I think it is becoming apparent that Sarah Palin’s roll in the 2012 Presidential race will NOT be as a candidate.
A new national poll indicates that 56 percent of all Americans have an unfavorable view of Sarah Palin, an all-time high for the former Alaska governor. That 56 percent unfavorable figure is up seven points from just before the midterm elections, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday morning.
Thirty-eight percent of people questioned in the poll say they have a favorable view of the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, down two points from October.
The poll was conducted following a difficult two week stretch for Palin, who is considering a run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Palin was in the spotlight following the Jan. 8 shootings at a “Congress on Your Corner” event at a Tucson, Arizona supermarket, which left six people dead and 13 wounded. Authorities believe Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously wounded as the target of the mass shootings. A 22-year-old suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, is in custody.
Following the shootings critics suggested Palin’s at-times charged political rhetoric and use of a graphic featuring crosshairs may have contributed to the shooter’s motivations. The graphic was part of a website that Palin put up last year, during the divisive debate over health care reform, to highlight 20 congressional districts won by Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election, where Democratic representatives were voting in favor of the legislation.
According to the survey, Palin’s unfavorable rating is up 10 points among women, compared to just three points among men, and among independent voters, her unfavorable rating has grown a whopping 14 points.
Should these poll findings be sustained by subsequent polls, other conservative candidates will be emboldened to enter the race – specifically either Mike Pence or Mitch Daniels of Indiana.
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney arre already committed to run, but both are flawed candidates. So, is Mike Huckabee who has always had trouble raising money and has “fair tax”, plus Arkansas criminal pardon problems. Newt Gingrich may run, but is fatally flawed with personal foibles in his marriages/divorces.
The donors will be looking for another candidate who is not Mitt Romney.
Mitch Daniels, if he has the fire in his belly for the Presidency, could be such that candidate. Daniels would be a formidable candidate against President Obama.