The Rochester Business Journal asked its readership who they thought would be the the most formidable GOP candidate in the presidential election against Barack Obama in 2012. Here is their headline:
Plurality picks Romney as strongest GOP pick
A plurality of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll say former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would be the strongest Republican candidate in a 2012 race against President Barack Obama.
With the Republicans’ success at the polls in the midterm elections, speculation about the upcoming race and the 2012 GOP presidential nomination has intensified. So far, no leading candidate officially has announced his or her intention to seek the Republican nod.
When asked to choose among a field of potential candidates, 21 percent selected Romney. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was favored by 15 percent of respondents.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin garnered 9 percent of the vote. And 8 percent picked former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Romney also led a recent national Gallup poll of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, with 19 percent. Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee each received 16 percent. In the RBJ poll, 6 percent picked Huckabee as the strongest candidate.
More than 665 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted Nov. 15 and 16.
In your opinion, who would be the strongest Republican presidential candidate in 2012?
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 21%
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 15%
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 9%
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani: 8%
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia: 7%
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 6%
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: 6%
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: 5%
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas: 5%
Sen.-elect Marco Rubio of Florida: 4%
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 4%
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: 3%
Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina: 2%
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina: 2%
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: 1%
Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania: 1%
Indiana Rep. Mike Pence: 1%
South Dakota Sen. John Thune: 1%
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► Jayde Wyatt