In the 6000 vote+ Hot Air Poll taken on July 4th Sarah Palin blitzed the field with 36.94% compared to rising media star Michele Bachman coming in a distant second on 19.95%.
This poll is relevant as they have strict one person one vote guidelines and although most on line polls are suspect the Hot Air one seems the most stringent and is at the very least a guide to GOP voters thinking-which voters are after all the only ones who count in the nomination process.
After some further weeks of intense media coverage of Bachman-which in latter days has been very negative as her history of her and her husband's Gay unfriendly statements and revelations of her health issues plus the satirists cranking up have shown, once again, the rapid rise and fall of these media darlings.
In the new poll out today of, again, 6000+ votes Palin has actually increased her lead to a stratospheric, given the amount of competitors in the poll, level of 38%. Bachman on the other hand has experienced a near 50% drop in her support to 10%-it must be somewhat amusing for Palin to watch these media darlings rise and fall whilst she contemplates running, on the current trends, if she does run, it appears that a classic left/right Palin/Romney showdown will determine the nominee.
In a telling result the Palin/Bachman "head to head" result for the July 4th poll was Palin 52.18% and Bachman 47.80%. The new poll has it Palin 62% and Bachman 38% sic transit Bachman.
As for Perry, the new, bright shiny media star he has gone up, albeit slightly to second place, but still way behind Palin. However, if he enters the race look for his quick ascent as the "anti-Romney" and "sensible alternative to Palin on the right" until he garners the close attention of the media.
There is of course one potential candidate who will have no problems with media scrutiny and sensational revelations as everything that could possible be thrown at her has been done so and she is still standing and, with these who were polled, the preferred candidate-makes sense.