An Internet poll sponsored by NewsMax.com reveals that an overwhelming number of Americans — nearly 7 in 10 respondents — favor former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as their presidential candidate in 2008.
The unscientific poll of nearly 90,000 people also shows that Gingrich would win handily in a GOP primary race against both Rudolph Giuliani and John McCain.
The results are surprising considering that Gingrich has not even announced that he would run for the White House. The popular conservative said he won’t make a decision until the fall, although he has been raising money with his new organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future, possibly laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign.
Here are the poll questions and results:
1) What is your overall opinion of Newt Gingrich?
Favorable: 87 percent
Unfavorable: 10 percent
No Opinion: 3 percent
2) Is Newt Gingrich your candidate for president in 2008?
Yes: 68 percent
No: 32 percent
3) In the following field, who is your 2008 candidate?
John McCain: 2 percent
Condi Rice: 4 percent
Mike Huckabee: 2 percent
Mitt Romney: 6 percent
Rudy Giuliani: 12 percent
Tom Tancredo: 5 percent
Ron Paul: 2 percent
Newt Gingrich: 58 percent
Duncan Hunter: 1 percent Other: 10 percent
4) In a Republican primary of Newt vs. Rudy Giuliani and John McCain, who would you vote for?
Rudy Giuliani: 17 percent
John McCain: 5 percent
Newt Gingrich: 78 percent
5) If the 2008 President race was between Newt Gingrich and Hillary Clinton, who would you vote for?
Newt Gingrich: 95 percent
Hillary Clinton: 5 percent