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What does it say about Obama's '12 chances if Palin's within 5 points of him in one poll and she's not in the race?
September 21st, 2011
05:00 PM ET

What does it say about Obama's '12 chances if Palin's within 5 points of him in one poll and she's not in the race?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Here's something that should keep the Democrats up at night:

Sarah Palin isn't even a candidate for president - yet - and she's gaining major ground on the president.

A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that the half-term, dropout governor of Alaska trails President Barack Obama by only 5 percentage points – 49% to 44% in a hypothetical matchup. Three months ago, Palin trailed Obama by 26 percentage points.

And even more troubling for the president: Palin now leads him among the all-important independent voters.

Let me remind you: Palin hasn't even announced she's running. She tells the F-word network that she's "one of those still considering" a run. She acknowledges she will have to decide soon since some of the early-voting states have a November deadline to get on the ballot.

But it's not all good for Palin. The bad news is that 72% of Republicans and independents who lean Republican don't want her to run.

As for the president, there are other disturbing findings in this survey:

A majority of those polled say the president will lose to the Republican nominee, whoever it is. Also, 49% say they definitely plan to vote against Obama. For independents, that number is even higher at 53%.

Pollsters say this shows how "the middle" is not Obama's right now. In order to win re-election, he will either need to win back independent voters or energize the base - in ways he hasn't so far.

Other hypothetical match-ups in this poll show the president leading Mitt Romney by a mere 2 points and Rick Perry by 9 points. These two men actually are candidates for president.

Here’s my question to you: What does it say about President Obama's chances in 2012 if Sarah Palin is within five points of him in one poll and she isn't even in the race?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Rahn in Minnesota:
It tells me that America is wising up to the fact that candidates of BOTH major political parties are equally worthless. Our elections have become a series of choices about which pile of political slop smells the least offensive, and most Americans are saying they can't tell any difference on the ONE issue that really matters this election cycle-THE ECONOMY.

Ken in Atlantic City, New Jersey:
Palin is irrelevant because she is not running. The gays got rid of “don't ask, don't tell”, the Hispanics are not facing deportation thanks to Obama, the hedge fund managers continue to make billions in the swaps market, and the blacks will vote for Obama even if black unemployment goes over 50%. Palin means nothing.

Larry in Texas:
It says several things if Palin is that close: Obama better panic like James Carville suggested. He better consider calling Hillary and asking her to run. But mainly it says that the American people are pretty dumb when it comes to the future if they think that Sarah Palin is the answer to our problems.

Brad in Portland, Oregon:
It won't mean anything if Palin doesn't run, or Perry becomes the nominee. The worst enemy of the Republicans' chances to win the presidency is the Republican base itself. If they pick someone too right wing or too crazy to be the Republican nominee, the independents will hold their noses and vote for Obama.

Brenda on Facebook:
Just goes to show that Americans are fed up and that any choice is better than what we currently have.

Doug:
Palin is the only potential candidate in the field with enough name recognition and star power to beat Obama. Enough dissatisfied Independents will hold their noses and vote for Palin (despite her hard core religious leanings) to make it an even race. Once the Queen takes the Bishop (Romney), she will checkmate the King (Obama).

soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. david

    He still sits pretty good considering our countries judges refuse to allow a 3rd party candidate on the ballot in all 50 states. The republicans want to take us back to same ol toxic fossil fuel policies as if they didnt get it back in 2008. The republicans are the only opposition party and they want to destroy our country with foreign oil companies raping whats left of mother nature so the deregulated auto industry can consume more fuel so govt can skim the tax on each gallon.right to bear arm excuse

    September 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  2. Jayne

    Your question says more about uninformed voters than Obama. Maybe it will take one of the Republican crazies becoming president to wake people up. I'm sure it will get their attention when they go to sign up for Medicare and Social Security and neither are there anymore.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  3. Peter

    The fact that Palin is so close to Obama in this poll means that, once again, Americans vote for personalities instead of true leaders. Out with the old "messiah" who couldn't fix everything in one term. In with the new "messiah" who WILL fix EVERYTHING in one term. Ridiculous. We get the leaders we deserve.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  4. David, from Plant City Florida

    It says that I am terrified about the current state of American politics.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  5. Reggie

    It says that he is in big trouble. Anyway its time for him to be voted out in 2012 as he is doing a horrible job and sending our country close to bankruptcy.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  6. Greg in Arkansas

    Really?...."Sarah Palin is within five points"????.....sounds like somebody has been putting TOO much Tequila in their TEA.....

    September 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  7. John from Alabama

    Jack: Polls revolve around numbers, people, time of day, and how questions are worded. Bible belt people will always give Palin a higher rating on polls than President Obama. People who are college educated will give President Obama higher ratings than Palin. Nothing but numbers and the right people. The Late Sam Rayburn said, " I do not care what people think of me before the election or after the election, I only care what they think of me on election day." Dewey loved polls, and Truman did not like polls, which man was right?

    September 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  8. David of Alexandria VA

    I'd say that it shows America has not learned it's lesson - last time they voted for a rock star, this time they might vote for a reality show star. Form over substance - that's what sunk the Titanic. And I'll be heading for the lifeboats.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  9. Steve Newman

    I'd wonder what poll came up with that!

    September 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  10. Peg from NY

    It says Obama's chances are grim and slim. People are more anxious to vote everyone out, rather than give any politician a second try.

    It's a scary political front, out there.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  11. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,whether you are on the right or left you just can NOT spend this kind of money or should I say waste this kind of money and be surprised anyone is ahead of you in the polls let alone Palin.
    David

    September 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  12. James in Springfield, VA

    It says Americans have a short attention span and that if she was elected we would be the laughing stock of the world.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  13. s in fl

    It says absolutely nothing to me. I've seen other polls that say Palin doesn't even exist politically. I have a good question for you........ "What does it say about journalism today when some arbitrary outlying poll is used to stir up controversy without the context even being mentioned?"

    September 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  14. Dave, Orlando, FL

    A snowball and Hell. Put one and one together and see what you get. Here's a hint: it's not two.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  15. Brad, Portland, OR

    It won't mean anything if Palin doesn't run, or Perry becomes the nominee.

    The worst enemy of the Republicans' chances to win the Presidency is the Republican base itself. If they pick someone too right wing or too crazy to be the Republican nominee, the independents will hold their noses and vote for Obama.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  16. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    It says that things CAN get worse

    September 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  17. Anthony J. Frascino from Swedesboro, NJ

    It shows that Americans suffers from short-term memory loss and are the most impatient folks on earth. While George W. beat the drum of doomsday into our ears, we hid under a rock and let him destroy our economy with two wars and pay homage to his cronies in Big Business.
    They unrealistically expected Obama to wave a magic wand and erase eight years of a catastrophic administration. At this rate we're going to have a new president every four years electing more and more incompetents like Sarah Palin.
    Such thought will destroy the cohesion of our government and ultimately ruin us.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  18. Mel - Houston

    It tells me nothing. It's a poll, Jack. Pundits fall in love with those things. All they are is a fundemental form of brainwashing. They are trying to tell a gullible electorate that this is what other people think and that you should conform to their ideas.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  19. N/A

    Obama shouldn't be running for office.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  20. Ken in Seattle

    It is yet another indication how unhappy people are with Barrack Obama. Hope and intellect haven't gotten us much so far. It is also yet another indication that Republicans are grasping at straws when it comes to finding a viable candidate. They have not yet accepted that the idea of a Palin candidacy is far different than the reality of her going toe to toe with Obama. About the one and only thing that is likely to get him reelected is the lack of a viable opponent. I guess it is better to be lucky than worthy.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  21. Elizabeth From Toronto

    It says nothing. Polls create news. The trouble with the USA is the inability for the Press, Social Media etc. to ask difficult questions. Cafferty you can help, ask Americans if they were the President how they would create full time jobs tomorrow. What would be the plan – stimulus, no taxes, ask Companies with money to do the public good and hire people? What does the "average person" think?

    September 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  22. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think it says we have a lot of stupid voters. Anyone who would vote for Sarah Palin over the president should have their head examined because they have serious mental problems. It also says you get what you vote for, that is how we have the tea party which many people are now regretting voting into office.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  23. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    Not a thing, but it says plenty about the poll. Was it from the same think tank that let Palin say Africa was a country and Paul Revere rode to warn the British?

    September 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  24. JIM IN COLORADO

    If there is going to be a Democrat in the President's office in 2013, there will have to be someone else running on the Democrat's ticket. How hard is that to understand. People, Dems and Repubs, are tired of the "double talk" coming from this President. Bet on it , Jack.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  25. Andy from Gilbert, Az

    When you produce very little of what you promise, it becomes fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  26. Rich in Gainesville FL

    It says the Republicans have a real opportunity if they don't blow it. But what I really don't understand is that 93% of those asked were willing to pick one of these two. Instead of 49% to 44%, it should have been more like 29% to 24% with 47% picking someone else or refusing to choose either of these two.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  27. Dan K

    It says this country is a heap of DoDo! If people are illiterate enough to elect someone like her they deserve what they get!!! Look at all the info showing her lack of leadership ability yet people see her as a "Cuttsie" down home girl. Well, Cuttsie goes just a short distance toward being able to lead our nation!
    Thats ok though, she will quit in a couple of years like she always does!

    Dan K Owens Cross Roads Alabama

    September 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  28. MYSTERIOUS

    That means that the media and the right wing talking points machine are taking over, and facts be damned.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  29. dale in MA

    Operative words here are "... one poll". Any poll can be found to say anything about anybody, you just have to look for it. Polls are at best self serving lies perpetrated by their special interests as relevant, and at worst...? The take away from this, for any intelligent reader, is how they, themselves feel, not how some concocted poll says they feel.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  30. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    Those in that one poll probably couldn't tell you what papers or magazines they read either, like their hero Sarah.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  31. robert in raleigh, nc

    Jack, it says we are in a mess. Palin isn't sure she is going to run. And Obama ran and won but isn't sure what he wants to do. But I still think Obama will win reelection. That tells me we really are in a mess.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  32. Brian

    It clearly says that the poll is bogus!

    September 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  33. Paul From Austin Texas

    It shows that you can not trust polls. The people that take them might as well ask a pole to get a result like that.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  34. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It says several things if Palin is that close. He better panic like James C suggested, he better consider calling Hillary and asking her to run but mainly it says that the American people are pretty dumb when it comes to the future if they think that Sarah Palin is the answer to our problems.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  35. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    People still want to vote for Palin? Obama is in trouble.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  36. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Palin doesn't count. The poll might show that even she is ahead it doesn't mean she is winning because she is not running. And beside why include her in the poll unless someone wants her to run to get Bachmann out of the race. The only person that will beat Obama in 2012 is me, but I am not running. So its Obama for another term.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  37. Doug

    Palin is the only potential candidate in the field*,with enough name recognition, and star power to beat Obama. Enough dissatisfied Independents will hold their nose, and vote for Palin despite her hard core religeous leanings, to make it an even race. Once the Queen takes the Bishop, (Romney), she will checkmate the King,(Obama). *Still, the Politician I thought was the best Republican Horse in the field, has stayed out of the fray. Lindsey Graham, has President written all over him, but I guess he can wait till 2016. Doug.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  38. Karl in Flint

    It says very little about Obama but it does say volumes about the integrity of the pollsters and the mentality of those they polled. A snow ball in hell has a better chance of becoming POTUS then Sara, Ricky or Michelle. The only reason I can think of those in charge of the real Republican Party would run any of the three wing nuts is to lose so they have four more years of blaming Obama for Bush’s stupidity and Cheney’s greed and give us idiots time to be brainwashed and elect another republican while the wealthy continue their tax savings. Brainwashing: repeat something long enough and it becomes true.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  39. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    It tells me that most Americans don't deserve the right to vote.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  40. Gerry

    It confirms how disenchanted the voting public is with his presidency & administration.

    Gerry
    Ash Fork, Az.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  41. Pete in Georgia

    It says that if there ever was a classic example of "Don't judge a book by it's cover", Obama is it !!
    Never in the 228 yr. history of American presidents has there ever been a more glaring case of an empty suit, an imposter whose performance is a fraction of his campaign speeches and persona.
    He's all image with almost zero content.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  42. Tom in Desoto, TX

    If Palin is within 5 points and she's not declared it is a clear that most who like her have no clue either, she did believe as V.P she could enact legislation from the Senate. What could she say in a debate? What newspapers or magazines she reads when not on some so-called reality program, empty platitudes and bumper sticker sayings? I do believe she is one of few people who could make George W Bush appear to be intelligent.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  43. Alie

    It means the entire world is in serious trouble, if the United States failed to re-elect president Obama.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  44. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It says that the respondents are meaaing with the pollster.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  45. Ed from California

    From what poll? The Fox"news"/ Teabagg'n/ Koch brothers/ Republican-sell-out-poll?? That poll? Well that doesn't surprise me. Unless 149 million Americans just lost their collective minds......Palin, Bachmann, Paul, Perry, Willard, no Teabagger or Kochplican will stand no chance against the President, in this upcoming election. Jack, Barrack Obama is doing a fantastic job, considering he has no help of any kind from the Boehner/Cantor, Congress. A better question is: How many Teabaggers will remain in congress after the next election?? My guess is.......maybe a few in the Senate.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  46. Loren

    Unfortunately, it says nothing. Remember all the questions about President Obama four years ago that were never answered. You can even sneer at those who thought his birth certificate was a fake. But enough American people cast aside or ignored doubts about him to vote him into office. Do you really think those people have gotten any smarter since the last Presidential election?

    September 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  47. Ed from Texas

    It says that Americans have gone insane and believe things cannot get any worse if they are willing to elect someone who would probably quit half-way thru the job.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  48. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack it is just like dancing with the stars. It does not take much talent just a good fan base to win. Becoming president in America is a popularity contest not based on truth as much as it is illusion. If people perceive you as desirable they will elect you. When you prove to them after the fact that your just another pimple on the rump to progress it is far to late to do anything about it and America is along for the ride. Even if they didn't vote for you in the first place.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  49. Amitoj

    Nothing about Obama's chances with the system, it just tells us about the sad state of the American people.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  50. Mark

    Well, maybe it just goes to show that the Liberal Media's campaign to make Palin look like an idiot may have just back-fired on them.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  51. Ken Victoria BC

    Hello Jack. It states that Mr. Obama will win in a landslide. Mrs. Palin will be a gift to the Democratic Party. Even Canadians will be happy to she her lose again because she has no business even being mentioned in the same Blog as our Hero Barrack.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  52. LA Belle

    It says that pollsters are only calling on Republicans to boost the poll numbers for the whack-o's.

    When you have a President that is trying to set an example on comprise and you have certain members in Congress that refuse to comprise, it means we should take notice of who is trying to do for ALL the people and exactly who wants to stay on the same path of destruction. Who is willing to say that blatant corruption has worked for this country. How about some decent fairness for a change and let ALL share in the burden of the clean-up process. One thing for sure, it's not the average middle-class or the poor that created the mess we are facing.

    Ruby (Louisiana)

    September 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  53. Mr. Snead

    If I posted a picture of my dog Patches his approval rating would be higher than both Paline and the President. It's very simple, if people aren't working it doesn't matter who is in the White House because they are not going to get relected.

    President OBama sold America on his "Hope" platform which in real life quickly became the game of Reed and Pilosi. His two LEADERS sunk his ship by cutting the cord of those independent voters like me who took a sip of the OBama Koolaid.

    Advice to next President; take control and keep control of "Party Wagon" because if you don't you will go the way of Presidents Carter, Bush 1, OBama and the dinosaurs.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  54. Janne from NC

    It means hope and change ain't all its cracked up to be!

    September 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  55. Rick McDaniel

    That says that Palin is still very popular with a certain segment of the population. However, the fact is, she is not in the race, and I really think it is too late for her to get in the race, so that is a moot point.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  56. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Palin is irrrelevant because she is not running. The gays got don't ask don't tell, the hispanics are not facing deportation thanks to obama, the hedge fund managers continue to make billions in the swaps market, and the blacks will vote for obama even if black unemployment goes over 50%. Palin means nothing.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  57. Annie, Atlanta

    It says the media is winning the "bash the President" game. Are you guys really willing to see a hateful ignoramus like Palin or Bachmann as President? What's the deal – are they more controllable by the guys who are really in power – the corporations?

    September 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  58. Bill of New Mexico

    The American voter is very angry. The 2012 voter will vote against the President that they are angry with.

    If there is an obvious turn around in the economy, Obama's chances will go up, but not surpass 50/50.

    Although the economy may the major cause of the voter's anger, it is not all of the anger for all voters.

    In 1968, the voters were angry at LBJ. Even though the Democratic Party turned to a new candidate, Herbert Humphrey, the voters voted Nixon in as President. It did not matter who the Republicans put up as their candidate.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  59. MNResident

    It tells me that America is wising up to the fact that candidates of BOTH major political parties are EQUALLY worthless. Our elections have become a series of choices about which pile of political slop smells the least offensive, and most Americans are saying they can't tell any difference on the ONE issue that really matters this election cycle-THE ECONOMY!!!!

    September 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  60. Jane in CA

    It says more about the poll than it does about Obama's chances.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  61. Bill in PA

    Jack,
    President Obama's chances are looking grim.
    The republican field is grimmer.
    We appear to be done for as a nation. But, then the average life span of democratic nations through history is short, about 200 years.
    Our times are coming to an end.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  62. LeRoy

    This only proves that Obama is a little better looking than Sarah. Isn't this the way we choose our Presedents?
    Paul, South Carolina

    September 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  63. Gary H. Boyd

    It suggests that Barack Hussein Obama's parade is on a dead end street. When a piece of fluff like Palin can be that close while not even in the race, it would seem the GOP will prevail in 2012 if they can come up with a candidate with at least the intelligence of a trained ape.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  64. Lisa in Ga

    Jack, It does not say much ... because if she wins the nomination...... the primary debates are gonna kill her chances. Her intellectual status will outway the rock star momentum. And I will bet my last dollar on that!

    September 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  65. lindaglenn

    Jack it tell me America people have loss their minds!

    September 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  66. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Well,Jack,it says a lot,citizens are ready for any one but President Obama,looks like Ralph Nader finally has a real chance!

    September 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  67. Carol

    Not I, not my kids, not other family & friends, not anyone any of us knows in 30 years has ever been "polled". So exactly who/whom do these polls represent?

    September 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  68. Scot, Oakland

    I voted for Obama; and that has proved that my vote is useless. And it's true: take a look on congress, and federal reserve–they're simply a jock.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  69. Cy Gardner

    It sounds to me like some people will say anything to a pollster. Or it could be more proof that we are the dumbest nation with indoor plumbing in the world. The only people dumber are still using chamber pot technology. Or maybe some Americans like food so much that they thought they were voting for Sara Lee. Nobody doesn't llike Sara Lee. Did the pollsters make it clear that they were not talking about MICHAEL Palin? Because a lot of people like Monty Python. I just can't understand how any sentient human adult could think Sarah Palin should be in charge of anything more complicated than a baby seal hunt. Cy from Arlington, VA

    September 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  70. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    Just ask yourself which of the two would do better on American Idol? We are a celebrity adoring society and Sarah Palin is a prefessional celebrity who contributes nothing to society. We American love that. And the media douby loves it.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  71. Jenna Roseville CA

    What does it say about President Obama's chances in 2012 if Sarah Palin is within five points of him in one poll and she isn't even in the race?

    The poll tells me that Americans are uninformed voters by choice.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    September 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  72. Weldon from Fredericton NB Canada

    It tells me that most of the American people have lost all touch with reality. I think that at this point, Elmo could run and win.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  73. sodakhic

    You know what this says Jack, Your are going to be eating bricks for a long time.Palin2012

    September 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  74. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Good God, what does it say about us?

    The thought of someone(Palin) that ignorant and uninformed leading our country makes me up- chuck.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  75. Minesh Baxi

    Jack, it says that Obama has a kool-aid following in the media which is not going to question anything he does. He should have been recognized for what he is – an iinexperienced ideologue who hates this country and wants to destroy private sector. Minesh Baxi, Troy, MI

    September 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  76. Katty

    If Obama had the ability to be honest with himself he would know that each day that goes by brings more and more dislike of what he stands for and what he is doing to this country. He didn't help himself with the speech to United Nations. He has earned the right to be defeated by anyone, whoever, whatever. He is destroying my life – what is left of it.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  77. Curtis in philadelphia

    First of all Bailin' Palin ain't gonna run, the money is better for her at FoxNoise and her speaking engagements. For Tea Partyers who "want their country back", what they really mean is they want a white man in the White House. There is no way the Republican establishment is going to nominate a neophyte partial-term female governor who can barely speak and think on her feet to go up against Obama is any debate. Honestly Jack, this says more about the Republican field as it stands now, than it does about Obama.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  78. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    It says more about the economy than the election. Given an actual campaign, with real position papers, media scrutiny and debates, Mrs. Palin would not do nearly so well.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  79. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    The polls speak more about current frustrations than the President's '12 chances. Much can happen on many fronts in the next 14 months.

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    September 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  80. Joe

    Jack,

    Anti-government sentiment is prevalent and everyone loves to blame the President. Obama is being used as a scapegoat, because he does not have as much control over economical events that most Americans believe he has. Remember each time the President proposes a project, the Republican Party of Obstructionism is not working for a better America, but is represented by any anti-government wacko from Wasilla, Alaska that happens to be the public figure backed by the Fox Media Network.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    September 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  81. Nina Fox

    Jack:
    First I would like to see the validity of this poll. Second, we had start educating Americans immediately so they don’t vote for cheerleader mentality. The woman who wants to run this country on her religious perspective, the woman who spied on Russia from her front porch… is now a top contender in the presidential 2012 election? I am agasp!! God help America!
    Nina from So. California

    September 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  82. Marja Hartzell Oforji

    I believe that American people are much wiser than to vote for such an empty headed, self centered woman, known of her lies and of that she was taken to court several times for things she has done. One could think, that she is a criminal because of making her sister`s ex husband to loose his job, even though he had done nothing wrong at the working place. One could also think, that she is a murderer, because she enjoys shooting innocent animals, not because she`s hungry, but for fun, even wolves from helicopters. In any way she seems to be a vulgar and primitive person, even for all the terrible lies and for the hate she spreads around as soon as there are reporters around.
    This comes from Stockholm, Sweden.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  83. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    If the polling of Independents show that Pres. Obama is losing the middle by them supporting these ultra-right wing candidates (or Not-Candidate(s)), I think this says more about the pollsters and how they phrase their polls, rather than how people will really vote.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  84. Gail, Plano TX.

    You're killing me, Jack. The election is a year from now. But if a Republican is elected, u can kiss your country goodbye! How soon it is forgotten how the GOP raped and pillaged this nation for 8 long suffering years! You and Wolfe may be on the unemployment line if the dastardly Republicans win in 2012!

    September 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  85. Ed in Harrisburg

    It says this country is getting dumber by the minute.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  86. Paulette in Dallas

    It is shouting "Draft Hillary!"

    September 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  87. Mr. D

    It means what Satchel Page use to say: "don't look back, somebody could be gaining on you." Obama must feel like the whole country is gaining on him.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  88. Tom (Atlanta)

    I think it says it is true that anyone can raise to become President in America, but unfortunately not everyone can raise to become a good one. They are both would be disasters.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  89. Evinia Bruce

    Jack,Jack,Jack ...what are you smoking these days ...SARAH PALIN !!! i have NEVER read a positive comment on her with the exception of her brain dead,ignorant "fans" !!are you serious?? i'm sure the only thing that would keep Democrats up at night is that she may NOT run~~` can you imagine this screechy-,Wassilla- hockey- mom- quitter representing the US... for instance at NATO or any foreign community ....my god!! ...we in Canda know the American public are stupid and uninformed .this is unthinkable .but if that is what you dim- wits want ..then you deserve anything that befalls you .....B.C. Canada

    September 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  90. Paul P.

    I don't take Palin seriously, she is a walking, breathing caricature of a politician. When I hear her name coming up on the news, I switch the channel; when I see her name on a poll, I ignore it; when I see her name on an online story, I don't normally respond. I don't know who these people polled (perhaps Democrats), but the fact the GOP doesn't want her to run should tell you all you need to know.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  91. Dave - Phx, Az

    That polls are stupid. I remember one had Donald Trump leading the nomination for Republican lead monkey moron.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  92. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    Just what a poll in September of 2011 says about anyone's chances in November, 2012 is anyone's guess.

    The simple fact that Palin (1/2 term drop-out guv, yeah, we know, Jack) polls highly speaks volumes about the propaganda value of Fox, Murdoch, and the Kochs.

    Know this, Jack: all those millions of dollars spent in propaganda were tax deductible. Now this is money management.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  93. calaurore9

    It says that he better take James Carville's advice and PANIC! Soon.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    September 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  94. Dan from Long Island

    It doesn't say much. It's really a question of not who we like, but who we like the least. Statesmanship has degenerated into a political version of "Jersey Shore". I'm so frustrated by our system, I think we should have a new news series called "Political Idol". Let's put all these candidates on TV once a week and instead of electing them... we vote them OFF one by one. Maybe we should elect the lobbyists! Then, the might spend some of that political capital on us!

    September 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  95. Sandra, TX

    You've got to be kidding me. I guess it says we really need to look into our education system. Apparently, we are doing a very poor job of educating people. I'd say we need to add a critical thinking course to that High School curriculum.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  96. Obscuregiant

    Do well and right and let the world sink. Author unknown, also, I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure– try to please everybody. Herbert Swope

    September 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  97. Mark, Indiana

    I think it says two things. One is the very real vulnerability of President Obama and his chances of being more than a one-term president. Unless we have an economic miracle, Obama is gone...unless...point 2. At the stage in the presidential race, Republicans and Independents are still not sold on the current contenders. I believe most like me are still holding out for a hero or heroine that we can stand behind, vote for and be proud to call our president.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  98. Larry -Denver

    When the dust settles and the primaries are done, do you really think a Sarah Palin, Michelle Backman, Rick Perry, can be elected. Those who cheered death to someone without medical coverage are a small vocal minority who are groupies of the Tea Party. While Obama is floundering, come Novemeber 2012 he is still better (not by much) then the field of ignorants currently running for the Republican nomination.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  99. jeff in hawaii

    Jack,
    It means nothing. Polls like these need to be taken with a grain of salt...Caribou Barbie is no threat. Even her base has finally learned that she is nothing but a publicity seeking pig who fires off constant sound bites on issues she knows nothing about. Excluding Mr. Romney, there is no threat from any other GOP candidate as they are all right wing nutjobs.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  100. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    It says very little, Jack...What does the fact that "generic Republican" leads Obama while the actual candidates trail him say about the Republican candidates? I suspect it means that it's a slow news day.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  101. Mark in Houston

    It says several things Jack...

    A. .. That .a lot of nut jobs are running for or thinking of running for, President on the Tea Party/Republican ticket.

    B...That the alarmist, often false vitriol that they are spewing is being absorbed by those who have become so desperate as to believe anything that spells more jobs.
    C and finally it means the obstructionist agenda of the Republican side of the aisle is working , that Obama's re election is becoming very iffy.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  102. Phil NC

    This means only that all polls are not created equally. The results of only a single poll mean nothing until compared with several other polls.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  103. Pat (Missouri)

    O'bama still has my vote. I see no other candidate that can come close to him. We have more than a year to go and I don't think the American's who will vote for O'bama care about a poll at this point.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  104. Sandstone.

    Not a lot! Not for Obamna, that is. if I lived in the USA my vote would already be voiced for Sarah. As for Obama I've never trusted him! He's a liar! A cheat! An Ilegal alien! He's just all wrong for the west, and ever so worse than the rest!"

    September 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  105. Ron WPAFB

    It says and means absolutely nothing, Jack! Unless you are a journalist trying to create a story! It means nothing until there is a Republican chosen to run against him! And you know what is funny, I've never been polled, nor have any of my Air Force colleagues! Nor any of my friends around the US. Who are these people? Wow, wonder just how factual these polls are?

    September 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  106. Kevin

    I would question who was being polled.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  107. lilmagothy, annapolis

    It says Americans spend far too much time watching Faux News and not enough time reading the paper or even thinking. No matter the polls now – 13 months from the election – I believe that once the voters see what the repugnicans will do to the economy in their quest to defeat Obama, and once the true colors and agenda of any of the repugnican candidates – save for John Huntsman, the only sane and, therefore unnominatable, one – come out, Obama will be re-elected. I hope he grows a spine before then.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  108. dave in nashville

    One poll Jack? Let's get real, he has issues but she has more and has zero incentive to run being the rich quitter that she is. I'm betting you would like Joe Manchin to run, a man's man with a pragmatic approach to running government. Obama made the history books, prudence would be stepping aside for his party and the country.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  109. Patsy, Texas

    Jack, it means nothing. Those 72% who don't want her are the very ones that would vote her to be their nominee.
    The ones who would vote for her probably have stock in all the foundation and lipstick companies.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  110. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, it means that obama may want to take a page out of LBJ's playbook and sit the next election out.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  111. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    let "Caribou Barbie" actually BE the Republican nominee, Jack, and see what the polls say THEN. the woman's approval vs disapproval rating is upside down. once the Republicans get an actual candidate THEN it's time to look at polls.

    and btw, who in the world did McClatchy-Marist actually poll? every "teavangelist" in the country?

    September 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  112. Jim

    Jack, It says nothing yet. The hoopla and one upmanship of the Republican sideshow creates its own updraft. When those ashes settle, it will call for a vote on: * Social Security, * Medicare, * Job Creation, *Woman's Rights, *Tax increases on the Rich and Corporations, and * Destruction of the middle class. If the American voters don't see what is waiting in the wings they will be annilated in 2012. Obama can be reelected if he spends the next 13 months pointing this out.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  113. Rudy Padgett

    It means if she enters the race, Obama will lose if perry doesn't do like Bush and dig up a lot of dirt.

    Rudy P.
    Roanoke, VA

    September 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  114. Fred In LA

    It says one and done.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  115. john in NC

    It means that in spite of all the liberal media efforts to portray Palin as an idiot, we aren't buying it. We know that it was Tina Fey, not Palin who said that she could see Russia from her porch; however it is President Obama who believes that there are fifty seven states in these United States.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  116. Kelly Ontario, Canada

    Palin is only in the polls at any percentage at all because she isn't actually out there. If she was out there campaigning and had to answer actual questions then she wouldn't poll anywhere near Obama!! Frankly the fact that the media focuses so much time on someone who doesn't do anything but insight hate and disgrace is exactly what's wrong with the quality of journalism in this country. If you or anybody else truly believes that Palin is remotely qualified to be in any office then I feel sorry for you, because in reality she doesn't hold a candle to the intelligence, grace or charisma of President Obama. And you know it Jack!!!

    September 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  117. Will

    Isn't it ironic that Obama is arguably the most ineffective president we have ever had and yet the best friend that he has heading into 2012 is the republican party itself who can't put anyone forward except a bunch of morons. I am afraid our country is doomedl.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  118. Cynical Man

    It proves, once again, that the "news media" would rather cover nonsense, than real news.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  119. hooverguide, Riverside, CA

    Dear Mr. Cafferty, I can barely breathe. Ms. Palin quit the governorship when she discovered the money train. Hard to imagine she would become a lowly government employee again. But, stranger things have happened. For instance, America elected a gentleman of mixed race with very little national or international experience. One has to admire the fact he has not quit amidst the worst financial melt-down most of us can remember and the outright rancor among the exaulted few elected to represent, defend and protect we, the people. Can hardly wait for the next chapter in this, our American election season. I bet it will be a best seller.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  120. Keith in SoJax

    Obama stinks but the Repub candidates are worse. Can't imagine voting for the party that caused this mess to begin with. Its clear they have no idea how to create jobs. All they want to do is reduce living standards for virtually everyone except the top 10%, get the government into our bedrooms, and get between a woman and her Doctor. What a plan!

    September 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  121. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    C'mon Jack, virtually all incumbents fare poorly versus any what-if candidate, or in this instance the what-if nitwit.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  122. Jeff

    I am scared that Obama may lose.
    I am scared that a Republican may win.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  123. Ardyth

    It says that Canadians are right about no longer referring to you folks as our American cousins – we were sickened by the election of W and the hate we see against Obama disgusts us. Please folks, give your heads a good shake. Ardyth – London, Ontario

    September 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  124. Jim Sobeck

    If Obama can't trounce an unannounced, lightning rod of a candidate like Palin, he is toast.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  125. jack

    Unfortunately, we now have a completely dysfunctional government in all three branches so is it any wonder that their poll numbers are in the toilet and the comparisons being made reflect that. And in another article about the same topic, only @ one thousand people were asked, since millions vote, this really does'nt mean squat. In fact, its a stupid question since Palin isn't even in the race.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  126. Ralph Nelson

    Simply a reflection of how uninformed, uneducated, and mentally lazy to learn, the American people are.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  127. bud rupert

    It says that the people that were polled are certifiable insane. Either that or the media is using her to add fire to the whole mess and if that' strue – it's pathetic. BUT it would surprise me – all things considered. There are so many cable channels all looking for eyeballs to watch their dog and pony shows.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  128. Jake

    wow, the accuracy of that poll comes into question!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  129. Dave in Cincinnati

    It says that if he doesn't wake up he's Jimmy Carter part 2. With the help of his teleprompter he gives an OK speech and knows how to whip up a crowd but that's about it. He leads from the rear letting the Congress drive the agenda and American's (at least this one) want a real leader – not a back seat driver.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  130. Scott in Oregon

    Sarah Palin is definitely a force to contend with, but just like the show "Jersey Shore" she is so over-hyped and sensationalized in the media that she appears more popular than she actually is. I talk politics with everyone I can, and I can't say I've met anyone, other than my 90-year old grandfather, who admits they'd vote for Palin. Jersey Shore can boast 7 million viewers a show, but that also means 300 million people DIDN'T watch it.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  131. d kroll

    That is just wonderful news. It will feel extremely special to watch this crook fired next year.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  132. Alex in NJ

    It says that the country is in terrible shape, Obama has only made it worse, and these other comments say that clearly, CNN viewers are not a great cross section of the country. I am one of those 72% of Republicans that don't want Sarah Palin to run, but at this point I am starting to believe even she would be better than our current President.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  133. mike farmer

    Great! I am not that happy with Obama but look at the awful alernatives! Run Sarah Run

    September 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  134. Jean Sartre - Milwaukee, WI

    Jack,

    You are about 13 months too early with that question!

    Even a month is a long time in politics!

    Please ask this question in October 2012...

    September 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  135. abby

    I think that it is less indicative of Obama's chances and more of an indictment of American politicians and an indictment of the lack of political intelligence among the American people. Yes, Obama is trying to deal with some serious problems and cannot seem to find a way to resolve them. However, since the GOP is determined to prevent him from fixing any of America's problems, flim-flam artists, grifters like Palin can continue to lead the sheep down the path and continue to shear them to the skin. P T Barnum would be soooo proud.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  136. Jake, Manchester NH

    It means nothing.

    It is still early in the political season, and regardless, this weak GOP field has little hope of overtaking the President in the Electoral College.

    The fact of the matter is this: We need to STOP talking about Sarah Palin. Every time we talk about her, it empowers her further. She's not running, and even if she did, she would not be successful by any means.

    I am a young, moderate Republican. I want the best for my party, but 2012 is just sad.

    The only candidate that gives me hope is Jon Huntsman. He appeals to independent voters, and is someone that can actually win. If he doesn't gain the nomination, then President Obama's re-election is all but certain.

    Sure, the President's poll numbers are low, but if faced against a crazy far-right extremist, the voters will come to their senses.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  137. Sean

    The only people that want Palin to run are democrats who, for some unknown reason, want the current failure of a President to get re-elected and the right-wing nut jobs. Independents and rational conservatives would love for Palin to go away. She already cost us the election in 2008. Obama has been a disaster. Worse than Bush and Carter combined, and that's saying a lot...

    September 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  138. Karen

    Polls right now don't mean much. This same time before the 2008 presidental election, Guiliani was winning every national poll (followed by Fred Thompson) and neither one of them won one delegate in the Republican nomination process.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  139. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    I still believe Obama has a better chance of returning to the White House, than Palin has of entering for the first time. Perry is two-faced, Paul is bent on abolishing all government, Bachmann wants to simply be another Palin, and none of the other Republicans have the caliber Obama does, even with his failings.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  140. Mycroft

    Jack, It say's many things, for example: President Obama, what happened to you once you took office, you seemed to not even fight for what you campaign on; ending the Wars, closing Gitmo, getting a Public Option Healthcare, ending the "Scooter Libby style of Justice", and getting rid of the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest 2%, while you even had democratic majorities in the House and Senate. Considering you might not be totally to blame, (but plenty to blame for never using the Bully Pulpit once or fighting to make good on any of your campaign promises), could you possibly share with us the democratic Senators and Congress people that stood in your way, so we can get started replacing them as quick as we can vote them out. Now more directly in regards to your question, Obama 5 points ahead eh, it just goes to show even a President, who's track record show's he isn't at all sincere in his campaign promises, can still defeat a dumb as dirt Republican Candidate by at least five points. You got to hand it to Palin she's got that FOX news older men audience wanting to see more and more of her legs. Who knows how I'll get my jollies, when I get old, just hope it isn't as pityful as that.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  141. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    Last week you asked this question. "Where is the U.S. headed if SAT reading scores are at the lowest in nearly 40 years?" to go along with the declines in the other scores.

    She's the answer. "No child left behind" came too late for her.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  142. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack,

    It means jack. Who did you give the survey to? Amœbae? I'm an Independent, and I wouldn't vote for Sarah Palin if she were running for town dog catcher.

    She suckered you again, and now you've given her more media spotlight and attention. Jack, dear, dear Jack, please stop paying attention to that idiot from Alaska. The less you pay attention to her, the more she will go away.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  143. Harold from West Monroe, Louisiana

    It means nothing about Obama, but it scares the hell out of me that so many Americans are as clueless as "Simple Sarah." I met her when I lived In Anchorage, and the remote possibility of her election to any public office, is too horrific to imagine.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  144. Joe Lokey

    It simply means people aren't as stupid as this regime believed they were. I love saying "I told you so..."

    September 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  145. beevee

    it just says how stupid american voters are. they can's see a diamond covered with ash but go for a shiny glass bead however worthless it is. The they deserve what they get in 2012. I also think the survey is flawed.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  146. Guy-Texas

    I hope she represents the 'generic' Republican that could beat President Obama in 2012. Reality is that few, if any really want her as President.

    Please leave her in Alaska to view the Russians from her 'front porch'. We have had enough rhetoric from the incumbant.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  147. Chuck

    All this poll tells me is that Obama has some ground to make up. That's it. He does not need to worry, just as Palin should not feel any more emboldened than she already does.

    14 months is a lifetime in politics, and anything can happen between now and then.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  148. mary of tennessee

    their is one thing for sure i will not vote against myself and a vote for a republican i would be voting against myself.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  149. Valerie in Raleigh

    How any reasonable and educated voter could possibly prefer Sarah Palin over Barack Obama further demonstrates the "dumbing down of America." At this time the most qualified person sits in the Oval Office and, had the Republicans not fought him at every turn, our country would be in much better shape today. Their opposition is nothing more than
    racial hatred. Their treatment of the duly-elected President has been a disgrace and every one of them should hang their heads in shame. Obama 2012.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  150. Bob from Melbourne

    It means people are feedup with hearing Obama blame everything and everyone else for his failed polices

    September 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  151. David Doherty

    The reason President Obama is in real trouble is because the republicans won't play with him. It's no longer about the country, it's all about the party! This Country can't survive with the way things are, when the soul purpose of our elected officials is to see to it that no matter what is being proposed, if it's put foward by the other party, we must squash it, even if it's without a doubt the best in the world thing for the country, if it makes the other guy look good it must die.
    dave from NH.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  152. Fred

    Its says nothing. It is to early to predict. Also, the republican candidates have not been fully vetted. Baton Rouge,LA.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  153. Leroy

    Run Sarah run !!!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  154. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    I think it can be related to a plumbing project to an elderly, sickly family where you have to install bathroom facilities that handle large people better but using fewer resources (water-cash). When you do a follow-up you should not be surprised with the outcome. Obama, Palin (maybe) , Romney or Perry are just plumbers making a living, but a great one !
    Time to flush !

    September 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  155. dan in capitola

    Polls are highly suspect, at best. When the question is "Do you think the country is headed in the wrong direction?" and polls very high on 'yes' votes, what EXACTLY is being asked and WHO is responding?
    In other words, Tea Partiers might say 'yes' and think of Obama; Democrats might think of Bachman and say 'yes'; racists might agree because they want non-whites deported or shot on sight.
    See my point, Jack? The questions are often ridiculously broad and, in any event, we must always take into account the stupefyingly short attention span and extreme gullibility of the public. Whatever the newest poll says, in two weeks the poll numbers will be reversed!

    Dan in Capitola

    September 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  156. David

    The election is over a year away (an eternity in politics), when the President starts campaiging and targetting the postions of his challenger – and schools his challenger in the debates the election will be his. Also, the US will basically be out of Iraq at that time and seniors will have started to see the benefits of Health Care reform. And of course Obama has proven far better at national security than Bush, Clinton, Reagan, etc.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  157. Qev

    It means that many Americans are much like children: Short memories; demanding of instant gratification; having to be taught the same lesson over and over/ and or having to learn the hard way.

    It also reflects poorly on the chances of the "genuine" G.O.P. hopefuls, mind you.

    Still, we can hash this all out at the end of the Obama Era...in 2016.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  158. joshua

    Since most polls are skewed in the Demo's favor, obama is actually behind Palin in popularity and all the time and effort spent by the main stream media to destroy Sarah has been a total failure. it says that the demos are in deep trouble come 2012 and nothing the media can do will help.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  159. John

    I think this says far more about the people who respond to polls. If the people of this nation are stupid enough to elect Palin as US President, then we will get what we ask for. I think this poll shows just how dumb many Americans can be.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  160. Len Smith

    I don't see how people can call President Obama the most ineffective president we have ever had in this country. One only needs to look at his record and the good things he has done for this country. Yes, they could be better and should be, but he guided us out of what could have been the Great Resession, has moved to reform the heatlhcare system, which is 37th in the world, has helped to set regulations for financial business, not strong enough, but a start. He worked with President Bush while campaigning for president to help save the financial system. He should be reelected and considering the alternative will be reelected.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  161. Jim. Simi Valley, Ca

    President Obama is not threaten by any of the present Republican hopefulls. His only concern is if he can depend on the independants, youth of voting age and those who remember how this country ended up under the eight years of the Republican party and President Bush. Hopefully the party of NO will be exposed as the obstructionist and anti-American party they represented themselves to be.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  162. Cindy

    I think the republican party is too split to come together to support one candidate, i.e. Trump says he will run if Perry isn't the one on the ballot. I don't think at this point in time that the polls hold a lot of water, especially since this is a hypothetical due to Palin not running (as yet).

    September 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  163. James

    Jack, this is wonderful news. While Palin might not be the best choice to go against Obama, it shows that people have smartened up and realized exactly what he is...a community organizer,and apparently not a good one at that. I cannot wait to see him out. My pet Labrador could do a better job.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  164. Ralph Spyer from Chicago Illinois

    So much for democracy, every one gets to vote ,the incompetent many who distrust all leaders , pick the corrupt few.The common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  165. gREG

    Face the facts Obama is toast, Lets look at the last three years..........................................No I dont want three more years of this, Anything is better then this! That my friends is Joe blows view of The world of politics. There are a whole lot more Joe Blows then Joe Starbucks!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  166. Terri from Blountville, TN

    I don't know what it says about Obama but it says our nation has more problems than just economics. How could any one think Palin is a viable candidate for President? If she won, would she serve a couple years and decide it's too tough or she can't make enough money and resign?

    September 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  167. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, if you believe in polls, all this one says is that Palin isn't in the midst of a mud-slinging campaign of her own. All she has to do is sling barbs Obama's way without putting forward any ideas of her own.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  168. Fernando

    Says to me that those who have not declared or are not running are insulated from the exposure and scrutiny of a campaign. Is this the same poll that says Guliani wold beat the president 49% to 42%? Let Palin declare and make a run and we will see how fast she is back to 20 points behind. Independents and middle of the road voters are not so dumb that they would actually vote in Sarah. I am a strong liberal and Obama has disappointed me, but not to the tune that I would vote for any conservative. All I have to do is watch what those cons in office are doing or not doing and it is plain to see they have no interest in the average voter. I surely believe it would be worse than it is now.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  169. pkfops

    I think McClatchy-Marist got snookerd.

    People mentioned Palin as a joke and McClatchy-Marist took them seriously.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  170. Keith .... from Oregon

    It says his chances are both bad and good. Bad that he will be elected to a second term and good that he will begin a long retirement where he can continue to be a better Jimmie Carter than the real Jimmie Carter.

    P.S. I would vote for her in a minute.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  171. John- Detroit MI

    That you polled a lot of left leaning people who claimed that they're "independent leaning" republicans and want to drum up support for Palin so she can fall against Obama in 2012.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  172. mynameisflip

    Though I've voted democrat the only two elections I've been able to, I doubt I'll vote in this one. Though I don't think Obama has ruined our country, I don't think he helped it like he said he would. That being said, I don't feel any of these republican candidates can even keep the country at threat level "pretty sucky". I don't think I'm going to vote for the better of two evils – I'm looking forward to hating the incompetency of the government regardless of who runs it.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  173. Sue, Vienna, VA

    It clearly screams at me that intelligence in the USA is at an all-time low! The thought of Perry, Palin, or Paul running this country gives me serious heart palpitations! When did Americans become a country of dolts? SOMEBODY save us!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  174. Donaldo in ATL

    Truth is, no one cares. They are both in WAY OVER THEIR heads.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  175. Larry in Houston

    Jack – I'm a registered democrat – although I don't always vote that way – I voted for Obama (vs. McCain) because I didn't want more of the same – (Bush) But, I will vote against Obama this time, whomever gets the nomination.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  176. Marcus Yattes

    Shows how ignorant people are with having a black president. Somewhat of a racist undertone and those polls you do are republican based.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  177. Keith

    All this poll says is that Americans are getting dumber by the minute. If America is that pathetically stupid to elect Mrs. Palin, then I don't know what's going to happen. God help us.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  178. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    It means he needs to start looking for an honest job because he is about to lose this on. Even I think she is an idiot and I'm a Republican. I hope I don't have to vote for her.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  179. Steve - Midland, Texas

    It says "Our President is a buffoon and we'll consider anyone at this point. Anyone!"

    September 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  180. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    It means he'd betterget out there and fire up those INTELLIGENT Americans who have a clue, about ANYTHING!

    It's very sad to think that there are so many stupid people in our country.

    Or, it is sad to think that the pollsters keep CALLING the stupid people over and over again. I consider myself to be fairly intelligent, and I have never once in my entire life asked an important question like this by a pollster!

    Maybe it's time to find the smart people and ask THEM about Palin!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  181. Donald in CA

    This just shows you how dumb a protion of america is. I cant even imagine that idiot running this country, and i thinks the majority of america cant either.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  182. Snorkle in Corvallis

    We shouldn't hyperventilate over the numbers for any republicon candidate. The senatorial elections in Delaware and Nevada have proven that republicons would all gueue up and vote for a hamster if it was on the republicon ticket.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  183. Mary Gryger

    What it says is that people aren't taking these polls very seriously anymore. Somebody is having fun jerking the pollster's chain.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  184. Sara Smithers

    I don't know what poll your quoting or who pulled it, but it sounds extremely irrational, there is no way a Palin, Romney, Perry would even come close to Obama in the people's mind. I think that's a phony poll, or they just polled Republicans. Chuckling.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  185. Ryan

    Jack it says the republicans and independents are drinking the Kool-ade

    September 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  186. Rob in California

    It says the average American moron watches too much reality TV. It says that voting has nothing to do with facts.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  187. Bob Chimel

    It says something simple...the public is composed on a large number of limited intelligence individuals who will elect poor candidates and then wonder why they lose social security, get into more wars, give more money to the wealth and see their future go down the drain. Negotiation, compromise and good of nation will be considered obscene words. Sad and I am a Republican.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  188. Shelley, Dallas, Texas

    Why does it suprise the Democrats that anyone with a platform is beating Obama? Obama should order the packing boxes. No matter who runs, he's toast. I'd vote for Hillary, Sarah, Perry....Perry's dog. More Americans are unemployed, our economic situation is embarassing, the only resolution to solve any problem is to tax the rich, and the way he shoved healthcare reform down our throats still has a bad taste left in our mouths. It is time for a leadership change. And, if that means taking a chance on Sarah, let's do it.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  189. RDE

    It says that polls are unreliable. It says that potential candidates do not matter unless they are on the ballot. SP can not make money as President so she is not running. It says that you need to pick another topic Jack!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  190. ronnie

    it means nothing!! the youth is what got him elected in the first place and it wil be the youth that does it again. Not you old folks that are just looking out for yourselves. This is our generation to shape now.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  191. Wes Crane

    It is hard to swallow any news story(ies) based on polls. Who participates? I don't vote in most of the polls. They do not represent the public by any good measure. Take Gallup for instance – only so many vote, with certain criteria. Jack – why put any faith in these polls?

    September 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  192. Eric

    I think pres.Obama needs major political victories before election day to win a second-term.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  193. OldCabanaGuy

    You just referred to Palin as "dropout governor". How many times did you refer to Obama as a drop out senator?

    September 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  194. Andrew

    What does it say about likely American voters? Palin is a side show act yet she is within 5 points of a President serving under the toughest economic conditions in 70 years and working with the most disfunctional Congress in US history. God help us.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  195. STUART

    All we need is Tina Fey to portray and the U.S. will run the other way.....

    September 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  196. Harry Lime

    It says Obama is a poor president, and it says that the American people don’t like the media and entertainers picking on a woman relentlessly.
    Harry
    Tampa

    September 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  197. Stella from Chicago

    Palin versus Obama?

    Don't EVER underestimate the STUPIDITY of the American people!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  198. steve

    What is says to me is that Americans are more ignorant than I thought. Look, I voted for Obama and I too think he has failed at moving this country in a direction it wanted and voted for him to do. The problem is that he has been weak in his efforts to drive those policies home, even when the people support him. I have never seen any President move away from poll numbers that support causes. Also, this President failed to promote some aspects of his policies – health care being one – himself. By allowing Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid to push it through he lost many of those Independents who voted for him and he failed to get his message through. He has also failed in promoting the things he has done well because he has allowed the other side to voice a louder message of fear & lies. With that being said I find it crazy to think that Americans would vote against their own interests by even considering nit wits on the GOP side of things. This has to be the worst group of candidates I have ever seen. Huntsman would be the best candidate if he could win but that isn't going to happen because the party is run by wing nuts. America is heading backwards!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  199. george from texas

    It means nothing, remember the Straw Poll was won by whats her name? You know the one that is now in last place.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  200. Wanda from Houston, TX

    'What people are they asking?' should be the real question. I have never been contacted to complete any poll of any type, so I am not putting much faith in these numbers. If they are accurate, I would have to say this just shows how stupid and uninformed the average voter really is...sad.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  201. gregg heffren

    come on jack, this woman like all the other republican candidates are idiots. I am sure she is holing off until the last minute so that she does not have to be involved with a debate. what would she say ? I hope she does run . her debate with the others will be better than saturday night live

    September 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  202. Nancy Uggla - Hot Springs Village, AR

    Forget what it says about Obama. What does it say about America's IQ?. You can't fix stupid.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  203. Erin, TX

    First off, this is a poll. We don't know who it came from and what bias they had. Numbers and statistics lie and can be easily warped. We learned that in high school.

    What is does show is that the average American is disenchanted. We are upset with our President. We are upset with Congress. We are upset with the current election field. The American people are waiting for that one candidate who will invigorate us; the man or woman who will unite us as a country, regardless of their political party. We are waiting for a moderate, a common-sense thinker. We are waiting to find the President who will pull us out of the dark hole we are falling into and set us back on the path of greatness. We don't see any candidate has the ability to do this, especially our current President. So we are still waiting...

    September 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  204. John from Houston

    It just shows not all polls are to be believed, because that one is truly unbelievable. If any of the tidbits in the new book about Palin revealed in Doonesbury is true, then she will continue to be the laughing stock she is.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  205. Bob E

    It means Obama should not run again. I was a maxed out financial contributor to his campaign–even before Iowa–but he is not a leader by nature and should step down and let Hillary run

    September 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  206. Adolf Kumba Boy

    If Sarah Palin enters the race, it is an automatic win for the president and the democrats. Sarah palin is just an empty bag that cannot stand erect.
    Adolf Kumba boy from Valdosta, GA

    September 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  207. Alex Medina

    The fact that Palin is not running actually helps her in polls because:

    1- She is not under a higher media scrutiny and commiting gafes
    2- It actually easy to say something that wouldnt have any consequence (she is not running..). It is like making an hyperbole like I would vote for Charlie Sheen rather than Obama.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  208. Jim Bishop

    The relative strength of Palin when paired with the President is a clear indication of how badly the American education system has failed. I don't think the American population is less intelligent than other democratic nationalities, but it is surly far less educated and more susceptible to ignorant demagoguery.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  209. John, Phoenix, AZ

    The President is surely being perceived as too flexible, too conciliatory, and unwilling to take clear stands. There are plenty of opponents who have no trouble being firm and absolutely clear about their convictions. These opponents don't have to be bright - just "right" in the eyes of enough people.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  210. Brad in Brooklyn

    It means that Obama has about as a good a chance of keeping his job as I have of getting your job, Jack.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  211. Jim Green, Seguin,TX

    It means NOTHING, Jack—just something God put here so pundits would have something to talk about…and Speaking of God-it is downright spooky watching Perry pretending to be presidential—I get chills…..

    September 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  212. Dan in Seattle

    If I had to choose bewteen Palin or Obama I would have to be Obama and pray that the republicans win big enough in the Congress to stop Obama's policies and direction for the country for the next 4 years until the nation wakes up. The idea of Palin becoming the Republican candidate is outright frightening. I consider myself a conservative Republican and to think that we would as a party would promote Palin is enough for me to join a 3rd party. I would feel as if some right wing fanatical narcissitic group bewitched the republican voters. Who are these peope that fall for the likes of Palin is such a mystery to me espeically considering that there are viable candidates. Personally I do not think she has what it takes to put together a real campaign. I pray that I will not be faced with that choice in 2012!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  213. Doug (from Miller Place, NY)

    Jack, what this shows, is that the once revered position of Presidency is no longer, and politics in the U.S. has degraded into nothing more than a media-hyped, sham. I'm not in love with Obama for what he's done (or actually, failed to do), but for the American people to endorse someone for Presidency who quit as Governor of her state, has starred in a money-making reality TV series, has written 2 books to help shore up her balance sheet, and someone who clearly has major gaps of knowledge when it comes to politics, is a sad, sad commentary on the American people and our political system.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  214. Ricardo Nunez

    What does it? Those polled are either real pencil heads or just plain old stupid.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  215. pravaa

    Really wish this happens and palin becomes President. America would hopefully finally realize the stupidity of the GOP as they watch the country become a laughing stock in the world. Europe will have a field day laughing their butts off at the US.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  216. Wayne - Orlando

    It sounds like many people are frustrated with the gridlock in Washington and all politicans are on notice. Congress' approval ratings are in the teens, so an outsider (even Sarah Palin) will get points BUT only in a poll. When it comes time to vote, everyone will come to their senses. Sarah Palin has no chance.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  217. Whistler

    What a question! This isn't about Obama. it is about the American electorate and the state of the Nation. Very sad.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  218. Linda in Arizona

    The idea that anyone could even consider the palin thing as a real candidate just doesn't compute. I can't imagine being that stupid. I don't even KNOW anyone that stupid. Still, they must be out there, because she definitely has her followers. What a depressing bunch the republicans are. As for what it says about Obama's chances, I think he's going to lose and lose big no matter who runs against him. He couldn't have set himself for losing more if he tried. Sometimes I think he IS trying.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  219. Karl in Flint

    If you vote against Obama, beware of who you are voting for.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  220. Barbara Hill - Eustis, Florida

    Come on Jack

    Who did they ask? They sure didnt' call me. It's unfortunate that the President isn't able to undo all the problems of the last decade in less than three years – but Palin – I'd sooner vote for Mickey Mouse – he has more common sense.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  221. Gigi Oregon

    It sounds to me the poll is only open to Republicans to vote. I'm not voting again for a Republican or the religious right. There pawns for the rich , self absorbed and care nothing about themselves or "We the people". When the media can sway a person, that person is not thinking for themselves. Your two pictures of Pres. Obama and Palin say it all, do you want to hear the "State of the Union" from Obama of Palin... I wouldn't believe one word from the Republican base. If they turned around and cooperated with President Obama and democrats today I still wouldn't believe them. Enough is enough. Poll or no poll I'll be voting Democrat. Obama or a yellow dog don't matter. I'll be sober this time around. What a shame eight years of destruction of the American dream And the last two years held hostage by a group rogues...

    September 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  222. TOM

    A few months ago Bachmann was beating Obama. Right now Mickey Mouse could beat the President . I would hope that when Palin wins she picks Chris Christey for VP so when she quits he will take over as President.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  223. Barking Poodle

    If the barking poodle from the GOP is gaining ground on Obama, what does that say about the rest of the GOP candidates? The GOP can't figure out which GOP talking head they want to vote for. I guess Perry was last weeks flavor.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  224. Jim Walker

    It says that Obama is a fatally flawed empty suit who will hopefully be a one term President...I don't know why liberals
    always are surprised when a poll shows something different from what ever is the "common knowledge" east coast
    drivel.....Obama is the biggest mistake the dems have ever made and it will take them years to recover.... .

    September 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  225. Ron Balouville CT

    Jack i hate to say this about my fellow Americans but sadlly most of the IQ's have dropped to the point of severe mental retardation. If Pallen, Perry, or Romney get into office then you will hear all the Whining from the same people that voted them into office about how terrible of a president he / she is. We need to stop voting all these show boaters into office and get real down to earth people elected. I mean really has any one of the pre formentioned actually said how they plan on doing what they say they are going too do? ask yourself this as well how many of them just stand there and complain about the current presedent while adding what they would do to fix the issue? Wake up America, this is your chance to make a differance.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  226. Henny

    It says that there are a lot of dumb people in the U.S. willing to vote for someone of her caliber. The Republicans in Congress have from day one tried to put a stop to anything he has tried to do. We are in this mess because of Bush's eight years of selling out the middle class to the rich and because of global economics.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  227. Karen Governanti

    What it says if the the electorate is angry and uneducated ... A devastating mix for the USA and the world!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  228. Neil from texas

    It says it's time for Obama to step out and Hillary Clinton to step in

    September 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  229. Karen Korszeniewski

    Jack,
    Things are getting scarier by the minute! Angry people do very foolish things when in this state. I pray that cooler heads will prevail next November. Unless the Republicans can come up with someone with a cooler head, we are in for a long, painful, and uncertain future. The citizens of our country deserve better!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  230. James

    One thing I've learned since I started paying attention to politics several years ago is how worthless the polls are. People look at them hoping for a prediction of the future, but the only poll that matters is the general election. You could find a poll that showed Hitler leading Obama by 20 points if you polled the right people.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  231. jj

    Oh, please. President Obama will be relected.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  232. Nancy H

    Jack, If Palin is that close it is scary. It tells me that our country is worse off than I thought because voters are selfish and ignorant and blind to all the great and wise things Pres Obama has done since taking office in spite of the mess the Republicans left him. A sad example of the ignorance that prevails. I'm glad I'm old - I've had enough of the shallow thinking that exists.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  233. Bill

    You need a new title for your article Jack.
    Choose one:
    A) Obama Sinking So Fast Palin is Looking Viable To Some or
    B) Another Sign the Apocalypse is Coming
    Bill, Atlanta

    September 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  234. Derek

    Jack it means that 2012 is for real, and we'll only have a little over a month to live if Sarah Palin becomes the Republican nominee and wins the election. At least we won't be around to see how badly she can screw up this already troubled nation.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  235. Fuzzbee Morse from Los Angeles

    It says very little, Jack. Hypotheticals are one thing, but face-to-face, head-to-head competition is another. Do you really believe Sarah Palin could last 10 minutes in a debate with Barack Obama without making a total ass of herself? On any subject? In any format? Same goes for the rest of these clowns. Only Romney, Huntsman & Paul could have a civilized & interesting match-up in real life and Obama would look stronger than we now remember against them as well. Don't forget how he decimated the far more experienced John McCain in their debates!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  236. Charles Wellington

    His chances? He has no chance Jack. The republican control of the presidency in 2012 is inevitable. What baffles me is people are even considering Sarah Palin as a choice. This isn't a beauty contest. I wonder if the people that voted in that poll got that memo. I wonder if Sarah Palin got that memo.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  237. Terry in Virginia

    It means that if Ms. Palin does finally enter the race her poll numbers will drop like a lead balloon. It's a long way to Election Day 2012.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  238. Christy

    It does not matter what our president tries, the republicans block it. He has so many great ideas to help this crisis, like the taxing of the richest Americans,who by the way seem to agree. At least the ones on TV have said we want to help America because they realize how blessed they are. I feel so sorry for him because it is like beating your head against the wall. The republicans are so into politics that they don't care what might really benefit our country. I can't stand when they blame him for this situation. How bad are they going to let things get before they take their head out of the sand and work together for the good of the people?

    September 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  239. Jimmy

    It says more about the growing stupidity of the American electorate, which seems to be expanding exponentially. How much sense does it take to think that a narcissistic, drop-out, half-term governor has any solutions to offer? This whole mess took over ten years to concoct, and it's going to take time to undo. The WORST thing to do would be to return to the failed Republican policies that GOT us in this mess.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  240. Jimbo

    A lot of things change during the course of a race, but what really matters is who crosses the finish line first. We are more than 13 months away from the finish. What this says is absolutely nothing.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  241. Phil

    It says he cannot win when there's such an enormous chasm between people who want or understand leadership and those who would prefer there was a swimsuit competition as part of our elections.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  242. Andrew Lee

    wow ... is President Obama the best Democrat to take on Palin???

    September 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  243. Vin

    What does it mean, Jack? It means that Sarah has stayed out the media eye long enough and narrow enough for short term memories to forget just how crazy this woman is. If she were actively running right now her numbers wouldn't be that high in such a match up. People would have found enough reasons by now to doubt her ability to run this country anywhere but into the ground if she had been debating the other Republican candidates and making daily commentary on Obama's actions.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  244. Stanfrisco (San Francisco)

    It says that based on current events, the electorate is leaning away from the current administration; however, there are fourteen months to go. A lot can happen in one week of politics; just ask Anthony Weiner!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  245. Carl NC

    This tells me that the country is willing to put a quitter who knows nothing in office that will run this country in the ground just as Bush did for 8 years and want someone else to clean up their mess. Pres. Obama is doing a great job. I think we are better off then we would have been and will be if the GOP wins in 2012

    September 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  246. DF in KS

    Jack, It says in the words of Forrest Gump" Stupid is as Stupid does". These polls are useless and you using them to stir everyone up is silly. I bet they didn't poll anyone in Alaska.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  247. Carol from Arkansas

    A more pertinent questions is "What does this say about the intelligence and thoughtfulness of the American electorate?"

    September 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  248. dwt

    I dislike Palin very much, but I also dislike whoever picked that bad picture of her here. Get used to it. Her physical appeal is part of who she is politically. That picture choice is biased.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  249. Nick Easton

    It says that Obama may be in trouble because of the lack of education that this country so desperately needs

    September 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  250. Karl

    Jack this country deserves the likes of Sarah Pallem simply because we are not willing to face the reality of politics and all the other foolishness that's involved. The President has tried over and over again to make a difference and he has been fought on every side. I think that he is crazy to even want to spend another term with a nation that is as blind as we are.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  251. BLC

    It is hard to beleive that voters have such a short memory. The republican policies, no matter who the nominee will be, are what have gotten us into this economic catastrophy that we are experiencing right now. Over the last 40 years there have been more Republican Presidents than Democratic. The failed to solve our problems then and only made them worse. The happy days we had in the 90's was under a Democratic President, who managed to work with a Republican Congress. And please don't mention Ronald Reagan, it was his vodoo economics that helped to put us where we are now. How quickly voters forget.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  252. Charles

    I I t says that Mitt will get the nominee, and then Palin will run because she doesn't like him split the conservative vote and Obama wins. Notice that even though Perry leads Romney in the poles, he doesn't lead him in the major states, needed to win the nominee.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  253. CT

    It says that the American people are fed up and running out of money and hope. When the leader of our country doesn't understand what is happening to his own country, how can he solve any of its problems. We are being globalized and being put out too pasture, our country is under attack as the very core of what make this country great is being destroyed. Deep in debt to a communist country, beholden to all our enemies for oil and still under the idea that fighting wars and forcing democracy on others is the solution, are future is in deep trouble. Though Palin is not well liked by many she has a point that we are loosing are country and everything that made it great. I for one am ready to fight, out with globalization, out with foreign oil, out with trade pacts, stop the wars, pay off China even if we all have to declare bankruptcy and stop putting Americans last. Fight to save our country and our way of life.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  254. roger from phoenix

    Palin she's all in for Pres it's only matter of time then all of us will be drinking the tea . Obama the man of change is in big trouble.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  255. Joyce Giampapa

    If I live in a country that would put that idiot in office, Sarah Palin, then I better move to another country.
    Obama is too nice to be president...he is not a jerk, like most politicians. I volted for him and will again...

    September 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  256. zee

    Where do they get these numbers? Who are they polling I live in Chicago and I see these polls all the time I've never been contactted to take a survey. I'm always leary of these things the media braodcast on T.V. it's all a scare tactic. I don't believe anything I hear or see from you guys for the most part. Only a idiot would vote for Sara Plain.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  257. MC (Austin, TX)

    Not much. Hypothetical candidates always fare better than real candidates (which is why Palin continues to stay out of the race). The disadvantage of staying out too long is that when you do get in the vetting process starts and by coming in late you have less time to bounce back in the polls from all the negative press you initially get as you are grilled over.

    Overall the president isn't yet in a terrible position. The main thing, though, is that he is on a downhill slide right now and he is limited in what he can do to stop that slide. If the negative momentum continues without something to generate a bounce then he will lose.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  258. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,

    It says this: "Stupid is as stupid does". We need to get serious about education in this country again. The past 25 years there has been a dumbing down of the population. Get rid of Reality TV and some of the other crap. People need to start using their brains again.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  259. steve bowen

    Jack,
    It simply demonstrates how much Americans really want someone to restore American pride and confidence. Palin isn't really qualified to be president {neither was Obama if you take away our collective pride over electing an African American as President}, but she exudes those qualities that people want and Obama seems to lack. It is a mega message to Obama and the Democrats....get it on, or any alternative who does will beat you.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  260. Bob in San Jose, CA

    Get real Jack! Most Americans hate politics, pay little attention to details, are proud they don't understand it, and simply wait to the last minute to decide on their vote. So polls today, or any day, showing Palin doing well are meaningless. The media would be better served to treat Pallin and the Tea Party like most people treat hemmoroids. Do what you have to do quietly cope, but NEVER EVER talk about it in public!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  261. Irving

    Its says nothing at all to me. Hypotheticals are of little value to me because there's no real pressure in it. also i feel once she starts campaigning again people will soon remember why she was not electable in the first place. Adding another rock headed person on the ballot really doesn't give people any new choices. But she is the prettiest rock she has that going for her atleast

    September 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  262. Deborah

    I am ready to vote for any Republican over Obama, but NOT Sarah Palin. I was going to vote Republican in the last election, but could not vote for the McCain ticket with her name on it. Can someone please tell me what Sarah Palin's accomplishments are? She received her Bachelor's degree from a number of different schools, she quit as Governor, she is not professional (i.e, calling Senator Biden, "Joe" and winking), and she can't even answer simple questions.
    Deborah in Des Moines

    September 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  263. Huh?

    I would really like to know who you are poling? What idiot would consider her presidential material?

    September 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  264. Momoh Magona, NewYork

    Jack, Obama leading Sarah palin by 5 points in a poll only tells you that Polls are just polls at this point and mean nothing for 2012. The fact is that Americans are still hurting and are not very happy with President Obama . Polls can only be taken seriously when there is a clear republican candidate against Obama and after at least one dabate where the two candidates will prove themselves. Americans consider very seriously who they vote for as President of the free world. So all these polls right now are just polls.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  265. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Well if I didn't believe in armageddon before, I do now! Any significant number of people outside of a straightjacket and rubber rooms believing in Palin is surely a sign of the last days, end of the world and, oh yes, the sky is falling! Who's voting in these polls? Because it wasn't me. And I'm a lifelong Independent. But I would vote for J. Fredd Muggs before I'd ever cast a vote for Palin. Unless of course she's running for the world's most ridiculous politician ever. She's got my vote for that.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  266. Christopher Napa,CA

    Jack, show me a poll that includes Hillary Clinton v Sara Plain or Barak Obama v Hillary Clinton. I will support my president, unless Hillary Clinton runs.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  267. Sydney

    Jack, I don't believe the polls...No one in their right mind would vote for Sarah Palin but Sarah and Tea Party! And if anyone in America would vote the GOP back in Office after the 8 years of Hell America may as well hand over the Keys to China!!!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  268. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    It says that the poll isn't worth the paper it was written on. But, You can drive across this country and here nothing but Rush and Hannity playing from multiple radio stations on the A.M. dial in every market. Because of that America isn't getting the whole story. What do we know?

    September 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  269. Burbank from CA

    Since Palin's only attraction is looks, it says that maybe Obama should drop out and lie low for a few weeks getting a face and neck lift just like Palin did. If plastic surgery got her a few more points maybe Obama had better learn to appeal to the lowest common denominator American Idol type voters just like Palin does. Thank goodness you can't vote by phone! Keeps the shallow set glued to the couch where they belong and out of the voting booths!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  270. Alex From Cleveland

    It doesn't look very good for Obama. Ironically people want "Change" and will most likely elect anyone whose name doesn't sound like Barack Obama. I just hope that Sarah Palin doesn't run, we already have an annoying candidate who doesn't know what she is talking about, we don't need two.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  271. Kyle W. Bell

    It doesn't say as much about the president as it does the poll crazy media. We're over a year away from the election. Republicans are going to have to defend their radical positions on Medicare, Social Security and a refusal to pass any kind of jobs plan when the country is suffering. President Obama is going to look like a pretty good choice.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  272. Jake

    It is a poll that has little relevance at this time. If Ms. Palin runs and ends up being the Republican Candidate (which is a race she can win) she will lose to President Obama. She is not qualified to be our president. Any of the current Republican candidates will lose in a general election with the possible exception of Huntsman. If you do not believe in evolution, the possibility of global warming, and you use religion as your guiding light in making decisions for a country with such diversity you will not win. As an independent, I was hoping for a Republican candidate that would address issues with an honest and pragmatic approach. What we have ended up with is a depressing group of narrow-minded individuals that are an embarrassment to this great country.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  273. BArbara Brown

    I dont care how many points she isway from the Presudent she will never be president why you think her own party does not want her to run??? She needs to go back to Alaska. Everybody is downing Obama when you dig a ditch for so mone remeber to dig 2 one for yourself. I support Obama from the beginning and I will contnue to. Some people just cant get over that he is a BLACK MAN AND A PRESIDENT! Racism is alive and well in thios country sad to say!!!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  274. Darshan

    Palin at 44%? Can we force individuals to take a competency test before they vote?? Who are these people?

    September 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  275. Mark from Michigan

    First of all, the election is not for another 58 weeks. Give me a break. Second of all, Sarah Palin? Are you kidding me? Obviously, some polls are not to be trusted.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  276. Pamela Fisher

    It really says more about the American people than about President Obama. I am an outsider {Canadian} and I do not understand how anyone could vote againt a president who has triedt o do his best for the people who elected him and his "Popularity" is being challenged by a quitter whose sole purpose seems to be how to make more money for herself and her family anyway she can. The press should shun her and talk only to politicians who put thier money where their mouth is. She is a disgrace. pamela Fisher, Hamilton ON CANADA

    September 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  277. Jon King

    The fact that Palin can get 44% of any poll against anyone shows how utterly stupid Americans have become. Scary yet funny at the same time.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  278. Ed in california

    The "F-word" network, REALLY?
    Turning Blue with envy?
    Afraid Palin will pop out of a dark closet some night and go: BOOGA BOOGA
    Come on Jack buck up, you're better than that! 🙂

    September 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  279. JackSeattle

    You cannot be serious.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  280. Dave from NJ

    I don't believe the poll indicates any more than Americans dissatisfaction with candidates from both parties. There may be a revolution someday if americans would realize who the enemy really is. Some people are ready to jump on any bandwagon that will sell the same snake oil. I say to those people be careful what you wish for.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  281. Christopher Napa,CA

    Show me a poll that includes Hillary v Palin or Hillary v Obama.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  282. jean2009

    It means voters are being informed by the wrong talking heads. Sarah Palin is a dingbat. I can't imagine any sensible person that would think they could live four years with that voice.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  283. WILLY JOHNS ORANGE TX

    It tells me Obama need to start looking for a new place to live in 2013. The truth is I could run my ugly mother in law for president and beat this guy. Obama is in over his head and refuses to understand YOU DON'T RAISE TAXES IN A RECESSION. I hoping he decides not to run. We sure don't need those tea party nuts in charge.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  284. Jon Newhall

    Geat real, Jack. This poll says more about the stupidty of the American voter than it does about Obama.

    Thanks to our deteriorating educational system and the tripe being fed to us by the news media, we're turning into a nation of complete dummies!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  285. Fuyuko

    Palin and Obam are about equal in my opinion. I don't want either in office.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  286. Mike

    It means people are upset, and impatient. We'll see what they do when it's time to actually pull the lever . . .

    September 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  287. John H

    It means a WIN in 2012, with all of the current crazy candidates Sarah P looks like the only sane person in the room!! More and more are being turned off by Gov Perry every time he opens his mouth and Mit R is to democratic for the current GOP. GOP voters are yearning for a candidate that meets their values, the only thing is they are so split they don't know what they want. Once Sarah P starts with her ideas people will remember why we make fun of her. However if she does win the presidency I'm getting out of here, I'm going to Canada. Wait is that far enough??

    September 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  288. Caroloo

    Where was this "poll" taken, Sarah's house?
    There are people who are taking this "poll" seriously? Seriously?

    September 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  289. Celeste...Anchorage, Alaska

    If the poll is correct then what it is saying is that the American public is completely blind. The only people we have to blame for our current situation is oursevles. We allowed a teeny tiny group of citizens to gain complete control over everthing that affects us and they are misusing that power...big time. We don't have any right complain or make snide comments about communism, socialism or any other type of goverment because our democratic two party system doesn't work either. And people need to stop blaming the president for things he didn't start, at least he's trying to fix things if the reps and dems would stop squabbling like two kids fighting over a toy then maybe something would change for the good but that's never going to happen. Serves us right for not insisting on term limits for the senate and congress. Anyone who would vote for Palin should be considered a terrorist actively working to undermine our goverment.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  290. Bike & Be Free

    It means that when the going gets tough, the modern brainwashed self-deluded American turns to celebrities like Palin and Trump. Shades of Ronald Reagan! Conservatives yell and scream to reduce big gov't, but still expect it to find magic solutions. Tighten your belts, folks; nothing but time and patience will solve this one.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  291. Mark New York

    It says that people are hurting, and will elect anybody else but Obama at this point.

    FDR once said that "People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff in which dictators are made" I'm not stating Palin is a dictator, but that horrible economic conditions are liable to produce radical governments. When you are starving and can't find a job, radicals will always find ways to exploit it and channel it, as time as demonstrated.

    Fascism was molded during a very horrible economic time. I know Hitler comparisons are overused, but I still think it's appropriate to point out. A matter of fact, I think FDR's statement was a hypothesis as to how Hitler ascended the way he did.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  292. richard gilliland

    If Palin gets into the Republican race her numbers against Obama will drop because of increased scrutiny. If she becomes the Republican candidate she will not succeed in ousting Obama for the same reason. Sarah Palin is a cult figure who does not does not have any viable ideas. Richard Gilliland. Toronto , Ontario .

    September 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  293. Al-kc

    You know jack I am sick of polls. First of all I have voted 47 years in a row with the exception of 1 year in vietnam. I have never been polled. Who gets polled people sitting at home, not those at work and surely not the younger folks that only use cell phones. I don't think many minorities ever get polled for one reason or another. You and all the rest get alll hyped up about the results from polling 1,000 people or less. If you want to do a poll right put the questions on the web and restrict reponses from any email address to one. Then I will pay more attention to polls.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  294. WandaB.

    Jack, we all know that the polls lie. If they were true, President Obama would have never become president. Who are the people that are polled? I have never been polled nor anyone I know, so don't say that is what the american people want or think ! It's just not true and you know it. Jack, why don't you just come out and say that you don't like the president. We all see it on your show . You will do or say anything to make him look bad and the tea party look good. Anyone who would vote for Palin is just as stupid as she is. I know that you don't want to hear this, but Pres. Obama will win a second term.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  295. Richard

    Jack...this is not news....polls had Kerry beating bush the day of the election in '04 and that didn't turn out right....stop stirring the pot looking for news.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  296. Ceemak. La.

    I guess it means that some of us are losing our grip......

    September 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  297. Robert

    Flat out, I would move to Canada if this illegitimate candidate was somehow elected to office. The GOP and Tea Party are an absolute slap in the face to our Forefathers. I am almost convinced that if Casey Anthony decided to run that she could pull 10% of the vote on name recognition alone!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  298. katy

    It tells me that the GOP has done a very good job discrediting this President for absolutely everything he has done. And he has accomplished quite a bit. It is the result of idiots who do not study the issues and are sold through sound bites. If Palin or someone of her ilk is voted into the White House it will clearly state that we have learned nothing from the GWB administration. Palin, the woman who would make George Bush look like a statesman.

    Katy
    Tampa, FLA

    September 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  299. Scratching My head in OH.

    I think it says more about the voters than the candidates! Sara P is easy to look at but as soon as she opens her mouth we are in trouble. I can only imagine her foreign policy blunders if she was President.
    I voted for the President and have been disjointed in what he has accomplished but when you are handed a flaming bag of crap and all you do is get the flames out at least you deserve 4 more years to try to make fertilizer out of the left over crap.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  300. Maude

    Excellent, people are seeing the light. There is hope for America. Palin/Perry ticket all the way.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  301. Bill in Florida

    This "result" graphically shows the utter pointlessness of "hypothetical matchups" 13.5 months before an election. If Palin were the GOP nominee - which she won't be - then Obama would trounce her in a landslide, probably winning 42 states, including Alaska.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  302. Tanya Bennitt

    Answering a question in a survey or poll is much different than voting – a vote implies responsibility, accountability and forethought by both the voter and the candidate. Polls are cathartic, immediate and require very little thought, by design. While I understand that many Americans are frustrated, the results of a poll pitting a sitting president with a record up against a non-candidate with no platform indicates 2 things: that a disturbing number of Americans aren't interested in hearing actual solutions and the relative value of polling.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  303. HJ in Colorado

    Obama's chances are pretty good given the fact that Palin is a moron and the people who want her to be president are even more moronic, i.e. too stupid to know where to mark their X on the ballot.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  304. Justin

    Okay Jack, you know better than this... Where is the sample data??? You know.... out of x of registered voters in x states... These numbers could be from 10 attendees at a Tea Party convention for all we know. There are far too many other polls that have Sarah way down on the list.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  305. John

    With more than 14 months until the election, it means nothing at all. A lot can happen between now and then, and the poll taken on Election Day is the only one that counts. A better question would be: Why is the media so desperate to keep Palin in the spotlight? She contributes nothing to the national discourse, she's uninformed and uneducated, and her "campaign" is merely an attempt at self-aggrandizement as she promotes her ghost-written books and the fawning movie made about her life. The sooner y'all in the media decide to ignore her, the better. She's nothing but a self-absorbed, narcissistic moron.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  306. Bob

    Loosing all respect U.S.. People are out of there minds wnen you want to elect candidates like Pery & Palin.
    Tea Party unbeleivable. No respect for the middle class. Hope we wake up before its to late

    September 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  307. Ricardo Morais

    It shows that American politics is in serious trouble. Mrs. Palin can go back to Alaska. Washington does not need her lack of intelligence and her sad history.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  308. Gary

    No one ever seems to mention poll specifics. The devil is in the details. For these "polls" they call like 1000 people, and we all know the only people answering random phone calls are over 65.

    Park City, Utah

    September 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  309. Eric in Montreal

    As a Canadian watching Palin close in on Obama in the polls I can only hope and pray that our neighbors will, one day, realize that she is nothing more than a small town girl. Palin as president is one of the scariest scenario's I can conjure.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  310. Susan NJ

    Obama doesn't seem to like the job of President much. The rich pay less taxes than the middle and upper lower class. He had both houses of Congress yet he did nothing to change it until he was forced to by the ecomonic crisis.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  311. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Jack, let me ask you a question. Do we really have that many stupid people in the United States? How did the Republicans manage to find four of the dumbest people in the United States, Palin, Bachmann, Perry and Romney these four have a combined IQ of 32, should tell the people the choice they have to vote for.The Republican Representatives not only sold their vote to the scum bag lobbyist Grover Norquist but have scraped the bottom of the barrel to find a candidate for president.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  312. YAR!

    Of course she hasn't plummeted yet. She hasn't entered because she knows she will be destroyed in a debate, thus killing even the slightest hope she had.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  313. TomPaine32

    It is easy to gain on a President when the economy is tanking. Unfortunately most people don't understand that to fiscally stimulate the economy it takes legislative action, and the Republicans won't lift a finger. As to Sarah Palin, the woman has nothing to offer the country. Those who would vote for her have to be out of their minds.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  314. ralebol

    Knowing that she can't win the election (let alone the Republican nomination), Palin will run as a Tea Party independent. She keeps screaming, they keep listening, and she keeps the money flowing. Oh, and Obama gets re-elected.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  315. Sandi in Canada

    What does it say? It says I'm glad I am a Canadian!!!!!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  316. ArtInChicago

    Polls Schmolls. Let her run Jack If anything could energize the Democratic base, that's it.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  317. Lou Perrelli

    Jack,

    You know what it says? Nothing. It's such a red herring question at a particular low point for Obama that it's like asking my puppy to decide whether he like Alpo or Brand X (Hint: My puppy will always pick the brand based on the direction the wind is blowing at the exact end of the question.)

    Lou Perrelli
    Tiburon, California

    September 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  318. deb

    It means this country has a shocking number of morons. SHOCKING. People that think this person is presidential material should probably not be allowed to drive or own anything that requires electricity to operate.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  319. Bob from West Virginia

    It says don't under estimate the stupidity of American People!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  320. Tanya

    You know what I find interesting; people are no longer willing to support ANYONE anymore. Was there ever a time in this country when people didn't support the president in truly tough economic times? These days it's all about me. I didn't vote for Obama's predecessor but I never discounted him as this country's president. Maybe people just need to grow up...besides Sarah palin is a joke. She always will be.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  321. bigdoglv

    This does not show that Palin is more popular, it shows your guy Obama's flash is wearing out. He wowed the crowds with his bashing of the previous administration and his promise for "change". Now he blames everyone else for his own failures and nothing has changed. Government gone wild!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  322. Ken in NC

    It says he's still spineless.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  323. Sandy from Seattle, WA

    Jack, why are you giving Palin any airtime or attention at all? Can we focus on real issues and serious candidates? I don't care what polls say about Palin. She's a total nutcase and let's leave it at that and please don't even try to compare Obama with Palin. It's like comparing Albert Einstein with Patrick Star.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  324. TXJim

    Polls dont decide elections Jack. Electoral votes do. I can think of 20 states where she has very little chance of winning them. She is just too polarizing and will cause minority and young voters to spike at the polls to vote against her.

    Backlash against her is what caused the spikes against McCain in 2008. Iit will happen again.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  325. conoclast

    Obama is a thinking-man's president; trouble is, we're no longer a thinking-man's country. The coming election will be a referendum on the value of education in America; not just higher education, ANY education.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  326. albert

    The article fails to mention that only Palin's immediate family were polled.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  327. Gary Jaussaud

    Ms. Palin is gaining in the Polls because she is not doing anything to upset anyone, when you don't do anything its hard to fail. She is like blowing wind, you see her sometimes, feel her sometimes, either time it does not change anything. She
    is like a ghost, she is there and then she is gone. It makes for light TV if that.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  328. BIll in VA

    It apparently means we might be willing to trade one empty suit for another. Although she at least governed something. What exactly did he do?

    September 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  329. Harold, Phoenix,AZ.

    The problems we face as a nation are bigger than all of the candidates combined. If Obama loses , so be it. We will not be saved by candidates who propose simplified solutions to every complicated problem. Our problems are a serious national
    concern. Somewhere in the maze of issues we will discover a need to solve problems, as opposed to the get Obama agenda.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  330. jat49

    It tells me that people can be as stupid as the people they support. People need to wake up and start thinking instead acting stupid. I can't understand how money talks and spending a ton gives you a better chance to be elected. Why is that? I can only point to stupidity again. It keeps coming back! I wonder why? People need to think and that's just not happening here. I'm thinking and I support President Obama.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  331. Ben

    Eh. No matter who wins, America loses, and that goes for all of our current choices. Are any of these people our "best and brightest"? Nope. So why should we vote for them?

    Stand up, America. Exercise your freedoms and rights. This next election, write in your own candidate. Choose for yourself rather than from some predetermined list of cronies, morons, and liars.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  332. Paul

    Here's another take: It says that the Republicans don't have a real contender if they are still talking about Palin running. She trails by 5 and hasn't opened her mouth; just wait until she starts talking and showing her lack of intelligence. Sound bites and talking points will only get you so far. She would cut the expense of the gov't though–as half the population would leave the country.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  333. Ed Sr

    Obama is simply driving more nails in his political coffin.....today he drove in the Israel/Palestine nail. He is done....well done...just like a Thanksgiving turkey.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  334. Dalfrom CA

    GOP would be wise to listen to the poll and let Sarah run. She will bring back the Drilling for oil everywhere in the USA. She will in the first 30 days get all the unemployed back to work as oil drillers with Mr.Palin as the boss of the new corporation called Palin Oil Inc.
    With everyone working there will be money flowing into the treasury and the taxes on the rich will be cut to 0%. The economy will be back on its feet and America will again be the TOP DOG.
    OBAMACARE will be discontinued, GAYS will not be allowed to enlist in the Armed forces. Contraception will require 2nd opinion from the doctors office. Condoms will be sold under prescription as well.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  335. CC

    That's comparing the worst with the worst....they are the same....proper term....BOTTOM FEEDERS!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm |