On Friday, Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling released a poll of Alaskans asking them whom they preferred for the presidency: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rick Santorum, or George Zimmerman?
Yes, that George Zimmerman–the acquitted shooter of Trayvon Martin.
Why George Zimmerman, a registered Democrat who voted for President Obama in 2008? And why would PPP list Zimmerman, 29, in polls for a presidential election in which he wouldn’t even be eligible, at 44 years old? Because, PPP explained to TheBlaze, “He’s had high favorability ratings with Republican voters in some national polls so we were just curious how he would do.” Tom Jenson, PPP director, said that Zimmerman’s ratings for “Democrats is 14/64 compared to 45/27 with Republicans.”
Reflecting the strong standing we’ve seen for him a lot of places lately Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the top choice of GOP voters in Alaska with 18% to 14% for Sarah Palin, 13% for Chris Christie, 11% for Jeb Bush, 9% for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), 8% for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), 5% for Rick Santorum, and 2% for George Zimmerman. In a Palin and Zimmerman-less field Paul gets up to 20% with Bush at 15%, Christie and Ryan at 14%, Rubio at 10%, Cruz at 9%, and Santorum at 6%.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).