Quinnipiac Poll: Palin Narrowly Leads 2012 GOP Field — And Badly Trails Obama

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The new Quinnipiac poll shows Sarah Palin holding a narrow plurality among Republicans across the country for the party’s presidential nomination in 2012. And at the same time, the poll makes clear that while President Obama is vulnerable in a closely-divided country, Palin would be the GOP’s worst possible nominee for the general election race.

Among Republicans and GOP-leaners: Palin 19%, Romney 18%, Huckabee 17%, Gingrich 15%. Bringing up the rear are Tim Pawlenty at 6%, Haley Barbour 2%, Mitch Daniels 2%, and John Thune 2%. The Republican primary poll has a ±3.1% margin of error.And for the national match-ups against Obama:

• Obama leads Palin by 48%-40%

• Romney edges Obama by 45%-44%.

• Obama edges Huckabee by 46%-44%.

• Obama leads the lesser-known Daniels by 45%-36%.

The survey of registered voters has a ±2% margin of error.

From the pollster’s analysis: “Unlike Daniels, who is a political unknown to most Americans, virtually all voters have formed an opinion about Palin and that opinion is not encouraging for her candidacy.”

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