That’s what my math shows when you multiply the percentage of Republican/Republican-leaning indies who recognize the candidate by the percentage of Republican/Republican-leaning indies who have an overall favorable opinion of the candidate:
The Governor is also now tied with Michele Bachmann on Gallup’s “intensity index” measure because Bachmann’s negatives are unsurprisingly rising as more Republican and Republican-leaning indies get to know her. Gallup’s “intensity index” measure favors candidates who are less well-known, so it’s good news for the Governor that she’s tied with Mitt “peacetime” Romney and Michele Bachmann on the measure even though she’s the most well-known candidate.
The Governor also still maintains the best “strongly favorable” rating in the field among the serious contenders and it’s not due to name recognition either. More Republican and Republican-leaning independents who know her have a strongly favorable opinion of her than the percentage of Republican and Republican-leaning independents who know Bachmann and Romney and have a strongly favorable opinion of either of them.