[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/21/art.palin.closeup.jpg caption ="According to a new poll, 76 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Sarah Palin."]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.
There is no better candidate to spread Republicanism.
"Not so much" is a huge understatement.
Indeed, running Palin as a presidential candidate would be a gift from the gods to the Democrats.
Run Sarah Run! Couldn't think of a more entertaining election than Sarah Palin running for President for the Republican Party. Talk about a sell out. Although I believe Obama deserves a second term, if Sarah runs I would love to see Hillary as her Democratic opponent. People, you couldn't make this stuff up.
Is she gonna run? Did Bristol and Levi get re-engaged? What does that tell you folks?
Aaaah, another meaningless article about the Fountain of Nincompoopery.
I hope this racist decides to run , assuring us a democratic victory in the next election cycle................
Ehy is this news? Nothing has changed... most people hate this boob.
The party of NO deserves Palin ane vice versa. But please don't even THINK of dumping her on thr rest of us!
Sarah just drives the Libs crazy!
But she is NOT:
1. A Racists.....like Obambi
2. A Socialist......like Obambi
3. A Liberal......like Obambi
4. A Liar......like Obambi
5. A Hater of America....like Obambi
6. A Wacko Enviromentalist....like Obambi
And the list goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on.......
This just in:
Water is wet.
The sky is blue.
Pass it on!
And to think just a little while ago they were saying even among Republicans she didn't look so good. My prediction: she'll throw her hat in the ring, and when she goes down in flames, she'll take the entire party down with her. It'll take more than Twitter slams and picking potential candidates to be a serious POTUS contender. I can't think of any president who won by constantly playing the victim card when challenged on ethics, experience, and knowledge. If she's the best the GOP has to offer, it's no wonder the Dems are in charge.
If the "disasta from Alaska" were to run, it would be the greatest gift EVER to Obama and the democrats.
PLEASE, Sarracuda – run!!!
4 more years of Obama would make this country great once again.
Run Sarah run – I beg of you
Favorable does not equal votes. This woman is an idiot.
If Palin would run against Obama my guess is Palin would win. Not because she's so great, but because Obama is the worst President we've ever had and America wants him out of the White House.
we need a time machine to go back a generation or two and teach this family a thang or two about using protection.
What, CNN, nothing to retweet from the Queen Tea Bagger herself so you have to keep her picture up here with another poll.
Yes, the far right loves her, and the rest of the USA can't tolerate another minute of the sad idiot John McCain unleashed on this fine country.
She will never be president. She is a neo-con usurper.
Former Alaska governor? Half term governor, please get that right. Second anyone that has an analytical brain and won't just march lock step with the party would not consider this loser for dog catcher.
Pease run Sarah! Your ego is big enough to ignore the very high possibility you will loose.
Thank you, CNN, for stating the obvious. Right-wingers have misunderstood the revulsion for Palin as fear of Palin, and they are not the same thing. If she runs, the 2012 election will be a no-contest.
Can anyone really imagine her, a near-illiterate, debating Harvard educated President Obama? Can anyone see her winning over any mainstream American to her teabagger "ideas"? And when it comes down to it, many of her supposed supporters are so mysogynist that they would not be able to pull the lever for her.
The appearance of Sarah Palin on any ballot, ever again, would certainly signal the demise of the Repugnant Party.
This is because Republicans have a mental illness. Why else would a whole group of individuals flock around such a degenerate?
Run Sara Run!!
Please let this woman mount a serious campaign for POTUS in 2012; as a lifelong democrat, I will gladly contribute to her effort. I haven't seen a 70-30 whooping in my lifetime and this would be it for sure.
Is there any GOP candidate who tells truth and has real ideas to dig ourselves out from the financial crisis and creates jobs? Absolutely NOT someone who support the BUSH tax cuts for the wealthy. People (the poor and unemployed) first, please.