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Palin second only to Romney in Washington Post/ABC News poll

July 21, 2011 |  1:58 pm

Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann

Sarah Palin continues to remain popular among Republicans, many of whom would vote for her as president, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Thursday. The former Alaska governor who has yet to announce whether she will run for president trails former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney by a mere eight points among voters who leaned Republican.

Romney's support would be at 26% with Palin coming in at 18% with Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann placing third with 12%.

The poll shows that if Palin does not throw her hat into the ring, Romney would get 30% support from voters who lean to the right, with Bachmann rising to 16% and Texas Congressman Ron Paul placing  third with 11%.

One area that Palin beat Romney in the poll was on the question "Which candidate best understands the problems of people like you."

The self-proclaimed hockey mom, who occasionally writes on her hand, related better to those polled than the Mormon millionaire who last month told a group of unemployed Floridians, "I'm also unemployed."


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-- Tony Pierce

Photos: Sarah Palin, left, and Michele Bachmann. Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images