Skip to comments.Poll: Sarah Palin Surprisingly Leads 2012 GOP Contenders After Bus Tour
Posted on 06/10/2011 9:45:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
She hasn't declared her candidacy yet. She showed up in New Hampshire the same day Mitt Romney declared he was running for president and garnered most of the press. And that was before the media got hold of her Paul Revere gaffe. And despite the fact that most Republicans won't vote for her, Palin has managed to top a poll.
In what might be considered something more suitable to the strange-but-true section of the news, a poll released Wednesday by Reuters/IPSOS reflects something not seen in the results of any other poll -- Sarah Palin leading all other Republican 2012 presidential contenders. According to the poll, the former governor of Alaska, who has yet to declare her candidacy, is actually ahead of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who announced his candidacy in New Hampshire on June 2 and who leads most polls, including one released by Fox News.
Although the Fox News poll put Romney ahead of Palin by 11 points (and ahead of second-place Rudy Giuliani by 10 percent), 23 percent to 12 percent, the Reuters poll placed Palin two points ahead of Romney at 22 percent to 20.
What makes Palin's lead in the poll strange is that the poll was conducted over the past weekend -- after she made the Paul Revere gaffe. The poll was taken from Friday to Monday. Palin made the gaffe on Friday and then made things worse by telling Fox News' Chris Wallace Sunday that she wasn't wrong with her statement that Paul Revere warned the British. She then attempted to convince a clearly amused Wallace (and the viewing audience) that the famed American colonial revolutionary and Boston silversmith rode through the streets of Boston warning both the colonists and the British that the British were on their way to take away their guns and freedom.
Perhaps voting members of the GOP do not care that their elected officials are ignorant of rudimentary American history (which Palin insisted to Wallace that she knows). But even if one were to allow for historical ignorance, it could well be asked what part of Palin's resume appeals to the conservative voter when she has shown that her greatest political attribute is her ability to spout meaningless talking points and platitudes as a fundraiser.
But perhaps the numbers were a reflection that Palin's remarks hadn't had time to sink in with the Republican electorate. The Fox News Poll was conducted starting the day the Reuters poll concluded and the day after Palin insisted that her version of Revere's ride was accurate.
And the Fox poll showed she was 11 percentage points behind the leader and 1 point behind another undeclared potential candidate...
Of course, with the margin of error, which was +/- 3 percent, Palin actually could assume the same second-place position in the Reuters/IPSOS Poll she has held in most polls since Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump both withdrew from GOP presidential consideration in mid-May.
Regardless, Palin's continued strong presence in the polls indicates that she will continue to be a powerful force within the Republican Party -- whether she decides to run for president or not.
If the bus tour put her in the lead, imagine what the emails will do :)
Surprising lead? How can it be surprising. This woman is out there pushing hard for the country and hitting Obummer. Of course her numbers are doing better. The party is dying for people to step up and start this process of firing this POS President already.
FNC is trying to appeal to moderates and is going downhill fast.
You can’t buy free press this cheap.
i love how the liberals refuse to accept historians opinions tha tgov Palin was 1005 correct about Paul Revere.
Another outright lie. There was no gaffe and Wallace acknowledge he had Googled the statement to confirm Palin was correct. This clown Norman Byrd is a Bird Brain.
They’re going to “scandalize” and “railroad” her right into the oval office! She must be laughing and rubbing her hands together as we speak.
There is nothing surprising about Palin being in the lead. Frankly, the way the entire media is, I would bet Palin’s REAL numbers are a lot higher than anyone is willing to admit.
God bless Sarah!
This is going to make Liberals’ and Big Media’s heads explode.
LOL...Romney fatigue already lol.
Sara Palin in the Left’s worst nightmare, and they are betraying their abject fear that the sane voters in the GOP may nominate her.
Stopped reading there. No sense inflicting the ravings of a lunatic imbicile on myself.
Good Lord, 2nd. Sarah has been proven to be right and this author continues the spin? I guess the old adage is still apt for the media, liberals and Democrats: Ya just can’t fix stupid.
Isn’t this an example of the media picking the GOP candidate with a bogus poll?
If that were the case, wouldn’t all or most of the polls show her winning? What good is only one poll that looks like an outlier? And why spend two and a half years attacking her?
Just asking for consistancy from conservatives. A poll that shows your candidate ahead is a great poll. While the one showing the other person ahead is a grand conspiracy to force RINOs upon us.
“And despite the fact that most Republicans won’t vote for her,”
This is who saying this?
13. Norman Byrd - Norman Byrd is an award-winning freelance writer who has been writing professionally for three decades, mostly under pseudonyms. An avid scholar, Norman has five degrees, including Baccalaureates in History and English and a Masters in Psychology. He is an avid reader (everything), music lover (heavy metal, jazz, blues, Celtic, and country), forensics case follower (of television’s true crime and fictitious mystery series), and sports fan (especially the Dallas Cowboys, WVU Mountaineers, Boston Celtics, and Boston Red Sox) which are the areas wherein he devotes his time when not writing. He currently lives in South Carolina.
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