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Tea Party and GOP Voters Want Sarah Palin to Stay Out of 2012 Race

A Fox News Poll, conducted by Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company Research and unveiled late on Thursday, revealed that voters do not want former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin entering the presidential race. Palin will be stumping in Iowa, which holds the first caucus, and New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary, over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

After finding her in distant third place in the Republican presidential race, behind Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, when Fox News looked at all voters they found very little support for a possible Palin presidential campaign.

Only 20 percent of all voters wanted Palin to run for the White House while 74 percent opposed the idea -- and the voters who wanted her to stay out of the contest included a large part of her base.

A mere 25 percent of Republicans backed a Palin presidential candidacy while 71 percent were lined up against it. Even among voters who considered themselves part of the tea party movement, Palin flopped. Only 28 percent of the tea party voters supported Palin entering the race while 66 percent opposed it.

She did even worse among independents and Democrats. Twenty-one percent of independents wanted Palin to run while 66 percent did not want her in the race. Palin floundered with Democrats, with only 16 percent wanting her to run while 80 percent wanted her to stay on the sidelines.

The poll of 911 registered voters was taken from Aug. 29-31 and had a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

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