When asked to choose among some of the GOP’s top names for their choice for the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, 64% say Palin. The next closest contenders are two former governors and unsuccessful challengers for the presidential nomination this year — Mike Huckabee of Arkansas with 12% support and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts with 11%.
Three other sitting governors–Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Charlie Crist of Florida and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota–all pull low single-digit support.
Some 69 percent of Republicans believed Palin was an asset to the losing ticket headed by John McCain. This despite exit polls that revealed 60 percent of voters said Palin was "not qualified to be president if necessary." Massive denial? Or firm conviction? Not sure which.