"NOAAN" wins Gallup's Republican Presidential Poll

I know you’re all thinking about the 2010 race next month and your head might not be ready for 2012 yet. However, Gallup’s latest poll showing the front runners in the Republican field for president made me laugh and inspired me to write this diary. Still showing up on the list are Romney, Huckabee and Ron Paul. Seriously, people? As my husband (who is a Conservative independent) says, we need new blood – not someone who’s already ran and lost. Not someone who hasn’t been out there 24/7 for the last two years, loudly and successfully fighting for us. Who are these Gallup people talking to exactly? Well, it turns out that they interviewed a total of 906 Republicans. Wow, Gallup. Don’t hurt yourselves by interviewing more than 18.12 people per state. And the people they interviewed weren’t even all Republicans. They were Republicans AND Republican-leaning independents (we call them Rinos at Redstate).

Here was the question that was asked…“I’m going to read a list of people who may be running in the Republican primaries for president in the 2012 election. After I read all the names, please tell me which of those candidates you would be most likely to support for the Republican nomination for President in 2012, or if you would support someone else.” (RANDOM ORDER WAS GIVEN)

So even though people were allowed to pick their own candidate, a field of nominees was offered to them from Gallup. Here were the results: (link to Gallup here)

Mitt Romney 19
Sarah Palin 16
Mike Huckabee 12
Newt Gingrich 9
Ron Paul 7
Tim Pawlenty 3
Haley Barbour 3
Rick Santorum 2
John Thune 2
Mitch Daniels 2
Mike Pence 1
Chris Christie (vol.) 1
Gary Johnson 1
Other 4
Any/all (vol.) 1
None (vol.) 7
No opinion 11

The real story here is that the top vote-getter was actually a candidate called “none/other/any/all/no opinion” That candidate got a 23 share! I call it the NOAAN candidate (sounds kinda like “no one” doesn’t it?) This is the main candidate that we have to take a look at because it’s obviously the most popular.

So who are my top pics in my own little perfect world?

1. Fred Thompson
2. Herman Cain
3. Sarah Palin
4. Jim DeMint
5. Mike Pence
6. Marco Rubio

These choices are based on loyalty to our principles, their ability to inspire and motivate the Republican base to vote, their passion to serve and my trust in their Conservatism.

Who are YOUR top picks for a (Conservative) presidential nominee for 2012?