Bad news back home for Palin

A new Rasmussen survey suggests that former Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin would lose her home state if she were to run for president, and by a sizable margin.

Rasmussen interviewed 500 likely voters and found that “just 41% say they would vote for the former Alaska governor if she ran for president in 2012. Forty-eight percent (48%) say they would not vote for Palin, and 11% more are undecided.” Due to the small sample size,the margin of error for the survey is 4.5 percent, plus or minus.

The picture was only slightly better for Palin when Rasmussen asked the voters if they view her favorably or unfavorably:

“Alaska voters are almost evenly divided in their views of Palin. Forty-nine percent (49%) view her at least somewhat favorably, while 50% share an unfavorable opinion of her. This includes 31% who regard her Very Favorably and 37% with a Very Unfavorable view.”

You can read the whole Rasmussen survey here.

It’s still a long way to the 2012 presidential race and nobody knows if Palin will even run, but the Rasmussen results can’t be encouraging for those among her legion of admirers who hope she will seek the White House.

Some of them no doubt recall that Vice President Al Gore quite likely would have won the 2000 presidential election if only he had carried his home state of Tennessee.

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