Pawlenty trails in New Hampshire poll

Gov. Pawlenty may be getting lots of love from national news outlets over the past few weeks but it isn’t yet resonating with voters. In New Hampshire, Pawlenty is a distant seventh among possible 2012 GOP contenders. The Granite State poll shows that 41 percent of those polled support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Pawlenty is second to last among the field of

Among likely Republican Primary voters, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the 2008 New Hampshire runner-up, has consistently been the most popular. In the most recent Granite State Poll, 41% of likely Republican Primary voters said they would vote for Romney, 12% favor 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, 11% would vote for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, 9% support former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, 6% support Texas Congressman and 2008 candidate Ron Paul, 5% prefer former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, 3% favor Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, and 2% favor former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

Meanwhile, Pawlenty isn’t do so well on the home front either. A MPR/U of M poll shows that his approval rating is at historic lows. You can find information on Pawlenty’s approval and the 2010 governor’s race here.

  • A. Poor Minnesotan

    Sure am glad he traded what is best for the state for this strong seventh place showing. Imagine if he hadn’t screwed us all over, creating a pool of six million unhappy voters.

  • Bill Prendergast

    Why is that–“the national press is showing him lots of love,”as it says in the lead of this Polinaut article?

    I mean–how does a hopeful whose own state doesn’t support his bid and who always comes in sixth or seventh in *conservative* polling–continue to get “lots of love” from the national press, when it comes to his keeping his presidential bid alive?

    Do the heads of press organizations around the country meet, and agree to “keep puffing Pawlenty,” no matter how badly he does in the Republican polls and fundraising?

    How does a presidential candidate *without a national base of any kind,* with a crap record in office even from a conservative perspective–manage to get precious national press space, puffing his candidacy, for free?

    I really wish someone in the media could tell me “how that happens,” “who makes that decision,” “where the meeting is, when they take that decision.” That would make a “real good story.” The voters and political volunteers and bloggers would really like to know about “how the professional media decides which presidential hopeful gets puffed for free,”for years, despite having no partisan or public support, nationally or at home.”