Fox Poll: Palin Should Stay Out of Race

Friday, 02 Sep 2011 10:18 AM

By Jim Meyers

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Americans overwhelmingly believe that Sarah Palin should remain out of the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, a new Fox News poll of registered voters reveals.

Respondents were asked: “Do you think Sarah Palin should run for president in 2012 or not?” Overall, 74 percent said no, just 20 percent said yes, and 6 percent said they’re not sure.

Among Republicans, 71 percent said the former Alaska governor should stay out of the race, as did 80 percent of Democrats, 66 percent of independents, and 66 percent of tea party members.

The votes among all age groups were similar, from 74 percent to 76 percent No, as were the tally among all income groups.

More women than men said the 2008 vice presidential candidate should not get into the GOP race — 77 percent of women said so, as did 71 percent of men.

When asked whether any announced or potential GOP candidate is “too extreme to be seriously considered,” 12 percent of Republican respondents chose Palin, making her the third-highest vote getter after Rep. Michele Bachmann (18 percent) and Gov. Rick Perry (14 percent).

Asked to choose their preferred candidate from the announced candidates, Republican voters selected Perry at the top, with 29 percent, followed by Mitt Romney with 22 percent and Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul with 8 percent each.

When respondents also were able to choose from potential but unannounced candidates, 8 percent of Republicans selected Palin, placing her third behind Perry (26 percent) and Romney (18 percent) and ahead of Paul (7 percent) and Bachmann (4 percent).

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