By Henry Decker

Poll: ‘Uncle Sugar’ Lifts Huckabee To Top Of GOP 2016 Field

January 29, 2014 3:35 pm Category: Entertainment, Memo Pad, Politics 27 Comments A+ / A-
Poll: ‘Uncle Sugar’ Lifts Huckabee To Top Of GOP 2016 Field

Mike Huckabee’s instantly infamous remark that Democrats try to make women “believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government” drew instant condemnation and ridicule from Democrats and most members of the political media. But according to a new poll, “Uncle Sugar” was a smashing success among Huckabee’s target audience: right-wing Republicans.

A Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday finds that Huckabee has rocketed up in the polls in the wake of the controversy, and now finds himself leading the polls for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

According to the poll, 16 percent of Republican primary voters now favor Huckabee as their party’s 2016 nominee. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is in second at 14 percent, followed by New Jersey governor Chris Christie at 13 percent, Kentucky senator Rand Paul at 11 percent, and Texas senator Ted Cruz, Florida senator Marco Rubio, and Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan at 8 percent. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal bring up the rear at 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Huckabee’s numbers are surging in the wake of the controversy that reinserted his name into the headlines; the failed 2008 presidential candidate has gained more than 3 points since last month. In addition to taking the overall lead, he is also now the leading candidate among self-described “very conservative” Republicans, with 20 percent support (Paul is in second among the group at 15 percent, followed by Cruz at 11 percent and Bush at 10 percent.)

Huckabee has a very positive image among Republican primary voters — 64 percent have a favorable opinion of the former Arkansas governor, while just 18 percent view him unfavorably, good for second place among those polled by PPP. Former Alaska governor and perennial non-candidate Sarah Palin ranks first in the category, with a favorability rating of 70 percent to 20 percent.

PPP’s poll should not be taken as evidence that Mike Huckabee could actually win the Republican nomination (after all, Barack Obama didn’t even register in the polls 33 months before the 2008 presidential election). But it does provide a snapshot of how the Republican base feels at this moment in time — and that snapshot suggests that Huckabee’s “Uncle Sugar” theory represents the GOP far better than party leadership would like voters to believe.

The full results of the PPP poll can be seen here.

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  • centerroad

    It sure is going to suck if the nationmemo can’t find anything more important to write about for the next three years than narrow poll swings among the reactionary right.

    Why don’t you guys instead write about the yo-yo that has overtaken the emotions in the gop since 2007. How many poll leaders since the fall of 2007?

    • fantagor

      Impossible to deny the GOP’s fickle political nature. Keep in mind they settled for Mitt Romney, who was choice #6-7 (I lost count).

      • stcroixcarp

        Romney, Sugar Uncle to the rich and stingy.

    • daniel bostdorf

      Meant to reply:

      The purpose of this article is to get a sense of what the GOP is
      thinking. Polls are an important tool to watch timeline of GOP
      thinking.

      It is far better to get an idea of what “the reactionary right” is thinking then to ignore it.

      Contrary to the below poster’s rant.

      From the article:
      “PPP’s poll should not be taken as evidence that Mike Huckabee could
      actually win the Republican nomination (after all, Barack Obama didn’t
      even register in the polls 33 months before the 2008 presidential
      election). But it does provide a snapshot of how the Republican base
      feels at this moment in time — and that snapshot suggests that
      Huckabee’s “Uncle Sugar” theory represents the GOP far better than party leadership would like voters to believe.”

      This is an important article. Not friovilous by any journalistic standard..

      Finally from poster below: “Why don’t you guys instead write about
      the yo-yo that has overtaken the emotions in the gop since 2007.”

      The National Memo has written countless articles about “yo-yos” who
      have come and gone since 2007. Apparently the social media troll poster
      below has not been consistently been reading NM…

      Can’t tell this because the poster’s disqus profile he utilized here
      is private….but…it isn’t here as there is a second disqus account:

      http://disqus.com/disqus_iDx1v

      Pure right wing extremist posts. Bullying. Harssing. Even predicted Romney would win….

      A social media troll as someone who seeks to lure or bait people into
      negative, disruptive rhetoric for their own edification or to
      commandeer an otherwise free-flowing discussion among colleagues.

      In this case, National Memo is journalistically correct in trying to
      engage in a positive discussion about poll results. That is all.
      Nothing wrong with that.

      Trolls don’t recognize anyone that may be interested in discussing
      something that bores them and opt to criticize or yell “boring” instead
      of engaging in the discussion.

      Guess polls are too boring for the poster below.

      Trolls choose to belittle those who seek the information and
      discourse as well as those who try to provide it. In this
      case—belittle the National Memo for simply publshing an article that
      is of interest to most of us…

      Trolls simply have no interest in anything that is not self-serving.
      Trolls will defend their focus on expressing contrary opinions as an
      honorable attempt to rid the online community of fake-experts (in their
      false belief)…

  • Guest

    The purpose of this article is to get a sense of what the GOP is thinking. Polls are an important tool to watch timeline of GOP thinking.

    It is far better to get an idea of what “the reactionary right” is thinking then to ignore it.

    Contrary to the below poster’s rant.

    From the article:
    “PPP’s poll should not be taken as evidence that Mike Huckabee could
    actually win the Republican nomination (after all, Barack Obama didn’t
    even register in the polls 33 months before the 2008 presidential
    election). But it does provide a snapshot of how the Republican base
    feels at this moment in time — and that snapshot suggests that
    Huckabee’s “Uncle Sugar” theory represents the GOP far better than party leadership would like voters to believe.”

    This is an important article. Not friovilous by any journalistic standard..

    Finally from poster below: “Why don’t you guys instead write about the yo-yo that has overtaken the emotions in the gop since 2007.”

    The National Memo has written countless articles about “yo-yos” who have come and gone since 2007. Apparently the social media troll poster below has not been consistently been reading NM…

    Can’t tell this because the poster’s disqus profile is private, thus, we simply don’t know the motivations or if there have been any previous posts here…

    A social media troll as someone who seeks to lure or bait people into negative, disruptive rhetoric for their own edification or to commandeer an otherwise free-flowing discussion among colleagues.

    In this case, National Memo is journalistically correct in trying to engage in a positive discussion about poll results. That is all. Nothing wrong with that.

    Trolls don’t recognize anyone that may be interested in discussing something that bores them and opt to criticize or yell “boring” instead of engaging in the discussion.

    Guess polls are too boring for the poster below.

    Trolls choose to belittle those who seek the information and discourse as well as those who try to provide it. In this case—belittle the National Memo for simply publshing an article that is of interest to most of us…

    Trolls simply have no interest in anything that is not self-serving. Trolls will defend their focus on expressing contrary opinions as an honorable attempt to rid the online community of fake-experts (in their false belief)

    The post below is an intentional contray and self serving post.

  • daniel bostdorf

    The purpose of this article is to get a sense of what the GOP is thinking. Polls are an important tool to watch timeline of GOP thinking.

    It is far better to get an idea of what “the reactionary right” is thinking then to ignore it.

    Contrary to the below poster’s rant.

    From the article:
    “PPP’s poll should not be taken as evidence that Mike Huckabee could
    actually win the Republican nomination (after all, Barack Obama didn’t
    even register in the polls 33 months before the 2008 presidential
    election). But it does provide a snapshot of how the Republican base
    feels at this moment in time — and that snapshot suggests that
    Huckabee’s “Uncle Sugar” theory represents the GOP far better than party leadership would like voters to believe.”

    This is an important article. Not friovilous by any journalistic standard..

    Finally from poster below: “Why don’t you guys instead write about the yo-yo that has overtaken the emotions in the gop since 2007.”

    The National Memo has written countless articles about “yo-yos” who have come and gone since 2007. Apparently the social media troll poster below has not been consistently been reading NM…

    Can’t tell this because the poster’s disqus profile is private, thus, we simply don’t know the motivations or if there have been any previous posts here…

    A social media troll as someone who seeks to lure or bait people into negative, disruptive rhetoric for their own edification or to commandeer an otherwise free-flowing discussion among colleagues.

    In this case, National Memo is journalistically correct in trying to engage in a positive discussion about poll results. That is all. Nothing wrong with that.

    Trolls don’t recognize anyone that may be interested in discussing something that bores them and opt to criticize or yell “boring” instead of engaging in the discussion.

    Guess polls are too boring for the poster below.

    Trolls choose to belittle those who seek the information and discourse as well as those who try to provide it. In this case—belittle the National Memo for simply publshing an article that is of interest to most of us…

    Trolls simply have no interest in anything that is not self-serving. Trolls will defend their focus on expressing contrary opinions as an honorable attempt to rid the online community of fake-experts (in their false belief)…

    • [email protected]

      Wow, you seem to be a hard core political analysis. Keep your post up,

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Meanwhile, Rick Santorum was seen crying in a corner, sobbing “Why didn’t I make that speech! I coulda been somebody! I coulda been a contendah, instead of a bum!” Sorry. Slipped into a Marlon Brando moment there.

    • [email protected]

      Just remember that Ricky said that if women had access to birth control they do thing of a sexual nature that they should not be doing. To me that makes him a contender with the Repugs.

  • FT66

    What a year 2014 can bring? Now the man who has offended all women is leading in polls??? I love it. Bring it on GOP.

    • [email protected]

      Just remember that Hillary will be our next President and Bill will be the First Gentleman !!!

    • mikem42

      What a “deep” bench the GOP has. Not! If Huck is at the top, just remember all the frontrunners in the last election. It was a real hall of shame. I’m watching Haley Barber try to defend Republican governors around the country for their bad behavior or performance.

  • kingartie1

    Uncle Sugar — he’s the incestuous cousin to all the Uncle Fester types now leading the Grotesquely Overwrought Plutocracy.
    Of course, Mike “Huckster” Huckabee and all his taxcode-savvy pals and compadres have never indulged the loopholes, write-offs, write downs, golf outings, expense accounts, private jet depreciations, a 15% hit on their hedge fund billions while the slaves pay 30% on their barely adequates, untaxed offshore profits, and so on and so forth. Uncle Sugar? Ha! The Kochs and that Whole Foods mouthpiece and that Trump dude and the other thousands of 1%ers don’t have just one big Uncle Sugar — they have armies of them, with titles such as lobbyists and lawyers, PACs and governors of entire states — and all of them gang banging to get a bigger cut, and certainly not smaller, from Uncle Sam — all while they verbally vomit at high decibel about the deficit and SNAP! Huckabee is running for president, so ‘course he’s got to titillate the cynical misogynist base. But it’s good to know, so far in advance, that he and they have already lost. I’m going to have my second cup of coffee, and put some sugar in it.

    • [email protected]

      Wow, you sure let him have it !! Good for you.

  • howa4x

    Huckabee didn’t get the Memo to stay away from women’s vagina’s. Even though he used the term libido, it is still about sexual politics. Attacking contraception is not a winner and the longer Uncle Huck keeps this conversation going the harder it will be for republicans to break out of the demographic they are stuck in. They all seem to be appealing to a shrinking base that is nearing the end of time or dementia. GOP central gets it but the outliers don’t. If Sarah Palin is the next popular conservative they are in deep trouble. They should write a book about how to paint yourself into a corner which is how you become a popular republican.

    • [email protected]

      I could only pray that we could face a Huckabee-Palin ticket for President. Maybe better than Laurel and Hardy compo.

      • howa4x

        LOL yes that would be a real laugher

      • minimouse45

        Hummm…yes, the party of Dumb and Dumber !

  • elw

    Yes but only in the Republicans party, not the rest of the political party’s. The man could never and will never win a Presidential election and I hope that the Republicans remain “stupid” enough to vote him as their candidate, I do not mind them making it easier for the Democrats to win the next Presidential election.

  • dana becker

    Excellent news.

  • [email protected]

    So, Huckabee says that “Democrats believe that women cannot control their libido without the help of Uncle Sugar (U.S. government) and need birth control medication.” which implies that he believes and Republicans believe that women can control their libido and only have sex when they want children and so they do not need birth control from Uncle Sugar. Could anyone come up with a different interpretation of his comment????

    • mikem42

      Listen, get this straight. Republican women don’t use contraception, never have abortions, and only have sex when allowed to by their husband, and then have all the children they need to resupply the GOP. They really don’t know what “libido” means, since it’s not in the Bible, but it must be okay to say it if Rev. Huckleberry says it. Now, back to your homeschooling and stay away from the riff raff neighbors.

  • Sand_Cat

    On top of the GOP polls is always a good place to look for bottom-feeders.

    • daniel bostdorf

      yep! LOL!

  • Dominick Vila

    I confess that I am rooting for a Huckabee-Palin ticket, with a Huckabee-Cruz ticket as a substitute. Unfortunately, the GOP establishment will not let that happen. They may be lousy at governance, but when it comes to campaigning they are second to none and they are not going to make the same mistake three times. The problem for them is that they don’t have a potential candidate with the qualifications and stature to win in 2016. John McCain is simply too old to run and be elected, and with Jeb Bush not interested to run, their choices are limited to the most radical members of the party and those towing the line for big business and the elite. Come to think of it, it would be wonderful if Romney was their nominee in 2016. I am sure half of our population will be as impressed as we were with the man who admitted that his feelings towards us was to flush us down the drain along with all the people he impacted in his quest to amass a fortune and hide it overseas to avoid paying taxes.

  • matt

    huckleberry again please you idiots

  • minimouse45

    Republicans just show their compete stupidity every time they open their mouths. Congrats Mr Huckabee, thanks to you Hillary is just one step closer to being POTUS.

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