Sarah Palin And Polls; A Little Perspective



Another poll out on the 2012 presidential race, yet another slam on Sarah Palin.

Public Policy Polling (PPP), a Democrat aligned polling company, released a new poll stating that “Obama is in a decent position to once again win the key swing state of Florida” and compared his numbers to various Republican challengers;

Obama leads Mitt Romney by the narrow margin of 47-43 (up from 46-44 in March). Obama achieves larger margins against all others leading Tim Pawlenty 48-40, Michele Bachmann 49-40, Herman Cain 48-37, and Sarah Palin 52-40 (52-39 in March).

Of course, CD8 voters in Florida may recall that back in 2010 PPP had the dastardly Alan Grayson up by 13 pts at 40-27. Yes, the very same Alan Grayson who went on to lose to Dan Webster by 18pts.

And further solidifying it’s Democrat leanings, PPP takes a shot at Gov. Scott’s recent polling numbers in yesterday’s release;

“Florida’s pretty emblematic of Barack Obama’s current postion,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Voters there aren’t in love with him but when they look at the Republican alternatives and they look at what Rick Scott’s done while in office as Governor he starts to not look so bad.”

Naturally, the media was only too happy to share these results, yet, seemed to miss entirely an Associated Press/Gfk Poll showing a continued rise in support for Sarah Palin.

Just to keep a little perspective here, bear in mind that polls represent the persuasive power of numbers, the use of statistics to bolster an argument. Which calls to mind the wise words of Mark Twain when he said “there are three kinds of lies; lies, damned lies, and statistics”.