Looking at 2012, Fox News polls Obama versus employees Palin, Gingrich
In a poll released  today, Fox News asked registered voters who they would vote for in the next presidential election: President Obama or Republicans Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney. Both Gingrich and Palin are under contract with the channel as "political analysts"/"contributors."
Fox News - the host , chief promoter , and favorite outlet  of the tea parties - also asked voters to choose between Obama and an unnamed "candidate from the Tea Party Movement" (Obama wins 48 - 23).
As Media Matters' Karl Frisch , Crooks and Liars' John Amato  and others have noted, it's looking increasingly like the path to the 2012 GOP nomination is through Fox News. After all, the conservative channel provides a low-accountability  forum for aspiring candidates to stay in the spotlight and blatantly  promote  their political interests  - all while pulling a paycheck.
While not on Fox's payroll, Romney is still a frequent presence on the channel. Since the beginning of the year, Romney has appeared on Hannity, Fox & Friends (twice), On the Record and Fox Business Network's Cavuto.