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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Winning: Independent voters say they’d pick Charlie Sheen over Sarah Palin

By David Edwards

Charlie Sheen is winning, and he literally didn't even try.

A recent poll found that the more independent voters would vote for the disgraced actor in a presidential matchup against Fox News employee Sarah Palin.

While two-thirds of those asked in the PPP survey (.pdf) viewed Sheen unfavorably, independents apparently like Palin even less.

Among independent voters, 41 percent would cast their ballot for Sheen. Only 36 percent would select Palin in the hypothetical matchup.

"We've found a lot of brutal poll numbers for Sarah Palin so far in 2011: down in South Dakota, down in South Carolina, down in Arizona, only up by 1 point in Texas, only up by 1 point in Nebraska to name a few," PPP's Tom Jenson wrote. "But this has to be the worst."

Among all voters, Palin would win with 49 percent of the vote to Sheen's 29 percent. Eighty-four percent of Republicans would choose Palin, but only 24 percent of Democrats would select her over Sheen.

President Barack Obama fared much better when matched against Sheen. Overall, 57 percent would give the president a second term instead of putting the actor and comedian into office. The same number of independent voters also selected Obama.

Overall, Sheen's favorability was just 10 percent, tying him with former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards as the least liked person ever polled by PPP.

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