If she does decide to run for president in 2012, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would face a tough fight. That's no secret, given that poll after poll has shown that independents and Democrats are typically inclined to run screaming from the idea of voting for her.
But a new poll shows that Palin's situation is even worse than you might think. This survey, conducted by CBS News, shows that a sizeable majority of Americans -- 71 percent -- don't even want her to run. 21 percent of respondents, on the other hand, told CBS they do want her to.
Even a majority of Republicans said they don't want her to run. 56 percent of respondents told CBS that, compared with 30 percent who disagreed. 65 percent of independents and 88 percent of Democrats don't want her to run.
Of course, fans of the former governor might see this as just a reflection of Palin-haters who are also scared of what would happen if she did run; that attitude is fairly typical among her supporters. But with her numbers even among Republicans here, it seems hard to wish this away that easily.