Eric Kleefeld at Talking Points Memo has plucked this out of the recent Newsweek poll:
Despite all the talk about Sarah Palin energizing the Republican base, the new Newsweek poll seems to suggest that by this point the base would rather have somebody else, if given the chance.
Check out this question asked of Republicans, looking ahead to the 2012 election:
If John McCain is not elected president, which one of the following three possible candidates would you be most likely to support for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012?
Mitt Romney 35%
Mike Huckabee 26%
Sarah Palin 20%
Palin might have started out this campaign very popular with the base, but after all her gaffes and controversies, it looks like a lot of Republican voters would rather stick with a safer choice.
So much for evangelical religious fervor. Source: TPM Election Central | Talking Points Memo | Poll: Palin Hasn’t Done Herself Any Favors For 2012