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Palin Seen More Negatively by Republicans Than Other Possible 2012 Candidates, Poll Finds

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If Sarah Palin is seriously considering a run for president in 2012, the latest poll on her standing among Republican candidates contains the same kind of bad news found in earlier surveys.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll, conducted March 10-13, found that among eight frequently mentioned candidates, Palin was viewed negatively by a significantly higher percentage of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents than the others. (Story; Poll data).

While 58 percent expressed a favorable view of her, those seeing her unfavorably added up to 37 percent. That's a jump from a year ago when the number of those seeing her unfavorably was 30 percent.

The only other potential candidate who came close was Newt Gingrich, who was see unfavorably by 26 percent.

Palin's 37 percent unfavorable number included those who had "somewhat" or "strongly" unfavorable opinions. Seventeen percent had a strongly unfavorable view of Palin, while all the other Republicans were in single digits in that column.

Mike Huckabee was the most popular in the poll, with 61 percent seeing him favorably and 18 percent unfavorably. Mitt Romney was next, with 60 percent seeing him favorably and 21 percent unfavorably.

The numbers for Haley Barbour, Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman and Mitch Daniels don't mean much because 57 percent or more of those surveyed in each case didn't know enough to have an opinion.

A Bloomberg poll, conducted March 4-7 among all adults and not just Republicans, found 60 percent with a negative opinion of Palin.

When the Washington Post/ABC News poll of all adults conducted last December asked respondents whether they would support Palin for president or even consider it, 59 percent said they would not.

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JonDomin

I'm a Republican. My opinion...leave Sarah Palin exactly where she is. She's scaring the media, the competing parties, and making heads turn, for better or worse. As President, she would probably be less useful than as a media resource...sometimes, she's a bit screwy I admit, but she is entertaining and a lot of the time, she points our very accurate knowledge to an uninformed public, even if she likes to spin it a bit and leave out opposing arguments.

March 23 2011 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
inasctg56

If McCain/Palin had won the election we would be at war with Iran, North Korea, and Egypt with their go it alone rootin tootin policies. I prefer working with our allies thru the UN.

March 19 2011 at 1:27 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Brandt Hardin

The public is finally coming around to seeing the true Sarah Palin. Instead of smiling and nodding while talking about murders and national tragedies, she should have shown some humility. I was compelled to create a visual commentary of her political rhetoric and its effects on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/sarah-palin-made-me-do-it.html Drop by and let me know what you think.

March 17 2011 at 7:56 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Arps

Like watching a train wreck.

March 16 2011 at 11:22 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
fworfe

It's a bit early, but it's also a bit strange. The Republicans just don't have any real conservative darlings anymore. The Ronald Reagan, George Bush types just don't seem to exist. In fact, from an Independent distance, it's almost like no one in the GOP really likes anyone in the GOP. So what's new?---you may ask. Well, the strange mix at the moment, which passes for conservative Republican ideology---mostly talk show hosts and wild-eyed governors and Tea Party hacks---is enough to give the "grand ole party" of the past a real heartburn. And some of them could not be more deserving of same.

March 16 2011 at 9:34 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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jbw1948

They exist but are democrats now!

March 19 2011 at 12:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rick Patel

Sarah Palin is extremely popular with strong, active males and lovely, liberated ladies, but you wouldn't know it if you listen to empty bow-ties & porcine pundits passing as prophets.

March 16 2011 at 7:47 PM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply
stoneledge937

Logic problem right out of the box:

"If Sarah Palin is seriously considering a run for president in 2012, the latest poll on her standing among Republican candidates contains the same kind of bad news found in earlier surveys."

The" if" clause has nothing to do with the latter clause. The concepts need to be connected with a thought...such as "..in 2012, then she might want to consider that..."

March 16 2011 at 4:22 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
my name peggy

Kinda like lookin' for your cleanest dirty shirt, ain't it?

March 16 2011 at 4:20 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
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inasctg56

Oh my goodness - you couldn't have said it any better.

March 19 2011 at 1:25 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
DaveW

...and why do those green campaign buttons remind me of the Starbuck's logo color/font scheme?

March 16 2011 at 3:53 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
DaveW

I figure that if she doesn't get the GOP nomination (or pursue it) she might run as an independent (especially if rumors about her days at Fox News being numbered are true)... in that perspective, Sarah Palin would become in the political election interest the conservative's equivalent to the liberal's Ralph Nader.
(not enough clout to win but enough clout to hurt the state voting numbers of the Republican candidate)

March 16 2011 at 3:51 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

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