Obama’s dream

If the economy is still bad in 2012, Obama will be in for a tough fight.  What might he hope for more than anything?  How about Sarah Palin for an opponent.  Greg Sargent sums up the latest polling on Palin.  Short version, Republican base loves her, everybody else, ummm, not so much.  Longer version:

Okay, here’s still more evidence, as if you needed it, that Sarah Palin is increasingly toxic to voters who reside outside the Palin Nation bubble.

Pew Research just released a new poll finding that more than twice as many Americans see a Palin endorsement as a negative for a Congressional candidate than view it as a positive.

The numbers: Thirty eight percent say they are less likely to back a Congressional candidate if Palin “campaigns on their behalf.” Less than half that amount, 18 percent, say they are more likely to do so. Forty two percent say it would make no difference, only slightly more than see it as a downer.

No one is contesting the fact that Palin is a major draw among GOP primary voters. But the larger story here — one that goes directly to the heart of her presidential aspirations — is that she’s successfully tightening her emotional grip on her devoted legions of supporters at the expense of just about everyone else. Far more see her as a turn-offthan as a turn-on.

I cannot wait to watch the Republican primaries.  Should be great stuff.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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