Poll: GOP losing touch with base

The GOP isn't too popular among prospective primary voters, a new Rasmussen poll finds.

73% of Republicans who plan to vote in 2012 primaries say the party has lost touch with its base. 15% say the party is holding true to its values.

The discontent of the Republican base is significant. Primaries in Florida and New York are pitting conservatives against establishment-favored moderates.

The poll also found that Mike Huckabee is--at this early, early stage--the favored candidate for 2012. He garners 29% support, compared to 24% for Mitt Romney and 18% for Sarah Palin.