Bristol Palin said on Tuesday that her mother has already decided whether to run for president in 2012. (Of course, she later went back on the statement.)
But if Palin does enter the race, as many expect, the elder Palin may want to rethink that decision -- a new poll shows she can't even beat President Obama in her own state.
According to the Anchorage Daily News, a new Hays Research poll finds Obama would beat Palin in a theoretical head-to-head match-up 42% to 36%.
If you think the poll is just another mainstream media outlet trying to tear down St. Sarah, the poll was paid for by a conservative Anchorage radio host named Mike Porcaro, who said in an emailed statement:
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"Sarah Palin showcases her Alaska roots at every opportunity, but the surprising reality is she has become highly unpopular in her home state.
"Whether it is the fact she left office after serving barely two years or that some Alaskans believe her tax policies have punished our vital oil and gas industry or the ‘rock star’ nature of her media coverage, these results show Sarah Palin would lose to Obama in Alaska, where voters overwhelmingly support conservative candidates."
Indeed, the last time Alaska voted for a Democratic president was Lyndon Johnson back in 1964.