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Poll: Most Don’t Want Sarah Palin to Run for President

CBS News-  Posted by Kevin Hechtkopf

January 18, 2010 6:30 PM

A new CBS News poll finds that a large majority of Americans say they do not want former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to run for president.

Specifically, 71 percent say they do not want the former Republican vice presidential nominee to run for president, while 21 percent say they do want her to run.

When the results are split out by party, 56 percent of Republicans say they do not want her to seek the office and 30 percent do. Meanwhile, 88 percent of Democrats do not want her to run. Among independents, 65 percent do not want her to run and 25 percent do.

The poll also finds that more people view Palin negatively than positively and that her book tour did not improve overall views of her. However, she is a little better-known now than she was last fall, and both favorable and unfavorable ratings of her have increased slightly.

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President Obama at One Year: Lower Ratings, Higher Doubts

ABC News/Washington Post Poll: 53 Percent Approve of Obama’s Job Performance

ANALYSIS By GARY LANGER
Jan. 17, 2010

Bruised if unbroken, President Barack Obama faces shrinking public confidence, increasingly negative views of the country’s direction and far lower ratings than those he carried triumphantly into the White House a year ago this week.

But it could be worse.

Despite their disappointments, 53 percent of Americans in this ABC News/Washington Post poll approve of Obama’s job performance overall — 15 points lower than his opening grade, but still just over half at the one-year mark. He remains personally popular, if far less so. And confidence in his leadership, as weakened as it is, greatly exceeds that in the Republicans in Congress, or, for that matter, in his own party.

Click here for a PDF with charts and questionnaire.

The comedown nonetheless is dramatic, partly given the high expectations when Obama took office. Sixty-two percent of Americans now say the country’s off on the wrong track, the most in 11 months. For the first time more than half, 53 percent, aren’t confident in Obama to make the right decisions for the country’s future. Just 41 percent say he’s keeping his major campaign promises. And while a year ago 76 percent thought he’d bring “needed change” to Washington — his campaign mantra — far fewer, 50 percent, today say he’s actually done so.

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Obama Would Crush Sarah Palin In 2012: Poll

The Huffington Post |  Megan Slack   |   March 18, 2009 12:07 PM

A poll released by Public Policy Polling found that President Obama would crush Sarah Palin in a hypothetical, head-to-head presidential election for 2012.

Polling suggests that such a contest would result in the largest popular vote blowout since George McGovern ran against Richard Nixon in 1972.
Obama leads Palin 55-35 in the hypothetical contest. He has an 89-7 advantage among Democrats. Among Republican he trails 66-17. Last year exit polls showed Obama
winning only 9% of the Republican vote, so it appears Palin would lose a lot more voters
within her party than McCain did.

The poll showed Obama to have a 55 percent approval rating among voters, while Palin had only 39 percent favorability.

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Cheney: ‘I Don’t Have Any Idea’ Why People Don’t Like Me

Think Progress- By Faiz Shakir on Dec 28th, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Only 29 percent of Americans approve of the job Dick Cheney is doing as Vice President. In an interview with his hometown Wyoming newspaper, The Caspar Star-Tribune, Cheney expressed his bewilderment over his low approval numbers:

QUESTION: How do you explain your low approval rating?

CHENEY: I don’t have any idea. I don’t follow the polls.

My experience has been over the years that if you govern based upon poll numbers, upon trying to improve your overall poll ratings, people I’ve encountered who do that are people who won’t make tough decisions. And the job the president has and those who advise him is to make those basic fundamental decisions for the nation that nobody else is authorized or able to make.

In addition to his well-documented abuse of power and disregard for the rule of law, Cheney’s public disapproval ratings might be explained in part by his own personal disregard for the public. When told that two-thirds of Americans disapproved of the Iraq war, Cheney responded “so?,” adding that he didn’t care what the American people thought.

While he says he doesn’t follow the polls, Cheney was all too proud to state shortly after the 2004 elections: “President George W. Bush won the greatest number of popular votes of any presidential candidate in history.” (That’s no longer true.)

Cheney is still holding out hope, however, that the polls will turn his way. He said recently, “I’m personally persuaded that this president and this administration will look very good 20 or 30 years down the road in light of what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

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