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Huckabee Narrowly Leads the GOP Presidential Pack Among Fox News Viewers

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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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bobbybbq

Looking at this list, I would venture that this is great news to ensure a second term for Obama...

March 09 2011 at 4:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
scynth

I'm hoping the GOP candidate is none other than Donald Trump! Can't wait to hear him say "You're fired" to the umpteen overlapping governmental departments. I think he's serious. He loves this country and he loves his family. He will run for the sake of both!

March 09 2011 at 4:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
wmoore4506

What a poll, asking Fox News viewers which of the Fox News people they want for President. First no intelligent person watches Fox News for real news. How else do you explain the popularity of a candidate who believes that the earth was created 6,000 years ago?

March 08 2011 at 7:27 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Reality

Its Palin for the majority of independents and Republicans.....If Palin is not our candidate, we will move over
to the other side and vote for Obama. You can count on that.

March 08 2011 at 11:42 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
mujerona

The leader in base-level news journalism polled their mentally-malleable dregs-of-society viewers. It sounds more like a popularity poll from their corral of paid commentators for homecoming queen, than a realistically viable presidential candidate.

March 08 2011 at 10:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
andrc657

Huckabee has a serious credibility gap.

March 07 2011 at 7:42 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
lafwc

How come not one Republican has requested an investigation of the gas increase. We get no oil from Libya, none from Egypt, all of it from Canada, South America, Nigeria and 10% from Saudia Arabia. Our reserves are completely full. So why the big increase? Could it be that the Republicans get a lot of $ from the oil lobby? Far more than the Dems. Our economy will be wrecked further and not one word about the gauging.

March 07 2011 at 4:16 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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drummer542

Other countries get oil from Libya. Meaning shortages from there causes them to go to other sources, like where we get oil. Also, speculation markets start to up their purchases in anticipation of oil price increases. It's not a conspiracy. It's a lack of education.

March 07 2011 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bo

Anyone see anything wrong with so many Republican contenders being employed by Fox News? Can you imagine the furor if 4 Democratic candidates were all employed by MSNBC?

We need to get some real candidates, not paid pundits.

March 07 2011 at 3:40 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
Kumpta Shankar

I have already spoken about Huckabee and he is no candidate to stand against formidable Obama.By denigrating him as an alien,he is ridiculing the American people who haven elected him with landslide.If by accident he is the choice of the republican party,it will be a blunder and Obama will eclipse the previous record of winners.Huckabee has no issue but his lineage.None have any except deficit,spending,healthcare and his birth.Obama as today is unconquerable and hence,they must revise their policy and issues.God bless America.

March 07 2011 at 12:19 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
kwoodgr

I wonder after Huckabee lost it last week with his ignorance about Obama, the Mau Mau, etc. if he would still rank high. He has certainly lost my confidence in him.

March 07 2011 at 11:30 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

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