The Corner

D.C. Elites No Fans of Palin

Washington elites don’t care much for Sarah Palin, according to a Politico poll released today.

Among Washington elites, defined as college grads living in the D.C. metro area in policy or political positions and making $75,000 or more a year, only 11 percent think that Palin is qualified to be president, a steep decrease from the 23 percent nationwide who think she is qualified. And while half of the general population thinks that Palin is a “negative influence” on national politics, a whopping 79 percent of D.C. elites hold that view.

Asked who was most likely to win the GOP nomination in 2012, 30 percent of Washington elites picked Romney, while 11 percent chose Palin. All the other possible nominees, including Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty, John Thune, and Mitch Daniels, were only considered likely by single-digit percentages.

The elites also don’t think that the Tea Party will endure. While only 28 percent of the general population agreed that “the Tea Party movement is a fad – it will go away soon enough,” that percentage agreeing with the statement skyrocketed to 70 percent among Washington elites.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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