The 7 Top GOP Candidates the GOP Hates

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There is no doubt that the Presidential election season has already begun, and with just 18 months to spare. While the Democratic nominee is obvious, the Republican nominee is far from it. Right now, the Republicans are looking at a field of candidates that is exactly the same or worse than last election's cast of lovable losers. This could be the reason why not one candidate has any enthusiasm backing them or could beat Obama in an election before he has even started campaigning and is at his least popular. Here are the top GOP candidates the GOP hates.

7. Sarah Palin

Only 51% of Republicans have a favorable view of the most widely recognized members of the 2012 field. Among all registered voters, she has just a 26% favorable rate with 55% of voters having an unfavorable view of her already. A CBS News/NY Times poll showed that just 4% of Republicans are enthusiastic about Palin's candidacy, leaving the 2008 GOP Vice Presidential candidate behind Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, The Donald, and Newt Gingrich.

6. Mike Huckabee

Huckabee has his own Fox News show, ran for president last time, and is an all-around nice guy that just wants to be the leader of the free world. Unfortunately, the Republican voters do not share his sentiment. Just 8% of Republicans are enthusiastic about Huckabee's candidacy, leaving him behind even Mitt Romney. While 54% of Republicans have a favorable view of Huckabee, just 32% of all voters do (which actually makes him the most popular Republican among all registered voters).

5. Donald Trump

His candidacy may be fresh and newsworthy but statistically he is worse off than his much more experienced (except Sarah Palin) opponents. Just 7% of Republicans are "enthusiastic" about Trump's candidacy and just 32% of Republicans have a favorable view of The Donald. Worse yet, just 25% of all voters have a favorable view of him while 46% have an unfavorable view.

4. Mitt Romney

Romney is in many ways the frontrunner for the 2012 nomination, just as he was in 2008. A presidential term later, only 9% of Republicans are enthusiastic about Romney's candidacy. Only 42% of the GOP views him favorably, leaving him below Huckabee, Palin, and Newt Gingrich. Among all voters, just 28% see Romney favorably.

3. Newt Gingrich

Roughly 5% of Republicans are enthusiastic about the former House Speaker who has not been in politics for over a decade. Though he made his name as the epitome of modern Republican politics, just 42% of Republicans view him favorably and just 23% of all voters view him favorably.

2. Tim Pawlenty

Tim Pawlenty brings so little charisma and excitement to the table that he does not even register on the GOP enthusiasm poll. Among Republicans, his favorability is below even that of Michelle Bachmann, though most voters say they haven't heard enough about him. Tim Pawlenty is a dark horse in this election, but the lack of anything surrounding his campaign is not exactly going to get the Pawlenty-heads in a wild fervor.

1. Everyone Else

If the mainstream candidates are struggling from lack of name recognition, imagine how the rest of the 2012 GOP field feels. Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Mitch Daniels, and Jon Huntsman are the best of the rest. Outside of Ron Paul, who is a fringe candidate at best, none have real name recognition. Fewer yet have any favorability in the double-digits.

When asked who GOP voters were actually enthusiastic about, 56% said "No One." Not a bad choice considering the number of far right and farther-right candidates that make up the GOP field. While these candidates are all taking turns pandering to the Tea Party and the far, far right, the rest of the country is losing patience with the Birther-ism, Ryan budget proposals, and tax cuts on the uber-rich. Just something to think about as Republicans vie for Iowa's conservative caucus support, not realizing the rest of the country is also listening. Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney led the Iowa caucus last year, and it seems like the entire GOP has largely forgotten about them already.

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