Rasmussen has published a poll that indicates that while 52 percent of the electorate believes that their views are “closer to Sarah Palin than to Barack Obama,” only 40 percent of the electorate have views closer to the President’s.
Sarah Palin’s favorability/unfavorability ratings are still evenly matched at 48 and 49 percent, respectively. That suggests that while most Americans agree with Palin’s political views, she is still somewhat polarizing as a person and, presumably, a candidate.
Even so, the results of this poll should be soul-shattering to the President and his supporters. The man who was comfortably elected as president just two short years ago falls short when matched against the former vice presidential candidate from the opposite side of that election. This does not speak well of White House plans to make Sarah Palin (once again) the enemy of the people in the Sol Alinsky manner.
Some of the results of the secondary questions are fascinating. First, the political class vs. mainstream voters divide.
“One thing’s very clear from the new findings: The Political Class doesn’t like Palin. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Political Class voters view her unfavorably, while 60% of Mainstream voters have a favorable opinion of the former governor. Eighty-one percent (81%) of voters in the Political Class say Palin is bad for the Republican Party, but 51% of those in the Mainstream say she’s good for the GOP.”
Those results would likely not bother Sarah Palin a bit, since she is casting herself as the foe of the political class. However there is this result about whose views are more “extreme.”
“Forty-eight percent (48%) of all voters now regard Obama’s political views as extreme. Forty-two percent (42%) place his views in the mainstream. Among five top contenders for the White House in 2012, however, only Palin is viewed as more extreme than the president. Just 38% say Palin’s views are mainstream, while 55% regard them as extreme.”
Noting that 52 percent of the voters agree with Palin’s views while a similar majority view them as “extreme,” does that mean that there are a lot of self-identified “extremists?” More likely the different result suggests a different reaction that depends on how the question is asked.
The results of the Rasmussen Poll suggest that Sarah Palin would not be the pushover, easy-to-demonize candidate that the Obama people seem to believe she would be were she nominated by the Republicans in 2012. Indeed, if the 2012 election turns on a comparison of the two candidates, Barack Obama is in grave danger of falling short. Even before the tsunami that awaits the Democrats in just over a month, the prospect must be sobering and frightening.
Source: 52% of Voters Say Their Views Are More Like Palin’s Than Obama’s, Rasmussen Reports, September 20th, 2010