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.
Surprisingly is another word for unexpectedly.
There was no Revere "gaffe". She was proved to be correct as anyon with a smattering of knowledge of history already knew.
Get used to Madame President...
And when the truth gets known the he was captured by the British and indeed told them that the colonists were armed an on their way....Palin's ratings will go up another 2 points.
[ And that was before the media got hold of her Paul Revere gaffe. ]
GAffe?.. what gaffe?... She made no gaffe...
This article is a gaffe.. inventing a gaffe..
This is so unexpected.
I hope she becomes POTUS and cleans out the Justice Dept. and FBI. Then goes after all the criminals in Washington. That is the real root of Palinphobia.
I believe that Sarah made her statement about Paul Revere warning the British on purpose knowing that the media would not know this and would jump on it and that they would be proven wrong. I think she set the bait and they took it. I mean the way she said it made me think she was playing stupid because that is how the MSM likes to portray her. I think she did it on purpose and that it worked masterfully. Sarah, you MAGNIFICENT GRIZZLY!!
and these jackasses are too stupid to know that she was right, and Wallace confirmed she was right.
I'm starting to wonder myself.
I am with you. I say go for it and forget the Pack of other candidates. Why waste any more time. Obama and the Media must be stopped NOW!
“Surprising” the new MSM “unexpected”.
“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 cant fix stupid.”
NPR did the same thing in an article yesterday.
Goebbels would be proud...
Darn, I keep forgetting:
Thank GOD "Norman Byrd" knows more about history than historians.
I believe Sarah tricked the left with the Revere comment. I have another one for her: She goes on TV, and calls George Washington the Ninth President of the United States. After the liberals go nuts, she shows them this: Presidents of the United States Under the Articles of Confederation
Booby trap for the media.
So.....in the MSM vernacular, “surprisingly” has replaced “unexpectedly” as the norm.....Well, it makes sense. For anything connected with OBAMA’s depression economy, it’s ‘unexpectedly’ ...against expectations of sychophantic ass lickers. For Sarah, it’s ‘surprising’...even in having to report the numbers they manage to express ‘surprise’.....screw them. I’m going to vote for her and contribute to her campaign (frequently by CC) - if she announces...screw the FEC, the IRS and anyone else...they’ll have to sift through billions of CC transactions to catch it.
I must say it is kind of fun and entertaining to watch Sarah Palin sniping at the liberal Mass Media from a very advantageous perch, and there does not seem to be a damned thing they can do about it, ‘cept p+ss and moan. LOL