Poll: 41% of GOP Voters Would Reject Sarah Palin

Only Newt Gingrich fared worse in Pew poll
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2011 2:03 AM CDT
Poll: 41% of GOP Voters Would Reject Sarah Palin
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks as she is interviewed by Sean Hannity at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

If Sarah Palin decides to run for president she'll find lots of hostile Republicans out there, according to the latest Pew Research Center poll. Some 41% of Republican and Republican-leaning voters told pollsters that there was no chance they would vote for Palin. Only Newt Gingrich, with 48%, had a higher rejection rate. Some 37% said they wouldn't vote for Ron Paul, and 31% gave the thumbs down to Michele Bachmann. Only 17% said there was no chance they'd vote for Rick Perry.

Among voters in general, 67% say there's no chance they would vote for the Alaskan governor. "There's no question that Palin would shake up the GOP race if she got in, or that she'll continue to command media attention for as long as she drags out the will-she-or-won't-she act," writes Alexander Burn at Politico. "But the level of interest in her candidacy among actual voters is not what it used to be." Click for the latest on the Palin-Karl Rove feud. (More Election 2012 stories.)

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