Majority Of People Think Sarah Palin Lacks Ability To Be President

On Fox News Sunday yesterday Glenn Beck told Chris Wallace that with regards to potential 2012 presidential candidates he hoped “to find one with some honor and integrity. I haven’t seen them yet, but they’ll show up.” This followed a question from Wallace about whether Beck had any plans to run for office, perhaps on a ticket with Sarah Palin, one of the headline speakers at his Restoring Honor rally.

Conclusion? Beck doesn’t think Palin is a viable presidential candidate. It appears he is not alone. According to a new 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll conducted earlier this month nearly 60% of the country does not feel that Palin has the ability to be an effective president. Along party lines this breaks down to 40% of Republicans, 75% of Dems, and interestingly 40% of people who identify as conservatives.

Of course, Palin’s political ambitions have never been clearly stated and it would not be remotely surprising if she chose to stay within the safe confines of her Facebook page and Fox News contributor job, opting to affect the political discourse with catchy slogans and seemingly effective recommendations. Arguably, the people this survey does spell trouble for are the Republicans: with just over two years to go to the 2012 election they still have no reasonably viable candidate to run against Obama.

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