Run, Sarah, Run? Lose, Sarah, Lose

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Former Gov. of Alaska Sarah Palin speaks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority 2013 conference on June 15, 2013, in Washington.

Run, Sarah, run, Alaska’s Republicans say.

Lose, Sarah, lose, most Alaska voters say.

As the former (half-term) governor who served as her party’s nominee for vice president in 2008 considers a campaign for Senate, more than one-third of Alaska’s Republicans are ready for her, according to a survey released by Public Policy Polling.

The survey hands 36 percent of the party’s support to Palin — a good 10 points ahead of Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and all the other candidates tested.

Yet Sen. Mark Begich, the Alaska Democrat who voted against gun safety in the Senate, holds a 52-40 percentage point advantage over Palin in the poll.

He leads among independents and takes 20 percent of the Republican vote.

Palin is “very much in a hole,” Public Policy concludes.

It has a lot to do with an underwater favorability rating: 39 percent positive, 58 percent negative — even more pronounced among independent voters.

Here’s the full survey from Raleigh-based PPP.



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