According to a new Gallup Poll, 80% of Republicans—four in five—view Sarah Palin favorably. (The specific questions asked is this: ”As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion, or if you have never heard of them before. How about—Sarah Palin?”)
More bad news: 32% of Americans consider themselves Tea Party supporters, two points higher than the “opponents.”
The only good news is that Palin’s overall ratings have been falling pretty steadily: she’s viewed unfavorably by 81% of Democrats and 53% of independents, and by fewer than 40% of all Americans. 52% of Americans in toto view her unfavorably, which speaks to her viability in the next Presidential election.
I am unable to imagine, much less sympathize with, a mentality that sees Sarah Palin as a viable politician of any sort. And how could one imagine that such a mercurial and unthinking creature could be an effective President?
It’s impossible for me to say to the Palin-ites, “I disagree strongly with your views, but I respect you as a person.” People with such views deserve no respect.