GOP Voters to Palin: Don't Run

But Giuliani might thrash Obama, poll finds
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2011 1:18 AM CDT
GOP Voters to Palin: Don't Run
A fan stands in the rain while waiting for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to speak to Tea Party members during the Restoring America event in Iowa last month.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Sarah Palin is leaving the door open for a presidential run—but most Republican voters want that door slammed shut, according to the latest McClatchy-Marist poll. More than 70% of Republican and Republican-leaning voters don't want Palin to run for the presidency, the poll found. If Palin and Rudy Giuliani were to enter the race tomorrow, Giuliani would be in second place, with 14% backing, to front-runner Rick Perry's 20%, while Palin and Romney would be tied at 13%.

President Obama's poll numbers are still sliding, the poll found, with 53% saying they won't support the president, up from 40% just last month. Nevertheless, Obama would still beat or tie almost any Republican challenger, the poll found—except for Giuliani, who would thrash Obama 49% to 42%. Some 58% of Republicans, however, don't want the former New York mayor to enter the race. For seven out of 10 Republican voters, it doesn't matter whether the Tea Party supports a candidate, the poll found. (More Palin poll stories.)

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