Obama up, Palin down in 2012 poll
President Barack Obama’s reelection prospects seem to be rosier, while former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s chances of being the Republican nominee were souring for 2012, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll. But it’s early yet.
Obama is expected to run again in 2012, and CNN said the poll suggests that his tax-cut deal with Republicans, pushed through at year-end, did not hurt him with Democrats.
Among Democrats, 78 percent said Obama should be renominated as the party’s presidential candidate, while 19 percent said they wanted a different candidate. Those readings were the highest and lowest respectively since March 2010, when the poll first asked the question.
Palin has hinted that she might run for president, but the poll found 49 percent of Republicans would support that move, down 18 points since December 2008, right after she and John McCain lost to Obama and Joe Biden.
Palin lagged behind other Republicans who may seek the 2012 nomination — Mike Huckabee (67 percent), Mitt Romney (59 percent) and Newt Gingrich (54 percent).
But it’s still a long way from next winter’s trudge through nominating primaries, caucuses and debates that Republicans will stage to ferret out who they think would best challenge Obama. The winner might not even be any of the names being polled in these early stages.
Photo credit: Reuters/Luke MacGregor (Democratic Party campaign button attached to cardboard cut-out of Palin after announcement that Obama won election, Nov. 4, 2008)