Republicans’ faves

How conservatives rank the candidates

Sarah Palin is back in the news, and pundits are speculating whether the former half-term Alaska governor will make a bid for the White House. If she goes for it, her biggest competitor may be presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. But conservative voters have very different perceptions of Palin and Romney. According to a recent Gallup survey, split up by political issue, Romney receives about equal support. Palin’s, on the other hand, varies; she receives greater support from those most concerned with moral and social issues.

Here’s the breakdown among Republican and Republican-leaning voters when asked to choose their favorites based on issue:

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  Government spending Economy Social/moral values Foreign policy Mitt Romney 17% 16% 18% 18% Sarah Palin 11% 14% 23% 18% Newt Gingrich 12% 10% 5% 8% Ron Paul 10% 11% 11% 6% Herman Cain 13% 4% 4% 10% Tim Pawlenty 9% 5% 1% 6% Michele Bachmann 6% 6% 3% 5%