Obama Would Wallop Sarah Palin: 50% to 33%
Generic GOP candidate still leads Obama by 6 points
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2011 2:35 PM CDT
Photographs of President Barack Obama, left, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, right, appear in a storefront window, in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Aug. 24, 2010.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – President Obama should be rooting for Sarah Palin to join the race and take her mama grizzly act all the way to the Republican nomination. A new Rasmussen Reports survey shows that if Election Day were today, Obama would trounce Palin 50% to 33%, better than the 47% to 38% lead he held last month. It also bests his numbers against a generic Republican candidate—where Obama lags by six points—and his 44% to 39% lead over Rick Perry, 46% to 39% lead over Michele Bachmann, and his virtual tie with Mitt Romney.