(photo credit: AP)
is a table comparing our Israel Factor ranking of Republican contenders
for the 2012 presidency with the ranking made by both Republican and
In a previous post, we compared what
Republican voters want (the candidates most popular, according to the
Clarus Poll) with the candidates the panel likes more than others (those
ranked higher on the “good for Israel” question). We have found some
striking similarities – and some differences. You can see them all here:
Factor panelists want what Republicans want, sort of.
this post we keep the Clarus numbers in the table, but also add the
answers both Republican and Democrat so-called “insiders” were giving in
the traditional The National Journal survey.
questions to Republicans and Democrats weren’t identical, and those
looking at the table should take it into account. Republicans were asked
to “Rank the top 5 candidates, 1 through 5, in terms of whom you think
is most likely to capture the 2012 Republican presidential nomination."
Democrats were asked “Who would be the Republicans' strongest
presidential nominee in 2012?” Thus, the table bellow compares not just
Israel Factor favorites with Republican voters’ favorites, but also
serves as reality check for our panel.
Candidate Israel Factor Clarus Poll NJ Insiders poll, NJ Insiders poll,
GOP (107 votes) Dem (113 votes)
Mitt Romney 6 19% 78 29%
Mike Huckabee 5.75 18% 21
Sara Palin 3.87 17% 28
Newt Gingrich 5.71 10% 16
Chris Christie 4.6 9%
Ron Paul 3.86 4%
Bobby Jindal 4.5 4%
Tim Pawlenty 5.8 3% 33 13%
Haley Barbour 3.75 2% 24
John Thune 4.8 2% 32 15%
Mitch Daniels 4 2% 37 11%
Below are the conclusions The Israel Factor has drawn:
1. The panel should be happy to learn that Romney is in good position to win, according to both Republicans and Democrats.
It should also be quite satisfied that Tim Pawlenty seems to be someone
with a good chance (Republicans) and that can be competitive against
3. Giuliani isn’t even mentioned in the Insiders’ poll – the panel should probably get over him (see my post on this issue here).
4. Jeb Bush isn’t in the table since The Israel Factor doesn’t yet
include his name. This will be corrected next time around, as both
Republicans (5) and Democrats (14%) think he can be the one.
Our panel ranks Mitch Daniels fairly low. Is it because they think he
will not be as “good” from an Israel standpoint as other candidates – or
just because they don’t know much about him? Time will tell. Obviously,
the panel tends to prefer the candidates we already know as
presidential hopefuls over those we don’t.