Sarah Palin 2012 Opposed By Majority Of Alaskans

 By Sam Stein


A majority of Alaskans would oppose Sarah Palin if she were to run for the presidency in 2012, according to some intriguing if not surprising poll numbers released on Tuesday.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Alaska found 48 percent of respondents said they would not vote for their former governor in a 2012 presidential election. Just 41 percent said they would vote for Palin. Eleven percent said they were undecided.

Rasmussen posits that Alaskans generally are worried that a Palin presidential candidacy would be bad for the state's image — pointing to 45 percent of respondents who said her candidacy would reflect negatively on the state. By and large, however, the numbers seem to be a reflection of the deep unease the state has with its once beloved governor, who has become a far more divisive and partisan figure since being tapped as John McCain's running mate. Fifty percent of Alaskans had an unfavorable view of Palin (including 37 percent who had a "Very Unfavorable" view).

On a separate front, public opinion does seem to be trending in the president's favor. A poll released by Public Policy Polling, found that, for the first time since October, a majority of Americans expressed approval with the job that Barack Obama is doing.

Fifty percent gave him good marks while 46 percent expressed disapproval. PPP suggests that the numbers may be due in part to the end of the heated health care debate (though the favorable/unfavorable numbers of the legislation passed by congress remain largely the same). Another factor, it seems like, has been generally good news on the labor front, with the economy adding 290,000 jobs in the month of April.

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  1. ken
    May 11, 2010 @ 16:11:00

    hahaha,since when is 48% a majority,and your pro obama claim is just as slanted,every major poll including rasmussen has his approvel rating at about 47% and sliding.ahhh the truth will set you free.


  2. Syrin from Wasilla
    May 11, 2010 @ 16:26:00

    Truth…It's not my pro Obama claim, Ken. I posted it primarily to document it. I'm an Alaskan, I thought I'd present the poll in it's entirety. So, 48 percent of respondents said they would not vote for Sarah. Frankly, it's still too high for the most unethical, abuser of power, quit to enrich herself, fraud. Slanted? In what way? Just presenting both arguments for polls and/or numbers. I did not vote for Pa_in or Obama. I thought that you would like this figure of 46 percent expressed disapproval.

    48 percent of respondents said they would not vote for


  3. Inside_Passage
    May 11, 2010 @ 16:39:00

    Pick up a Merriam Webster or any other dictionary Ken. "Majority" doesn't just mean "more than half" it also means "the greater part".If 48% of people vote for Obamaand 47% vote against himThen Obama has the majority vote. Whether that majority is a significant number or not is a matter up for debate. Get it now?


  4. Syrin from Wasilla
    May 11, 2010 @ 16:43:00

    Thank you for your clarification… I was just not feeling it with Ken today..


  5. ken
    May 11, 2010 @ 16:50:00

    read the polls the majority have him with a minus 3 or 4 approval rating.much like every mandate he insists he has, he's in the minority,as a matter of fact he has been ''mandating'' the minority view point since he got elected.he's on that slippery slope to dictatorship,but of course you liberals have no problem with that.


  6. Inside_Passage
    May 11, 2010 @ 16:56:00

    Of course I don't have a problem with it, Ken. Why would I? If I had a problem with it, that would make me a hypocrite, because I don't have a problem with the fact that conservatives have the same silly little "dictatorship".Do I think it could change, and for the better? Yes, I certainly do. Like Zak, I don't support the status quo, but I find your alarmist fear mongering ridiculous in light of the fact that the conservatives enjoy the exact same "privilege" of screwing the "majority" over simply by being elected into office.


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