Poll: Romney, Palin lead among Wisconsin’s GOP voters

A Public Policy Poll taken May 19 – 22 found former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin leading the pack among likely GOP primary voters.

The poll showed Romney favored by 17 percent and Palin by 16 percent. Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, had 12 percent of Wisconsin Republicans’ support and Michelle Bachmann, an anti-gay Tea Party congresswoman from Minnesota, was favored by 11 percent. In a three-way tie at 10 percent were former Godfather’s pizza executive Herman Cain, former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas congressman Ron Paul.

The poll also asked likely Democratic voters in Wisconsin about their favorites to succeed retiring Sen. Herb Kohl. Far ahead in first place was former Sen. Russ Feingold with 70 percent, followed by U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin with 12 percent.

Thirty-six percent of likely Republican primary voters chose former Gov. Tommy Thompson to succeed Kohl. But political insiders say Thompson is unlikely to run due to his many extramarital affairs. Former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann came in second among likely Republican primary voters with 22 percent.