Hot Air Candidate Approval Survey: May Edition

posted at 12:15 pm on May 13, 2011 by Patrick Ishmael

Like the last survey, Barbour has been removed and Ron Paul has been added.

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Fun time, thanks!

Jeddite on May 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Rock on Patrick
:)

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Heyyyy….where’s my little “I voted!” sticker?

ornery_independent on May 13, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Palin/Cain baby yeah!

44Magnum on May 13, 2011 at 12:23 PM

I do enjoy these surveys – it’s nice to see what the community thinks!

Inkblots on May 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Wow, Future President Sarah Palin is running away with it already! You Paulians better get the word out and get busy LOL!

ornery_independent on May 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM

My opinions are changing on a daily basis, Patrick, thanks!

cynccook on May 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM

How do I vote for Disapprove..Approve when I just don’t know the candidate yet? Like, who is Herman Cain?

bbordwell on May 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM

How do I vote for Disapprove..Approve when I just don’t know the candidate yet? Like, who is Herman Cain?

bbordwell on May 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM

It’d be nice if there was an option to say “No Opinion”. I typically just vote a 4 for the candidates I’m not sure about.

strictnein on May 13, 2011 at 12:30 PM

bbordwell on May 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM

You might want to check out Herman. He would be a good choice, IMO.
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letget on May 13, 2011 at 12:30 PM

You should some way obscure the people’s email addresses in the responses sheet. Easy way to wind up with spamalot.

Abby Adams on May 13, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Patrick you always make these fun. When will you be putting out the information though?

upinak on May 13, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Like, who is Herman Cain?

bbordwell on May 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM

*FacePalm*

Have you not been keeping up?

upinak on May 13, 2011 at 12:34 PM

I thought we already did the May survey.

flyfisher on May 13, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Like, who is Herman Cain?

bbordwell on May 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM

*FacePalm*

Have you not been keeping up?

upinak on May 13, 2011 at 12:34 PM

No offense to the OP, but it reminds me of the Geico commercial of the guy living under the rock.

TampaBayBull on May 13, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Trump was on CNBC talking up Ron Paul yesterday.

We might get an endorsement.

Spathi on May 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Why bother? You know the Paulbots will spam and he will either win or nearly win now via spam.

jp on May 13, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Trump was on CNBC talking up Ron Paul yesterday.

We might get an endorsement.

Spathi on May 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM

*facepalm*

Dire Straits on May 13, 2011 at 12:38 PM

You should some way obscure the people’s email addresses in the responses sheet. Easy way to wind up with spamalot.

Abby Adams on May 13, 2011 at 12:32 PM

I removed that page entirely. Not sure what flipped it on for this survey.

Patrick Ishmael on May 13, 2011 at 12:38 PM

No offense to the OP, but it reminds me of the Geico commercial of the guy living under the rock.

TampaBayBull on May 13, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Ed and Allah are keeping up with the tide, how do people who supposedly read this blog, not read it?

Rock is correct.

upinak on May 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Guess it’s time for me to look up Cain.

bbordwell on May 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Ron Paul doesn’t want to be President. He officially entered the Presidential race today just so his supporters could have online polls to spam.

Emperor Norton on May 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Go Ron Paul! I’m feeling contrary today and Trump has petered out.

Rocks on May 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

I want to get everyone’s take on something:

Does everyone here think, as I do, that we are going to have to choose between two types of candidates: The one who most closely resembles our values and politics, and the one who stands the best chance at defeating Obama?

I think those of us on the right are going to have to choose between winning the battle of picking our “perfect” ultra conservative, or the war to win back the White House.

Judging by the current GOP field, we will not be able to win both.

For me, as much as I support someone along the lines of a Herman Cain, he would never stand a chance against Obama.

To win, you need somebody who can at least fool Independents into thinking he (or she) is one of them (the way Obama did in 2008). You also need somebody who either has a successful record to run on (Cain has never served in office) or some measure of charisma that is not polarizing or off-putting and is BAGGAGE FREE (Newt, Bachman, and Palin are OUT!)

Finally, you need somebody who will really draw a contrast to Barack Obama and give voters a clear choice (Romney is OUT) but who is not so different that they are considered extreme (both Paul’s are goners).

Who does that leave then?

I will tell you… candidates who are only going to represent 1/2 or 2/3 of of our value and or policy system.

I know many of you feel that if we are going to win the White House is has to “mean something” or, in other words, it has to be a total departure from Obama. However, I dont think we are likely to see that. Instead, we will see about a 60% departure from him.

But you know what, I would rather see 3/5 or 2/3 of Obamas policies go “bye bye,” then none at all.

If that means I need to settle for VAT Mitch Daniels or pardon and amnesty happy Huckabee, then so be it.

Any thoughts?

Indy82 on May 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Trump was on CNBC talking up Ron Paul yesterday.

We might get an endorsement.

Spathi on May 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Well, they are both loons.

gary4205 on May 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Heyyyy….where’s my little “I voted!” sticker?

ornery_independent on May 13, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Sticker? My printer squirted purple ink at me.

BTW, the only Republican who genuinely scares me is Ron Paul.

SKYFOX on May 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Trump was on CNBC talking up Ron Paul yesterday.

We might get an endorsement.

Spathi on May 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Stop spraying Ron Paul with your man goo…

… It really is disgusting.

Seven Percent Solution on May 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Trump was on CNBC talking up Ron Paul yesterday.
We might get an endorsement.

Spathi on May 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM

That’s almost as good as a Harry Macklowe endorsement.

Emperor Norton on May 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM

‘Switched this week from Romney to Daniels in light of Mitt’s stubborn refusal to disavow Masscare. I think Daniels is a weak candidate, however, and I believe he would lose.

I would rather see Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, or Mike Pence. At this point, I would also consider Allen West even though I’m not keen on going with someone with such a short record as an elected official… but he has a long public service record and overall I’ve liked what I’ve seen from him.

(It would be helpful to know if “approval” refers to approval as a POTUS candidate or as a conservative or what.)

Y-not on May 13, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Any thoughts?

Indy82 on May 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Lets just pray that someone has enough testicular fortitude to be able to do whats right and beat the living fluff out of Oblah-blah and the dems during the whole thing.

Yes..No?

upinak on May 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Yes..No?

upinak on May 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Amen!

Indy82 on May 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Does everyone here think, as I do, that we are going to have to choose between two types of candidates: The one who most closely resembles our values and politics, and the one who stands the best chance at defeating Obama?

No, I don’t. The establishment is selling that line because they know in the end most people will side with the one who has “the best chance of defeating Obama”. So they want you to start off with the belief that that person is not someone who resembles your values and politics. It’s bs.

Rocks on May 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Pawlenty/Cain

ultracon on May 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Any thoughts?

Indy82 on May 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

I’ll say it again…I won’t trade Obama’s full sprint toward socialism for a slow shuffle toward the same conclusion. We can and must go in a different direction or we’re just hoping the lions eat us last.

SKYFOX on May 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Spathi on May 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Doesn’t matter.

Paul will get obliterated.

He’s the GOP’s version of Nader.

BallisticBob on May 13, 2011 at 12:51 PM

It looks like these results are based on a “fighter index”.

faraway on May 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Indy82 on May 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Youn pretty much described my opinion. I gave more 1′s and 2′s than 6′s or 7′s plus wrote in my preferred choice.

fourdeucer on May 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM

7: Palin
6: Huckabee, Rand Paul
5: Giuliani, Gingrich
1: Romney, Huntsman

Emperor Norton on May 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Trump was on CNBC talking up Ron Paul yesterday.

We might get an endorsement.

Spathi on May 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM

OMG! Are you cereal?

The coveted Trump endorsement?

Hang it up boys, its all over.

Herr Doktor FTW !!11!!ELEVENTY!!

catmman on May 13, 2011 at 12:58 PM

For some of these potential candidates I would prefer the ability to go into negative numbers….

Vashta.Nerada on May 13, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Lets just pray that someone has enough testicular fortitude to be able to do whats right and beat the living fluff out of Oblah-blah and the dems during the whole thing.

Yes..No?

upinak on May 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Yep. hopefully it’s someone in red stilettos, carrying a nightstick. ;)

tencole on May 13, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Youn pretty much described my opinion. I gave more 1′s and 2′s than 6′s or 7′s plus wrote in my preferred choice.

I gave mostly 1′s and 4′s. My highest was a 5.

Y-not on May 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Any thoughts?

Indy82 on May 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

I think you are onto something there.

Vashta.Nerada on May 13, 2011 at 1:00 PM

OMG! Are you cereal?

The coveted Trump endorsement?

Hang it up boys, its all over.

Herr Doktor FTW !!11!!ELEVENTY!!

catmman on May 13, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Almost as good as a Christie endorsement…or not.

tencole on May 13, 2011 at 1:01 PM

No, I don’t. The establishment is selling that line because they know in the end most people will side with the one who has “the best chance of defeating Obama”. So they want you to start off with the belief that that person is not someone who resembles your values and politics. It’s bs.

Rocks on May 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

I don’t believe that either. Yesterday Mark Levin wrote, “The American people are craving a conservative leader.” I really believe he is correct. Regardless, without one we may be sunk.

flyfisher on May 13, 2011 at 1:01 PM

bbordwell on May 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM

I recommend you read this:

Introducing Herman Cain

Fabulous way to get to know him better…I was greatly impressed with his corporate track record, and was won over by that experience.

I would much rather elect a man who’s failed at politics than one who’s failed at business.

Cain 2012!

Miss_Anthrope on May 13, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Any thoughts?

Indy82 on May 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Well, I disagree with your assessment. I think we need someone with a proven track record of accomplishing what he or she set out to do. We have a lot of candidates who fit that model. We need someone who articulates and is willing to fight for the conservative vision. I think the Tea Party’s success is indicative of the right message at the right time. We will see more of this as we build to 2012.

If anything, I think that Daniels was probably right about calling a truce on social issues from the standpoint that gay marriage is not going to destroy our country the way that a floundering economy will. Abortion is a subject that can be won with the federalism argument. It is already won in the court of public opinion according to the woman who was a huge proponent of “choice” and now says the movement screwed up on late-term abortions.

Who always brings these social issues up? Liberals and Democrats that’s who and it’s because they know it drives the conversation off the rails for conservatives. Stay with the message of getting the economy back on track, it is the number one issue for 3/4′s of the voters.

We don’t have to give in on anything, but we need to prioritize. A fiscal conservative is going to give us conservative judges, who will interpret the law in accordance with the Constitution. That is a winning issue. We don’t need weenies who don’t believe it, we need strong advocates who are willing to fight for it.

What we need more than anything is closed primaries. I do not want Democrats messing with our primary system.

piglet on May 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

What we need more than anything is closed primaries. I do not want Democrats messing with our primary system.

piglet on May 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

And I don’t want my candidate chosen for me before I even get the chance to vote.

SKYFOX on May 13, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I don’t believe that either. Yesterday Mark Levin wrote, “The American people are craving a conservative leader.” I really believe he is correct. Regardless, without one we may be sunk.

flyfisher on May 13, 2011 at 1:01 PM

I refuse to give up the battle. I have kids and I want them to have the opportunities that I’ve had.

piglet on May 13, 2011 at 1:10 PM

And I don’t want my candidate chosen for me before I even get the chance to vote.

SKYFOX on May 13, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Yup. How to get the GOP on board?

piglet on May 13, 2011 at 1:12 PM

You put Ron Paul on an internet survey?

Dumb.

Rebar on May 13, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Gee I wonder who will win this totally non-spammable internet poll..

triple on May 13, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Anyways, I’m voting for a democrat president for the first time in my life. I had always hated the whole christian base the GOP tries to pander towards, how it restricts the rights of others based on no basis other than blind intolerance.. and I mean, the osama headshot just sealed it, in my mind.

Sorry ron paul. LOL

triple on May 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Not on ballot:

6: Jeb Bush
5: Christie

Emperor Norton on May 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Yup. How to get the GOP on board?

piglet on May 13, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Won’t happen voluntarily, piglet. It works against their own power position.

SKYFOX on May 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM

No point having Rand Paul on the survey.

Western_Civ on May 13, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Ish:

you should read a little about the votefair method and send out a survey from this link to compare the results with.. I think it would be interesting to see people rank them in an order they prefer. :)

Psycotte on May 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Votefair

Psycotte on May 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM

It would be funny to see a debate with Rand Paul and Ron Paul…

jeffn21 on May 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Of those on the list, I’ll take a Palin/Bolton ticket.

lonestar1 on May 13, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Herman Cain is the best candidate for President.

moonsbreath on May 13, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Of those on the list, I’ll take a Palin/Bolton ticket.

lonestar1 on May 13, 2011 at 2:04 PM

THIS!!

Psycotte on May 13, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Any thoughts?

Indy82 on May 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

As always, I will vote for my favored candidate in the primary. I will vote for the Republican in the general. And I will wish Conservatives had a party to actually represent them.

stvnscott on May 13, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Bring the hurt. Bring the Cain.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Any thoughts?

Indy82 on May 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Dude you should be hired by HA. Took the thoughts right out of my brain

snoopicus on May 13, 2011 at 2:53 PM

As always, I will vote for my favored candidate in the primary. I will vote for the Republican in the general. And I will wish Conservatives had a party to actually represent them.

stvnscott on May 13, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Cheers to this

snoopicus on May 13, 2011 at 2:54 PM

If Paul were 10 years younger, had the ability to articulate his views and didn’t sound whiney…and wasn’t batshite insane he’d be a fairly good presidential candidate.

rollthedice on May 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Does everyone here think, as I do, that we are going to have to choose between two types of candidates: The one who most closely resembles our values and politics, and the one who stands the best chance at defeating Obama?

No, I don’t. The establishment is selling that line because they know in the end most people will side with the one who has “the best chance of defeating Obama”. So they want you to start off with the belief that that person is not someone who resembles your values and politics. It’s bs.

Rocks on May 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

I agree with you totally.

Elisa on May 13, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Yup. How to get the GOP on board?

piglet on May 13, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Won’t happen voluntarily, piglet. It works against their own power position.

SKYFOX on May 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM

If I had my way, we would close the primaries and EVERY state would vote on Super Tuesday. It makes no sense to do it any other way, and I don’t really understand why we spread out the primary season. Late voting states are completely disenfranchised by the process as it stands.

piglet on May 13, 2011 at 4:09 PM

For me, as much as I support someone along the lines of a Herman Cain, he would never stand a chance against Obama.

To win, you need somebody who can at least fool Independents into thinking he (or she) is one of them (the way Obama did in 2008). You also need somebody who either has a successful record to run on (Cain has never served in office) or some measure of charisma that is not polarizing or off-putting and is BAGGAGE FREE (Newt, Bachman, and Palin are OUT!)

. . . If that means I need to settle for VAT Mitch Daniels or pardon and amnesty happy Huckabee, then so be it.

Any thoughts?

Indy82 on May 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

I don’t know why you think Cain doesn’t stand a chance against Obama. I think he would win over Obama in a heartbeat. I think he has the experience and charisma and knows jobs and that is what the independents and general public are looking for this year.

I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop on Cain. There may be something on the downside we don’t know yet. But for now, I see him as our best chance. The fact that he isn’t a RINO is just icing on the cake for me.

I don’t think Cain would have any scandals. He seems a genuine Christian man. We haven’t seen his wife yet, but I doubt there would be anything that would be a non starter with her.

The only thing I see as possible is if (as a public speaker and radio host) he has said something in the past on tape that they can take out of context. But they certainly can’t call him a racist. lol And he has a gift for speaking and can straighten out any gaff.

The Presidency is an executive position. Cain has been in several high level executive jobs. Corporations, Trade unions, etc. He has been successful in ALL of them. I don’t think the general public today cares about government experience. Cain knows how to get things done in the real world and can communicate and negotiate. Everything a President needs to get things done in Washington.

With a mandate, he would be unstoppable in Washington.

The general public today cares about JOBS, JOBS AND JOBS. And someone in office who doesn’t hate this country or embarrass us.

So far Cain is my top pick.

I don’t think Daniels would win. He seems like a decent man and I would accept someone who isn’t perfect, but he can be boring for the general public. And we should NOT underestimate the thing with his wife. Independents and the general public (especially women) can forgive infidelity with repentance, but leaving 4 children for another man will not be acceptable to many Americans. Unless she was on drugs and felt incapable of mothering. The public would forgive that as well.

I would vote for ANYONE over Obama. But I am looking for who will win in the general.

I love Palin to pieces, but lets see how Cain goes over for a few months as he gains a following. He may be our best bet. I don’t want to take any chances this year. We have to get rid of Obama. And the lies told about Palin may be hard to overcome with some stupid independents. I would fight for her though and some independents who don;t like her now, would still vote for her over Obama.

Cain, Palin, Bachman. I would accept Pawlenty, as well.

Elisa on May 13, 2011 at 4:14 PM

piglet on May 13, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Absolutely right!

pannw on May 13, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Palin/Cain baby yeah!

44Magnum on May 13, 2011 at 12:23 PM

+ infinity

SouthernGent on May 13, 2011 at 4:43 PM

. . . . . The Presidency is an executive position. Cain has been in several high level executive jobs. Corporations, Trade unions, etc. He has been successful in ALL of them. I don’t think the general public today cares about government experience. Cain knows how to get things done in the real world and can communicate and negotiate. Everything a President needs to get things done in Washington.
With a mandate, he would be unstoppable in Washington.

The general public today cares about JOBS, JOBS AND JOBS. And someone in office who doesn’t hate this country or embarrass us. . . . .

Elisa on May 13, 2011 at 4:14 PM

I forgot to add that he also held an executive position as chairman of the Federal REserve Bank in Kansas City, besides the corporations and trade union executive positions.

Elisa on May 13, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Wow. It took the Palin cultists over at C4P an entire 30 min to link to this poll so they can go full Paultard on it.

You’re slipping, Palinistas. That’ll be 10 Hail Sarahs to be absolved of your sin.

Hollowpoint on May 13, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Of those on the list, I’ll take a Palin/Bolton ticket.

lonestar1 on May 13, 2011 at 2:04 PM

THIS!!

Psycotte on May 13, 2011 at 2:14 PM

This would work for me.

Disturb the Universe on May 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Wow. It took the Palin cultists over at C4P an entire 30 min to link to this poll so they can go full Paultard on it.

You’re slipping, Palinistas. That’ll be 10 Hail Sarahs to be absolved of your sin.

Hollowpoint on May 13, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Can you change your screen name? Your stupidity doesn’t reflect well on the 2nd amendment.

wheelgun on May 13, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Hey Hollowpoint, You should NEVER go full retard, because there’s a real good chance that your mind will stay like that. It’s a different poll at C4P you moron.

bigmike on May 13, 2011 at 6:49 PM

This survey confirms the rumor that hotair will change their URL to http://www.palinista.com. Let’s face it. All her kids are here.

keep the change on May 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

This survey confirms the rumor that hotair will change their URL to http://www.palinista.com. Let’s face it. All her kids are here.

keep the change on May 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Cry me a river.

OhioCoastie on May 13, 2011 at 10:02 PM

I voted for Ron Paul cause he’s my favorite…juuust kidding…I voted for Cain. I still wish Jindal would run. *Pout*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 13, 2011 at 10:03 PM

keep the change on May 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

There are a lot of us who aren’t Palinistas. One person-one vote…now please quit whining.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 13, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Not on ballot:

6: Jeb Bush
5: Christie

Emperor Norton on May 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Praise the Lord!

livermush on May 13, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Looks like there is a bunch of big establishment Republicans on this site. There may be some limited government candidates listed, but there is only one VERY limited government candidate running. I was for Duncan Hunter last time, now I will go with Ron Paul. That is unless DeMint gets into this thing and then I think we could all gather around him. I think the nominee is yet to be listed.

livermush on May 13, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Herman Cain.

rukiddingme on May 13, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Agreed.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 13, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Indy82 on May 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

I’d prefer a candidate for POTUS to say what they mean and mean what they say rather than try to “fool the indies”…

Gohawgs on May 14, 2011 at 8:15 AM

I voted for Cain. I still wish Jindal would run. *Pout*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 13, 2011 at 10:03 PM

But, but, but neither are Mid-West Guvs???

Gohawgs on May 14, 2011 at 8:24 AM