Sarah Palin, whose detractors say she should stay out of the primaries because she can’t possibly beat President Obama, trails the president by only five points in a new McClatchy News/Marist poll.
From McClatchy News:
After trailing Obama by more than 20 percentage points in polls all year, the new national survey, taken Sept. 13-14, found Palin trailing the president by just 5 points, 49-44 percent. The key reason: She now leads Obama among independents, a sharp turnaround.
By a margin of 49 percent to 36 percent, voters said they definitely plan to vote against Obama, according to the poll. Independents by 53 percent to 28 percent said they definitely plan to vote against him.
And she does better than Rick Perry, who already appears to be turning some people off.
Obama is neck and neck with Romney, leading by 46-44. Obama had led by 5 points in August, 4 points in June, and 1 point in April. Romney now leads among independents, 44 percent to 40 percent.
Obama leads Perry by 50 percent to 41 percent. They split independents 43-43. Obama had led Perry by 19 points in August, as Perry was joining the campaign.
Obama leads Bachmann 53 percent to 40 percent. He had led her by 17 points in August, by 12 points in June.
One interesting thing about Palin’s polls is that voters know her. Unlike the others, there is not as much potential for drastic movement one way or another. What people will think about Romney after he gets the nomination is anyone’s guess.
Last I heard, she was going to announce her decision by the end of this month.
I’m sure the Obama folks are relishing the thought of running against her. Because they think she’s too conservative and not that smart. Which is what the Carter people thought of Reagan.
H/T to Hot Air, where I saw the poll.