President Palin? Take the Poll

sarah palinThis week, two polls were conducted assessing the likelihood of Sarah Palin’s success should she run for president in 2012 against President Obama.

The polls, released Friday, produced two significantly different outcomes. One was conducted by Time Magazine/SRBI, the other by Public Policy Polling. Although both were developed to gauge Palin’s chances of beating Obama, there were a few major differences in the way the polls were conducted. In an article by Mark Blumenthal which was published in the Huffington Post on July 16th, Blumenthal found that the surveys were conducted using different sampling methods and different questioning techniques.

Unsurprisingly, the Time/SRBI poll showed that Palin wouldn’t have a chance against Obama, with Obama ahead by more than 20 percentage points.  The Public Policy poll, however, showed that an Obama / Palin contest would result in a tie.

While many question the Public Policy polling techniques, it might not be wise to simply dismiss this poll. Sarah Palin’s popularity has not waned since the 2008 election even after  she quit her job as governor of Alaska. In some polls her resignation caused a slight increase in her popularity. 

And it is now being reported that she is commanding speaking fees as high as $100,000. This week,  California State University at Stanislaus revealed that the university paid Palin $75,000 for her controversial 40-minute speech, this, during a time of economic crisis. In an article published by the Los Angeles Times on Friday, July 16th, Palin’s appearance led to a record breaking fund raiser for the university – garnering more than $200,000.

Of course, it is possible that Palin’s celebrity will never be more than that – celebrity and she’d be clobbered if she were to actually enter the bid for the presidency.  But, so far, things have been working out pretty well for Sarah Palin.

What do you think about the results of the poll? [poll id="29"]

Several of you read a piece written by Tom Degan, a frequent commenter on the LA Progressive who recently began to contribute articles to the LA Progressive.  In his piece, “Sarah Running in 2012“, he envisions a future where Sarah Palin is the president elect and the people at Fox News are beside themselves with glee.  Here is a comment we received from on of our readers after he read Tom’s piece:

. . . the conservatives who are the only ones with enough love for this country to lay bare the hypocrisy of the liberal media and the incredible stupidity and incompetence that has been shown over the last 18 months. Obama is a failure, as are his hand picked radical far left minions, and the sooner this dangerous but clueless man is gone the sooner we can get back to being a republic.
This country is not going to follow this muslim down the road of socialism/communisim no matter how hard he and you blindless libs want that. Why anyone would want to destroy the strongest nation on this planet for the absurd utopia that this adminstartaion craves is a mystery to me, but come November the ship will begin to slowly right itself.

The LA Progressive receives thousands of comments per month, many of them are from people who are not socially progressive. Given that this publication is read by all political persuasions, we offer yet another poll. How would you react if Palin were to run in the 2012 election?[poll id="30"]

Sharon Kyle

Published by the LA Progressive on July 18, 2010
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About Sharon Kyle

Sharon Kyle, J.D. is the Publisher of the LA Progressive which she co-founded with her husband Dick Price. Ms. Kyle is an adjunct professor of law at Peoples College in Los Angeles. She sits on the board of the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills Chapter and is on the editorial board of the BlackCommentator.com. Photo courtesy Wadeva Images. www.wadevaimages.com