The First Draft: Talk shows help drive Palin’s popularity
If Sarah Palin were elected president of the United States, would conservative talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck wind up in her cabinet?
That’s a toughie. But Palin already tops the list of Republican Party favorites and that fact is due in part to her popularity with Limbaugh’s and Beck’s audiences, according to a Washington Post poll.
Seventeen percent of Republicans, including 23 percent of Republican women, say they would vote for Palin if their party’s 2012 state primary election or caucus were held today.
She out-guns Mike Huckabee who got 10 percent of the vote, Mitt Romney at 9 percent and John McCain with only 7.
There are plenty of reasons not to see the numbers as a sign of things to come. The primaries are more than two years off. The poll happens to coincide with a major Palin publicity tour to promote her new book, “Going Rogue: An American Life.” Oh, and 40 percent of the people surveyed are undecided about who they want as the next Republican nominee.
But the Post said Palin polls particularly well with talk show audiences that include some of the most loyal Republican voters.
Forty-five percent of regular Limbaugh radio listeners say they’d vote ‘Palin’ in their state primary or caucus. So would one-third of those who tune in regularly to Beck’s radio and television programs.
There’s this, too. While 46 percent of Republicans overall think Palin has had a good effect on the party, the numbers jump to 80 percent for Limbaugh listeners and 70 percent among Beck’s audiences.
Another toughie: which talk show host might expect to get the best job in a Palin administration?
Judging by the Post’s findings, the answer could be Beck. Eighteen percent of Republicans tune in regularly to his program vs. 12 percent for Limbaugh.
Photo Credits: Reuters/Rebecca Cook (Palin); Reuters/Jim Bourg (White House)