No, this isn’t another story from The Onion. It is the finding of a serious new poll by Rassmussen Reports, one of the country’s top pollsters, who was exceedingly accurate in this election. So, as I wrote two weeks ago, we may yet see Palin In 2012: Backed by Big Oil.
Ninety-one percent (91%) of Republicans have a favorable view of Palin, including 65% who say their view is Very Favorable. Only eight percent (8%) have an unfavorable view of her, including three percent (3%) Very Unfavorable.
When asked to choose among some of the GOP’s top names for their choice for the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, 64% say Palin. The next closest contenders are two former governors and unsuccessful challengers for the presidential nomination this year — Mike Huckabee of Arkansas with 12% support and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts with 11%.
Three other sitting governors — Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Charlie Crist of Florida and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota — all pull low single-digit support.
Hard to believe GOP voters could be so out of touch with reality. Then again, maybe it isn’t that hard to believe. They voted for Bush — twice! — after all. And only 42% of Republicans believe “the effects of global warming have already begun” (see “The Deniers are winning, but only with the GOP“).
Here’s more amazing news from Rasmussen: