

The Romney guys don’t like Palin because she exposed the hypocrites in the republican party in Alaska, end of subject.

ROMNEY STINKS ON ICE AND SO DO HIS BACKERS.

Jayrae on July 15, 2010 at 9:21 AM

You got that right.

Check this noise out

http://www.reagantopalin.com/2010/07/romney-campaign-staffers-attack-sarah-palin/

“One adviser to Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and, by traditional standards, the putative 2012 frontrunner, says of Palin, “She’s not a serious human being.”

[ .... ]

“she lacks the endurance required for a protracted nomination fight. “She’s like a cheetah. She can run really fast, but not really long.”

These people are complete idiots. Doesn’t have the endurance??? This is a woman who runs marathons and climbs Mt McKinley TO RELAX!

Mitt Romney is a COWARD. An absolute COWARD.

This worthless Ken doll has been hiding under his des6k since 2008.

Where is that loser on energy?

Where is this numbnuts on illegal immigration?

Where is the COWARD on race and racism?

Sarah has been out front and center on every single issue, and has spoken strongly for Freedom and Liberty, and Romney is nowhere to be found.

Bring it Romney, you flip-flopping, no moral code POS. You wouldn’t last two seconds in a debate with Sarah Palin. She’d hit you with so many rights you’d beg for a left!

Romney will never be POTUS.

gary4205 on July 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Interesting. I’d never vote for Romney. If the GOP regulars win, I’ll vote for Obama, after voting GOP for congressional seats.

I’m simply uninterested in a Romney presidential chapter.

AnninCA on July 15, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Way too early to be thimking or caring about who anyone likes for Rep. nominee in 2012! I will wager it won’t be Romney.

tomshup on July 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Yawn.

The same PPP poll shows that Palin ties Obama 46-46 in a general matchup if the election was held today.

So Sarah ties Obama when Obama has an overall approval figure in the 40s. What would Sarah’s numbers be when Obama has an approval figure in the low 30s or worse come 2012?

This “electability” argument is crap. Any Republican would be in a good position to beat Obama in 2012. What matters now is the GOP Primary, and Palin has a clear advantage with extremely high favorability rating among Republicans.

Norwegian on July 15, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Romney up big within GOP field among disaffected Obama voters

Hmm – perhaps those libs recognize someone who will do things the liberal way?

katiejane on July 15, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Romney ’12/ Hillary ’16.

ginaswo on July 15, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Mitt Romneycare, every Socialists’ Favorite Republican! Haven’t many of us been saying exactly that since Jan 2009?

This article and the responses to it are a great measure of the proposition that conservatives aren’t going to let the left pick their nominee, this time.

gary4205 on July 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM

what he said

james23 on July 15, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Romney up big within GOP field among disaffected Obama voters.

That says it all.

Among disaffected DINO/RINO Obama voters, that Republican seems most appealing.

That says nothing referencing McCain voters, though Johnnie needed Mit’s introduction to a gathering in Mesa,AZ.

Regardless, national polls these past months have pointed out Romney’s favorability as a potus candidate AT THIS POINT.

Time never stands still, though.

maverick muse on July 15, 2010 at 2:17 PM

The problem with Mitt is that he’s been invisible this last 18 months. And if he’s been silent now what does that say about what we will get if he’s elected? A “split the difference” administration? An Obama-lite preisdent? Who knows. And if no one knows what he stands for (except getting himself elected) why get behind him at all? Being wishy-washy toward the issues means potential supporters are wishy-washy towards you.

Fred 2 on July 15, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Headline: Disaffected Obama voters unhappy with inexperienced internationalist favors the experienced internationalist.

All, tests which the Obamunists fail — and so do many Republicans.
Please share this with leaders of the electoral action organization and Tea Party entity of your choice.
Please ask politicians and candidates, yourself.

In addition to asking a candidate whether he or she is pro-life, for restoring constitutional government, for cutting budgets and taxes, for protecting our borders, how he interprets the 1st and 2nd Amendments, etc., these questions must be asked our political candidates:

1.Are you a member of any organization supporting the ends of globalism, transnationalism, communitarianism, or U.N. Agenda 21 defined “sustainable development,” or have you received money, or services, or other favors from any of these?

2.Do you pledge to uphold America’s individual popular sovereignty, our parental sovereignty, the sovereignty of the states, and our national sovereignty, against every internal and external threat, according to our Constitution and our Declaration of Independence?

3.Do you pledge to support and not undermine the sovereignty of other free and benign nations, for example, an unified Israel, in its present borders, with its capital Jerusalem?

It’s the sovereignty, “stupid.”

Watching_Cloward-Piven on July 15, 2010 at 2:36 PM

This “electability” argument is crap.

Norwegian on July 15, 2010 at 12:57 PM

I couldn’t agree more. None of the GOP candidates in the 2008 primary campaign considered most easily elected got the ticket, despite what McCain primary fans would claim.

Most importantly, campaign for the candidate most closely aligned with constitutional conservatism. I was so disappointed by the young progressive ageist Republicans’ antipathy for Fred Thompson, since he’s exactly the potus we need today.

So I would also argue that Obama has proven the fallacy of voting according to who has the largest bonfire in their egotistical belly, that having been Mittens’ argument in ’08.

Frankly, Romney’s record is a socialist as a Republican can be. And all that Ivy League drivel that Romney “understands the economy” because of his business experience is repudiated by the fact that Romney earned his fortune in business by selling American business interests abroad for profit. THAT is hardly reason to trust his business savvy, managing wealthy investors’ funds, buying American businesses NOT to improve them and create more American jobs for citizens but to sell them off to foreign interests at a profit. And DON’T pull out that overblown “saved the universe at the Olympics” line again. Mitt’s desperate final weeks’ campaign promises sealed his socialist record for any with ears, brain and memory.

I would grant that Mitt would be alert while performing his tasks, unlike McCain who blew his campaign and the GOP ticket. And yes, Mitt would probably manage the Oval Office much more professionally than Palin. And Mitt wouldn’t play the opportunist corruption card Newt keeps in his sleeve.

But no way can Mitt manage Washingtonians as Fred Thompson does in public relations; and absolutely no way does Mr. Niceguy have the fearsome factor to face down Putin, Red China, NKorea, IRAN, and dictators in Africa and S.America.

Mitt is as PC as they come, afraid to offend anyone since he needs every vote he can get.

maverick muse on July 15, 2010 at 2:41 PM

BTW I am NOT a Ron Paul supporter for President. If I have to I’ll write in Lt Col Allen West for President.

Watching_Cloward-Piven on July 15, 2010 at 2:43 PM

The problem with Mitt is that he’s been invisible this last 18 months.

Fred 2 on July 15, 2010 at 2:22 PM

To those outside of his fan club, it certainly seems that way.

However, his supporters may explain Mitt’s style only 18-months into Obama’s administration as being quiet behind the scene maneuvers.

I have no idea.

But the point of this PPP poll is that despite Mitt’s appearances/disappearance, Romney maintains a strong following from the idiots who actually believed that Obama wasn’t himself, the Marxist who uses all power to corrupt and game the system according to his own whims.

While interviewing one today, Fred Thompson was ridiculing the Democrats, desperately stuck with Obama, anguishing that they turned on Hillary ’08 whose prescient campaign 3am phone call ad went right over their heads.

maverick muse on July 15, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Watching_Cloward-Piven on July 15, 2010 at 2:43 PM

I wouldn’t have held it against you if you were.

Ron Paul’s presidency campaign would have thrived much more had he not simplistically blamed America for 9/11 as if ANYTHING we’ve done made America “deserve” those atrocious attacks on civilians.

But that we failed to be prepared IS reprehensible, especially since al-Qaeda ALREADY had bombed the WTC, as if they wouldn’t try again.

I’d like Libertarians to define what to do at the point we are now, rather than preaching “told you so” or threatening to absolutely pull out from all of our international engagements, regardless of the consequential upheavals.

And to those who preach that any respect for American isolationism is unpatriotic/un-American/evil, I remind them that TRADITIONALLY, AMERICA WAS ISOLATIONIST and indeed we have over-extended the logic for military interventionism and nation building that squanders all sensibilities and convolutes logic. George Washington was the wisest of all American statesmen, reasoning beyond his time when America was tender and young, that Americans should refrain from fighting wars before analyzing exactly what the simple objective is, and how that is possible to achieve within a few months to years limit. People fail to consider Eisenhower’s insistence that we all refrain from jumping the gun according to propaganda maintained by our nation’s military industrial complex that sees to our nation’s political agenda. Even Obama’s “pull out of Afghanistan” agenda morphed once in office, never to happen voluntarily.

I do support Libertarians on the economy using the logic of the Austrian School of Economics. EVEN SOCIALIST CANADA has a sound banking system today, but we haven’t. Republicans like Mitt and the current administration have no intention whatsoever of correcting our corrupt banking system and corruption of the Sec./Treasury BUSH MADE autonomous, as each have gamed the system through Harvard pinstripe legal maneuvers for personal and investors’ profit.

maverick muse on July 15, 2010 at 3:15 PM

I can honestly say I couldn’t care less who Obama voters choose in the Republican Party. What a beginning recipe for disaster.

Marcus on July 14, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Precisely.

ncborn on July 15, 2010 at 5:48 PM

gary4205 on July 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM

A wonderful, stirring post. But when was the last time we elected someone with a backbone?

Why, The One moade a career of voting present but still needed the media to bury more dirt, stupid votes, wrong positions and goofy comments he held or made than Senator Goldwater did. And we know how it went in ’64, don’t we?

Mitt/Palin or Palin/Mitt.

I think a dark horse, personally. Like that Governor of VA and Ryan.

IlikedAUH2O on July 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM

maverick muse on July 15, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Stop bringing up reality.

IlikedAUH2O on July 15, 2010 at 6:08 PM

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