National Journal has just published a poll of “Democrat Insiders” that shows them considering Mitt Romney the biggest obstacle to Obama retaining the White House in 2012.
With the economy sputtering, Democratic political operatives view former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the main Republican threat to President Obama‘s reelection, according to this week’s National Journal Political Insiders Poll.
Democratic Insiders see Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has not yet declared whether or not he will run for president, as the second strongest against Obama. A separate poll of Republican insiders, released Thursday, also showed Perry as Romney’s main GOP challenger.
Who would be the Republicans’ strongest presidential nominee in 2012? Democrats
Mitt Romney 48% 27% Rick Perry 20% 5% Jon Huntsman 16% 25% Chris Christie 6% 11% Tim Pawlenty 6% 20%
Romney has nearly doubled where he was two months ago. Perry has surged from also-ran 5% to a respectable 20%.
The Democrats continue their odd fascination with Huntsman giving him 16%. The man continues to languish down in the 1 – 2% range in most if not all of the polls, yet here he is in third place among Democrat insiders. They appear to like his penchant for only criticizing fellow Republicans and not Obama.
Nobody else is in double digits.