CNN Report Shows Palin Support Among Independents at near Fifty-Percent on Major Issues - Video 11/10/09
Here is a video report from CNN's Candy Crowley about Gov. Sarah Palin and a new survey that shows 85% of Republicans agree with her on most of the important issues. However, the surveys says 49% of Independents felt that way.
The report says Palin is a force within the GOP, but that her appeal outside the party is not as strong. Crowley said that both Republicans who won Governors races last week - Bob McDonnell in Virginia, and Chris Christie in New Jersey - "politely rejected Palin's offers to campaign for them." I had not heard that before.
Crowley also said she talked to seven Republican consultants, all of whom said they did not believe she would be the party's presidential nominee in 2012.
Actually, I think the 49% of Independents agreeing with Palin on the major issues is really a pretty strong number when you consider the pounding Palin has taken in the press. To start with that number among Independents is really pretty strong, and if she can make a strong positive impression during the upcoming book tour, she will likely gain among Independents. It will be interesting to see how the book tour moves those numbers.