Thursday, June 2, 2011

National Journal Political Insiders Poll: Romney, Huntsman Biggest Threats to Obama

H/T Joe
Democratic operatives and party strategists believe that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, followed closely by former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman would be the strongest candidates that the Republicans could nominate from their field to take on President Obama, according to the results of this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

While he was hardly their runaway choice, Democratic Insiders who thought Romney would be the GOP's strongest nominee cited his knowledge of the economy and business, and his experience as a White House candidate in 2008. At times they sounded as more positive than Republican Insiders who thought Romney was the candidate most likely to win the GOP nomination. "[The] Republican establishment will need to grit their teeth and realize it's Romney or four more years of Obama," said one Democratic Insider. "He's relatively road-tested, compared to with most of the list [of GOP contenders]," noted another.
Mitt Romney 27%
Jon Huntsman 25%
Tim Pawlenty 20%
Chris Christie 11%
Rick Perry 5%
Other 12%

The full story is here.

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