Poll: GOP’s Love Affair With Reality TV Star Sarah Palin Fading

December 28, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)—Perhaps Sarah Palin’s foray into the tackiness of Reality TV has backfired. A new CNN poll shows a stunning drop in Republican support for the former half-term governor’s presidential aspirations. Apparently, the more people see of the divisive, conspicuously unintelligent self-described Mama Grizzly, the less they like.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll found a surprising 18-point drop in Republican support, since the survey conducted in 2008. Members of her own Party would now rather see disgraced former Speaker Newt Gingrich as the Republican presidential nominee instead of Palin.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland points out that only 49 percent of Republicans now support Palin’s potential bid for president.

‘”That’s a huge 18-point drop since December of 2008, when two-thirds of GOPers said they were likely to support Palin. It also puts her well behind potential rivals Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, and a bit behind Newt Gingrich as well,” adds Holland.”

“Two-thirds of Republicans questioned say they would likely support Huckabee as their nominee in 2012. The former Arkansas governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate is considering another bid for the White House. So is another candidate from the last election, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Fifty-nine percent of Republicans say they would likely support Romney. That number drops to 54 percent for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, who is also contemplating a run for the White House.”

The same poll found that while Palin’s star power among her base is tanking, President Obama’s is as strong as ever, with 78 percent of all Democrats polled supporting Obama’s bid for a second term.

“Among liberal Democrats, 85 percent say they want to see the party re-nominate Obama in 2012,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Among moderate Democrats, his support is almost that high.”

Meanwhile, Palin’s vicious and unbecoming attack on First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity, is drawing criticism from the right-wing, including Fox News colleague Mike Huckabee and even from the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal.

The entire poll can be found here.

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