In what is sure to provide Jon Huntsman’s campaign with a goldmine of a quote, the New York Daily News published the results of a poll which concluded that America’s views are most aligned with Jon Huntsman.
If Americans chose their President based only on their perceptions of which candidate shares their views, 2012 GOP hopeful Jon Huntsman would be commander-in-chief, a poll released Thursday finds.
The USA Today/Gallup poll asked Americans to rate their own ideology on a scale of 1 to 5 — with 1 being very liberal and 5 being very conservative. Americans put themselves slightly to the right of center with a score of 3.3 — the same rating they give Huntsman, though 45% of those surveyed said they have no opinion of the former Utah governor.
Americans perceive GOP presidential hopeful Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who scored 4.0, and President Obama, who scored 2.3, as furthest from the ideological mainstream.
Although I would place Jon Huntsman a bit further right (the “Jon Huntsman is a seeekrit liberal!!!11!!” propaganda dished out by the left and, sadly, the right early in his campaign still has some people thinking he’s less conservative than his record indicates ) I do not disagree with the overall results. In Jon Huntsman we have a candidate that is solidly conservative, but connects with the left in a way that no conservative candidate has in ages. Some may confuse that with being “moderate”. I call it “attracting new conservatives.”