The conventional wisdom on Sarah Palin is that she's a divisive figure, and, from what polls tell us, that's true: according to Pollster.com's average, 38 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of her, while 49.2 percent view her unfavorably. So she's in minus territory--11.2 percent more Americans view her negatively than positively--which is bad for any politician running for office (if indeed she is).
But among Republicans, she does quite well, outperforming her two chief rivals.
According to a new Fox poll--the first major poll on Palin since her book release and media blitz--a full 70 percent of Republicans view her favorably, while 21 percent view her unfavorably. Huckabee, meanwhile, collects 63 percent favorable vs. 28 percent unfavorable; Romney gets 60 percent favorable vs. 20 percent unfavorable.
The Fox poll also gives her a better overall favorability picture: among all 900 registered voters in the sample, 47 percent viewed her favorably vs. 42 percent unfavorably.
So it's possible the book, the signing tour, and the media blitz have helped her. (Or it's possible Fox's poll was just particularly friendly to her).