By Ted Belman
A new Wall Street Journal NBC News poll shows that Sarah Palin is behind President Barack Obama in the race for 2012 by a whopping 22 points.
Obama currently leads over every other Republican candidate as well, including against Mitt Romney, where he holds a 7 point lead.
But the gap over Palin is what stands out here, with Obama holding a 55-33 lead.
Washington Post, December 17, 2010;
Six in 10 voters say they would not even consider voting for the former Alaska governor if she launches a White House bid, and she loses badly to President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 general election test.
For Palin, and all us Palin lovers, this is not good news. In fact negative numbers on Palin have increased in the last year. So obviously, she is not succeeding in improving her chances despite a very successful year in all other respects.
On the other hand, Obama, for all his screw ups, is maintaining enough support to win again.. Beats me. Apparently, people love his smile, if not his policies and that is enough to keep his chances for reelection strong.
Jonathan Tobin advises Palin’s Got Bigger Problems Than Charles Krauthammer, and based on these polls, suggested Palin should wake up to the fact she is unelectable.
When Palin was questioned about the latest polls by Robin Roberts on Nightline, she acknowledgwed they were not pretty but went on to argue that a long primary could turn things around because it would give her the opportunity to debate the issues.
Nevertheless, the lay of the land is not favourable. Will more exposure change the minds of 60% of Americans? I doubt it.
It is hard to believe that Palin would run given these numbers.
If not President, then what?
I thus ended the article and my hopes but then I came upon this at Pajamas Media today.
Tale of the Tape: Obama vs. Palin
Polar opposite visions of what leadership should be.
December 19, 2010 – by David B. Jenkins
On December 4, 2009, pollster Matt Towery predicted that President Barack Obama’s approval ratings would drop to somewhere in the mid-40s by mid-2010. To his surprise, it took only a few days. By the second week of December, Obama’s approval had faded to 47 percent in a Gallup poll. The number of Americans who approve of the president’s job performance has gone as low as 41 percent, and he fares even worse among independent voters. All of this despite incessant drum-beating on his behalf by the MSM.
At the same time, Sarah Palin — whose favorability rating in some polls went as low as 39 percent in July when she resigned as Alaska’s governor — is currently at 46 percent in a recent AP-GfK poll, even though the MSM has treated her to a barrage of disparagement perhaps unequaled in American political history. Yet among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, Palin is viewed favorably by 80 percent — a higher rating than any other potential GOP presidential candidate. And 63 percent of everyday Americans say their views are more like Palin’s than Obama’s.
In November, the Daily Caller had this to say,
Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee, is the best-known and most divisive of the bunch. In the wake of her high-profile role in endorsing candidates all over the country, 46 percent of Americans view her favorably, 49 percent unfavorably, and 5 percent don’t know enough about her to form an opinion.
Her “don’t know” score is considerably lower than those registered by other possible candidates tested in the poll.
[..] In terms of winning the 2012 nomination, the question is how Republican-leaning Americans view the contenders. Palin comes out on top. Among adults who identify themselves as Republicans or GOP-leaning independents, 79 percent view her favorably, and 17 percent unfavorably.
These findings worry many Republican officials. The poll suggests Palin might be able to win the nomination. But among independents — they could be the deciding factor in the general election — just 43 percent hold a favorable view of Palin, compared with 61 percent with a positive view of Obama.
And with half of independents viewing Palin unfavorably, she would have to work hard to persuade a majority of voters to back her.