Poll: Alaska GOPers don't want Palin to run for president

According to PPP, 72 percent say she shouldn't run in 2016

By Jillian Rayfield
Published August 2, 2013 8:34PM (EDT)

A new poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling finds that 72 percent of Alaska Republicans don't think it's a good idea for Sarah Palin to run for president in 2016. Only 18 percent of Alaskans overall say she should run, while 77 percent are against it.

From PPP:

PPP's newest Alaska poll finds that Hillary Clinton would have a chance at winning the state in 2016...but only if Sarah Palin was the Republican candidate for President. Clinton would lead Palin 49/40 in a hypothetical match up.

Palin is also being whispered about as a potential candidate to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Begich when he's up for reelection in 2014, though she has not given any indication that she will run.

According to another recent PPP poll on that race, Alaska Republicans would support Palin if she decided to enter the primary. The poll shows that, in the primary, Palin leads Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell by a margin of 36-26 percent, with Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan getting 15 percent of the vote, and failed 2010 senate candidate Joe Miller coming in with 12 percent. For the general election, Begich was found to be ahead of Palin, 52-40 percent.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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