Right-leaning bloggers like dark horses better than front runners in 2012

The online daily newspaper The New Ledger has debuted its “online influencers poll.” It’s a monthly poll “of 100 online influencers on the right. We asked leading voices from around the blogosphere, with writers from Redstate, National Review Online, The Weekly Standard, HotAir, Commentary, BigGovernment, individual bloggers, and others throughout the conservative/libertarian thinktank world to weigh in.” The first poll asked about preferences for the Republican nominee for President in 2012.

Question 1 asked for ordered preferences among six candidates. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels turned out to be the big favorite, with Tim Pawlenty and Mike Pence also faring well. Pawlenty was rarely a favorite, but he was acceptable to almost everyone as a backup choice. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich came in fifth and sixth.

The second question included more dark horse candidates. Paul Ryan, with 30%, ran away with first place, followed by Mitch Daniels and John Thune. Sarah Palin polled only six percent, and Mike Huckabee came in last, with zero votes.