Poll: Palin's Numbers Dip in Iowa

By Sean Sullivan

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) favorability among likely Republican voters in Iowa has dropped since late 2009, according to a new poll conducted for the Des Moines Register.

Palin is still viewed favorably by a majority of likely Republican voters, but only 65 percent of likely Republican voters view Palin favorably, down from 71 percent in a November 2009 poll. Within that group, the percentage who view Palin very favorably has dropped from 27 percent in 2009 to 18 percent in the current survey.


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Meanwhile, the percentage of likely Republican voters who view Palin unfavorably has jumped from 23 percent in November 2009 to 30 percent in the latest survey. Within that group, the percentage of likely Republican voters who view Palin very unfavorably has doubled from 5 percent in November 2009 to 10 percent now.

Overall, the numbers show that the percentage of likely Republicans who view Palin as mostly favorable or unfavorable has remained relatively constant, while the percentage who view her as very favorable/unfavorable have undergone more notable shifts.

Palin has not been as active in the state when compared with other prospective 2012 presidential candidates, holding fewer meetings with local activists regarding a potential campaign.

It's worth noting that the sample size of the survey is low and its margin of error is on the high side. The poll of 189 Republican likely voters was conducted Feb. 13-16 by Selzer & Co. for the Des Moines Register and has a margin of error of +/- 7.1 percentage points.

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