Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | June 22, 2011

Most Republicans See Sarah Palin As A ‘Loser’

Most Republicans See Sarah Palin as a Loser

A recent CNN/Opinion Research poll indicated that six out of 10 Republicans believe the former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, is qualified to be president. She also polled highest among possible Republican presidential hopefuls when determining party issue agreement with the electorate and in being representative of the values of the respondents.

This, even after Palin has again and again proven her lack of historical and foreign policy knowledge, spoken only platitudes about the economy and how to specifically make it stronger, and shows a general ignorance of the Constitution. But even though Palin might sit high in the hearts and minds of GOP voters, they also seem to see her as a loser.

According to the CNN/ORC poll, Palin only scores a 44 percent when respondents were polled to see if they thought she could defeat an incumbent Barack Obama for president in November 2012. A full 54 percent do not believe that she can.

In another question, where respondents were asked if they would rather have a GOP candidate that could beat President Obama in 2012 or a candidate that agreed with them on important issues, an overwhelming 75 percent noted that they would choose a winner over ideological homogeneity.

Republican voters might prefer an ill-prepared, historically challenged, constitutionally and politically ignorant former governor as their candidate and might even believe she has the qualifications to be president, but they are not prepared to trust the next election to her.

Why not?

Republicans, if nothing else, are pragmatists. In being so, they understand backing an odds-on loser will most likely end with the result of a lost election. Polls indicate that, should Palin be chosen as the Republican nominee for president, she will lose to Obama.

Simply put, Republicans aren’t the only ones voting in the general election. With that in mind, they need a candidate that will appeal to the largest cross-section of voters.

A Gallup poll released in April indicated 65 percent of Americans (which includes Democrats and Independents) would “definitely not” vote for Palin if she became the GOP presidential candidate.

So, if faced with backing a like-minded loser or a mostly like-minded possible winner, Republicans agree that choosing the winner is the preferable option.

Who do they think could beat Obama? Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (65 percent) and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (56 percent), both of whom ran unsuccessful campaigns against Sen. John McCain in 2008.


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