Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would go toe-to-toe with President Obama if he sought the presidency in 2012, according to a newÂ Fairleigh Dickinson University survey. Among registered voters nationwide, 46 percent said they’d vote for Huckabee and the same number would re-elect the president.
When it comes to first GOP presidential picks, more Republican registered voters don’t know who they’d choose yet, according to the poll. Twenty-three percent said they’re unsure or they’d prefer someone else to run as the Republican candidate than those named in the survey. But 21 percent were sure of Huckabee as their first choice and Romney came in a close second, receiving 20 percent support. Both potential presidential hopefuls benefited from a previous run for the highest office in the nation. Palin, who ran as the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2008, came in a distant third with 12 percent of registered voters saying they’d choose her to run as the Republican candidate for president.
The Fairleigh-Dickinson University poll was conducted from March 21-28, before the president’s speech on Libya. Eight hundred registered voters across the country were questioned by telephone. The poll has a sampling error of plus-or-minus 3.5 percentage points.