Bachmann is tops in GOP “intensity”

March 15, 2011

RTR2JTAS_Comp-150x150House Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann may not rate highly with Republican hierophants like George Will. But some Republicans seem to have an intense liking for her none the less, according to a new Gallup poll.

The Gallup survey of more than 1,500 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents shows Bachmann with a 20 percent “positive intensity” rating among 12 potential GOP White House wannabes. That’s second only to Mike Huckabee’s 25 percent rating. And it’s worth noting that Bachmann was recognized by only 52 percent of the respondents, so there may be room for improvement.

Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor with a disarming nice-guy persona, has polled strongly among Republican voters for some time. But the results seem encouraging for Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican who has only recently emerged from relative obscurity on the back of the Tea Party movement.

Viewed in some circles as a not-ready-for-prime-time-player in national politics, Bachmann has been parodied on Saturday Night Live and castigated by critics for gaffes including a recent reference to the first shots of the American Revolution being fired in New Hampshire, instead of Massachusetts, where the Battles of Lexington and Concord actually occurred. 

Will, the influential conservative columnist,  told ABC’s “This Week” only two days ago that Bachmann was “not among the serious contenders.”  That’s likely to prove true if she doesn’t poll strongly among independent voters who are not necessarily Tea Party-minded. Overall, Gallup said none of the GOP contenders they looked at drew a high level of intensely positive opinion — and that’s among Republicans.

The polling organization formulated its “positive intensity” ratings by asking respondents whether they have a strongly favorable, REUTERS CALENDARfavorable, unfavorable, or strongly unfavorable opinion of the potential wannabe in question.

Rounding out the top 5 were former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 17 percent,  and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania with 16 percent each.

Conducted Feb. 28 to March 13, the results have a  3 percentage point margin of error.

Reuters Photo Credits: Brian Snyder (Michele Bachmann); Larry Downing (White House)

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A Gingrich and Bachmann ticket is a great way to get Obama reelected. In fact, I don’t think the president would even have to campaign if that were to happen.

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I cant tell who is more ignorant…Palin or Bachmann? Both do not even know basic geography.

At least Bachmann has an excuse, her college degrees come from christian fundamentalist institutions that do not care about facts.

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I think any ticket at all with Palin or Bachmann is a slam-dunk 8 years for the president. That said, if any other of them does end up on a VP ticket, I move for Biden to be replaced by Hillary Clinton on the Dems ticket. A Clinton-Palin debate would bring American Idol high ratings!

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Bachman is an energetic, honest, intelligent, and attractive lady. She’s a christian too, is there something wrong with being a christian? We need to replace the zombies with people like her.

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As a Minnesotan, I have opposed Bachmann on every single issue, save one:

Congress should never have nationalized Wall Street’s debts on the backs of taxpayers.

In my opinion, that is the only time she has come down on the right side of an issue since the first time I heard of her.

As Senators, Obama and McCain both voted for the bail out and for that reason I didn’t vote for either of them.

If they were truly afraid of an apocalyptic outcome, then they should have nationalized the banks’ money generators in addition of nationalizing their debt.

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