Poll: No Clemency Fallout for Huckabee « The Washington Independent
Eric Kleefeld points to the new Public Policy Polling national survey that shows no dip whatsoever in former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s popularity in the wake of the Maurice Clemmons clemency controversy. He’s still the best-liked national Republican figure, and the one who polls the best against President Obama.
Huckabee’s problem, as I reported last week, is not with the national electorate but with the potential GOP primary electorate. The former governor has more enemies in the fiscal conservative establishment than perhaps any would-be Republican contender since former Rep. John Anderson (R-Ill.) in 1980. And the Clemmons controversy turned a bubbling-under issue into the kind of issue that prospective 2012 rivals could exploit against him, knowing and witnessing how much Huckabee wants to avoid the subject.