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While she always ranks in the top tier of potential candidates in polls looking ahead to the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, surveys of the overall public have not been kind to Sarah Palin's chances of winning the general election, and a new ABC News/Washington Post poll is no exception.

Fifty-nine percent of Americans said they would definitely not support Palin for President in a poll conducted Dec. 9-12. Eight percent said they would definitely back her if she ran and another 31 percent would consider it.

The poll asked the same question for President Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, although Bloomberg has said he would not make the race. Forty-three percent said they would definitely not support either man. For Obama, 26 percent said they'd definitely support him with another 30 percent saying they would consider doing so. Forty-six percent said they'd consider supporting Bloomberg, but only 2 percent said they would definitely do so.

Sarah PalinThe percentage of voters who said they definitely would not support Palin is an increase over a year ago, when the number was 53 percent. Twenty-seven percent of those who voted for John McCain in 2008 would not support her, and the same goes for nearly three out of 10 Republicans overall, four in 10 self-described conservatives and four in 10 evangelical white Protestants.

That comes on top of a finding in an October ABC News/Post poll that said 67 percent saw her as unqualified to be chief executive.

Polls about 2012 have to be taken with a grain of salt, (for instance, this far in advance of the 2008 presidential race, Mike Huckabee wasn't even a blip on the radar even though he became a serious contender for the GOP nomination). But the high number of Americans who have already drawn this line on Palin more than suggests she doesn't have a lot of room to win hearts and minds in a 2012 general election contest.

In a two-way match-up, the poll has Obama leading Palin by 54 percent to 39 percent with the remainder preferring someone else, liking neither, not planning to vote for undecided.

If Bloomberg ran as an independent in a there-way race that involved Obama and Palin, Obama would lead with 47 percent to 31 percent for Palin and 18 percent for Bloomberg with the remainder undecided or liking none of the choices.

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We don't need a lightening rod for President, but we do need Sarah Palin to continue what she's doing. She's blunt, vocal, and conservative. She makes liberals recoil from truth and fact; AND the Media Elite demonstrate their true colors when they attack her. She very influential and maintains a big enough backing to keep a corupt administration on it's toes. I don't want to see her as president, but the official position that could really benefit from her talents has not even been created yet. I will however, vote for anyone running against Obama.

December 19 2010 at 11:51 AM

Note how the media MANIPULATES public opinion against Sarah Palin. Obama talked about visiting all 57 states and the marine "corps", yet he is brilliant. Nancy Pelosi said we have to pass the healthcare bill so we can see what is in it...and she is a genius. Yet the attack on Sarah Palin has been all out, lokking for any and all little possible or exaggerated miscues. Ther fact is they are afraid of her and what she intelligent, beautiful woman...not an "elite"....somebody who relates to every day people. This cares them to death.

December 19 2010 at 11:51 AM

Huckabee and Palin a couple of FOX reporters now So does that mean the talking heads on FOX will decided for us, cuase god knows we cant, who from FOX will be president?

December 19 2010 at 11:48 AM

Palin/Rubio YES!

December 19 2010 at 11:43 AM -6

Herman Cain and Marco Rubio 2012.

December 19 2010 at 11:41 AM -3

Sarah Palin is an interesting woman, more entertainer than an intelligent, well-educated politican. I would love to see more women in the higher levels of government but they must be qualified which Mrs. Palin is not. Many educated women would not vote for her and some wonder how she ever was elected governor of Alaska. She is great at gathering groups of far-right, evangelical Republicans to her rallys but I would be scared spitless to have her making decisions for this country and dealing with foreign leaders. Heaven help us!! Obama in 2012....

December 19 2010 at 11:35 AM

I love what she does to the left. She drives them crazy! I think she is beautiful and intelligent....BUT not for President. I know a woman could be as good as a man for President, but not in this day and time. We need a man who can put the fear into our enemies and have the balls to back it up. Islamic terrorist do not respect women for their intellect nor courage. We have to be wise to win the War on Terror, which is the most concern today along with our economy. All said...she would come across stronger than Obama in any event.

December 19 2010 at 11:33 AM -3

Barbara Bush put it simply ,,, she sat next to Sara Palin at a DC function , she said she was very attractive , she seems to love Alasaka , and Mrs. Bush thinks she should stay there..thats the I am not casting a vote for Palin here either!

December 19 2010 at 11:33 AM +3

She seems like a great person and someone you would want to hang out with on a Saturday night to have a great laugh with, but I am not stupid enough to vote for someone with no experience what-so-ever in anything beside a couple of months as the governor of what? Alaska! A beautiful state but not much to govern up there besides a few densely populated towns with the populations not being more than 1,000 or so. I mean, bears out number people in Alaska! If I wanted a travel guide in the Alaskan wilderness, I would contact her, but if I need a president or a vice president, she's not even in my top 500 pick (which there are not even that many qualified candidates out there now, so you get my point) .

December 19 2010 at 11:32 AM +2

Huckabee has the greatest chance in 2012.

December 19 2010 at 11:29 AM -3

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