• [W]hen Republicans including Independents who lean toward the GOP were asked whom they would support if the 2012 Republican presidential primary were held today, 21% report they would back former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. 20% would support Palin, and 19% would vote for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Further down in the pack are former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich with 10%, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal with 5% and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty with 1%. 24% of Republicans including leaners are unsure.
• Palin’s decision to step down from office did not help her cause. In fact, voters say her action hurt her prospects for a presidential bid. 61% of the national electorate thought Palin’s resignation was a bad political move while just 15% report it helps her political aspirations.
• Obama would win with 56% of the vote, compared to Palin's 33% and 11% undecided.
• Obama would pull in 92% of Democrats and Palin would get 73% of Republicans.
• Independents would go 49% to 34% for Obama
• Men went for Obama 54% to 36% and women by a wider margin: 58% to 30%.
• Whites favored Obama 50% to 40%, African-Americans by 99% to 1% [Ouch!!], and Latinos 62% to 27%.
• The only region where Palin held Obama under 50% was the South -- where Obama had 49% to 38% margin.
• When it comes to Sarah Palin’s overall favorability, newly-minted private citizen Palin has some damage control to do. 43% of the U.S. electorate views her unfavorably compared with 37% who think positively of her. 20% are unsure.
II. I have a hunch this woman is from a planet where they think favorably the Crazy Woman:
III. For all the tens of millions of dollars the behind-the-scenes corporate puppeteers handling the teabagger fake movement are spending, a new NBC poll shows that their ideas aren't gaining nearly as much traction as the traditional media would have people believe. Although the lies repeated ad nauseum by the right wing propaganda machine have had some effect.....:
Majorities in the poll believe the plans would give health insurance coverage to illegal immigrants; would lead to a government takeover of the health system; and would use taxpayer dollars to pay for women to have abortions — all claims that nonpartisan fact-checkers say are untrue about the legislation that has emerged so far from Congress.
Forty-five percent think the reform proposals would allow the government to make decisions about when to stop providing medical care for the elderly.
That also is untrue: The provision in the House legislation that critics have seized on — raising the specter of “death panels” or euthanasia — would simply allow Medicare to pay doctors for end-of-life counseling, if the patient wishes.
.....the answers to the following question should give the teabaggers and Beck sponsors cause for concern:
Has what you have seen, read, or heard about these town hall meeting protests made you more favorable toward, less favorable toward, or made no difference in your feelings about President Obama's health care plan?
More favorable .................................. 16
Less favorable .................................. 19
Made no difference ........................... 62
Not sure .......................................... 3
So almost as many people are rebelling against the wingnut hypocrisy and incivility as are influenced by it.
And, speaking of Glenn Beck sponsors, today Farmers Insurance announced:
We advertise on Fox News Channel which places our ads in the Network programming, and we ceased placing on Glenn Beck a week ago.
That brings the number of sponsors who have dropped Beck's TV program up to twenty.