Poll: Majority of Republicans can’t name a 2012 presidential favorite

Nearly 60 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents can’t or won’t name a favorite for the GOP 2012 presidential nomination when asked an open-ended question, with no candidates’ names read, a new Gallup survey says.

Among those who do express a preference, Mitt Romney is the only one in double digits, with 13 percent. Michele Bachman follows with 9 percent; the rest are below 5 percent. (Telephone survey of 482 adults; MOE +/- 6%.)

Romney did better in a closed-ended poll in June, in which candidates’ named were listed, tallying support from 24 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. Still, 18 percent couldn’t or wouldn’t pick a favorite. Sarah Palin got 16 percent, with the rest in single digits. (Telephone survey of 851 adults; MOE +/- 4%.)