Poll: Data About Palin, Romney, Gingrich Revealed

Sunday, 07 Feb 2010 08:27 PM

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1. Poll: Data About Palin, Romney, Gingrich Revealed
2. Harry Belafonte Rips Obama
3. Fox News Has Best January Ever
4. Liberal Icon Attacks Obama Over Israel
5. We Heard: Charles Gasparino, Al Franken, Florida Race, Wayne Allyn Root
 

1. Poll: Data About Palin, Romney, Gingrich Revealed

A recent Newsmax Media-Zogby poll showed former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin leading the Republican field as the party’s preferred candidate for president in 2012.

And a breakdown of demographic and other data from the survey offers some interesting insights on current Republican thinking about GOP candidates in the next presidential election:

  • Sarah Palin, who grabbed 22.2 percent of the vote in the poll, is more popular in the East than anywhere else in the country. Interestingly, she has been described as a Western and Southern candidate, but our Zogby poll found that 25 percent of Easterners supported her. The West, in fact, gave her the lowest figure —     20 percent.
  • Palin is not as strong with 65-plus voters — her percentage there dropped to 19.7 percent. She seems to be popular with younger voters, with 23 percent of those between ages 18 and 29 supporting her.
  • Newt Gingrich came in at 12.4 percent, but he seems to skew with stronger support among males, 14 percent, while female Republican voters gave him 11 percent.
  • Palin skews favorably with women, with 23.3 percent of Republican women supporting her compared to 21 percent of Republican men. She also does very well in the 55-to-69 demographic group, where 24 percent of Republicans back her. That number drops dramatically to just 14 percent in the 70-plus group.
  • Mike Huckabee seems to be a favorite of black Republicans, garnering 24.2 percent of the vote, more than any other candidate in the field.
  • Palin draws exceedingly well with born-again and Evangelical Christians, pulling a strong 28.4 percent of their vote. She also gets strong support from less educated voters — 28.6 percent of those who said they did not have a college degree voted for her, while those with a college degree gave her just 18.5 percent.
  • Mitt Romney had consistently strong poll numbers across all demographic groups. Interestingly, although he is a Mormon, he   led the pack among Catholic voters, even beating out Palin,       23.6 percent to 21.1 percent.
  • Romney also seems to be very favorably viewed by Jewish Republicans, gaining a remarkable 32 percent of their support.
  • Geographically, Palin is very strong in small cities, 27.4 percent, and rural areas, 27.8 percent. Romney, on the other hand, is very strong in large cities, with 22.8 percent of the vote, and in suburbs with 22.3 percent.

Other possible GOP candidates included in the poll were Scott Brown, Jeb Bush, David Petraeus, and Tim Pawlenty.

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2. Harry Belafonte Rips Obama

Legendary entertainer and left-wing political activist Harry Belafonte sparked controversy when he called President George W. Bush a “terrorist” and “the greatest tyrant in the world.”

Now Belafonte has directed some incendiary comments at a figure on the other side of the political aisle — President Barack Obama.

Appearing on Tavis Smiley’s PBS talk show on Jan. 18, Belafonte — who was a close confidante of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — was asked by Smiley if Obama’s election is “the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream.”

Belafonte, the first black performer to win an Emmy, responded: “I think that Barack Obama having become president of the United States of America is but a small test as to the fact that this nation is in a rather incremental way moving forward.

“I think that it is much to America’s credit that it could go to that place. However, in the aftermath I think there are millions who have come to the table to tell you they would wish he was dead rather than alive, doing some of the things that he is doing . . .

“Barack Obama is first and foremost a man. He is flawed. He has his contradictions. He’s revealed those contradictions. There’s a question that we have — do we get behind him and push him to become what we know he should be, or do we lay back, watch him drift, watch him capitulate to the enemy, and then say, ‘Ah-ha, we knew it all along’?”

Belafonte continued his criticism of the president, citing his decision to send more troops to Afghanistan.

“I think that we have a task while we see these things going adrift, while we see reversal of promises back in Afghanistan — we’re now going to be pretty soon in Yemen — all of these things are beginning to fray at the edges,” he said.

“It is up to the people of America to take a strong stand and let its voice be heard, and not have a small few in the special interest override the greater human interest for the world.”

Smiley also voiced criticism of the administration and its response to pressure from the left: “I get the sense, and many others do, that this White House oftentimes takes being pushed as being told what to do. They take being pushed as you’re being disloyal.”

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3. Fox News Has Best January Ever

Fox News had all 13 of the top cable news shows in total viewers for the fifth month in a row in January, and had the best January in its history.

Fox was up 22 percent in total viewers in January compared to January 2009, and up an extraordinary 51 percent in the key 25-to-54 demographic.

CNN was down 34 percent in total viewers in January compared to the previous year, and MSNBC was down 26 percent.

Fox dominated its rivals in covering the major political event of the month, Republican Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts special election for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, mediaite.com reported.

Fox was also helped by Sarah Palin, who joined the network as an analyst and drew 3.95 million viewers for her first appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Jan. 12.

For the month, Fox averaged 2.94 million prime-time viewers, compared to 946,000 for CNN and 838,000 for MSNBC, according to Nielsen.

CNN topped MSNBC in weekday prime-time viewers during January for the first time in six months, helped by its comprehensive coverage of earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

And MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann slipped to third in his time slot behind Bill O’Reilly on Fox and HLN’s Nancy Grace.

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4. Liberal Icon Attacks Obama Over Israel

Marty Peretz, editor-in-chief and former owner of the liberal magazine The New Republic and a staunch supporter of Barak Obama in 2008, has written a column sharply critical of the president over Israeli aid to Haiti.

On Jan. 15, Obama commented that in addition to U.S. aid to Haiti, assistance had come from “Brazil, Mexico, Canada, France, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic, among others.”

He declined to mention Israel.

In a column headlined “Maybe I’m Getting Paranoid . . . About Obama,” Peretz wrote: “The fact is that, next to our country, Israel sent the largest contingent of trained rescue workers, doctors, and other medical personnel.

“The Israeli field hospital was the only one on the ground that could perform real surgery, which it did literally hundreds of times . . .

“So didn’t Obama notice? For God’s sake, everybody noticed the deep Israeli involvement. I understand that Obama doesn’t like Middle East narratives that do not contain ‘one side and the other side’ equal valance. But he couldn’t have that here. The Arabs don’t care a fig.”

Peretz concluded: “Yes, I think that the labors of the Israelis were edited out of Obama’s speech, either by his speechwriters (who have made dissing Israel their forte) or by his own oh-so-delicate but dishonest censoring mechanism.”

This is not the first time the liberal editor has criticized Obama over Israel. In his column of July 14, 2009, Peretz wrote: “Frankly, I am sick and tired of President Obama's eldering — more accurately, hectoring — Israel's leaders. It is, after all, they whose country is the target of an armed and ideological cyclone that Obama has done precious             little to ease.”

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5. We Heard . . .

THAT financial reporter Charles Gasparino has signed a deal for a new book to follow his best-seller "The Sellout: How Three Decades of Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement Destroyed the Global Financial System."

His new book, “Bought and Paid For,” will explore “the unholy alliance among Big Business, Big Banking, and Big Government,” according to Publishers Marketplace.

Gasparino is financial channel CNBC’s on-air editor and a former Wall Street Journal reporter. His book “The Sellout” debuted at No. 8 on The New York Times list of hardcover nonfiction best sellers in November.

THAT Sen. Al Franken warned pro-choice advocates that the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion may be in jeopardy.

“I fear that this court and the anti-choice activists are happy to adopt an incremental strategy that makes it harder for you to marshal your forces,” the Minnesota Democrat told members of NARAL Pro-Choice America at a Tuesday luncheon in Washington, D.C., commemorating the 37th anniversary of the decision.

“They’re happy to keep chipping away again and again at abortion rights in a way that the American people may not even notice,” he said in comments reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The Center for Responsive Politics disclosed that Franken raised more than $81,500 from pro-choice groups during his Senate campaign, more than any other congressional candidate.

THAT the race in Florida between Democratic Rep. Ron Klein and his Republican challenger Allen West could be one of the costliest in the nation.

Klein began this year with the 10th largest campaign account among all Democratic House incumbents, nearly $2.4 million.

West began 2010 with the second highest figure for all GOP challengers, $707,150, according to Congressional Quarterly. He trailed only Randolph Altschuler of New York, who had $778,085.

Frank Pallone of New Jersey led all House Democratic incumbents with $3.9 million cash on hand.

Rep. Klein, first elected in 2006, defeated West in 2008 with 54.7 percent of the vote.

THAT Wayne Allyn Root, the 2008 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee, has joined Newsmax.com as a political columnist.

Root is the author of "The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts." He is a regular guest on TV networks including the Fox News Channel, and recently launched his own radio talk show, "W.A.R: The Wayne Allyn Root Show."

Root’s Newsmax column is called “Wayne Allyn Root — Tea Party Patriot.”

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