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Palin Poll Crack: Sarah Sinks to 4th Place

Going, going…

Further evidence that Sarah Palin’s star is fast fading in the Republican night sky. A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has our favorite reality television star now in fourth place in the race to capture the GOP nomination. Here’s how the field currently stands according to the survey:

Mitt Romney: 21 percent

Donald Trump: 17 percent

Mike Huckabee: 17 percent

Newt Gingrich: 11 percent

Sarah Palin: 10 percent

On the bright side for Palin, she’s still polling higher than her Minnesota doppelganger, Michele Bachmann, and has more support than the man whose name has become synonymous with frothy fecal matter (Google “Santorum" and note the first entry).

Palin Poll Crack: Trump Trouncing Sarah in New Hampshire

A new PPP poll of New Hampshire Republicans finds that in the battle of reality television stars Donald Trump trumps Sarah Palin.

In fact, Trump would receive 21 percent of the GOP vote if the election were held today, as compared to the paltry 10 percent who say they’d vote for Palin. Both trail front-runner Mitt Romney, who scored 27 percent in the survey.

The key to Trump’s success?

He does well with birthers and Tea Partiers, two groups he has seemed to actively court with his public comments of late.

You see, in order to win Republican primaries, you’ve really got to pump up the volume on the crazy. Sarah, you’re not going to let Trump corner the market, are you?

Palin Poll Crack: Gallup Finds Sarah’s Numbers Shrinking

More writing on the wall.

According to Gallup, Sarah Palin remains in third place in an as yet hypothetical race to win the Republican nomination for president in 2012. Trailing Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney for the 4th straight time since the polling organization started positing a match-up of GOP hopefuls, Palin gets just 12 percent support from Republicans. That’s down from the 16 percent she received in the three previous surveys.

Huckabee continued to gain ground with GOP voters, notching 19 percent. Romney fell to just 15 percent. Newt Gingrich came in fourth with 10 percent. Dark horse candidate Michele Bachmann (we’re talking four horsemen of the apocalypse dark)  is also now on the radar with 5 percent.

With party insiders and rank and file voters seemingly turning on Palin, will she finally concede that running (and losing) in 2012 would likely harm her brand to the point of not being worth it?

We shall see.

Republicans Ditching Palin

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll squirts more lighter fluid on the Sarah Palin bonfire.

Worse, the latest evidence that Palin cannot possibly become president in 2012 is focused solely on her swiftly eroding Republican support.

Yes, the base, with the notable exceptions of Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, seem to be heading for the exits.

For the first time in Post-ABC News polling, fewer than six in 10 Republicans and GOP-leaning independents see Palin in a favorable light, down from a stratospheric 88 percent in the days after the 2008 Republican National Convention and 70 percent as recently as October.

Palin’s unfavorable ratings have jumped to 37 percent among Republicans, while 58 percent still view her favorably.

On the bright side, GOP voters don’t much like anyone better as yet. Mike Huckabee leads all the potential candidates with a 61 percent favorability rating. Mitt Romney scores a 60, and Newt Gingrich only notches a 55.

So why is the base seemingly forsaking Palin? Have they concluded, like Matt Labash, that Palin has become the GOP equivalent of Al Sharpton? Maybe she should have taken that widely-rumored offer to appear on “Dancing With the Stars,” or maybe the media saturation is the reason for her polling fail.

No Surprise: Palin’s Gender a Factor in Being Picked by McCain

To paraphrase Tammy Wynette, sometimes it helps to be a woman.

According to former advisers to 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, the  Arizona Senator felt that he needed a woman on his short list of V.P. candidates, and asked them to find one to round out an all male list that included Joe Lieberman, Tim Pawlenty, and Mitt Romney. 

McCain didn’t know which particular female he wanted on the list, and left that last-minute decision to his aides, who selected a little known Alaska governor named Sarah Palin.

Via Politico’s Ben Smith:

The questions of how thoroughly Palin was vetted, and why she was chosen, have been sore spots that helped divide McCain’s campaign in its aftermath between its leadership, who saw her as an out-of-control, destructive force, and another group of staffers who saw her as a more promising figure than McCain himself.

The “get me a woman” strategy might have proven effective if the right woman were picked. But the more the country got to know Palin, the more her unfavorable numbers dropped among independent and democratic women voters.

At Time noted back in Oct. of 2008, just 45 percent of likely female voters viewed Palin favorably a month out from the election, while 52 percent of male voters said the same. So, the move to court women by picking a woman seemed to fail in this instance.