Progressives want Obama-Palin matchup

A large plurality of progressive bloggers want the opportunity to take on Sarah Palin in 2012, according to a new survey.


A straw poll of attendees at this weekend’s “Netroots Nation” conference in Las Vegas shows that 48 percent of attendees want Palin to be President Obama’s opponent in 2012.

That’s far ahead of their second place preference, Ron Paul, who garnered just 11 percent.

The straw poll also showed strong support for Obama. Eighty-four percent of attendees approved of his job performance, despite a number of administration policies that have irked liberals.

Nevertheless, respondents urged the administration to focus on the economy. Seventy-four percent said jobs should be Obama’s top priority. Getting out of Afghanistan came in a distant second, at 8 percent.

An overwhelming majority, 93 percent, said government spending was the best way to create jobs.

The poll was conducted by the Democratic firms Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner alongside Democracy Corps.