The new national survey from Public Policy Polling (D) suggests that Sarah Palin continues to hold a narrow national lead in the Republican presidential field --Â and that she is also probably their worst possible candidate against President Obama in the general election.
The numbers: Palin 21%, Gingrich 19%, Romney 18%, Huckabee 16%, Ron Paul 5%, Pawlenty 5%, Thune 3%, and Daniels 2%. The survey of national Republican primary voters has a Â±4.9% margin of error.
In the previous poll, from all the way back in June, Romney led with 25%, Huckabee had 22%, Palin was in third with 19%, followed by Gingrich at 15%, and Ron Paul 6%.
As for the general election, PPP's numbers released Monday showed Obama leading Palin by a solid 51%-42%. By contrast, he only edged out Romney by 47%-46%, led Gingrich 49%-43%, and led the lesser-known Marco Rubio by 48%-37%.