Alaskan Voters Reject Palin as GOP Presidential Pick

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Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 08:51 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin can forget about any thoughts she has of becoming president in 2016, a new poll of Alaskan voters shows.

The Public Policy Polling survey shows that 55 percent of Alaskans have a negative view of Palin while only 36 percent have a favorable opinion of her.

Also, only 20 percent, in the state feel that Palin should run for the White House while 74 percent think she should stay out of it, which were similar figures to a PPP survey in May.

Republican voters, in fact, placed Palin in sixth position when they were asked which candidate should win the GOP nomination in her home state for the presidential race.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came in first with 16 percent, followed by Kentucky Sen. Rand
Paul at 15 percent, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 14 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 12 percent, then Palin with 11 percent.

The poll showed that Palin has the distinction of being the only GOP candidate to trail Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup , with the former secretary of state leading Palin by 46 percent to 40 percent.

"It’s been more than five years since Sarah Palin quit as governor of Alaska," Dean
Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a statement. "And there’s no evidence that her image is getting any better."

According to the statement, Palin seemed "more interested in money-making opportunities than seeking elected office again anyway."

Alaskan voters, however, have little interest in her new Internet TV channel, with only 4 percent saying they may subscribe to it while 89 percent declared that they will not sign up, according to the poll.

The PPP poll of 673 Alaska voters was conducted July 31 to Aug. 3 and has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.

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