Another poll shows Palin's support dropping
March 25th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Another poll shows Palin's support dropping

(CNN) – Sarah Palin's support among likely Republican primary voters is fading according to a newly-released Gallup poll, the second national survey this week to indicate the Alaska Republican is headed in the wrong direction as the 2012 primary race gears up.

According to the Gallup survey, which was released Friday, Palin draws 12 percent of support from Republicans and Republican-leaning independents - a 4 percent decline from a similar Gallup survey conducted one month ago. Those results are similar to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released earlier this week showing Palin had fallen 7 points between January and March, from 19 percent to 12 percent.

Recent surveys from Pew and NBC News also indicate the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee's current support hovers around the low double digits – a definitive drop from her showings in similar polls earlier this year.

Meanwhile, the new Gallup poll indicates former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee remains on top of the GOP presidential field with 19 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, at 15 percent. Both men, who made bids for the White House in the 2008 campaign, remain within the survey's sampling error. But should Huckabee and Palin decline to run - as both have shown signs they may - the poll shows Romney's support surges to 22 percent.

Behind Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is at 10 percent, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, another GOP presidential hopeful from the last election, comes in at 6 percent, and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota – who CNN reported Thursday is set to form an exploratory committee in June or earlier – garners 5 percent.

A string of other potential candidates are in low single digits, including Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.

Businessman Donald Trump scored 1 percent in the poll, though his name was not included among those who were listed to survey respondents, meaning his support came from people who actively named him instead of any on the list provided by Gallup. In the CNN poll earlier this week that did include Trump's name, the "Apprentice" host and real estate tycoon stood at 10 percent.

The Gallup poll surveyed 1,082 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by telephone between March 18-22 and caries a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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  1. PATRICK

    Oh and Bachman... she's a nutter... will make me laugh if she even makes it past the first selection round.

    March 25, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. cyndyp

    It is amazing to me she was ever even an option! I would say I am happy Republicans have come to their senses, but I do not believe that is true either!

    March 25, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Nancy in WA

    Thank goodness some of her stronger holdouts are coming to their senses. She ought to realize that she needs to quit referring to retreating and reloading. But, in fact, I hope she continues to say idiotic things so she will alienate EVERYONE. I was extremely glad to see that she wasn't given much attention on her trip to Israel, or is that just a media bias because I live in a liberal state. I want to see a CNN article very soon about the Palienator saying she's quitting, but quitting politics for good!!!

    March 25, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. HotTaco

    In one week this week dumber than all heck Sarah Dunce Palin created imbareassments beyond Sarah Stupid. Who else could betray our country like this. She should be kicked out of the Republican Party. Telling the people of India at the big mouth contest that China is Evil in a thousand words or less. Discredit her another 10 poll points for criminal acts against the world for talking out loud out of this country.

    March 25, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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