Palin popular despite announcing her decision to quit as Alaska Governor

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New York, July 9 (ANI): A new poll suggests that Republicans still would love to see Sarah Palin as their presidential candidate in 2012 in spite of her decision to resign as Alaska Governor.

According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, 19 percent of voters would "very likely" vote for her if she ran, with another 24 percent saying they were "somewhat likely" to give her their vote.

"For independents and Democrats, she's already not their candidate, and with Republicans, her support is not based on her record as governor of Alaska," Republican consultant Alex Castellanos told USA Today.

According to the poll, 70 percent said their opinion of Palin did not change after the shocking announcement she would resign on Friday.

But, according to the New York Daily News, much of her support is based on her national status gained on the campaign trail with John McCain in 2008, not her position as the top politician of remote Alaska.

It should be no surprise that Palin's support comes mostly from Republicans. Seventy-two percent say they would support her for President in 2012, while 70 percent of Democrats said they were "not at all likely" to vote for her at all.

Palin's support isn't just limited to a run for the White House. Thirty-nine percent of Americans say she is in a strong position to pick the next Republican candidate, including 67 percent of Republicans and 18 percent of Democrats.

Thirty-four percent of independents could also see Palin serving as kingmaker.(ANI)

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