Daily Israel Report

Palin Tops Obama in Poll

Poll conducted by political website finds that Americans believe Palin could win against Obama in 2012.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/22/2010, 5:20 AM / Last Update: 11/22/2010, 5:17 AM

As speculation in the United States is rampant on whether former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will take a shot at the President’s seat in the 2012 elections, a poll conducted by an American political website shows that Palin might have a good chance of winning should she run.

The poll, which was conducted by political journal Politico and published on its website, shows that 53 per cent of respondents believe that Palin would win a presidential match-up against President Barack Obama, while only 35 per cent of respondents believe that Obama would win. 4 per cent believe that it is better to wait and see what the 2012 landscape looks like, while 7 per cent responded that neither Palin nor Obama should win. The results are based on 58009 votes in the poll that was conducted online.

Politico conducted the poll after Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday during an interview with CNN’s Larry King, that he believes that Palin has “a good chance” of winning the GOP's presidential nod in 2012. At the same time, Biden added that he also believes that Obama “would be in good shape” for reelection.

“Were I a Republican senator or a Republican political leader, I would look and say, ‘Wait, she's got a good chance of getting the nomination,’” Biden told King. “My mom used to have an expression, ‘Be careful what you wish for, Joe, you may get it.’ So I never underestimate anyone. But I think, in that race, it would be a clear, clear choice for the country to make, and I believe President Obama would be in very good shape.”

Palin, meanwhile, has told ABC’s Barbara Walters as part of an interview that will air on December 9 that she is considering running for the Republican presidential nomination. Palin added that if she wins the Republican nomination she could defeat Obama.

In a short clip from the interview released by ABC News, Palin says: “I’m looking at the lay of the land now, and ... trying to figure that out, if it’s a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family, if it’s a good thing.”

When Walters asks Palin: “If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?” she responds with “I believe so.”

Palin is considered to be pro-Israel and as recently as last week told 85 GOP freshmen Congressmen in an open letter that “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, not a settlement.”

“You can stand with allies like Israel, not criticize them,” wrote Palin. “You can let the President know what you believe… and stick to the principles that propelled your campaigns.”

Palin has also spoken out against the planned mosque on Ground Zero in New York and was one of the first public figures to do so.