60% Of Voters Say Sarah Palin Is Unelectable
Sarah Palin might think she could get elected President in 2012, but few Americans agree. Only 28% of voters in the country think that Palin is capable of defeating Barack Obama while 60% think she is not and 12% aren’t sure.
What might be most troubling for Palin within those numbers is that less than half of Republicans think she’s capable of beating Obama- 48% think she would be able to, 37% think she would not be able to, and 15% have no opinion. Republicans continue overwhelmingly to like Palin- 67% have a favorable opinion of her- but a pretty large number of them have serious electability concerns about her.
Many GOP voters who admire Palin may be left having to decide whether it’s more important to them to defeat Barack Obama or to help advance her political career and that may prove to be too high a hurdle for her to overcome.
Other numbers from the poll:
- 55% of those surveyed have an unfavorable opinion of Sarah Palin, 38% have a favorable opinion, and only 7% have no opinion of her at this time. As we’ve seen in previous polls, Pain is both the politician viewed most unfavorably among potential 2012 Republican candidates, and the one about whom nearly everyone survey has an opinion
- Palin’s favorable/unfavorable among Republicans (67/25) is higher than it is among independents (37/58).
- In a head to head match up, Obama beats Palin 51% to 42%, with 7% undecided. As in previous polls, the gap between Obama and Palin is larger than the gap between Obama and any of the other major potential GOP nominees.
All of these numbers are consistent with other polls we’ve seen over the past several months. In a rational world, they would lead a politician to decide that their talents are best used elsewhere, and cause a political party to back away from a candidate that would lead them to almost certain defeat. These are far from rational times, however, so anything could happen.