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Political Insiders Poll

Insiders on the potential GOP presidential candidates.

March 10, 2011

Which potential GOP presidential candidate’s stock has risen the most in the past few months?

Democrats (97 votes)

Mitch Daniels: 22%
Mitt Romney:
Tim Pawlenty:
Newt Gingrich
: 10%
Mike Huckabee:

Also receiving votes: Chris Christie, 6%; Haley Barbour, 5%; Rick Santorum, 2%; Jon Huntsman and Donald Trump, 1% each.



“He comes across as a more reasonable, practical leader than many of the others in their field.”

“Attrition in the field and a lack of a consensus social-conservative candidate have given Daniels an opening.”

“Deficit truth-tellers are in vogue at the moment. But truth-tellers usually don’t become president.”

“The press is taking him seriously, and that means he is in the mix to stay.”


“He hasn’t done much of late, but he is the front-runner, and no one has done anything real to try to unseat him.”

“Most advanced organization, most leaning forward.”

“Compared to his Republican competitors, Romney comes off as Abraham Lincoln.”


“The only other organized candidate appears to be Romney. The rest of the potential candidates are disorganized or indecisive, or both.”

“The exit of [Sen. John] Thune opens the door for a smart young Midwesterner with rational conservative credentials.”

“Successfully positioning himself as a safe alternative for all parts of the party.”


“He has managed in his inimitable way to grab a substantial share of media attention.”


“A lot of people agree with what he said [about Natalie Portman], and more respect him for saying something.”


Which potential GOP presidential candidate’s stock has risen the most in the past few months?

Republicans (103 votes)

Mitch Daniels: 25%
Tim Pawlenty:
Haley Barbour:
Mitt Romney
: 11%
Chris Christie:

Also receiving votes: Mike Huckabee,5%; none, 4%; Jon Huntsman, 3%; Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Donald Trump, 2% each; Rick Santorum, 1%.


“Positive stories from all corners; he has been able to joke about height.”

“His new ‘Red Menace’ [Conservative Political Action Conference speech] regarding the national debt struck a chord.”

“The more it becomes about deficit reduction, the better he does.”

“With Thune’s departure from the field, he now becomes the GOP establishment’s dark-horse candidate.”


“More people understand that the race is a long grind, and candidates who wear well will be in the hunt all the way through.”

“Not because of anything he’s done but because of how the others misstep.”

“He has the most room for growth, is taking the race seriously, and stands to gain the most when others drop out or implode.”


“He has steadily laid the foundation and is making a compelling case that his run is doable.”

“With Thune and Daniels—soon to be—out, Barbour looks like the most experienced and credible conservative.”


“He continues to slowly plod along, putting together his finance and political infrastructure under the radar.”

“He is still the front-runner despite weeks of others attempting to poke holes in his candidacy. The New Hampshire mini-launch last weekend was executed very professionally.”


“[American Enterprise Institute] speech was a smash, formed policy group with Barbour, and avoided expectations by not setting up a PAC.”

“Removing himself from contention has only made him more attractive.”


Which potential GOP presidential candidate’s stock has fallen the most in the past few months?

Democrats (97 votes)

Sarah Palin: 53%
Mike Huckabee:
Newt Gingrich:
Mitt Romney:
Haley Barbour:

Also receiving votes: Mitch Daniels, 2%; none, 1%.


“Sullied herself in the aftermath of the tragic assassination attempt against Congresswoman Giffords.”

“Every day, fewer Republicans take her seriously and are unafraid to mock her.”

“She looks like she’s in it for the money, which she probably is.”

“Her negatives are increasing, and her polling numbers have flatlined.”


“First he goes off on Natalie Portman for being pregnant and unmarried just after she wins the Best Actress Oscar. Then he plays the race card by claiming that Barack Obama grew up in Kenya.”


“Newt started to step out there, but it was one step forward, two steps back. It’s hard to see yourself finishing the race that way. The chickens are coming home to roost.”


“He seems the type-cast politician, and his references to being a businessman do not ring true the second time you run for president.”


“Serious candidate with serious Southern credentials undermines credentials with recent comments on civil-rights era.”


Which potential GOP presidential candidate’s stock has fallen the most in the past few months?

Republicans (102 votes)

Sarah Palin: 42%
Mitt Romney:
Newt Gingrich:
Haley Barbour:
Mike Huckabee:

Also receiving votes: Mitch Daniels, 3%; Rudy Giuliani, 1%; Jon Huntsman, 1%; Tim Pawlenty, 1%, Rick Santorum, 1%.


“Looking attractive and being attacked by the news media are not sufficient qualifications for president.”

“She’s been in a free fall since the Arizona shootings.”

“Her market niche is being filled by Michele Bachmann. When people say Bachmann is like Palin, only smarter, that’s a problem.”


“Persistent questions surround Romneycare. He is still the front-runner, but most Republicans are shopping around for another candidate.”


“Muffed rollout reinforced old worries.”


“For a guy who is supposed to be a brilliant political operative, he has allowed the word ‘racist’ to attach itself to his name, almost overnight.”


“His lack of activity and his blunder with the Obama-Kenya remark proves his eye is not on the ball.”


Democratic Political Insiders Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Deb Callahan, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Stephanie Cutter, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Eric Eve, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Don Fowler, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Kam Kuwata, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bill Lynch, Bob Maloney, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Terry McAuliffe, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Donnell, Scott Parven, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Bruce Reed, Mame Reiley, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Wendy Sherman, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Katrina Swett Sarah, Swisher, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, Bridgette Williams, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Steve Duprey, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Mindy Fletcher, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Barry Jackson, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bruce Keough, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, George S. LeMieux, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Connie Partoyan, Dana Perino, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Tom Wilson, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, and Fred Wszolek.

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