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Donald Trump and Sarah Palin may be media darlings but a new poll shows 60 percent of American voters would just say no to a GOP Presidential ticket that featured either as a 2012 candidate for President.
The Quinnipiac University poll of 1,408 voters found that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the clear favorite among GOP hopefuls with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee coming in second.
Each would get about 50 percent of the vote if the election were held today, the poll shows.
The poll injects a rare note of political reality into a crowded GOP field that has lately been dominated more by celebrity glitz than substance. Trump, who seems to be leaning towards a Presidential run, now appears to be fading in the public’s eye while Palin has long ago dropped out of contention when it comes to public approval.
Trump says he will announce his intention after his TV reality show, “Celebrity Apprentice” ends its season later this month.
Palin is trying to be coy about her intentions but the numbers are not in her favor.
“Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are in the best shape. Sarah Palin and Donald Trump suffer from the reality that, as our mothers told us, ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression,’” Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute told Reuters.
The poll included 613 Republican and independent Republican-leaning voters and showed Romney as favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination with 18 percent, followed by Huckabee and Palin with 15 percent and Trump with 12 percent.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich came in far behind with 5 percent, while former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann trailed even lower with 4 percent.
Twice failed Presidential candidate Ron Paul? Not even a blip on the screen. Same for his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
The poll was conducted between April 16 and May 1, and comes on the eve of a South Carolina debate among a handful of potential Republican candidates, none high-profile.
The margin of error was 2.6 points.