Republican support is split evenly
The most recent CNN international poll found that there is widespread division among Republican supporters, as candidates scramble to achieve even a modicum of voter interest. With 17 percent of the Republican and Independent vote, Mitt Romney is forecast to have the lead. Governor of Texas Rick Perry, who hasn't officially announced his bid for the presidency, had 15 percent of the vote.
While this puts Perry squarely in second place, it's worth noting that other candidates who haven't formally announced that they were running – Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani – each had 12 percent of votes, along with Ron Paul.
Michele Bachmann holds a place below that, with 7 percent.
If anything, the results of the poll speak to the uncertainty of the field. When non-candidates like Perry and Palin reign supreme over actual candidates like Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty, it seems to show that most Republicans are still unsure of who will actually be running. Many hopefuls point to Palin, but she has been mum on the subject, even after an East Coast tour of freedom markers.
Even without Palin and Giuliani, CNN found that the order remains the same and candidate numbers are still just as split.
"The poll suggests that the reluctance of some candidates to make a firm decision on the 2012 race really is taking a toll on the rest of the field," Politico reports. If Palin and Giuliani don't enter the race, "that's a lot of territory that Romney and his challengers could be competing for, if voters had to come to terms with the fact that you go into a campaign with the candidates you have, not the candidates you might wish you had."