Politics & Government

Palin popular among Republicans but polarizing according to poll

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin "continues to be a divisive figure among the general public" but is hugely popular among Republicans, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center.

The survey, conducted June 10-14 among 1,502 adults reached on landlines and cell phones "finds that impressions of Sarah Palin have not changed much since the presidential campaign."

The survey asked people if they have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Palin, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Michael Steele. The survey didn't ask if they would vote for them.

Nearly as many of the people surveyed said they have an unfavorable impression of Palin (44 percent) as have a favorable view of her (45 percent). But Palin had an overall higher favorability rating than any of the other three, with Romney in second at 40 percent. Romney's unfavorables, though, were only at 28 percent and 32 percent said they didn’t know.

Just 12 percent of the people reached didn't know how they felt about Palin – far fewer than for any of the others in the survey.

Palin had a much better favorability rating among the Republicans surveyed than Romney, Gingrich and Steele. Seventy three percent had a favorable impression of her – and just 17 percent unfavorable. Again, there were a lot more people who hadn't made up their minds about the others than Palin.

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