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2012 Polls: No Clear GOP Front Runner

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Two new polls released in the past 24 hours show that four 2012 GOP potentials continue to be in a statistical pile-up at the top of Republican voters' wish list , with no clear front-runner emerging.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll out Wednesday showed that Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich are far in front of the rest of the GOP gang in terms of favorable ratings among Republican, and Republican-leaning voters.

Huckabee scored a 61 percent favorable rating, Romney close behind with 60 percent, with Palin and Gingrich following at 58 and 55 percent respectively.

Palin has the highest unfavorable rating in the survey.

Thirty-seven percent see Palin unfavorably, higher than Gingrich's unfavorable rating by 11 points, Romney's by 16 points and Huckabee's by 19 points, according to the Washington Post/ABC News poll.

A Public Policy Polling survey Tuesday, also place those same four Republicans in a statistical dead heat with each receiving less than 20 percent of support from GOP national primary voters.

Huckabee leads with 18 percent, Romney at 17 percent, Palin at 16 percent, and Gingrich at 14 percent, however a total amount of 15 percent " are undecided or favor someone unnamed", according to the PPP poll.

As top aides tell Fox News, Huckabee, who came in second to 2008 Republican nominee John McCain, is completely torn with the decision to run again for president or continue his work as Fox News host, and book author. If the former Arkansas Governor decides not to enter the race, Romney, the candidate with whom his camp had the most pugilistic animosity towards during the Iowa caucuses, benefits the most.

According to the new poll, in a race without Huckabee, Romney edges Palin and Gingrich. The PPP news release also states that " In the absence of Palin, Huckabee tops Gingrich and Romney, 22-20-18. With neither Palin nor Huckabee making a bid, Gingrich and Romney tie at 24%, with Paul at 12%. Palin's voters go more heavily to Gingrich than to Romney. "

"The Republican field continues to be devoid of a front runner," Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling said in a released statement. "And even if Mike Huckabee or Sarah Palin doesn't run or both don't run there still won't be a clear front runner. It couldn't be much more up for grabs."PPP, a Democratic- leaning polling unit, surveyed 600 national Republican primary voters from March 10th to 13th.

The survey's margin of error is +/-4.1%.

According to ABC News/Washington Post : Their poll was "conducted by telephone March 10-13, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,005 adults, including landline and cellphone-only respondents." The results have a margin of error of +/- 6

 

Serafin Gomez is the Miami Bureau producer for FOX News Channel, and a contributor to FOX News Latino. He covers politics, Florida, and Latin America. Follow him on Twitter: @Finnygo.

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