PPP poll: Palin’s favorability higher among Republicans than Romney’s or Santorum’s

posted at 9:24 pm on March 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

Granted, her ratings have always been solid among Republicans. And granted, comparing the favorability of someone who isn’t running to the favorability of two candidates who have been tearing each other’s throats out every day for months is apples and oranges. Even so, Ian Lazaran at Conservatives4Palin makes a fair point: As a Not Romney with appeal to evangelical and non-evangelical conservatives alike, she probably could have given Mitt more of a run for his money than Santorum has.

Sarah Palin is now once again better liked than any of the actual candidates. 68% see her favorably and only 20% unfavorably.

“The fact that Sarah Palin is now more popular than any of the Republican Presidential candidates is a real sign of the toll the campaign has taken on all of the contenders’ images,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Meanwhile Rick Santorum is struggling and would really need a major change in the race — like Newt Gingrich dropping out — to reverse his fortunes.”

Santorum’s favorables split at a healthy 59/30, but among evangelicals it’s 73/16 versus just 46/43 among non-evangelicals. Palin’s numbers for comparison:

She also tops Santorum among tea partiers and non-tea partiers alike, although their numbers among the latter group are close enough that I assume the Romney Death Star could have blasted hers down to a comparable level with sustained attacks. For Santorum, the split is 74/18 among TPers, 50/41 among non-TPers, and 54/20 among those who aren’t sure. Palin:

Here’s the one data set I can’t explain, though. “Very” and “somewhat conservative” make sense, but what’s up with liberal Republicans? I thought the David Frum wing of the party loathes Palin:

A higher favorable rating among “very liberal” GOPers than “somewhat conservative” ones? Either the sample of liberal Republicans is very small, which means a very high margin of error, or else she’s rebounded somehow with more left-ish members of the party. Any theories on what’s driving that?

Needless to say, the big caveat to the “what might have been” hypothetical in which Palin runs and does better against Romney than Santorum has is that a more effective centrist than Romney could have run also and possibly locked up the nomination no matter who was running to his/her right. Maybe we’ll do a few posts on various hypotheticals this summer — A vs. B, C vs. D — to cheer you up when Romney finally locks things up and the laments begin. Exit question: Does Steve Schmidt opine on any subject anymore except vetting procedures for Republican VP candidates? Good lord, man. Pull yourself together.


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We can all thank the RonMeBots for keeping Palin out of the race by forcing a brokered convention at which Sarah will again show her true leadership skills and put the RINO back into the ground.

TEA Party Patriots aree working to gain spots as delegates as we post. This will be the last chance to get a real Republican in as our choice for POTUS.

DannoJyd on March 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

TEA Party Patriots aree working to gain spots as delegates as we post. This will be the last chance to get a real Republican in as our choice for POTUS.
DannoJyd
 on March 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Sarah’s secret weapon, heh. For those that proclaim it is somehow wrong that someone who didn’t even campaign be nominated, those are the rules in the event that the candidates are deadlocked in the delegate race. Generally delegates are bound to the candidate for the first tally, after that, the are free to vote their conscience.

Like I said before, I’ll wait til the convention cum delegate caucus. But if Mittness or another severely RINO is nominated I’m voting third party and/or write in Sarah.
Sarah for the win.

AH_C on March 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

What could have been…

*sigh*

Yes. We were saved from the embarrassment of Obama winning 50 states vs Palin.

Palin wouldn’t even win Alaska.

Moesart on March 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Yes. We were saved from the embarrassment of Obama winning 50 states vs Palin.

Palin wouldn’t even win Alaska.

Moesart on March 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Mittwit is an idiot…:)

idesign on March 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Wow, shortest Palin thread ever. What everyone out of town?

Bmore on March 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Like I said before, I’ll wait til the convention cum delegate caucus. But if Mittness or another severely RINO is nominated I’m voting third party and/or write in Sarah.
Sarah for the win.

AH_C on March 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Welcome to the Revolution. :o)

DannoJyd on March 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Just a quick reminder:

Romneycare Becomes Obamacare, Then Coultercare

From the article:

Ann Coulter has now written an unqualified defense of Romneycare. What she doesn’t appear to realize is how useful her column will be to defenders of Obamacare.

why is it that RonMeBots all support 0bamacare? Are they simply socialists in dire need of sucking away at the public teat?

DannoJyd on March 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Palin, now more than ever.

Norwegian on March 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Yes. We were saved from the embarrassment of Obama winning 50 states vs Palin.

Palin wouldn’t even win Alaska.

Moesart on March 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Funny…Obama didnt win Alaska, lol. Liberals just make it too easy. Listen…go back and try again. Go on now, little feller…run on home and try again.

MooCowBang on March 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

A person who wants a brokered convention (from which she emerges as the nominee) which would nullify the entire nomination process and destroy the party is more popular than the nominee. This is truly The Party of Stupid.

Basilsbest on March 23, 2012 at 9:52 PM

So why not destroy it? The sooner the better, imo. It’s never been more dysfunctional than during this primary process. I’m disgusted, I’ve had it with the GOP and am ready for a change.

kg598301 on March 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I will not vote for Mitt Romney in November. How many Conservatives have said Mitt Romney stands on all three sides of each issue, depending on the way the wind blows? I know I have. And now his communications guru went on TV and declared that to be the case!

A vote for Romney is a vote to destroy the Conservative voice, as Democrats, Liberals, MSM, Obama, Socialists (that’s 5 repititions) all tie Conservatism to someone who proclaimed himself a Progressive (read Socialist). And, sorry, I cannot ever vote for someone who got very good grades from the baby-killing industry. Not on my life.

I am absolutely a Palinista, have been since 2008, but even so, I doubt a contested Convention would ever nominate her. But I am absolutely hoping for a contested convention to get rid of the self-proclaimed “Progressive” (read Socialist) Romneycare Governor.

John Hitchcock on March 24, 2012 at 1:01 PM

BS. Independents elect presidents, not Republicans or Democrats.

rhombus on March 24, 2012 at 7:18 AM

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Said the snobby “Independent”.
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No President won an election without his “base”.
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Would that explain 2008?

listens2glenn on March 24, 2012 at 2:22 PM

A Palin candidacy would be the best option. Obama has been flummoxed by not knowing who to attack. Pulling a rabbit out of the hat three months before the election would leave the democrats off balance. The Democrats would have to scramble to mount a campaign. By that time all the anti-Palin smears will have lost their effect. All the while we have had clear sight on our opponent pointing out his flaws continuously. I have seen gas price/Obama ad already.

scrubjay on March 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Something to consider: Once the remaining Conservatives have been effectively neutralized–and I think we’re just about there–there won’t be a compelling voice for Conservatism to make sure Romney doesn’t tack left. I really think that the reason that Santorum and Gingrich stay in the race is to keep Romney honest and rightward.

But once Romney has it all sown up, the role that Palin can play (and a lot more effectively) is what Santorum and Gingrich have been doing all along, namely, keeping Etch-A-Sketch in line. Romney and his followers may not like this, but he needs someone to keep him from straying so far to the left that Conservative will stay home. In the absence of pressure, Romney will stray (I’m sure even Ann Coulter would agree with this.)

If the Obama team were smart (and I’m not sure they are), they and their media pals would continually put pressure on Romney to veer leftward, in order to suppress the vote. Rather than trying to destroy Romney with their political machine, they would be better off framing him in a way that makes him as unpalatable to Conservatives as Obama is to a growing part of the electorate.

Palin can do a lot to keep that from happening.

EMD on March 24, 2012 at 5:34 PM

If the Obama team were smart (and I’m not sure they are), they and their media pals would continually put pressure on Romney to veer leftward, in order to suppress the vote. Rather than trying to destroy Romney with their political machine, they would be better off framing him in a way that makes him as unpalatable to Conservatives as Obama is to a growing part of the electorate.

Palin can do a lot to keep that from happening.

EMD on March 24, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Interesting thot.

I don’t begrudge anyone for who they might vote, moreso the conservatives that feel they have to hold their nose to pull for Romney. All I ask them to do is ask themselves how many times does the GOP have to betray them before enough is enough? For me, I’m pretty much thru with the GOP and will never ever again vote for a moderate.

Maybe when it’s all said and don in November and the results show that only 20% voted conservative 3rd party. That’s OK because the ones that voted GOP will then ponder that just 20% were willing to risk all to do so and wonder what if they had joined in and boosted the numbers. Once they see that what was derided as delusional, could very much be attainable in the next cycle, it will help tilt them towards the conservative alternative. We’ll see.

AH_C on March 24, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Meanwhile Rick Santorum is struggling and would really need a major change in the race — like Newt Gingrich dropping out — to reverse his fortunes.”

I don’t understand why our pundits are so stupid. The primary race is over. Romney will not get to 1144.

Why aren’t we talking about the (60 day period before the) convention?

faraway on March 24, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I wish Palin would be President and give me a check from the oil companies pockets like she did in Alaska. We need a new land use tax for the whole nation to go in my pocket.

Mormontheman on March 23, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Except of course that the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend was enacted long before Sarah Palin had any hand in alaska politics, based on perectly legitimate extraction fees paid by the oil companies.

You either did not know that, and so should refrain from commenting on something you don’t understand, or do know that and are a typical liar.

Siddhartha Vicious on March 24, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Palin’s favorability higher among Republicans than Romney’s or Santorum’s

I voted for Sarah Palin in 2008 in spite of John McCain and I’ll likely vote for her again this November.

RJL on March 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM

I voted for Sarah Palin in 2008 in spite of John McCain and I’ll likely vote for her again this November.

RJL on March 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM

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If . . . Sarah is given the nomination at a ‘brokered convention’, I’m with you.

But if not, would you please consider voting for whoever the GOP nominee is?
Yes, even if it’s Mitt Romney.

listens2glenn on March 25, 2012 at 12:39 AM

We can all thank the RonMeBots for keeping Palin out of the race . . . .

DannoJyd on March 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Yeah. Like, remember how they tricked her into ultimately declaring that she would not be a candidate this year?

No? Me neither.

Okay, but remember how they tricked her into publicly flirting with the idea of jumping into the race in order to keep others from declaring?

No? Gee, that wasn’t why she took her time, did her tour, and then opted out?

Well, then I’m sure you must have a really good explanation of how the Romney people kept her out of the race.

Boy, this should really be rich! I’m all ears.

Trochilus on March 25, 2012 at 7:06 PM

PPP polls are not to be trusted in general, particularly during this desperation phase of the Republican primary for Santorum, who seems to have finally snapped, and is having to angrily walk back stupid comments he has made.

PPP is, after all, a Democrat polling organization. At this point they are well aware that Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican candidate, so they are perfectly willing to play games. It would be very interesting to find out who commissioned that poll.

Of course they are going to run a poll during the final bomb-throwing phases of the Republican primary season, one suggesting that Palin ~~ who has had no bombs thrown at her recently ~~ is somehow at this particular point in time, is “more” popular than Romney.

Suggesting that this is somehow a legitimate story, without putting it in proper perspective, is playing right into the Democrats game. Weak!

Trochilus on March 25, 2012 at 7:19 PM

The GOP is to protecting our freedom, in the very same manner in which Vichy France was to Nazi resistence.

“Let’s join them guys with the cool uniforms -it’s safer that way”

Acid-Ann Coulter and her cult-like crowd act more like Tokyo Rose, with her love for Oromneycare.

Don L on March 26, 2012 at 8:32 AM

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