Skip to comments.Pew: Palin Is The Most Popular Republican
Posted on 06/25/2009 12:37:16 PM PDT by lewisglad
Pew: Palin is the most popular Republican 73% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Gov. Sarah Palin (17% unfavorable) while only 57% have a favorable opinion (18% unfavorable) of Mitt Romney.
Now, I may not know much about presidential politics, but I am pretty certain that before one can get elected president, one has to win the partys nomination first a concept that Hillary Clinton had a difficult time grasping last year as she began her general election campaign in January instead of the traditional after-winning-the-nomination.
Which leads me to conclude that Mrs. Palin is in the drivers seat with Gov. Romney riding shotgun.
The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press polled 1,502 adults on June 10-14.
This was at the height of the David Letterman controversy, Letterman having told the Willow Palin joke on June 10. That may have skewed the poll. I dont know.
Also this was an all adults survey, rather than likely voters or even registered voters. That tends to skew the results.
Pew made a big deal about their overall favorable/unfavorable ratings among all voters. It is too early for that comparison.
Among all adults, Palin is at 45/44 and Romney is at 40/28 but by the time the election rolls around, any Republican gets beat up; shes recovered from 42/48 just before the 2008 election.
Within the party, she is golden. In many ways, her popularity reminds me of Ronald Reagan. She is not as polished as a speaker or as a thinker. Reagan had a very clear if unfashionable for the time idea of what America is about in the Carter years. He was considered old and dumb and a good actor.
The 2012 election is way off. But Republicans are known to go with the guy who finished second last time. Is it Mitt Romney, who finished behind John McCain in the primaries? Or is it Sarah Palin, who almost carried McCain to the White House last fall?
Republicans seem to be leaning toward Palin
Anyone here surprised at that? I’m not.
I think everyone, in both parties expects that she will be the main threat in 2012, like an Alaskan grizzly, ready to eat all those soft fatty behinds in DC.
SARAH!!!!! SARAH!!!!! SARAH!!!!!!!
My question is who are in that 17% I think with a little RINO weeding we will see single digits there.
Damned right she’s the MVP...and (flame suit on) she can thank John McCain for making her that way!
Don’t tell Mitt...
She is also most feared by the liberal democrats. Which in my book makes her the perfect candidate!
In 2012, it will no longer be ‘historic’ to elect a black guy. But it will be very historic to elect the first female.
If Sarah is the nominee, look for Obummer to dump Biden for Sebelius or Cantwell.
But not Hillary. She’s too polarizing.
If Sebelius can push through socialized medicine I think Biden gets dumped...(and Sarah is the nominee)
President Palin, I like that better than VP Palin.
73% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Gov. Sarah Palin (17% unfavorable) while only 57% have a favorable opinion (18% unfavorable) of Mitt Romney.
I think the ticket will be Palin and Romney, although who is at the top of the ticket would be purely a guess. Of course, there’s always a chance that someone like DeMint could become a viable candidate.
“Republicans seem to be leaning toward Palin”
SEEM to be?
Watch for Bachmann too, She’s a time bomb. The left will notice her and then it’s off to the races. GREAT conservative women. OHHH Yeeeaaahhh!
Well, since Mark Sanford decided a 4,500-mile nookie run was more important than a shot at the leadership of the free world, maybe I should start with the Palin/DeMint 2012 bandwagon. :)
Yep, she'll be running next time. Hopefully she can get a good team of capable people backing her. She has my vote in the primary.
Palin would make a great president.
However, to get her there, we need to close the primaries. And we need to give her the money- NOT to the RNC.
The racists that voted for Zero just because he was (1/2) black will probably vote for him again in 2012. The independents might come to their senses and see exactly what Zero stands for, despite the media. True conservatives will vote for Sarah.
I know that I will vote for Sarah. I will NEVER vote for a RINO like McCain again. Local, state, federal, NEVER AGAIN.
I will never vote for the lesser of two evils again, just to get the least evil person into office. I will never hold my nose and vote again.
RNC- are you taking notice???
She isn’t that popular with me.
How can this be? All the Democrats spend their time assuring us that Palin is an awful candidate, and we should nominate a moderate, preferably someone the Democrats endorse.
Palin/Romney would be strong, either that or Palin/Rick Perry depending on how much of a RINO he turns out to be...
I always like Palin on the top for many reasons....but we need to insure a true conservative who respects the idea of a small Fed govt is mandatory. Romney would be good to begin the dismantling of the Fed largesse.
Mitt finished third in the primaries didn’t he? So he’s not even a default second choice in that respect.
If Sarah runs, she has my support. If she doesn’t, someone may get my vote but support is another matter.
Amen! Close the primaries, or those yahoos in New Hampshire will stick us with another RINO...
She’s our only hope of rolling back the damage Zero does.
I agree 100%, but Steele is a wimp.
...and at the rate they’re going, the Libs will have absolutly nothing left in their crap-sack to throw at her by 2012
Damned right shes the MVP...and (flame suit on) she can thank John McCain for making her that way!
The only reason John picker he was he needed someone really conservative to balance out his RINO ticket.
I second that motion. Every open primary will end up nominating a liberal RINO, after every ACORN thug casts their votes as Republicans.
Perry is out there defending her against the nasty comments from John Kerry, good for him! Much classier man than Romney and he, unlike Romney, is running a state that isn’t going bankrupt, Romney left MA in very poor financial shape.
It was impossible to drag his dead @ss over the finish line. If he'd just laid there we might have done it, but NO, he had to grab every stump possible to slow down any momentum he got.
Romney was a governor once, it was only for one term but we got to see him in action, did he earn a reputation for being what you just described?
Obviously the writer doesn't. It doesn't matter what the rank and file republicans want as long as the party leadership favors liberals and republicans continue to hold open primaries. Hence John McCain.
Has Fred Thompson given up on politics again or is he waiting until too late to show up again in 2012?
I think that Romney will always be remembered for his Mass Health care which he voted for. It isn’t working,,,,
I could care less if she looked like Albright, it is her political record I love. She is honest, and real. That is a change I can believe in.
Hopefully, someone else will be popular by 2012 (and won't turn out to be an adulterous idiot).
I've watched an awful lot of videos of Reagan. I think she's MORE polished, which is remarkable when you think of all his experience. Or if polished isn't the right word, she has a natural talent and he had a style, one geared toward an older audience.
Most politicians today are not notable for delivering quality speeches -- and that goes for 0bama, who tends to stammer and hesitate. Palin's a stilletto among bread knives in this regard. (JM$.02)
To paraphrase Sleaze John Kerry “Sarah Palin is the Governor who should have gone missing”. That no good SOB who could have made this country better if on his Christmas trip to Cambodia, he had stayed there.
Time for that(repeat)SOB should do an immediate “david letterman”.
What is all this crap everywhere that Romney finished 2nd.
That was Huckabee.
remember that Sara in not a d.c. beltway insider and she dumped a bunch of gop corrupt insiders when she got elected and that pissed off a bunch of gopâers. dont get me wrong i want Sara to run as i will vote for her in a heartbeat. But iâm saying that the rnc does not like her or want her because they dont have any real dirt on her so the rnc cant control her. I say look for the rnc to resist her and back-stab her as often as they can between now and 012....
Unless the conservative wing can grab contrtol before 2012 I fear we're doomed.
Good post Phil. I see many post who do not seem to like Sarah. I hope it isn’t because she’s a woman.
It is because she is a complete and accomplished Woman, plain and simple. The old boys club and catty female crowd are clearly intimidated by brains, beauty, AND integrity. Gov. Palin is my last hope that we can trust Anything a politician says.
I agree with your description of her completely. I seem to notice more ‘comments’ from screen names that seem to be men - being against her. I would hope most conservative women, like myself, would support her.
“I see many post who do not seem to like Sarah.”
I don’t see that many.
[I dont see that many.]
Don’t know if you’re on the forum much. I’m here almost all day, every day, so it’s an accumulation over time.
When Romney dropped out, he was ahead of Huckabee. We need to move past both Romney and Huckabee.
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