Ian Lazaran - With the exception of Fox News, nobody in the media will cite this poll because it's Rasmussen. The Democrat Party and the media take a selective approach with Rasmussen. They'll cite him when they like what he shows while ignoring him when they don't like what he shows. They won't cite this Rasmussen poll because they won't like what it shows:
Fifty-two percent (52%) of Likely U.S. Voters say their own views are closer to Sarah Palin’s than they are to President Obama’s, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Just 40% say their views are closer to the president’s than to those of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.
Eighty-four percent (84%) of Republicans and 59% of voters not affiliated with either major party say their views are more like Palin’s. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Democrats say they think more like the president.
Voters are fairly evenly divided in their views of Palin. Forty-eight percent (48%) view her favorably, while 49% hold an unfavorable opinion of her. This includes 21% with a Very Favorable view and 31% with a Very Unfavorable one. This marks little change from last November when Palin was on a national tour to promote her book, “Going Rogue.”
However, 76% of Republicans and 52% of unaffiliated voters now hold a favorable opinion of Palin....
Palin’s endorsement has been seen as critical in upset Republican Senate Primary wins in Alaska, Delaware and South Carolina, helping to mobilize Tea Party voters in those states and other races this election cycle.
Sixty-three percent (63%) of Republicans think Palin is good for their party, but 60% if Democrats disagree. Unaffiliated voters by a 41% to 36% margin see Palin as good for the GOP.
Among all voters, 40% say Palin is good for Republicans, while 39% say she’s bad for the party. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided.
In case you were wondering whether Rasmussen had a pro-Palin bias in the past, the answer to that question is no. The Alaska poll it conducted in October of 2008 found her favorable rating in the state at 63%. The 2008 Alaska exit poll of actual voters found her approval rating at 73%.
In any event, here are the crosstabs:
Whose views are closer to your own? Palin/Obama
Update by Doug: (h/t RefudiateObama2012) Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen, co-authors of the recently released Mad as Hell, sat down for an interview with Jamie Weinstein of the The Daily Caller. One of the questions asked was who they thought would be the most formidable Republican candidate to challenge Obama in 2012:
6. Who do you think would be the best Republican candidate to challenge Obama in 2012?
I do not know now who the best candidate to challenge President Obama is. I can tell you that just based on this year’s primary season, the strongest candidate in the Republican primaries will almost certainly be Sarah Palin.