Tea Party: We Want Mitt Romney, Not Sarah Palin

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Can we remove "Tea Party darling" from Sarah Palin's moniker? If the results of a new poll are to be believed, then yes.

According to a report in the New York Daily News, the poll from Pew Research finds 24% of Tea Party members say Mitt Romney is their choice for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Mike Huckabee was second with 19%, followed by Newt Gingrich at 15% and Ron Paul with 13%.

How did Palin fare? -- just 12% of Tea Partiers favor her right now. Of course, that could all change if or when she actually enters the race.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, who started the Tea Party caucus in Congress and is reportedly getting ready to launch a presidential exploratory committee, was not included in the poll.

Palin is also losing support among all Republicans. A Gallup poll shows Palin with the same 12% of support from GOP voters and independents who lean right. That's a 4% drop from a Gallup poll just a month ago.

Huckabee finished first in the new GOP poll with 19%, followed by Romney at 15%.