A Washington Post ABC News presidential poll of Republican-leaning voters today shows former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney bundled at the the top, and former U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie battling in fourth and fifth place respectively.
The poll results come after Christie publicly amplified his resistance to presidential office, stating in the face of some polls that put him in first place among GOP voters that he simply isn’t interested in running in 2012.
Here are the results of the poll:
Huckabee, 21%; Palin, 19%; Romney, 17%; Gingrich, 9%; Christie, 8%.
Trailing the second tier group are Texas Gov. Rick Perry (3%); Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (2%); former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (2%); Indiana Congressman Mike Pence (2%); Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (1%), etc.
The Post-ABC News conducted the poll by telephone Jan. 13-16, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,053 adults including users of both conventional and cellular phones.