Poll: Sarah Palin to Lose Big to Obama in 2012

Poll: Sarah Palin to Lose Big to Obama in 2012

A new poll from Public Policy Polling suggests that if the 2012 Presidential election was held today, Barack Obama would win in an unprecedented landslide:(h/t Huffpo and PoliticalWire)

Several post election polls have shown Sarah Palin as the Presidential nominee of choice for Republicans in 2012, but a new national survey from Public Policy Polling suggests that such a contest would result in the largest popular vote blowout since George McGovern ran against Richard Nixon in 1972. Obama leads Palin 55-35 in the hypothetical contest. He has an 89-7 advantage among Democrats. Among Republican he trails 66-17. Last year exit polls showed Obama winning only 9% of the Republican vote, so it appears Palin would lose a lot more voters within her party than McCain did.

I spoke to Public Policy Polling‘s president, Dean Debnam, and I asked if anyone had commissioned the poll. He said they had conducted the poll on their own because “it keeps us, frankly, in the news, keeps guys like you calling us, and that helps us with the rest of our business.” The poll was conducted March 13-15, on the heels of news stories about Palin supporters drafting her for President, and appointing a pro-choice judge. Maybe I’m hearing zebras where there are only horses, but it seems to me like there is an effort underway to undermine Palin in the eyes of Republicans. First, the story about the pro-life judge was resurrected by the Washington Times (also blasted out there by HuffPo) in the guise of defending Palin’s conservative bona fides, and now a poll screaming “unelectable.” The GOP has a problem on their hands with Palin, who could easily steamroll the primaries with a mere wink, but who stands little chance in a general election. Undermining her now is in their best interests. The Democrats, on the other hand, should be donating money to Sarah’s PAC ’til it hurts. Both groups, however, are notoriously clueless about Palin, so it’s anybody’s guess where this is really coming from. Sometimes, you can judge a person by their enemies. Watch carefully to see who runs with this.

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2 Comments

  1. […] jumps at any chance to trash Palin (note to left: She LOST already), the rest of the press love any Palin headline (always good for ratings/circulation/traffic), and the GOP has found common cause with them […]

  2. […] jumps at any chance to trash Palin (note to left: She LOST already), the rest of the press love any Palin headline (always good for ratings/circulation/traffic), and the GOP has found common cause with them […]


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