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.