Marist Poll: Obama Leads Palin by 23 Points, 61 Percent of Americans Say Resignation Hurt Her Chances
Even as the president’s approval rating slips, Republicans looking to beat him in 2012 — one of their frontrunners, one-time governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, might be unelectable. A new Marist Poll gives President Obama a 56-33 lead over Palin among registered voters, with the president taking 20 percent of Republican voters and easily winning independents. But Palin’s favorable rating with registered Republicans is still a very strong 73-16.
In the South, Obama’s lead is a slimmer 49-38, and post-”Beerfest” Obama only leads by 10 points among white voters. But everywhere else, and among every other demographic group, he dominates Palin.
Marist asked about Palin’s resignation — she’s been a former governor for a month now — in a meta way, taking stock of whether voters thought “will help or hurt her running for president in 2012.” Sixty-one percent of all voters, and 50 percent of Republicans, say it will hurt her.