Although she led the GOP pack for a long time, and arguably gets more media attention than her rivals, Sarah Palin’s popularity as a potential White House occupant may be waning.
A new survey of Republican voters released by Clarus Research Group has found that support for the former Alaska Governor as a possible GOP 2012 presidential nominee has gone down by one-third in the last five months, from 18 percent in March to 12 percent today.
Currently, Palin, who was Senator John McCain’s running mate in 2008, occupies the fourth place in the poll, behind former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
“Palin gets more attention from the national media than presidential support from Republicans,” commented Ron Faucheux, president of Clarus.
He further explained that during the past year, Mitt Romney’s support has declined by 4 percent, while both Huckabee and Gingrich have remained steady in the poll.
However, Faucheux added that despite these changes, the survey suggests that the contest is still wide open and difficult to predict.