Gallup: Palin’s unfavorable rating hits new high of 52%

posted at 4:58 pm on November 12, 2010 by Allahpundit

To recycle an old joke much beloved by longtime HA readers: You know who this poll benefits? Mitt Romney.

More than half of Americans, 52%, now view Sarah Palin unfavorably, the highest percentage holding a negative opinion of the former Alaska governor in Gallup polling since Sen. John McCain tapped her as the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. Her 40% favorable rating ties her lowest favorable score, recorded just over a year ago…

Palin’s image has consistently tilted negative since July 2009, and was nearly as negative in October 2009 as it is today. Public views on her were also more negative than positive just before the 2008 election, in which President Obama handily defeated the Republican ticket. By contrast, Americans’ initial reactions to Palin after her debut at the Republican National Convention that year were mostly favorable.

Follow the link above and you’ll see that the last time her favorables were net positive was January 2009. But wait, you say, didn’t we see an AP poll just days ago showing her favorable numbers the highest they’ve been in almost a year (not to mention yesterday’s PPP poll showing her leading the GOP field in several states)? Indeed we did, and I’m at a loss to explain the discrepancy. The AP polled 1,000 adults nationwide from Nov. 3 to Nov. 8 and got a 46/49 split; Gallup polled 1,021 adults nationwide from Nov. 4 to Nov. 7 and came up with 40/52. Your guess for what accounts for the difference is as good as mine. In fact, I can give you an argument for why each poll might be an outlier. If you look at HuffPo’s table of recent polling on her, the 40/52 number is more in line with polls taken last month (including one by Fox) than the AP’s rosier 46/49 split. On the other hand, I find this graph from Gallup exceedingly hard to believe:

So somehow, just three months before an election in which the GOP would end up utterly destroying Democrats among independents, the favorable rating of one of its most prominent figures just drops off a cliff among those same indies? Does that make any sense at all? It’s especially odd if you read the full Gallup article and see that the tea party’s numbers are steady over time. If Palin’s downturn was the byproduct of independents souring on fringier candidates like Angle and O’Donnell, that downturn should theoretically also appear in the ratings for the movement overall. It doesn’t. So what gives?

The good news is that her new TLC show produce some sort of bounce in the next poll. The bad news is that it’s now been almost two full years since her favorables were above the water line. Not the banner you want to carry into primary season when lots of GOP voters will be thinking of electability. Exit quotation from a certain senatorial princess who shall remain nameless: “I know what my Alaska looks like.”


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52%? That’s all?

Ian on November 12, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Zzzzzzz…

turfmann on November 12, 2010 at 5:00 PM

The base loves her, but everybody else thinks she is not fit to be president. And to get elected in America, you need more than just your base. You need the Reagan democrats, and they don’t think too highly of Palin. Nominate Palin, and you lose the election. It’s Christine O’Donnell redux.

keep the change on November 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM

“She’s unelectable!!!!” That meme’s been pushed since 2008. No different now.

ddrintn on November 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM

It just wouldn’t be Friday without a good Palin bashing.

John the Libertarian on November 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM

It’s Christine O’Donnell redux.

keep the change on November 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM

It’s “Christine O’Donnell redux” only in the sense that if Palin’s nominated, a lot of GOPers will be standing in line to kneecap her.

I was wondering how quick that “It’s Christine O’Donnell all over again!!!” stuff would get started.

ddrintn on November 12, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Reagan was unelectable too.

Mojave Mark on November 12, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Now we know who Gallup really fears!

Mark1971 on November 12, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Friday. Traffic Down. AP rolls the “Traffic of Fortune” wheel. Atheism or Sarah Palin. Which will he choose?

lorien1973 on November 12, 2010 at 5:04 PM

I think a lot of desperate Democrats ran a lot of TV ads late in this campaign trying to like their GOP opponents with Palin and paint them both as “extremists.” I know Joe Sestak did it in Pennsylvania.

I also think Bristol doing Dancing With the Stars hasn’t helped Sarah either.

rockmom on November 12, 2010 at 5:04 PM

I just laugh at idiots who think or thought Obama was qualified for the job and she wasn’t even qualified for Vice President. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight…..Barry Biden are so much better.

jawkneemusic on November 12, 2010 at 5:04 PM

So somehow, just three months before an election in which the GOP would end up utterly destroying Democrats among independents, the favorable rating of one of its most prominent figures just drops off a cliff among those same indies? Does that make any sense at all?

Could be statistical noise. Could also indicate independents were hedging what they were endorsing when they voted Republican.

Patrick Ishmael on November 12, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Good gawd,the poll numbers are up and down like
an Alaskian Snow Frog!!

canopfor on November 12, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Her electability is a big question mark with me. I like her, but I don’t want to support someone who will be crushed by Obama because indies hate them. And, Dems hate her so much that she’ll drive them to the polls, even if they’ve soured on Obama. If she turns those numbers around, great, but she hasn’t thus far and I don’t know what she can do at this point to help change that. I think the caricature of her has simply been ingrained in the public’s mind at this point.

changer1701 on November 12, 2010 at 5:05 PM

She’s loved by the base. That’s it.

38% nationally….tops.

rickyricardo on November 12, 2010 at 5:06 PM

This poll matters not for one reason and one reason alone …

If Sarah Palin doesn’t run for the nomination then whoever she endorses – will win the nomination.

So the Ruling Class and Republican Firsters can look at this poll and giggle – but it doesn’t relieve them of one iota of actual stress …

Because Sarah Palin ain’t gonna “endo” a Ruling Class Fool, or a Republican Firster …

If she doesn’t take the nomination for her own – she “endo” an anti-establishment candidate.

Bottom Line – the Ruling Class will have to deal with an “anti-establishment” nominee this time around. If you don’t get Sarah Palin – you’ll get Jim DeMint – or someone else in the Tea Party crowd.

BANK THAT!

HondaV65 on November 12, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJv5qLsLYoo

canopfor on November 12, 2010 at 5:06 PM

This is the same Gallup that gave Republicans like a 19-point advantage, right?

amerpundit on November 12, 2010 at 5:07 PM

I hope GOP voters nominate Palin for president in 2012 just to spite these poll respondents. Sure that would guarantee Obama’s re-election, but stupid people who don’t unconditionally love Palin make me irrational.

Enrique on November 12, 2010 at 5:07 PM

But 52% is a new high? I thought it was something like 80% at one point. Or so it seems.

ddrintn on November 12, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Geez, people. It’s really not that complicated. Her unfavorables are high(BTW, 52% ain’t that bad all things considered) because a lot of independents still perceive her as a ditz thanks to the Couric interview and the Tina Fey caricature making up 90% of their impression of her.

Do you really believe that 18 months of campaigning for President wouldn’t swing 10% of the electorate in her favor? Once she declares her candidacy, she commands center stage. It means news outlets have to start treating her with a modicum of respect and asking her questions about substance, not just concerning what she reads or if she really really really really does oppose abortion.

Doughboy on November 12, 2010 at 5:07 PM

What was Bush’s popularity numbers when he was suppose to lose in 2004?

portlandon on November 12, 2010 at 5:07 PM

To recycle an old joke much beloved by longtime HA readers: You know who this poll benefits? Mitt Romney.

It would only benefit him should he gain the GOP nomination – which he won’t.

HondaV65 on November 12, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Reagan was unelectable too.

Reagan was a serious national political figure for decades.

His radio commentaries were staples long before he ran for the presidency.

He was also a serious conservative thinker.

rickyricardo on November 12, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Sometime I think Allah wishes he blogged for some obscure and pathetic RINO site like Rightosphere or FrumsForum where Palin bashing is the norm.

Sorry, but aside from a few resident trolls (you know who); most of us think this harping on Palin is getting old.

Norwegian on November 12, 2010 at 5:09 PM

She’s loved by the base. That’s it.

38% nationally….tops.

rickyricardo on November 12, 2010 at 5:06 PM

That’s what campaigns are for. Oh, wait! Let’s choose our nominee right now based on Gallup numbers. Mitt! Mitt! Mitt!!!!! The independents looooove them some Mitt!!!!!!!!!!

ddrintn on November 12, 2010 at 5:09 PM

The SarahCudian Forces detest this Continual
and NeverEnding Kabucki Stripper Pole Narrational
Polling!!

canopfor on November 12, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Reagan was a serious national political figure for decades.

rickyricardo on November 12, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Only to the base. That’s it.

ddrintn on November 12, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Still higher than Bush’ favorability ratings.

Let’s face facts. The MSM has been on a steady drumbeat of hate towards this woman. Just like Bush. It works. That’s why they hate Fox because it’s a crack in their media wall of dictating whom we shall we like and whom we will hate today.

Skywise on November 12, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Once she declares her candidacy, she commands center stage. It means news outlets have to start treating her with a modicum of respect and asking her questions about substance,
Doughboy on November 12, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Bwaa haaa haaa!

portlandon on November 12, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Do you really believe that 18 months of campaigning for President wouldn’t swing 10% of the electorate in her favor? Once she declares her candidacy, she commands center stage. It means news outlets have to start treating her with a modicum of respect and asking her questions about substance, not just concerning what she reads or if she really really really really does oppose abortion.

Delusional. If you think the abortion issue is going to move independents our way, you’re nuts.

rickyricardo on November 12, 2010 at 5:10 PM

So somehow, just three months before an election in which the GOP would end up utterly destroying Democrats among independents, the favorable rating of one of its most prominent figures just drops off a cliff among those same indies? Does that make any sense at all?

She wasn’t running in the midterm elections.

Jimbo3 on November 12, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Those are not good poll numbers. Don’t know what else to say.

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Drama Queen!!111!!

Chudi on November 12, 2010 at 5:11 PM

(I save you the time Chudi)

portlandon on November 12, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Do you really believe that 18 months of campaigning for President wouldn’t swing 10% of the electorate in her favor?

Doughboy on November 12, 2010 at 5:07 PM

The electorate doesn’t matter – and that needs to be made perfectly crystal clear.

The GOP nominee will be who the GOP voters want to be President – it will not be someone they think the voters in California will “go for”. That’s Ruling Class and Republican Firster thinking – and it’s not going to fly this election.

If Sarah Palin runs in the primary and she shuts down the others in the debate – she’ll take the nomination and it’s that simple – I don’t care what her negatives are.

I supported the war in Iraq when the negatives on it were high. I didn’t do like Mitch McConnell and go to the President and ask him to pull troops out of Iraq because it was hurting the GOP. That’s Republican Firster thinking and it’s the kind of thinking that sank us in 06 and 08.

HondaV65 on November 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM

LOL Always the provocateur, AP. Always the provocateur.

JimP on November 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM

She should come out say right now that’s she’s not running, because everyone is so determine to see that she don’t run. I don’t know how she maintains her sanity in the face of all this. I said, screw it, they don’t know what’s good for them.

milemarker2020 on November 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Do you really believe that 18 months of campaigning for President wouldn’t swing 10% of the electorate in her favor? Once she declares her candidacy, she commands center stage. It means news outlets have to start treating her with a modicum of respect and asking her questions about substance, not just concerning what she reads or if she really really really really does oppose abortion.

If she runs it will only get worst. She’ll be getting by Obama and Romney simultaneously.

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM

She’ll be getting hit by Obama and Romney simultaneously.

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Yawn…

It’s a poll of ADULTS plus if you include MOE of 4-5pts she’s more or less been steady even with everything that’s been thrown at her. Besides, national polls are irrelevant except to push a narrative and discourage supporters, show me the numbers in Bush states, then we can talk.

And can we dispense w/ the O’Donnell comparisons.. good grief, that ship sailed last week.

davek70 on November 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Now accepting apologies from HAers who — when this exactly same concern was expressed in a blog yesterday about her electability — resorted to calling their fellow HAers “the T-word.”

I think she’d be an amazing President. Problem is that no more than 48% of America agrees. That won’t cut it in in a two-party race (let alone a three-party race.)

VastRightWingConspirator on November 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM

I know those 52% , they’re just not ready to admit their mistake…

the_nile on November 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Well that settles it. One thousand adults have spoken. Palin sucks. Forget her huge effect on the election. Her soon-to-be #1 best seller (again). Her soon-to-be ratings bonanza on TLC. Her sold out speaking engagements and her massive on-line fundrasing ability. 1,000 adults told Gallup she’s a horrible person. The millions who support her must be on the fringe right?

Redneck Woman on November 12, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Is it 2008 here again on HotAir?

fogw on November 12, 2010 at 5:14 PM

If she runs it will only get worst. She’ll be getting by Obama and Romney simultaneously.

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Just wait til Romney starts getting hit.

ddrintn on November 12, 2010 at 5:14 PM

She’ll be getting hit by Obama and Romney simultaneously.

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM

So , what’s the problem?

the_nile on November 12, 2010 at 5:15 PM

A sexier, saner O’Donnell.

In the end, she’s sent packing to Dukakisville.

rickyricardo on November 12, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Now accepting apologies from HAers

VastRightWingConspirator on November 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Hold your breath until you get your first apology.

portlandon on November 12, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Nothing short of a personality injection will make Romney a viable candidate. I will be interested in seeing the Neilsen’s on her TLC Documentary Series.

kingsjester on November 12, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Well that settles it. One thousand adults have spoken. Palin sucks. Forget her huge effect on the election. Her soon-to-be #1 best seller (again). Her soon-to-be ratings bonanza on TLC. Her sold out speaking engagements and her massive on-line fundrasing ability. 1,000 adults told Gallup she’s a horrible person. The millions who support her must be on the fringe right?

Redneck Woman on November 12, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Her main problem with the electorate is experience and her quitting the Governship of Alaska. How is a television show and book going to help that?

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:16 PM

“She’s unelectable!!!!” ,, and Obama is The Magic Negro

J_Crater on November 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

If she runs it will only get worst. She’ll be getting by Obama and Romney simultaneously.

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Did you mean “hit” or “hit on”?

Jimbo3 on November 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

In the end, she’s sent packing to Dukakisville.

rickyricardo on November 12, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Dukakisville? That’s Romney’s old stomping grounds. Want to talk about Romney’s unelectability, or are you just a one-note sorta guy?

ddrintn on November 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Too all the people who say “Reagan was unelectable.” You’re wrong. Stop with that argument. Read history. The nation was practically begging for him. And don’t you dare compare Reagan to Palin. Two totally different people.

Ian on November 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Romney is a fraud. Palin is a lightweight and Fred Thompsons is too damned old.

Can anyone step up for the Republicans?

rickyricardo on November 12, 2010 at 5:18 PM

So somehow, just three months before an election in which the GOP would end up utterly destroying Democrats among independents, the favorable rating of one of its most prominent figures just drops off a cliff among those same indies? Does that make any sense at all?

It does if you consider that maybe a significant number of self-described independents from back in July voted Republican last week and now consider themselves Republicans.

Look at the way the upward favorable movement among Republicans almost exactly mirrors the downward movement among indies.

Missy on November 12, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Too all the people who say “Reagan was unelectable.” You’re wrong. Stop with that argument. Read history. The nation was practically begging for him.

Ian on November 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

I guess that explains why Reagan was down 20+ points to Carter in polls just a few months before the election.

Norwegian on November 12, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Did you mean “hit” or “hit on”?

Jimbo3 on November 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Must have missed my comment correcting my missing word.

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:19 PM

So what gives?

Polling “data” aren’t all that reliable.

forest on November 12, 2010 at 5:19 PM

She’s probably a nice, well intentioned lady but she adds nothing to the debate and I’m frankly sick of her.

KF Peters on November 12, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Romney is a fraud. Palin is a lightweight and Fred Thompsons is too damned old.

Can anyone step up for the Republicans?

rickyricardo on November 12, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Mitch! Mitch!! Mitch!!!!!! LOL The strategy of course is to get someone so vanilla that they’ll fly under the radar and juuuuust sneak past Obama in 2012 because the NYT won’t have time enough to say nasty things about him.

ddrintn on November 12, 2010 at 5:19 PM

I also think Bristol doing Dancing With the Stars hasn’t helped Sarah either.

rockmom on November 12, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Huh? Why? Is Gallup polling a bunch of whackos who leave nasty comments on the DWTS Facebook page? Someone is keeping Bristol alive in that competition, and it isn’t just Palinistas.

davek70 on November 12, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Palin going all in on Christine O’Donnell disqualifies her for running for president…

ninjapirate on November 12, 2010 at 5:19 PM

So somehow, just three months before an election in which the GOP would end up utterly destroying Democrats among independents, the favorable rating of one of its most prominent figures just drops off a cliff among those same indies? Does that make any sense at all?
=============================================

Sumpins afoot!!

canopfor on November 12, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Too all the people who say “Reagan was unelectable.” You’re wrong. Stop with that argument. Read history. The nation was practically begging for him.

Ian on November 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

I guess that explains why Reagan was down 20+ points to Carter in polls just a few months before the election.

Norwegian on November 12, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Yep. And most of the other GOP potentials then were polling much better against Carter.

ddrintn on November 12, 2010 at 5:20 PM

I know those 52% , they’re just not ready to admit their mistake…

the_nile on November 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM

excellent point

bitsy on November 12, 2010 at 5:20 PM

I think she’d be an amazing President. Problem is that no more than 48% of America agrees. That won’t cut it in in a two-party race (let alone a three-party race.)

VastRightWingConspirator on November 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM

That’s a “firster” argument – that we must nominate someone that we think liberals and independents will go for.

It’s a flawed argument – because we did exactly that in 2008 and got our asses handed to us.

Meanwhile … The Democrats nominated a hard-left candidate with extremist ties and won … handily.

Lesson Learned – nominate the person your party is happy with – don’t try to get ahead of the ball and anticipate which direction the indies will go.

YOU LEAD – INDIES WILL FOLLOW. That’s what happened in 2008 and that’s what happened in 2010.

I’ll support the GOP candidate I want in the oval office – not the the candidate some indie in California might want – or who I might think he wants.

HondaV65 on November 12, 2010 at 5:21 PM

I’m frankly sick of her.

KF Peters on November 12, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Which is why you read threads about Palin?

ddrintn on November 12, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Romney is a fraud. Palin is a lightweight and Fred Thompsons is too damned old.

Can anyone step up for the Republicans?

rickyricardo on November 12, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Frankly I don’t think Romney, Palin or anyone else can beat Obama. They all have major flaws.

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Too all the people who say “Reagan was unelectable.” You’re wrong. Stop with that argument. Read history. The nation was practically begging for him.

Not in 1978 (mid-cycle equivalent of 2010). At that point Reagan was leading the conservative wing of the GOP in battle against the “moderate” establishment Ford/Rockefeller wing. And the media was describing him as “too extreme” for the party/country.

There are many, many parallels to today.

Missy on November 12, 2010 at 5:21 PM

At some point, Hot Air should just bow to the inevitable and just have a portion of the site dedicated to the life and times of Sarah Palin. When all else fails, let the woman from waaaay up north help keep the web traffic steady. ;-)

Seriously, I am neither surprised by the numbers, nor am moved by them. As others (including myself) have said, if and/or when she makes a move, the rest of the electorate will act accordingly. The only polls that matter are the ones when real voters actually pull the lever during the primary season, and in the general election.

I am trying to remember when so much white hot heat was directed at a potential candidate. Nope, can’t recall that level of scrutiny — even Hillary Clinton couldn’t muster the kind of buzz that so many would kill for the way that Palin can.

Palin lives rent free in the heads of so many of her critics, political enemies, and Ruling Class types. The day she is no longer influential nor effective is the day she comes off of their radar. I am forced to conclude that day will not arrive in our lifetimes. And I am good with that. ;-)

itzWicks on November 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Romney is a fraud. Palin is a lightweight and Fred Thompsons is too damned old.

Can anyone step up for the Republicans?

rickyricardo on November 12, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Dude, I’m ready. Atheist RINO ’12!

Allahpundit on November 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

I think she’d be an amazing President. Problem is that no more than 48% of America agrees. That won’t cut it in in a two-party race (let alone a three-party race.)

VastRightWingConspirator on November 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Obama’s favorable/unfavorable per Rasmussen today: 44/54

I guess he should drop out too.

Norwegian on November 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

53% voted for Obama. So, she’s won 1% over !!!!

swamp_yankee on November 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

YOU LEAD – INDIES WILL FOLLOW.

HondaV65 on November 12, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Bingo. Indies and moderates for the most part are bandwagon riders.

ddrintn on November 12, 2010 at 5:23 PM

At some point, Hot Air should just bow to the inevitable and just have a portion of the site dedicated to the life and times of Sarah Palin. When all else fails, let the woman from waaaay up north help keep the web traffic steady. ;-)

What do you want me to do? Candidates will start declaring in just a few months and I’ve been posting contrary polls earlier this week. Had to offer this to readers too.

Allahpundit on November 12, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Her main problem with the electorate is experience and her quitting the Governship of Alaska. How is a television show and book going to help that?

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:16 PM

No , her main problem is the stupid extremist ditz narrative.
First she needs to humanize herself among the independents.

The show can do that.

Then she can continue to hit obama on economic policy, getting more an more specific.
She’s been out there hitting obama on economics more than Mitt the businessman.

the_nile on November 12, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Dude, I’m ready. Atheist RINO ’12!

Allahpundit on November 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Allahpundit ’12!

Slogan: I give up!

:)

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Frankly I don’t think Romney, Palin or anyone else can beat Obama. They all have major flaws.

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:21 PM

LOL…can no on beat the Flawless One?

ddrintn on November 12, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Those are not good poll numbers. Don’t know what else to say.

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:11 PM

It’s a Gallup poll for God’s sake. I can’t believe how easily some of you fall for this stuff. We deserve to lose in 2012 if we are going to let Gallup polls determine who our nominee should be. No wonder Republicans get their asses kicked in the media wars. They accept the liberal premises and keep playing defense.

Redneck Woman on November 12, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Too all the people who say “Reagan was unelectable.” You’re wrong. Stop with that argument. Read history. The nation was practically begging for him.

Ian on November 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

No thanks – I don’t need to READ history – I was THERE buddy!

Let me tell you – the attacks against Palin are nothing compared to the ones Reagan got. Palin’s attacks are all “personal” attacks – riff raff stuff.

Ronaldus Maximus had to deal with attacks saying that he would start a NUCLEAR WAR with the Soviet Union and that he was REACTIONARY – and would take America back to Horse and Buggy days.

Reagan was completely “unelectable” – which is why he didn’t get the nomination in ’76 – even though it was clear ALL the enthusiasm at the convention was for him (YouTube it – it’ll make you cry!). Instead – we went with FORD – the “establishment candidate” – the “moderate” that we just knew the indies would go for …

Uhm … but they didn’t.

You young guys learnt your hist’ry all rong!

HondaV65 on November 12, 2010 at 5:25 PM

53% voted for Obama. So, she’s won 1% over !!!!

swamp_yankee on November 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

No, 53% of voters, not Americans (as in this poll), voted for Obama. Different populations being polled. Which is not to say that looks good for Palin, but you’d do better to compare 2008 election results to a poll of likely 2012 voters today. Difficult to know at this point in the cycle.

Missy on November 12, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Her main problem with the electorate is experience and her quitting the Governship of Alaska. How is a television show and book going to help that?

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:16 PM

I’ll admit, she will have to better explain the RESIGNATION to uninformed voters, but WTF are HA commenters still asking about her experience. Read her damn record. She accomplished more in 2 1/2 years as Governor than most of these back bencher candidates (including Obama in his whole life) have in their full terms.

davek70 on November 12, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Too all the people who say “Reagan was unelectable.” You’re wrong. Stop with that argument. Read history. The nation was practically begging for him. And don’t you dare compare Reagan to Palin. Two totally different people.

Ian on November 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Begging for him?

Ronald Reagan had a nagging issue of his own. He could not seem to gain the confidence of the growing anti-Carter movement. One poll asked which candidate voters were “personally interested in or excited about.” Eleven percent chose Reagan. Carter received only nine percent.

sharrukin on November 12, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Dude, I’m ready. Atheist RINO ’12!

Allahpundit on November 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

“A festivus pole in every home!”

the_nile on November 12, 2010 at 5:27 PM

No , her main problem is the stupid extremist ditz narrative.
First she needs to humanize herself among the independents.

The show can do that.

Then she can continue to hit obama on economic policy, getting more an more specific.
She’s been out there hitting obama on economics more than Mitt the businessman.

the_nile on November 12, 2010 at 5:23 PM

I’m sorry but a reality show is not going to show the country that she knows her policy issues, which is what she needs.

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Her main problem with the electorate is experience and her quitting the Governship of Alaska.
terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Not supported by evidence, and objectively nonsensical. She has more experience than Obama, and he quit his senate seat with less time in office than she had. Furthermore, he promised not to. That makes him a quitter and a liar.

She’ll win. It will be close, but look at the primary schedule, then study the electoral map. In any case, by 2011-2012 we’ll be living in a different America.

rrpjr on November 12, 2010 at 5:28 PM

I’m sorry but a reality show is not going to show the country that she knows her policy issues, which is what she needs.

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:28 PM

And a strawman is a failed argument.

the_nile on November 12, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Obama’s favorable/unfavorable per Rasmussen today: 44/54

I guess he should drop out too.

Norwegian on November 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Don’t forget Obama was also 43/49 in Gallup today as well, so yet another reason to not run for re-election.

davek70 on November 12, 2010 at 5:30 PM

How much of that is the unfavorable rating of the “Sara Palin” character as played by Tina Fey?

Count to 10 on November 12, 2010 at 5:30 PM

“A festivus pole in every home!”

the_nile on November 12, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Are those the things that come with thong-clad women swinging around them?

ddrintn on November 12, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Too all the people who say “Reagan was unelectable.” You’re wrong. Stop with that argument. Read history. The nation was practically begging for him. And don’t you dare compare Reagan to Palin. Two totally different people.

Ian on November 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Begging for him?

Ronald Reagan had a nagging issue of his own. He could not seem to gain the confidence of the growing anti-Carter movement. One poll asked which candidate voters were “personally interested in or excited about.” Eleven percent chose Reagan. Carter received only nine percent.

sharrukin on November 12, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Check.Mate.

portlandon on November 12, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Allahpundit ’12!

Slogan: I give up!

Slogan: You want unelectable, I’ll give you unelectable!

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:23 PM

FTFY.

My collie says:

No need to thank us. Just bein’ neighborly.

CyberCipher on November 12, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Not supported by evidence, and objectively nonsensical. She has more experience than Obama, and he quit his senate seat with less time in office than she had. Furthermore, he promised not to. That makes him a quitter and a liar.

rrpjr on November 12, 2010 at 5:28 PM

You are forgetting that by 2012 Obama will be president for almost 4 years….oh and he didn’t resign.

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Christine O’Donnell was never governor. Her resume was devoid of experience. She ran in a deep blue state. People didn’t camp out to spend 15 seconds with her. It’s a silly comparison.

Reagan was NOT taken seriously outside the conservative movement. He was dismissed as a dunce and a joke. He trailed Carter by 25% in March 1980. But by all means fear the awesome appeal of Obama to moderates. It’s not like we just had the biggest landslide in the House against his party in 60 years. Play it safe with someone just like McCain so Joe Klein will write something nice about us.

Ted Torgerson on November 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Romney is a fraud. Palin is a lightweight and Fred Thompsons is too damned old.

Can anyone step up for the Republicans?

rickyricardo on November 12, 2010 at 5:18 PM

I see you are most concernedly concerned. And I bet you are a Conservative Christian to boot, amirite? A Concerned Conservative Christian? Where have we heard this before…..?

Sekhmet on November 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Here is most of the answer, and it can be undone.

drunyan8315 on November 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM

She’s probably a nice, well intentioned lady but she adds nothing to the debate and I’m frankly sick of her.

KF Peters on November 12, 2010 at 5:19 PM

KF Peters:You nailed Pelosi right,thats for sure!

canopfor on November 12, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Check.Mate.

portlandon on November 12, 2010 at 5:30 PM

They believe the MSM crap when they say ‘We all just loved Reagan!’ and don’t know how much trash the very same people threw at the man.

sharrukin on November 12, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Her main problem with the electorate is experience and her quitting the Governship of Alaska. How is a television show and book going to help that?

terryannonline on November 12, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Do you honestly think 1,000 adults polled by Gallup even know Alaksa is a state? Let alone know that she was once Governor of said state.

As for the experience meme, how do you explain Obama? A community organizer for crying out loud.

Redneck Woman on November 12, 2010 at 5:33 PM

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