Poll: Despite Palin’s National Stumble 71% of GOP Voters Favor Her for President

July 8, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A new poll shows that Sarah Palin’s shocking resignation as Alaska’s governor in the middle of her first term, has slightly elevated her popularity with her core Republican base, but has significantly diminished her support among independents and Democrats.

The nationwide USA Today/Gallup Poll, conducted on Monday, polled 1,000 adults, including 321 Democrats, 323 independents and 316 Republicans.

Regarding a future presidential run, a margin of 71 percent to 27 percent of Republicans say they would likely vote for Palin if she ran for president in 2012, while independents by a margin of 51 percent to 44 percent say they would not. This disparity illustrates Palin’s weakness among independent-swing voters, who usually decide elections and not the thinning ranks of registered Republicans.

GOP consultant Alex Castellanos made light of Palin’s standing among Independents, reasoning that Palin’s support with the Republican base “…is not based on her record as governor of Alaska.”

When asked if they wanted to see Palin as “a major national political figure” in the future, two-thirds of Republicans said yes, with three-fourths of Democrats answering a resounding no and a huge margin of 55 percent to 34 percent of Independents saying no as well.

Seven in 10 polled say their views weren’t affected by Palin’s decision to resign from office. However, Democrats by a 4 to 1 ratio and independents by a 2-to-1 ratio view Palin less favorably after her bizarre and rambling resignation speech.

In back-to-back media interviews on Tuesday, Palin left open the possibility of a future run for president. “…I can’t predict what the next fish run’s gonna look like down on the Nushagak [River], said Palin.



4 Responses to “Poll: Despite Palin’s National Stumble 71% of GOP Voters Favor Her for President”

  1. Old Man Dotes on July 8th, 2009 4:51 pm

    That’s why they’re called “dittoheads” – they prefer a fluffy corrupt Barbie doll to a a candidate who can think, and who wants the best for the nation as a whole, not just for the wealthy GOP members.

  2. Old Man Dotes on July 8th, 2009 5:02 pm
  3. aliann68 on July 9th, 2009 1:12 am

    As a non-dittohead, libertarian, who is not a rich member of the GOP, I am at a loss for the pure hatred and vindictiveness towards Palin. However, this was extremely enlightening for me http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jul/07/sarah-agonistes/.

  4. ranndino on July 14th, 2009 9:29 am

    @ aliann68

    I’m a libertarian as well. Let me help you out. People with brains hate her because she’s as unqualified to lead anything as it gets. She’s a completely ignorant, self unaware, irrational moron with extreme right wing views. Her resignation as governor of Alaska and bizarre reasoning for it proves it even more. I’m rather at a loss to understand the reverence most Republicans have for her. It is the reason why I’m completely turned off by the current Republican party because her popularity within it only proves to me that it’s a party of idiots.

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