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.
Palin is just too untra right-wing for most people, even in her own party. I know she touts the Tea Party that she belongs to as an up and coming group, but most people think that they are just another group of angry seniors who have too much time on their hands! She is popular. with her own groupies, but will never be mainstream enough for the rest of the country.
I think she is vile, and a shame to all women everywhere. She needs to get her own house in order before having any kind of say in anyone elses.
She was ignorant, insulting and arrogant in 2008 and she has only gotten worse.
Wrong last time, wrong this time. Who wants to elect a quitter to president anyway?
RUN SARAH RUN!
Don't forget her standing with moderate Republicans such as myself... I do not think she has the capacity nor leadership ability to be President.
Run, Sarah, run.........pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze!!!!!
This delusional Dodo still thinks she has feathers. Well, do us a favor, wise crack, and run. You'll crash and burn in mid-flight. That's if you don't quit and walk off during the debate.
Compare leaders around the world. Who has the best leader for their country? Merkle in Germany? The French President? The new Prime Minister of Britain? Canada's Prime Minister? Medvedev? Obviously for Palin lovers they are all better than Obama. However, I don't believe I would put Palin above any of those other world leaders in terms of experience or intelligence.
Those undecided, listen to her talk. She is the biggest moran out there. That voice and the stupidity that comes out is unfriggin believable. How anyone – in their right mind – could think this bimbo could run our country – is just as crazy as she is.
Please run Sarah, Run......make it easy to ask you for the last time to go home!!!
President Palin? Can you imagine? Come on people she was governor of Alaska. Houston has a population of twice that. How can anyone in their right mind believe she could be president? She's inarticulate knows nothing. An idiot! Only an idiot would think otherwise.
She will never be President. She lacks SO much political information, and confuses the items she does know. Her folksy manner is seen as unprofessional to most Americans. She spews only rhetoric when talking about the issues. No substance. RIP GOP
When can I legally start contributing to her presidential campaign?
I don't see anybody on the GOP side that would have a chance against Obama in 2012, but Palin's candidacy would be the funniest.
Waiting for the Playboy spread – otherwise she has nothing to offer.
and the Palin army marches on, picking up recruits along the way.......
I am a Conservative and there is NO CHANCE I'd vote for Sarah Palin. Since her failed VP run, the only things she's shown me is that she is a quiter, an opportunist and has done zero to add to her credibility, knowledge or experience for the Presidency. Except for political philiosophy, she and Barack Obomna share one common factor, booth are USELESS!
Yes go ahead and put this crazy woman in there, she wont make it through the first debate, unless she pays some one to give her the questions ahead of time. Of course she cant read either so that would be a problem. So the rest in the debate can easily make mince meat out of her. We sure don't need a tea party person like her any where near the white house,
Lord forbid if she should be the President of the US. She is NOT qualified!!!
President Sarah Palin is the leader we need and deserve in the White House in 2013. She and a Tea Party majority congress will fix and undo all of Obama's horrible mistakes!
Come on people ... be for real. Sarah Palin is NOT gonna run for President in 2012. She is all about the money, so why would she now consider being the President earning $400,000 when she will earn millions for speaking engagement demands and ghost writing books. Think about it!! Don't let the wink-wink fool you!
President Palin! The United States would be the laughing stock of the world. Tea Baggers are you people nuts?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
she won't win if she does run... she's only in it for the publicity and to sell books. Great marketing strategy, and all of you idiots are falling for it.
Let her continue to make her cash and then fade away...
Sarah Palin run for Pres. is a CHRISTMAS GIFT for my party. Oh, please, run, Sarah, run!
Little Rock, AR
This news is not new. Palin has never tried to reach out to anyone other than the most conservative of the Republican base. She's even been quite negative towards those that are not "conservative enough." She should try to bring the nation together instead of attempting to tear us apart.
IMO she won't run for president, maybe senator when that seat comes open I don't know why everyone keeps saying she will have you all heard something I haven't and believe me I do watch the news all the time and not that main stream BS that only tells you what they want what a joke.