Last week on our national poll Sarah Palin was the most popular of the Republicans we polled among respondents who said they did not approve of Barack Obama's job performance. 75% said they liked her, followed by 67% for Mike Huckabee, 62% for Mitt Romney, and 54% for Newt Gingrich.
But when it comes to the percentage of the vote each of those folks got against the President among his detractors Palin came in worst at 68% with Huckabee at 81%, Gingrich at 75%, and Romney at 70% all doing better. It's just another example of one of Palin's core problems looking toward 2012- even among people who like her there's no overwhelming sense that she should be President.
It's also worth noting that among people who disapprove of Obama or are ambivalent toward him the party breakdown is 60% Republicans, 26% independents, and 15% Democrats. While Republican voters will by and large get to make the decision about who their 2012 nominee is, they need to make sure that person will appeal to the 40% of voters skeptical about Obama who don't identify with their party.