What Do Donald Trump And Sarah Palin Have In Common? 60% Of Americans Would Never Vote For Them

The last Gallup Poll has puts some perspective on the electoral chances of the GOP’s two most-talked about potential 2012 candidates:

PRINCETON, NJ — More than 6 in 10 registered voters nationwide say they would definitely not vote for Donald Trump or Sarah Palin for president in 2012, significantly more than say the same about possible Republican candidates Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee, or about President Barack Obama.

The majority of U.S. voters at this point do not appear receptive to a Trump presidency. Sixty-four percent of registered voters have essentially rejected the television personality and businessman, saying they would definitely not vote for him. That leaves Trump with 7% of voters who say they definitely would vote for him, and another 28% who say they might consider it.

About as many voters nationwide (65%) say they would definitely not vote for former vice presidential candidate, former Alaska governor, and current television personality Palin.

President Obama fares better than any of the four Republican candidates on this measure. Fifty-four percent of registered voters say they would consider voting for Obama, including 31% who would definitely vote for him, while 46% say they would definitely not vote for him.

Romney and Huckabee are in somewhat more positive positions than either Trump or Palin, but neither is positioned as well as Obama. Less than half of registered voters say they would definitely not vote for either of these two possible GOP candidates.

Here are the numbers:

Given these numbers, explain to me again why anyone is taking either Palin or Trump seriously anymore.


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Doug Mataconis held 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. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. James Joyner says:

    Interestingly, Obama’s at 46%. So, he needs pretty much everyone else or a 3rd party candidate to his right.

  2. Falze says:

    Because it makes people like you break out in hives.

  3. legion says:

    So now, the obvious thing is for some cretin to construct a poll putting Trump & Palin head-to-head, then taking the winner of that poll & trumpeting them to the hills of Wingnuttia as the New Anointed Frontrunner.

  4. John Malkovich says:
  5. Wiley Stoner says:

    I guess you missed her speech in Wisconsin, huh, Doug? If I were you I would stick to defending pediphiles and forget political prognostication. You know what is funny, Doug? Palin is probably closer to your own phylosophy, yet you demean her at every turn. You and Andrew Sullivan have more in common that most would believe. I forgot, Doug, were you getting the full or half portion of crow when they swear in Sarah Palin as President?

  6. An Interested Party says:

    I forgot, Doug, were you getting the full or half portion of crow when they swear in Sarah Palin as President?

    Does a question like that come from using hillbilly heroin or huffing paint thinner…

  7. michael reynolds says:

    I believe this may be a first: every candidate in both parties has been mathematically eliminated.

  8. Jay Tea says:

    Were I the conspiracy-minded type, I would be venturing as to who pays Doug per posting like this: the DNC, or Gallup.


  9. Jay Tea says:

    I chuckled a little at your comment there, michael, but you might be on to something: 2012 might be one of those times when a majority of voters cast their ballots not for a candidate, but against the other.


  10. G.A.Phillips says:

    After Obama, do we even need a Prez anymore?

  11. Jay Tea says:

    G. A., I’d say that we need one right now… ‘cuz the one we got ain’t doing the job.


  12. Jay Tea says:

    “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
    – Teddy Roosevelt

  13. Jay Tea says:

    That one’s a keeper…