The Washington Times - February 1, 2011, 04:16PM

Good news for Mitt Romney? A new Rasmussen Poll just released shows most GOP primary voters want a presidential candidate with experience in both the public and private sector.

The poll has 94 percent of likely GOP voters saying that private sector experience is at least somewhat important.


That could be a plus for nominal frontrunner Mitt Romney, who has the most extensive business experience of the major would-be candidates.

Romney was a very successful founder and CEO in corporate America before serving as the governor of Massachusetts.

Mike Huckabee, a former preacher and Arkansas governor, and Sarah Palin, a small-town mayor and Alaska governor, have each been successful entrepreneurs, but most of their management experience comes from their time  in government.

Another candidate who might take comfort in this poll: former Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain (our Ralph Hallow profiled him recently here).

Cain is considered a longshot, but there is growing interest in conservative circles in the 65-year-old former chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank.