On national security, Republicans trust Palin

A new poll shows continued high support among Republicans for familiar faces from 2012

By Vincent Rossmeier
Published July 9, 2009 6:25PM (EDT)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might not have military or foreign policy experience, but according to a new Rasmussen poll, GOP voters who rank national security as the issue most important to them would break for her in a hypothetical 2012 primary. (Hey, she can see Russia from her house, after all.)  

Overall, according to the poll, if the GOP primaries were held today, Palin would finish second to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The two tied for first place among Republican voters who consider economic issues as their highest concern. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee finished third out of a field of six possible candidates, which also included big names like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The Rasumussen results come in the wake of a USA Today-Gallup poll showing Palin had increased her popularity among Republican voters by her unexpected resignation announcement. However, that's not to say that all Republicans are gung-ho for a possible Palin presidential candidacy. The Rasmussen poll also shows that 40 percent of GOP voters said Palin's resignation has hindered her chances of claiming the White House, and she's one of the two candidates conservative voters least want to win the nomination.

Vincent Rossmeier

Vincent Rossmeier is an editorial assistant at Salon.

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