Newsweek ran a poll which they released October 23, 2008 which asked Republicans who they'd favor for President in 2012 if McCain lost in 2008. The results suggest that Sarah Palin is not the favorite her followers would like you to think she is.
If John McCain is not elected president, which one of the following three possible candidates would you be most likely to support for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012?
Mitt Romney 35%
Mike Huckabee 26%
Sarah Palin 20%
That was before McCain lost, and before further revelations exposed additional information regarding Palin's poor qualifications. The poll differentiates, splitting the Republicans into two groups -- "Traditional Republicans" and "Social Issue Republicans."
The social issue group actually picked Huckabee as their top choice (31%), with Romney a close second (29%) and Palin pulled 21%. Among the "Traditional Republicans" Romney was way out in front with 42%, followed by Huckabee (23%) and Palin (19%).
Newsweek poll results (pdf - see question #21 on page 15)
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