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Reporting on each new poll that throws cold water on Sarah Palin's chances as a presidential candidate may be starting to sound like it's piling on. But not only have recent surveys shown that big percentages of the general public don't look kindly on a Palin candidacy, a new poll by CNN/Opinion Research finds that she makes the worst showing among fellow Republicans when compared to potential GOP contenders considered for the moment to be in the top tier.

Fifty-one percent of Republicans who were surveyed in the poll conducted Dec. 17-19 said they were not very likely or not likely at all to support Palin if she decided to run compared to 49 percent who said they'd back her.

Sarah PalinThat's a turnaround from December 2008, right in the wake of the just-ended presidential campaign, when 67 percent said they'd be likely to support a Palin run while 33 percent would not.

By contrast, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich are all in positive territory.

Fifty-nine percent are very or somewhat likely to back Romney compared to 40 percent who are not; 67 percent are very or somewhat likely to support Huckabee compared to 31 percent who are not; and, 54 percent are very or somewhat likely to get behind Gingrich compared to 44 percent who are not.

None of the four has higher than 27 percent of Republicans who describe themselves as "very" and not just "somewhat" likely to support them.

The unencouraging news for Palin about the sentiments of Republicans follows a Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted Dec. 9-12 that said 59 percent of all Americans ruled out backing Palin for president.

Sarah Palin pollsPalin's problems with the general electorate were also evident in surveys conducted over the last two months in 10 states by Public Policy Polling, which found that voters in every one of them held an unfavorable opinion of her. PPP said that an average 56 percent of voters saw her unfavorably in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia, which it viewed as key to GOP chances in the 2012 presidential race.

One of Palin's worst showings was in her home state of Alaska where 58 percent regarded her unfavorably.

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The GOP finally woke up.
All the woman is good in, is to seperate cash from a lot of (stupid) people.

December 29 2010 at 3:19 PM

I think Sarah Palin is an inspiration to all Americans and I find her a bright spot on her opinions in general. She speaks from a pioneer background and with so many various groups having input to the media she adds salt, pepper and spices to the pot. I would suggest she continue what she is doing and be more of a commentator with her viewpoints and wait a few years before running for president perhaps she could teach a class in political science at a community college near where she lives. Thank you Sarah. Steve Segall

December 29 2010 at 3:18 PM

I don't know much about politics, I don't know much about Palin, but somehow I just get the feeling she is not Presidental material. Thought this from the start.

December 29 2010 at 3:17 PM

To many people in this country can not handle having a woman as president for Sarah to ever get elected.

December 29 2010 at 3:16 PM
Lois Lindenfeld

I see the media is already trying to sway the election two years away. It bashed Palin horribly in 2008 and continue to harrass her and her family. Other than Obama she is the most written about political figure on the scene. I think she made a wrong choice politically by quitting the govenorship, but just as the left is out to get her now, they were causing big problems for her and the state of Alaska. I think she would have much higher poll numbers if she had not resigned.

December 29 2010 at 3:16 PM

I think Ms.Palin can serve us best in her current role as a motivator to be involved not running for political office.

December 29 2010 at 3:15 PM
JoAnn Garrett

I am not at all surprised by the new polls. Hopefully, people are beginning to wake up and pull out of the spell she created when McCain was so goggle-eyed over her. That voice of hers is enough to stop all of the hype. Does anyone actually think that she could run this country?? Who knows, if she were elected would she just up and quit if she saw bigger dollar signs. I have friends in Alaska and I don't think she is well thought of there. They call her a Quitter !!

December 29 2010 at 3:13 PM -1

Sarah Palin is a great lady and her refreshing attitude and point of view is welcomed by most Americans. That, however, does not equate to their voting for her for President of the United States. She should continue to do all she has done to bring forth the issues; criticize Obama's Socialism; and ultimately support whomever the Rpubnlican Party selects as it's Candidate in 2012. If she does, she will have a place in history and perhaps in the next administration. If she decides to run, she will lose at the primary level or if the Candidate, put Obama back in office for 4 more years!

December 29 2010 at 3:13 PM -9

Where does the left come up with this ridiculous notion that I'm scared of Sara Palin? Just because I find her annoying and dumb as a rock, doesn't mean I'm afraid of her. Like most celebrities, she suffers from deluions of grandeur. She actually reminds me of a female Kanye West. LOL

December 29 2010 at 3:12 PM

She'd never run for president. It would require a pay cut plus, she'd quit halfway through. As an Alaskan resident, you couldn't pay me to vote for Palin!

December 29 2010 at 3:11 PM +12
1 reply to Ellen's comment

She quit because the Radical Libs kept filing frivolous lawsuits that were costing the Alaskan taxpayers millions to defend and get tossed out. It is disgusting to see how hateful and sick some of those idiots have behaved in trying to destroy her...I hope she makes millions from her books and TV films. She is a decent and honorable conservative mother who relates to millions of Americans. That is why the left is so afraid of her.

December 29 2010 at 3:18 PM

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