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article imagePoll: Sarah Palin loses to Hillary Clinton, GOP field in Alaska

By John Presta     Aug 13, 2014 in Politics
Raleigh - Sarah Palin, the GOP VP nominee in 2008, would lose in a presidential general election against Hillary Clinton in Alaska if the election were held today. Palin would lose to GOP hopefuls Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie.
Sarah Palin served as the Governor of Alaska from Dec. 4, 2006, through July 26, 2009. Palin defeated former Democratic governor Tony Knowles by a margin of 48.3 percent to 40.9 percent and was popular with the voters throughout her term, until she was selected by Senator John McCain of Arizona to be his Vice Presidential running mate.
After and during the 2008 presidential election, Palin's popularity saw many peaks and valleys. A film was made about that campaign, based on the book Game Change written and researched by political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Sarah Palin was played by Julianne Moore. The film was unflattering to Palin and her popularity has slipped with Republicans, except for a small base on the Tea Party right.
Public Policy Polling (PPP) surveyed 673 Alaska voters, including 337 Republican primary voters, from July 31st to August 3rd. PPP found that Palin would lose to Clinton 46 percent to 40 percent, with 14 percent not sure.
Palin finishes 6th when it comes to who Republican voters want to be the 2016 Presidential candidate in her home state. Ted Cruz leads with 16 percent, followed by Rand Paul at 15 percent, Mike Huckabee at 14 percent, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie at 12 percent, Palin at 11 percent, Scott Walker at 7 percent, Paul Ryan at 6 percent, and Marco Rubio at 5 percent.
Once the most popular politician in the state of Alaska, the poll shows that Palin has slipped badly in the eyes of her fellow Alaskan.
The Sarah Palin Channel charges $9.95 a month for a subscription, but in Alaska the voters are not interested in paying. Palin seems more interested in money making opportunities than seeking elected office again anyway, but her new internet TV channel isn't likely to get a lot of traction in Alaska - only 4% of voters in the state say they're interested in buying a subscription to it compared to 89% who say they won't and 7% who are unsure.
“It’s been more than 5 years since Sarah Palin quit as Governor of Alaska,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “And there’s no evidence that her image is getting any better.”
For a complete copy of the survey, click here.
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