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Yet another poll shows that Sarah Palin is simultaneously the best and worst that the GOP has to offer. Data from a new Rasmussen Poll (July 6, 750 likely GOP voters, +/- 4%):

Rasmussen Polling Data

So Sarah Palin is that she's virtually tied with Mitt Romney on top the GOP's 2012 field...but the bad news is that while Mitt Romney is the least favorite among just 9% of Republicans, Palin is the least favorite among a whopping 21%.

Palin's "least favorite" numbers are six points worse than Newt Gingrich's, and unlike Haley Barbour (with whom she is tied), Republicans actually know who she is and consider her a likely contender for the nomination.

The good news for Republicans is that Palin's negatives will make it very difficult for her to win their nomination. The consolation prize for Democrats is that her numbers are strong enough that she just might give it a try.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Jul 09, 2009 at 07:16 AM PDT.

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