Poll: Obama Leads Palin by 5 Points

From the Miami Herald:

…After trailing Obama by more than 20 percentage points in polls all year, the new national survey, taken Sept. 13-14, found Palin trailing the president by just 5 points, 49-44 percent. The key reason: She now leads Obama among independents, a sharp turnaround.

Overall, the gains among Republicans “speak to Obama’s decline among independents generally, and how the middle is not his right now,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the national survey…

She is not even an announced candidate and she’s been the victim of a three year long slander campaign which did not even spare her children from the muck…and she’s only five points back of The One!  This is the kind of poll which is going to make Democrats reach for the antacid.


23 thoughts on “Poll: Obama Leads Palin by 5 Points

  1. js September 20, 2011 / 10:47 pm

    We’re here because America is at a tipping point. America faces a crisis. And it’s not a crisis like perhaps a Midwest summer storm – the kind that moves in and hits hard, but then it moves on. No, this kind will relentlessly rage until we do restore all that is free and good and right about America. It’s not just fear of a double dip recession. And it’s not even the shame of a credit downgrade for the first time in U.S. history. It’s deeper than that. This is a systemic crisis due to failed policies and incompetent leadership. And we’re going to speak truth today. It may be hard-hitting, but we’re going to speak truth today because we need to start talking about what hasn’t worked, and we’re going to start talking about what will work for America. We will talk truth.

    Now, some of us saw this day coming. It was three years ago on this very day that I spoke at the GOP Convention where I was honored to be able to accept the nomination for vice president that night. And in my speech I asked America: “When the cloud of rhetoric has passed, when the roar of the crowd fades away….what exactly is [Barack Obama’s] plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger, and take more of your money, and give you more orders from Washington, and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world.” I spoke of this, but back then it was only my words that you had to go by. Now you have seen the proof yourself. Candidate Obama didn’t have a record while he was in office, but President Obama sure does, and that’s why we’re here today.

    Candidate Obama pledged to fundamentally transform America. And for all the failures and the broken promises, that’s the one thing he has delivered on. We’ve transformed from a country of hope to one of anxiety. Today, one in five working-age men are out of work. One in seven Americans are on food stamps. Thirty percent of our mortgages are underwater. In parts of Michigan and California, they’re suffering from unemployment numbers that are greater than during the depths of the Great Depression. Barack Obama promised to cut the deficit in half, and instead he turned around and he tripled it. And now our national debt is growing at $3 million a minute. That’s $4.25 billion a day.

    President Obama, is this what you call “winning the future”? I call it losing – losing our country and with it the American dream. President Obama, these people – these Americans – feel that “fierce urgency of now.” But do you feel it, sir?

    The Tea Party was borne of this urgency. It’s the same sense of urgency that propelled the Sons of Liberty during the Revolution. It’s the same sense of urgency that propelled the Abolitionists before the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement during the 20th Century. The Tea Party Movement is part of this noble American tradition. This movement isn’t simply a political awakening; it’s an American awakening. And it’s coming from ordinary Americans, not the politicos in the Beltway. No, it’s you who grow our food; you run our small businesses; you teach our children; you fight our wars. We are always proud of America. We love our country in good times and in bad, and we never apologize for America.

    That is why the far left’s irresponsible and radical policies awakened a sleeping America so that we finally understood what it was that we were about to lose. We were about to lose the blessings of liberty and prosperity. So, the working men and women of this country, you got up off your couch, you came down from the deer stand, you came out of the duck blind, you got off the John Deere, and we took to the streets, and we took to the town halls, and we ended up at the ballot box. And as much as the media wants you to forget this, Tea Party Americans won an electoral victory of historic proportions in November. We the people, we rose up and we rejected the left’s big government agenda. We don’t want it. We can’t afford it. And we are unwilling to pay for it.

    That victory, remember friends, was only one step in a long march towards saving our country.

  2. arcman46 September 21, 2011 / 12:07 am

    Palin has my backing and even though I would probably vote for a ham sandwich before Obama, she is the only one that I would feel good about voting for. When all is said and done, when and if she gets in it’s a game changer.

  3. Green Mountain Boy September 21, 2011 / 12:57 am

    If she runs the establishment repugs will hurl every insult, insinuation, accusation, and smear that they can at her. They are more scared of her than the donkyrats. Sarah P will do her best to destroy the establishment in D.C. just as she did in Alaska.

    We can only hope.

  4. Cory September 21, 2011 / 2:31 am

    Ultimately, polling right now is kind of pointless. If the economy is not showing signs of recovery by election day, Obama will be in a world of hurt. If it’s looking much better, he’ll stay for another term. If it’s somewhere in the middle, other discussions might matter.

    Unfortunately, Republicans have figured this out and will gladly drag their heels and do whatever damage to the economy it takes to make sure Obama doesn’t get re-elected. The only upside is that Republicans in congress are setting record lows for approval rating, so they are possibly going to go down with the ship.

    Really, though, I think you guys should hope for somebody more articulate to be the party’s nominee. People have a short memory, so they probably don’t remember enough to still hate Palin for the same reasons that they tanked McCain’s numbers late in the campaign, but there’s no way she’ll come through three presidential debates without screwing something up horribly. Again, it won’t matter if the economy is either doing great or terrible, but there’s a strong possibility that it will be neither.

    • Mark Edward Noonan September 21, 2011 / 8:18 am


      Palin ripped Biden to shreds in their one debate and the only reason McCain lost was due to the financial melt down in September of 2008…at that point, the wheels were pretty much coming off the cart for the Obama campaign. And there are no “memories” here…the MSM has kept up the steady drumbeat of slander against Palin…anyone who wants to hate her is given plenty of reason to. But now people are swinging back to her…

      And as for your theory that we GOPers are dragging down the economy….great regurgitation of a talking point, but have you bothered to think about it? We control one half of one third of the government and Boehner and Cantor have both said they are willing to take Obama’s Jobs act as a starting point…but Democrats have still yet to introduce the legislation in Congress and Obama is still holding to a “take it or leave it” attitude about his bill…no changes, just vote it up or down as if his ideas are so perfect no one could reasonably dissent from them.

      • Green Mountain Boy September 21, 2011 / 8:40 am

        I thought the only reason darth rino lost was because us socons skipped the presidential box on the ballot?

      • cory September 21, 2011 / 1:34 pm

        There would have been no debt ceiling crisis without the Republicans. It was entirely manufactured and hurt our recovery. If you can get your party to vote lock-step, a majority in the house and filibuster power in the senate is plenty to prevent any legislation you want from passing.

      • Leonard L'Farte September 21, 2011 / 1:35 pm


        You lost me when you linked to a cartoon that shows that the train wreck that is the Obama economic record has provided the GOP with a 2012 platform. I see how that “nails it” from a conservative perspective, but from your perspective, could you explain how that”nails it”?

      • RetiredSpook September 21, 2011 / 1:40 pm

        There would have been no debt ceiling crisis without the Republicans. It was entirely manufactured and hurt our recovery.

        If a bond rating downgrade had not been part of the mix, you might have a point, and avoiding a downgrade was the main factor driving Republicans’ actions. Cut, cap & balance would have avoided the downgrade; S & P even said so. And cut, cap & balance was anything but heel-dragging and didn’t even get a vote in the Senate (also not the GOP’s fault).

      • Leonard L'Farte September 21, 2011 / 11:42 pm

        Leonard–Either you’re being deliberately obtuse (which I suspect you are), or the point of the cartoon really did fly over your head.

        I think a more valid explanation is that you and I see things through a different lens. I don’t see anything except the symbol for the GOP standing on top of the economic train wreck and thanking Obama for giving them such a marvelous platform.

      • Bodie September 23, 2011 / 2:30 pm

        You lost this argument pretty badly, too, Leonard (still couldn’t account for the crane in the cartoon, huh? Of course not, as doing so would destroy your weak attempt to spin the obvious message of the cartoon in your favor). Good thing you got my posts deleted, otherwise your foolishness would be here for all to see.

    • arcman46 September 21, 2011 / 9:39 am

      Palin has spent the last three years in front of the camera with Fox News. She has given numerous speeches, sans TelePrompTer. Her message is disciplined and it resonates with a vast amount of the American people. She has been attacked by both the Left and the Right. She has proven that she can think on her feet during interviews with the other news sources while on the road. Barack Obama is unable to think on his feet. He is married to the TelePrompTer and I am sure his handlers cringe everytime he goes off of it, because he starts to stumble over his own words. Unlike Palin who seems to be getting larger with adversity, Obama seems to be shrinking.

      The reason McCain lost, has absolutely nothing to do with Palin, other than perhaps their mismanagement of her campaign. She brought energy and enthusiasm, and could have brought a whole lot more had they unleashed her. Palin will not tank in the debates, and if I were Obama, I would be shaking in my shoes if I had to meet her in a debate.

      • Amazona September 21, 2011 / 10:08 am

        He doesn’t just “stumble over his own words”, he blurts out his true agenda, which his handlers try so desperately to hide behind avalanches of words intended to sound centrist and soothing. “When the wealth is spread around everyone benefits” had to have his minders pulling out their hair. Lucky for them, the Complicit Agenda Media let it slide by without comment, because any attention paid to this and any tying it in to hard-core Leftist dogma might have bruised Obama. (The Teen Beat ardor stirred up in the hearts, if not the minds, of the sheeple would probably have overcome the hard cold reality of Obama’s true beliefs.)

      • dbschmidt September 21, 2011 / 2:23 pm

        Even though I would have held my nose and voted for McCain no matter what (I knew who and what Obama was before the election) — I was pleased and invigorated when McCain picked Palin. I gladly voted for her and took McCain along as the lesser.

      • neocon1 September 21, 2011 / 4:07 pm


        that is exactly what I did.
        mcLame ran a lame pathetic candidacy, he fought a group of street thugs fight using the marcus of queens berry rules and one hand tied behind his back.
        The HACK gave the present POS.

  5. Ryan Murphy September 21, 2011 / 6:11 am

    You notice in the article, they claim the results are “AMong voters”. . .

    but then at the end, under methodology, it says that this is a Poll of ADULTS, 18 and older. .not registered voters. Not LIkely voters. . but ADULTS> THe most favorable possible demographic for OBama they can find. . so they are basically flat out lying about the poll.

  6. Ryan Murphy September 21, 2011 / 6:11 am

    Implying that its registered voters even though it isn’t.

    • js September 21, 2011 / 8:36 am

      SEEMS like you have no clue…sitting there and…taking pot shots with a BS gun just doesnt mean much more than…you are full of BS…nothing to do with what you claim about the poll…

      its a head up your BEEEHIND situation…a stooge dropping

      • Count d'Haricots September 21, 2011 / 1:05 pm

        Not sure who your rage is directed at, but if it’s Ryan ~ he is correct; the poll is tilted heavily toward Obama by using “adults” after implying “voters”.

        I suspect, if “registered voters” or “likely voters” were used Palin would lead Obama; as would every serious Republican candidate (except Ron Paul since Ronulans would be restricted to one vote per terrestrial) and Obama might perhaps lead a ham sandwich by one or two points only.

      • neocon1 September 21, 2011 / 4:08 pm

        knowing JS it was directed at boobie.

      • Count d'Haricots September 21, 2011 / 4:26 pm

        Thanks neo.
        js is usually pretty sharp (except for those annoying dots).

        I’ve also responded to a post and had it wind up in a totally unintended place.

        A slip of the hand is not always a fault of the mind.

  7. Amazona September 21, 2011 / 10:04 am

    Evidently now the RRL have decided that fiscal responsibility and refusing to pile unsustainable debt upon unsustainable debt in foolish efforts to make, finally, SOMEHOW, the Leftist political model successful, is really defined as “dragging feet” and “harming the economy”.

    By this definition, a doctor applying pressure to arterial bleeding is really just “dragging his feet” by slowing the blood flow.

    Redistribution of other people’s wealth and government intervention in an economy have always been recipes for failure and misery, and they always will be. It is ridiculous to state that trying to halt a death spiral is a bad thing, and that learning from past mistakes is really just an effort to harm the economy.

    You guys had a shot at playing with our money to try out the schemes that have never, ever, worked in any economy in any society anywhere. But you won the election, you controlled all three branches of the government, you had the reins and you had the checkbook, and you had your chance.

    And now that you have experienced miserable failure, failure which was totally predictable if you had just paid attention to history instead of being so arrogant and assuming that for some unfathomable reason YOU, NOW, could make the workable work, you are all pissy because the adults in the room want to take away your checkbook and stop the insanity.

    • neocon1 September 21, 2011 / 4:12 pm

      cut spending to LESS than PRESENT revenues.
      heck even end the THREE wars and become 100% energy independent while building the fence.
      also go to a national sales tax, ALL pay, ALL pay same rate.

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