It’s Always Good News for Sarah Palin
A month ago, “The Persecution of Sarah Palin” author Matthew Continetti argued that Sarah Palin’s lousy poll numbers didn’t matter because maybe, just maybe, she could reverse them.
In last month’s Gallup poll, Ms. Palin had a 48% unfavorable and 41% favorable rating among independents. Not good, but not insurmountable. Flip those percentages, and they could be serving moose burgers in the White House in 2013.
[Forty-two] percent of respondents said Palin shouldn’t run in 2012. But 36 percent said she should — and 22 percent had no opinion on the matter (which is a little odd, frankly, since Sarah Palin seems to be one topic on which everyone has an opinion). In other words, Palin has to bridge a six-point gap. Not impossible.
It’s true that strong candidates can turn around negative numbers–in 1980, Ronald Reagan overcame many polls that found Republicans were worried about his age–but this is getting silly. In 2005, polls found majorities of all voters, and huge majorities of Democrats, ready to back a Hillary Rodham Clinton candidacy in 2008. In 2009, Palin defenders are left arguing, as Continetti does here, that the fact that 47 percent of Republicans think she’s up to the job of president is fantastic news for her.