Majority In New Poll Says They’d Never Vote For Sarah Palin Or Donald Trump

The status of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump as bottom-of-the-barrel candidates for the GOP seems to be confirmed in a new poll:

A majority of Americans say they would never support Sarah Palin or Donald Trump for president, according to a new national poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday indicates that 58 percent of the public says they would never vote for the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, with an equal amount saying the same thing about the billionaire businessman, real estate mogul, and reality TV star.

Fifteen percent of people questioned say they are enthusiastic about Palin as a candidate and around one in four say they would consider voting for her for president. According to the poll, nine percent say they are enthusiastic about Trump as a candidate, with about a quarter saying they would consider voting for him for president.

The news isn’t much better for Newt Gingrich, another candidate with high negatives:

Forty-two percent say they would never consider voting for Newt Gingrich with 38 percent saying they are enthusiastic or would consider supporting the former House speaker for president.

And yet Trump, Palin and Gingrich continue to draw considerable support in polls of Republican voters:

Curious indeed.

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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020.

Comments

  1. Derrick says:

    Doug with more Palin Truther bait.

  2. Jay Tea says:

    The Mataconis Credo:

    Whenever there’s a poll that says something bad about Republicans… I’ll be there.

    Whenever there’s something bad to say about Sarah Palin… I’ll be there.

    Whenever there’s a chance to bring up the “birthers” and keep that meme going… I’ll be there.

    Whenever there’s something bad to say about Donald Trump… I’ll be there.

    Whenever there’s something bad to say about Mike Huckabee… I’ll be there.

    Whenever there’s something bad to say about any likely Republican presidential candidate for 2012… I’ll be there.

    Whenever there’s an opportunity to discuss the incompetence, corruption, or just plain wrong-headedness of the Obama administration… I’ll be out to lunch.

    J.

  3. anjin-san says:

    Deferment Donald is just as unpopular as half term.

    You can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

    In other news, the gotcha media asked Palin who the best journalist in America is at the correspondants dinner. Bastards. She was unable to form a coherent answer.

  4. jwest says:

    Talk about not being able to form a coherent answer, the Obama administration is trying it’s best to show the extent of his incompetence:

    From Diplomad via Wizbang: http://wizbangblog.com/content/2011/05/04/diplomad-asks-is-there-nothing-this-administration-cannot-screw-up.php

  5. Herb says:

    “Whenever there’s an opportunity to discuss the incompetence, corruption, or just plain wrong-headedness of the Obama administration… I’ll be out to lunch.”

    Totally unfair, Jay. You’ve been around long enough to know it, too.

    I don’t want to speak for Doug but I get the impression that he’s not all that cracked on the Obama administration and would gladly vote for a competent Republican, if the Republicans were willing to offer that. Palin and Trump do not fit that description.

  6. wr says:

    jwest — Obama took out Bin Laden, something W was never able to do. The pathetic squawling of babies on the right who are desperate to find fault with anything about the operation in order to salvage a win for their aside — as opposed to Obama’s win for this nation — shows what a bunch of America-hating losers they all are. That you should link to such a ludicrous blog post — “ooh, Obama killed Bin Laden, but I don’t like the way the information has come about about it, so the whole thing doesn’t count — go back and do it again” — merely proves that you and Jay Tea, who writes for the same blog, don’t care about the country, just about your team winning.

  7. anjin-san says:

    jwest, why don’t you and j & rodney go visit bin laden at the bottom of the ocean? You ladies can have have a nice chat with him, and then get back to us about Obama’s “incompetence”.

    I guess guys like them you to grasp at any reed right now, no matter how slender. bin laden’s death is a vast disaster from your perspective…

  8. Jay Tea says:

    Yup, wr, Obama took out Bin Laden. He had to stand on the base that Bush built, and he’s completely screwed the pooch with the PR followup, but the operation was carried out brilliantly, and Obama made the decision to go for it.

    Of course, it must be noted that I can’t think of any president or presidential nominee since… well, at least 60 years who wouldn’t have had the courage to make the same decision, but it must be said Obama did not screw the pooch on this one.

    J.

  9. anjin-san says:

    I guess I can understand why jwest would not want to talk about how Palin, a guest at a major journalism function, for God’s sake, was not able to answer a question about journalists that the average college freshman ought to be able to ace with their eyes closed. Of course her husband fared no better.

    Well, she looks pretty spiffy in a red skirt. I guess that’s something.

  10. wr says:

    Jay Tea — You can whine all you want about how every other president would have done the same thing — but your boy Bush did not. He openly admitted he didn’t care about Bin Laden and actually dismantled the CIA operationg searching for him. He had other priorities, like invading Iraq.

    Obama stepped up and did it. You seem to think it was both easy and a no-brainer — and if it was easy and a no-brainer, than it makes his predecessor look even worse.

    You can spin all you want about the post-raid PR. I suppose you prefer a president who is incompetent at carrying out a policy but great at PR, which would explain why you’re a Republican. I don’t give a damn about whether or not the PR was perfect — Obama did the job. Period. And this great boon to our nation is causing you pain. Wonder what that says about you.

  11. Jay Tea says:

    anjin, here’s a possibility — Palin simply couldn’t think of any journalist she thought worthy of praising.

    wr, Obama’s involvement was mainly in the “go or no-go” decision. He didn’t develop the intelligence, didn’t arrange the training, didn’t put his life on the line. And you wanna say that Bush, presented with the exact same choice, wouldn’t have given the same go order?

    Actually, he probably wouldn’t. He wouldn’t postpone it for 16 hours, then (apparently) need his CIA director to push the final decision. Bush — for better or worse — was “the decider.” He didn’t fart around. That go order would have gone out a lot sooner.

    J.

  12. jwest says:

    Anjin-san,

    I hope you can appreciate the hilarity of the question in the venue in which it was asked.

    It was extremely gracious of Palin to even acknowledge the MSNBC person, let alone complimenting her on it being a “great question”. Her answer of Greta Van Sustrain makes sense considering the lame choices of the other people interviewed.

    Althouse has a good take on it.

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/05/sarah-palin-cant-name-most-influential.html

  13. anjin-san says:

    Bush — for better or worse — was “the decider.” He didn’t fart around.

    Yup. He decided that going after a man who murdered 3000 Americans in the heart of New York City was just not all that important. He decided to ignore the briefing that warned him bin laden was determined to attack our country.

    wr, Obama’s involvement was mainly in the “go or no-go” decision.

    Actually, one of the first things he did as President was reverse Bush’s policy and direct the CIA to go after bin laden with everything they had. But don’t trouble your little head with facts.

    then (apparently) need his CIA director to push the final decision.

    In right wing fantasy land? Sure.

  14. anjin-san says:

    jwest… sorry, no time for trolls right now.

  15. wr says:

    “wr, Obama’s involvement was mainly in the “go or no-go” decision. He didn’t develop the intelligence, didn’t arrange the training, didn’t put his life on the line. And you wanna say that Bush, presented with the exact same choice, wouldn’t have given the same go order?”

    Sorry, Jay Tea, Bush called off the hunt for Bin Laden. Obama restarted it, committed the resources to it, made sure it was a government priority. All things that Bush didn’t do. True, he wasn’t on the ground with a machine gun — what he did is what a good executive does: He set the priority, he put the right people in charge, he made sure there were adequate resources, and when the final decision had to be made, he made the right call. Funny, for all the whining on the right about how Obama doesn’t have the grand executive experience of Sarah Palin, he sure knows what the exec is supposed to do.

    Bush, by the way, was given essentially the same choice. They knew Bin Laden was holed up in Tora Bora, and he chose not to send in the troops to get him. So I do say he wouldn’t have given the same go order — because he didn’t. Because he wanted to invade Iraq.

  16. wr says:

    “Actually, he probably wouldn’t. He wouldn’t postpone it for 16 hours, then (apparently) need his CIA director to push the final decision. Bush — for better or worse — was “the decider.” He didn’t fart around. That go order would have gone out a lot sooner”

    For once, Jay Tea, you are in complete agreement. The intellgence guys came to Bush and told him that Osama was holed up in Tora Bora, and I’m sure that Bush decided right away not to send troops in after him.

    And for a Republican, the wrong decision made fast is better than the right decision made after some thought.

  17. mantis says:

    I see Jay Tea is pushing whatever unsupported bullshit he can find in Freeperville an other wingnut swamp. SSDD.

  18. mantis says:

    Please Republicans, continue to attack the president for killing Osama bin Laden. See how far that gets you.