In 'thermometer poll,' voters rank Sarah Palin at bottom with Pelosi, Reid

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) ranks with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) when it comes to voters' feelings about political leaders.

A new Quinnipiac University poll measuring the "temperature" of registered voters' feelings toward various political figures put Palin third to last, followed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Pelosi.

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Pelosi scored the "coolest" temperature of 32.9 degrees, while Reid was at 34.8 degrees and Palin checked in at 38.2.

Palin scored the lowest overall of any possible 2012 Republican candidate for president, a figure especially notable since the other candidates in the field all had much higher unknown levels.

Among Republican registered voters, though, Palin (and many other 2012 GOP candidates) fared much better.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who insists he's not running for president, has the highest score, at 70.2, Quinnipiac found.

Of the other GOP candidates considered to be running, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty had the highest temperature (68.1) among Republicans, followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (67.2) and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann (65.8).

Palin's Republican temperature of 63.8 put her in the middle of the pack, ahead of other contenders like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.).

Find each candidate's temperature among Republican voters below, with their overall temperature in parentheses.


Christie - 70.2 (57)
Pawlenty - 68.1 (48.2)
Huckabee - 67.2 (51.8)
Giuliani - 66.4 (52.3)
Bachmann - 65.8 (45.6)
Palin - 63.8 (38.2)
Romney - 63.1 (50.4)
Gingrich - 61.9 (42.7)
Santorum - 60.6 (43.9)
Daniels - 60.1 (45.1)
Huntsman - 58.2 (47.9)
Ron Paul - 56.5 (46.3)
Barbour - 55.9 (43.5)
Trump - 48.5 (45)


The poll
, conducted Feb. 21-28, has a 2.3 percent margin of error.