Reuters published an article yesterday about a brand new telephone poll by Public Policy Polling.
"Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who signed sweeping curbs on public unions into law this month, may be emerging as a potential 2012 Republican presidential contender, according to a poll issued on Thursday.
The phone survey by Public Policy Polling of 642 registered voters across the country on March 10-13 found that Walker's favorability among Republican voters was 55 percent positive and 11 percent negative, a spread of 44 points.
That pushed Walker ahead of other possible Republican contenders such as former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who had a 42-point spread with 58 percent positive and 16 percent negative rating, and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who polled 63 percent positive and 23 percent negative, a spread of 40 points.
The poll showed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with a 21-point spread (47 percent positive, 26 percent negative) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 19 points (49 percent positive, 30 percent negative).
"None of the folks most seriously considering this race have been able to get any momentum yet, leaving a lot of room for a fresher face to enter and get a lot of traction," the polling group said. "Walker's crusade against the unions has put him in a position where he could be that guy."
What these Republican poll respondents don't know is that Scott Walker is precluded from running for President in 2012. He made a solemn campaign promise to the citizens of Wisconsin to creat 250,000 new jobs by January 2015. Now if he can get that accomplished by the Iowa caucuses in February, 2012, then I, for one, will say: "Scott, go in peace to Iowa to love and serve the Tea Party." (However, to keep his options open, Governor Walker may be busy campaigning elsewhere next February.)