Poll: Palin unpopular in Alaska following jab at Murkowski

Poll: Palin unpopular in Alaska following jab at Murkowski
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In a poll of likely Alaska midterm voters conducted by Alaska Survey Research, Palin was viewed negatively by just over half of voters (51 percent) while a far lower amount (31 percent) said they had a favorable view of the ex-governor.

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The poll was taken in the days following Palin's tweet at Murkowski following the Alaska senator's announcement that she would be the lone Republican to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation in the Senate following the emergence of sexual assault allegations against him.

"Hey @LisaMurkowski - I can see 2022 from my house..." Palin tweeted at Murkowski, whose term ends in 2023, in early October.

Conservatives including Fox News host Sean Hannity praised Palin's apparent threat, urging her to run against the centrist Republican senator.

“I tell you, the one person I'd love in Alaska to run against her would be Sarah Palin,” Hannity said on his radio show. “Maybe Gov. Palin could make a political comeback. I think the people there would like that a lot.”

But Murkowski says she doesn't fear a primary challenge from the former governor, who ended her term early in 2009.

“I don’t know the former governor’s interest in being involved in elected politics again and she’s really been out of the picture in the state for many years now,” Murkowski told The Hill.

“I don’t know whether this is just wishful thinking by some that would like to see me out so they’re looking for names,” she added.

The Alaska Survey Research poll contacted 500 likely voters between Oct. 12-14, and contains a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.

The same poll showed that during the same polling period, 51 percent of Alaskans had a positive view of Murkowski after it took a slight dip during the Kavanaugh hearings.