Public Policy Polling says its latest survey of likely Republican primary voters shows former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has nearly three times as much support among “usual” Republican primary voters as he did just two weeks ago, prior to formally launching his presidential campaign. Pawlenty garnered 13 percent of the support, behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin who are tied at 16 percent. Rep. Michele Bachmann got 9 percent.
Two weeks ago, Public Policy Polling had Pawlenty polling at just 5 percent.
If Palin were out of the mix, Bachmann would tie Pawlenty at 13 percent according to the poll. In that scenario, Romney would have the lead with 20 percent.
PPP says it surveyed 574 “usual Republican primary voters nationwide” from May 23rd through May 25. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.