Huckabee’s Numbers Really Surprise After the Clemmons Controversy

by Jim Geraghty

I am surprised. Rejoice, Huckabee fans.

With Barack Obama’s approval rating hitting new lows in most polling it should come as no surprise that his leads over potential 2012 Republican opponents are as well. Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Tim Pawlenty all have their best performances relative to Obama in this month’s poll and Mitt Romney matches his strongest standing yet.

Huckabee comes the closest, trailing Obama 46-45. It’s interesting to note that Huckabee’s share of the Democratic vote is up from 11% a month ago to now 16%, but his share of the Republican vote is down from 87% to 83% . . . Mitt Romney comes next closest to Obama, trailing 47-42, matching his five point deficit from a month ago.

Palin has her top showing against Obama, trailing 50-44. That’s quite an improvement from March when we first tested the Obama-Palin contest and found her trailing 55-35 . . . Finally Tim Pawlenty, who 64% of voters have no opinion about, trails 48-35.

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