Washington (CNN) – For many Democrats in Washington, a Sarah Palin presidential run would be a dream come true.
As their thinking goes, Palin's popularity among Republican base voters in early primary states would be enough to swamp the rest of the 2012 field and vault the conservative firebrand to the GOP nomination.
But in a general election, her standing among independent and swing voters, which began to crater in the closing weeks of the 2008 presidential race, might be too much to overcome.
New (admittedly early) polling data suggests that very scenario could play out if she decides to seek the White House.
According to a new Gallup survey, 76 percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Palin - the highest rating among any of the presumed presidential candidates. The former Alaska governor also maintains the strongest name recognition of any potential candidate, while only 20 percent of Republicans view her unfavorably.
Palin is trailed by Mike Huckabee (a 65 percent favorable rating), Newt Gingrich (64 percent) and Mitt Romney (54 percent). Bobby Jindal, who has yet to signal any serious 2012 intentions, had 45 percent favorable rating among Republicans.
Among all Americans, though, Palin's numbers are upside down. More Americans view her in a negative light (47 percent) than a positive one (44 percent). What's more, only nine percent of Americans haven't formed an opinion of the former Alaska governor, making it difficult for her to correct that deficit.
Romney, meanwhile, appears to have repaired his image among Americans since the height of the contentious Republican primary battle in February 2008, when his unfavorable rating was at 46 percent. Now, 36 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Romney, with 28 percent having an unfavorable view.
The Gallup poll surveyed 1,020 adults between July 8-11 and has a sampling error of +/- 4 percentage points. Several potential candidates, namely Tim Pawlenty, were not included in the survey.
The sweet thing is - there's absolutely no way her poll numbers can go up, no matter what her deluded supporters think.
She went on the national stage and she failed - miserably. Now she avoids real reporters and only talks to sycophants at Fox News. Instead of doing any real work or learning, she's just cashing in and making a bundle.
$arah Palin. Smart about anything that matters in governing? Hell, no. Willing to squeeze money out of anyone she can? You betcha.
There is currently no credible candidate offering from the Republicans at this stage. If Palin is the best available I think you can expect Obama to get a 2nd term. Its not as if he can't be had, its the strategies employed by the Republicans. The criticisms of the Obama admin seem petty and trivial..going golfing and taking weekends off. Seems like school yard name calling. An effective, coherent, and organized party offering real solutions to real problems would be a step in the right direction. A credible candidate emerging would go a long way as well.
I bet she is.
I don't mean to insulting but being smart doesn't count for much in the republian party. You don't have to know much, just how to get a crowd rowdy, no solutions, just finger pointing. Well guess what, that's not going to cut it. You have to be able to do more than worry about helping big corporations and spreading hate. Yeh! and all of a sudden you didn't see any hate signs or people carrying monkeys . yeh right. I refuse to believe people believe all these lies.
Goes to show you what a bunch of stupid, un-intelligent, uneducated, bunch of morons that make up the whole of the Republican Party.....76 percent support this woman? That still wouldn't be enough for her to win the WH because the rest of us from the Democrats to the independents and the other 24 percent of republicans that don't support her will give Obama another 4 years....
The old saying, "You can't fool all of the people all of the time", applies to S Palin. What a con artist!
It just goes to show what the intelligence level of the Republican Tea Party is.
Run PALIN run.
You go Palin. Don't pay no attention to the Zoo animals. Just like at football games all they can do is stand under the stands and get any everyones way with all their yipping and cursing four letter words. I gues that makes them bigger than they are. PALIN 2012
Interesting headline considering she's tied with the o-hole in the latest 2012 poll. Furthermore, the real news, that should be splashed across the front/home page of every media outlet on this planet, should be about obama's incompetence and radicalism. If the msm would stop covering for the marxist kenyan, this would all be over. Why change the hope of the world?
Though I'm a Democrat and agree it would be an easy win I don't want to see her run. We've already lost so much dignity and credibility over the last decade, I don't want to see us lose even more.
Run, Sarah, run! Split that party into three or four mini-gops.
It's that damn Levi Johnston and her slutty daughter Bristol that is keeping my Sarah from the oval office. We need someone in there that can protect us against nonbelievers and those anti-gun crazies. Not to mention the homos.
Palin is getting what she deserves . Future [Liaring LEVI] son in law is going to get his hands on MOMMAS LOOT that she has been getting by her constant hate mongering rhetoricand taking money from people that are supporting her fantasy and giving her money. She has met her match and LEVI will be laughing all the way to the bank.
If they run that nincompoop they'll get wupped so bad they'll still be rubbing their backsides in 2016.
Ahhh... the end of america as we know it is coming soon if Palin is elected. I think that a lot of folks already know that even if they like her. Could Pee Wee Herman be president? Maybe, but most logical people would know better than to vote for him. People are angry and all angry people are not necessarily smart. BUT... if she DOES become president china may be forced into ordering a pre-emptive strike. Otherwise the world will have to deal with a 'Hee Haw' nation of clueless angry imbeciles.
Every day there is a column on the Ticker in regard to Sarah Palin. It's as if CNN is as obsessed with her as Fox News is about Barack Obama. Every thing she says or does is not news guys!
Run baby Run!!
I'm Republican and I can't stand her. She is a TV personality, not a leader. I won't vote for her, nor will I vote for any others who would pick her as a VP running mate. There ARE Republicans with brains, its just tough to find them these days.
This woman being the lead candidate for Republicans says all I ever want to know about re-pubs!
Oh, please, please, please let Palin run.
Palin/Palin – Bristol Or Todd – doesn't matter.
Please, please, please, just let Sarah run.
This woman is really smart. She left her Governor post where she was making very little and now is making millions. Wake up people. Her whole reason for existence is to continue to stay in the spotlight so she can continue to make money.
Even she isn't stupid enough to believe that there are that many infinitely stupid people around to vote for her that she could actually get elected to the presidency. She knows she's the number one reason McFool lost. So all she is doing is using stupid rhetoric to the stupid people and joke "news" channels like CNN and Fixed News to keep the money alive.
Infinitely stupid but yet smart enough to fool even stupider people and getting rich in the process.
Keep this moron away from politics. She has never done anything in her life to prove that she can handle policy making. She already destroyed any chance of McCain winning the election and she will not help anyone by standing by their side
She is the joke of the century. Her fifteen minutes are up and have been up since the election.
I'll give her credit for having enough brains to make herself rich. The credit ends there, but after all, don't most of us want to get rich? Qualified to run the United States? Not on your life. Wealthy in a short time period? You betcha'.