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President 2012 GOP Poll Watch: Sarah Palin’s Favorability Numbers Fall Among the GOP

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin gestures as she speaks during the LIA (Long Island Association) Annual Meeting & Luncheon at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, New York February 17, 2011

According ti the latest ABC/Washington Post Poll (PDF).
Favorable impressions of Sarah Palin have dropped to a new low in her own party, with negative views of the former Alaska governor substantially exceeding those of other potential Republican presidential candidates, the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds.

Favorable Vs. Unfavorable:

  • Mike Huckabee – 61% Vs. 18%
  • Mitt Romney – 60% Vs. 21%
  • Sarah Palin – 58% Vs. 37%
  • Newt Gingrich – 55% Vs. 26%

It is the unfavorability rating that is sinking Sarah Palin and her trajectory is downward.

Palin also is following a different trajectory. She peaked at a remarkable 88 percent favorable among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (known collectively as “leaned Republicans”) after stepping onto the national stage as John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate in September 2008. That’s declined since then to today’s level, 30 points lower.

This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone March 10-13, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,005 adults, including landline and cell-phone-only respondents. The results among the sample’s 378 leaned Republicans have a 6-point error margin.