Jul 08 2009
We are 3 years away from the 2012 elections, 3 years of abysmal economic conditions. And this far out, Governor Palin is clearly capable of winning the nomination and the Presidency:
Palin’s complaints about unfair treatment by the news media resonate with many respondents. Three-fourths of Republicans, more than half of independents and a third of Democrats say coverage of Palin has been unfairly negative.
When it comes to a potential presidential run, the USA TODAY Poll displays Palin’s strength in the Republican base and weakness among swing voters, who traditionally decide national elections. Republicans by 71%-27% say they’d be likely to vote for her if she ran for president in 2012, while independents by 51%-44% would not.
This is the starting point for Palin, not the final result. It will take very little to move the Independents her way. Far less than years of historically high unemployment will do to the American view of the screw ups in DC.