The latest YouGov Poll has Sarah Palin only one point behind putative leader Mitt Romney and, significantly, also ahead of current media darling Michele Bachman. I twill be interesting to see the next poll as Bachman has had some headwinds in the last few days which have been reflected in the Hot Air poll result below.
YouGov looks at the GOP possible candidates in another way and Palin and Bachman tie for the lead but-significantly Palin's support is stronger amongst the non-Tea party element showing she can attract a wider audience and more than Bachman from the majority element in the party.
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And here is the Washington Post Poll
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.