In my opinion this is the most important poll. For the right, we're supposed to be looking at the candidates who are polling with the most favorable chance against Obama. He's the sitting president, it's war time, and he's not going to be that easily removed. It's only been 3 short years since voters distanced themselves from a pretty rough Bush presidency and overall huge disappointment that was the republican party in congress. Regardless of how horrible you think Obama's been, nothing is a lock against him. The RCP average for each R candidate against Obama is as follows: Perry -1.6 Romney +0.2 Bachmann -7 Palin -13 Paul -4.3 Cain -10 Gingrich -14.7 Huntsman -12.3 Generic Republican +1.2 My beef with the media, especially Fox, is why are they still giving Bachmann any credit at all mentioning her in the "top tier", and why even bother mentioning Palin at all? She's getting creamed at -13 points against Obama, she would be a fucking disaster as the nominee. Romney is the only one on the plus side and he's only 0.2, and generic republican is only 1.2. The only other candidate besides Romney and Perry that's close enough to narrow the gap and contend against Obama is Paul. The top tier should be Perry, Romney, Paul. Bachmann and Palin shouldn't even be getting consideration. Why is the media, especially Fox, so against mentioning Paul as a contender when he's the only other candidate keeping a respectable pace with Romney and Perry against Obama in the polling. At -4.3 he's statistically about as close as Perry, and in many individual polls like Rasmussen and Gallup he's as close as -1. Yet he continues to be called unelectable. We have a broken mainstream media if they think Bachmann continues to deserve credibility in the overall presidential election, but Paul doesn't. The polls are what they are.