Despite the drooling fanaticism of Tea Baggers and Glenn Beck disciples, America’s best known quitter, Sarah Palin, is not as well loved as she thought she was. A new poll by CBS shows her support as a presidential candidate to be nearly non-existent.
“Specifically, 71 percent say they do not want the former Republican vice presidential nominee to run for president, while 21 percent say they do want her to run.”
That’s an unusually lopsided result. There are very few polls taken in these highly divisive times that produce such unity. The poll internals reveal that it isn’t just Democrats (at 88%) who are cool to Palin. A majority of Republicans (56%) oppose her candidacy. And the same is true for independents (65%). Even conservatives (58%) don’t want Sarah Palin to run for president. What’s worse is that this dismal showing is actually a decline from previous polling, even though she has been an persistent presence in the media since ditching her job in Alaska, embarking on a nationwide book tour, and hooking up with Fox News. Apparently tweets and Facebook postings have not endeared her to the country.
In addition to this bad news for Palin, the Tea Parties took a hit in this poll as well. The poll confirms prior surveys that show how flaccid the so-called movement really is. I called it the Tea Party Delusion, because majorities of respondents have no opinion, or haven’t even heard of the Baggers. This poll has that number at 69%, including 61% of conservatives.
None of this seems to be fazing Palin or those or seek to bask in her black-light glow. She currently has appearances scheduled for Republican gatherings in Eugene, OR and North Little Rock, AR. She will also grace the Daytona 500 in Florida and a wine wholesalers convention in Las Vegas, NV. And of course there is her highly anticipated keynote speech at the first annual(?) Tea Party conference in Nashville, TN. She stands to make several hundred thousand dollars from these gigs. This doesn’t leave much time for her to fulfill her duties for Fox News, but I’m sure they will be accommodating.
The one part of this poll that I take issue with is the number for Democrats who don’t want Palin to run in 2012. Every Democrat I talk to is fervently praying for a Palin candidacy. Personally, I’m pulling for Palin/Steele. I can’t think of anything that would be more fun, except maybe Beck/Joe the Plumber.