we took a look at seven possible independent candidates against Obama and his strongest GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, and found that the chances of defection by GOP-inclined voters are stronger than are cracks in the Democrats’ armor. Despite their grumbling, Democrats remain pretty united behind Obama, and six of the seven possible independent candidates would hurt Romney more than the president.The seven potential Independent candidates mentioned in the survey were: Michael Bloomberg, Jon Huntsman, Ralph Nader, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump. Bloomberg (10%), Palin (21%), Paul (15%) and Trump (18%) broke through to double digits. You have to be careful with PPP surveys though because their samples always skew toward the Democrats and Republicans. While most polls these days find that 40% of their respondents identify themselves as Independents, only 21% of the respondents to this survey were Independents.
Public Policy Polling has released the results of a survey gauging support for particular third party Independent candidates in next year's presidential election. Excerpt: