The news last week that Fox News had suspended the contracts
of two prospective GOP presidential candidates -- Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum -- left open the question of when and whether similar action would be taken on two other much-mentioned prospects, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee.
So, with so many possible Republican prospects in the Fox ranks, Gallup asked this question
: Who runs best among Fox News listeners given that the network's critics say the political preferences of Fox and its audiences tilt pretty clearly to the GOP.
The winner of the Fox "presidential primary" is Huckabee who tops the list for regular Fox viewers at 18 percent, followed by Mitt Romney at 17 percent, Palin at 13 percent and Gingrich at 13 percent. Santorum was way back at 3 percent, according to the poll conducted Feb. 18-20. The margin of error is 3 points so no one in the top four is too far apart when it comes to viewer support. Gallup defined regular viewers as those who tune in four to five times a week.
Gingrich suffers the biggest gap of the potential candidates between his level of support among Fox News viewers compared to the Republicans who are non-viewers, with only 6 percent among the non-viewers compared to the 13 percent among Fox regulars.
Thirty-eight percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they watch Fox News four to five nights a week. Seventeen percent watch two or three nights a week, 11 percent only one night a week and 33 percent don't watch at all.
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