The story from the new CNN poll is that Mike Huckabee remains a popular choice for the 2012 Republican nomination. Huckabee, Romney, and Palin continue to lead the pack -- probably because they have the greatest name i.d. What's fascinating, though, is Newt Gingrich's surge into the top tier of presidential prospects. He's gained six points in a month, and is only one point behind Palin. His favorable number is about the same as Palin's, but his unfavorable number is significantly less.
Huckabee continues to be the potential GOP candidate whom the public views most favorably. Among Registered Voters, the former Arkansas governor, Romney, Palin, and Gingrich all run between nine and thirteen points behind Obama. Is Huckabee running? Conventional wisdom says no, but supporters believe he won't decide until 2011, and will base his decision on Obama's political standing at that time.
As for Gingrich, the poll definitely suggests a presidential bid could gain some traction. I wrote about Gingrich and the 2008 presidential cycle here. Definitely put Gingrich's name alongside Rick Perry's on the list of pols to watch. And of course there will be others once the midterms are over.
Who was the most popular person in the CNN poll, you ask? Hillary Clinton. Wonders never cease.