John J. Miller had a chance to find out at the national conference of the Young America’s Foundation.
I read a list of eight potential candidates: Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Mitch Daniels (a suggestion from the floor), and — just for fun — Gen. David Petraeus. I emphasized that nobody was committing to anything. This was not a swearing of allegiance. Instead, it was a snap poll on preferences today. Then I read the names a second time, one by one, and asked for show of hands.
The result: Romney was the easy winner, with Jindal clearly in second place. Each of the others had scattered support. I was suprised by Palin’s poor showing. She was buried among the also-rans. Petraeus didn’t win a big show of hands, but the suggestion of his candidacy was received with applause: Young conservatives are clearly open and intrigued by the idea and would like to know more.
(Hat tip to reader James.)