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Most Republicans don't want Palin to run for president: Poll

June 9, 2011 - Washington

A CBS News poll has found most Republicans do not want former Alaska governor Sarah Palin to enter the 2012 presidential race.

The poll has shown that 54 percent of Republicans and 50 percent of Tea Party supporters want Palin to stay out of the race. Just 34 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Tea Party supporters want her to seek the Republican nomination. Overall, two-thirds of registered voters want Palin to stay out of the race.

Palin's favourable rating is just 21 percent in the poll, CBS News reports.

Mitt Romney, who has a 37 percent favorable rating, has the highest net favourability voting in the poll.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the only GOP candidate with a net negative favorable rating among Republicans.

The survey suggests that many Republican candidates, including Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman, Michelle Bachmann and Herman Cain remain unknown to voters and Republicans.

This is due to the fact that most voters have not yet begun to pay much attention to the 2012 presidential race. Only 25 percent of registered voters and 29 percent of registered Republicans say they are paying a lot of attention at this point.


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