How bad is it for Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman? He's trailing comedian Stephen Colbert in a new poll in South Carolina.
Conducting the survey using Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology, the Democratic-aligned Public Policy Polling (PPP) found the comedian gets 5% support, compared with 4% for Huntsman, the former governor of Utah.
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In December, Colbert offered the state’s GOP Party half a million dollars to help finance its presidential primary with a caveat: He wanted naming rights to the primary and a referendum added to the ballot. GOP leaders quickly rebuffed the South Carolina native, but apparently would-be voters did not.
"Our samples are usually based on the voter registration database of a given state because the opinions of people who vote, and actually influence the system, matter most in these cases," PPP said.
The group added the comedian to the GOP presidential poll just to see how the public felt about the host of “The Colbert Report” on the issues.
Here's what they found:
Mitt Romney would win at 27%
Newt Gingrich – 23%
Rick Santorum – 18%
Ron Paul – 8%
Rick Perry – 7%
Stephen Colbert – 5%
Jon Huntsman – 4%
Buddy Roemer - 1%.
Colbert, who is not officially on the ballot, can credit his popularity in the poll to Democrats; 34% of whom support him, compared to 15% for Romney, the PPP said.
"Join me tomorrow night when I will make a major announcement,” Colbert teased on his Wednesday night show.