Conservatives Heart Huckabee, Palin, Not Romney

by Katrina Trinko

So far, Mitt Romney is consistently fourth in favorability among conservative GOP voters, lagging behind Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Huckabee, according to new polls from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

PPP surveyed eight states, and found, with the exception of Michigan (where Romney’s father was governor), Romney was fourth in every state. Among conservatives, Palin’s favorability was 77 percent, Huckabee’s 73 percent, Gingrich’s 64 percent, and Romney’s 58 percent.

Asked who would be their top choice for the 2012 nominee, 22 percent chose Palin, 21 percent Huckabee, 17 percent Gingrich, and 14 percent Romney.