I have no idea who will step up as the leader of conservatives during the next two years. Quite honestly, I’m not sure if anyone will step up as a national leader for conservatives. But we do need a leader.
Could it be Gov. Palin? One thing seems for certain, if we held a national Republican primary right now, she’d win hands down.
Here are the results from a recent Rasmussen Reports poll. I don’t have access to the internals, but the sample was from 1,000 likely Republican voters, conducted the day after the election by phone, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.
When asked to choose among some of the GOP’s top names for their choice for the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, 64% say Palin. The next closest contenders are two former governors and unsuccessful challengers for the presidential nomination this year — Mike Huckabee of Arkansas with 12% support and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts with 11%.
Three other sitting governors – Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Charlie Crist of Florida and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota – all pull low single-digit support.
Note all are governors or former governors, not one has inside the beltway experience.
- 69 percent thought Palin helped the ticket
- 20 percent thought Palin hurt the ticket
- She has a 91 percent favorable rating among Republicans
More online over at the Rasmussen Reports Web site.