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Palin's Support Rises Among Republicans

By Dan Weil   |   Wednesday, 08 Jul 2009 02:11 PM

Sarah Palin’s decision to resign as governor of Alaska lifted her standing among Republicans, according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll.

A USA Today story about the poll says, “Republicans are somewhat inclined to see her more favorably” in light of her announcement Friday. But neither that story nor one on Gallup’s web site gives precise numbers.

[Editor's Note: Take the Newsmax poll on “Sarah Palin’s Decision: Good or Bad?" Go here now.]

Seven out 10 respondents in the poll, conducted Monday, say their views about Palin weren’t influenced by her departure as governor.

Of those who were affected by the move, Democrats view Palin less favorably by a 4-to-1 margin and independents by a 2-to-1 ratio.

Two-thirds of Republicans support the idea of Palin as a major national political figure in the future, the poll says. Three-fourths of Democrats oppose that idea, as do 55 percent of independents.

As for a possible presidential campaign, 72 percent of Republicans say they would likely vote for her, compared to 44 percent of independents and 17 percent of Democrats.

"For independents and Democrats, she's already not their candidate, and with Republicans, her support is not based on her record as governor of Alaska," Republican consultant Alex Castellanos tells USA Today.

Overall, 43 percent of poll respondents say they would likely vote for Palin, while 54 percent say they would be unlikely to do so.

Palin has criticized the news media for treating her unfairly. Three-fourths of Republicans agree, as do more than 50 percent of independents and a third of Democrats.

[Editor's Note: Take the Newsmax poll on “Sarah Palin’s Decision: Good or Bad?" Go here now.]

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