Journalists and pundits love Sarah Palin and Donald Trump, secretly hoping they decide to run for the Republican presidential nomination. They are provocative figures - and great copy.
Voters, however, just aren't that into the former vice-presidential candidate and the real-estate mogul/reality TV protaganist, according to an independent national poll by Quinnipiac University.
Just under 60 percent voters say they would "never support" either one of them for president. The survey of 1,408 registered voters finds about half would be willing to enthusiastically back - or at least consider voting for - former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
"It's difficult to get a handle on the 2012 Republican race. Many contenders are not well known and many who are known are not liked," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"Sarah Palin and Donald Trump suffer from the reality, as our mothers told us, that you never get a second chance to make a first impression," Brown said.
The telephone poll was conducted between April 16 and May 1, and has an error margin of 2.6 percentage points. A sub-sample of 613 Republicans and independent voters who lean Republican showed Romney leading with 18 percent, followed by Huckabee and Palin with 15 percent each, and Trump with 12 percent.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich each have 5 percent, while Minnesota's former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and current Rep. Michelle Bachmann have 4 percent.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Utah Gov. and Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson registered below the Republican sample's 2.6-percentage-point margin of error.
Here is a link to the poll.