Sarah Palin fares better that Michele Bachmann in a new ABC/Washington Post poll, and each of the GOP women eclipse all other GOP candidates except Mitt Romney, who leads them both.
Without Palin in the race, Romney tops the field at 30 percent to Bachmann’s 16 percent, with Paul at 11 percent. Perry is at 8 percent.
Were she to run, however, and a primary or caucus were held today in their states, 18 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents would vote for Palin, second to Romney’s 26 percent. With Palin in the field, Bachmann is at 12 percent.
The poll suggests Palin could quickly become a major factor were she to suddenly jump into the race. Bachmann, while breaking out of the pack, is still mainly supported by Tea Party backers.
Romney easily beats Palin among college graduates, while Palin nips Romney when the contest is limited to those who have not made it past high school.