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In a follow on to their analysis of voter preferences amid the reduced 2012 field (which shows former Governors Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin leading among GOP voters), Gallup also recently investigated candidate support across specific political issue groups
And since this month's flurry of 2012 announcements, when it comes to the most prevelant topics of concern for voters, Mitt Romney continues to lead among the prospective presidential pool, receiving generally equal support from Republicans with a variety of political interests:
The largest segment of Republicans (36%) continue to say government spending and power is their top concern. Romney does best in this segment, followed by a group of four candidates between 10% and 13% support. Herman Cain, the less well-known candidate -- who nevertheless generates a good deal of positive intensity among those who know him -- does slightly better than Newt Gingrich, Palin, or Ron Paul within this issue group.
Gallup also notes that:
- The second-most-prevalent group consists of Republicans whose most salient issue is business and the economy (31%). Republicans in this group are most likely to favor Romney and Palin, with Paul and Gingrich lagging slightly behind.
- Fifteen percent of Republicans say their main political interest is social issues and moral values. Mike Huckabee dominated as the candidate of choice among this group in previous months, and his announcement on May 14 that he would not be running therefore left a void. Palin now fares best among this group, receiving 23% support...In April, Huckabee led with 26% support among this group, while Palin received 18%.
- Another 15% of Republicans say national security and foreign policy is their biggest concern. Romney and Palin tie for the lead among this group, with Cain coming in third, slightly ahead of Gingrich.
The full results of Gallup's survey analysis is available to view here.