Polling The (Remaining) Republican Field

Gallup has posted new polling data that takes a look at favorable/unfavorable ratings of several of the top GOP contenders for 2012:

With Mike Huckabee out of the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, three well-known politicians, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Newt Gingrich, emerge as leaders in Republicans' preferences. Republicans, however, have less intensely positive feelings about these three than they did about Huckabee.
Okay, so Palin just barely has an edge on the other candidates. Truth-be-told, they are all essentially neck-and-neck. But I found this second chart more surprising:

  • Paul receives lower favorables than the three candidates in the top tier, or compared with Bachmann. Paul's Positive Intensity Score is below average.
  • Bachmann's image among those who recognize her is as positive as that of any candidate tested. Bachmann has low unfavorables, similar to Romney's.
  • Bachmann generates as high a percentage strongly favorable as anyone tested in this analysis. Bachmann's overall Positive Intensity Score of 21 is the highest of any of the better-known candidates, and overall is second only to that of the less well-known Cain.
So, why the relatively big negatives (low positives) for Ron Paul?