Poll: Oregonians choose top political figure

Poll: Our readers were asked to write-in the name of the “national political figure they admire the most”. Sarah Palin came out the clear favorite.
Out of 436 respondents, 64 names were listed. The top ten names who received the largest number of write-in votes were:

124 Sarah Palin
40 Mitt Romney
37 Newt Gingrich
31 Ron Paul
27 Scott Brown
22 John McCain
12 George W. Bush
10 John Boehner
9 Michele Bachmann
8 Greg Walden and Glenn Beck, tie

A wide range of political personalities received one honorable mention vote. Interestingly, that list covered the entire spectrum of political philosophies and experiences. For example you had Democrats John Kitzhaber, Joe Biden, and Peter Defazio; Republicans John Bolton, Karl Rove, and Michael Steele; media personalities Lars Larson, Bill O’Reilly, and Stephan Colbert; activists Don McIntire and Arizona Sherriff Arpillo; and one person who simply gave their vote to “whoever beats Obama”.

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  • Anonymous

    Hmm… this is suspicious… not ONE vote for Limbaugh?

  • Bob Clark

    I like Greg Walden best among the above. He’s a straight shooting fiscal conservative. Palin is super fun, though. She has some real issues but don’t we all. I am still going to root for her.

    Gingrich can put together real persuasive oratory, but he seems to be using it more for personal financial gain than geniune belief. I don’t think Gingrich or Romney can get elected to presidency. But if Palin puts together the right team of experts she just might be able to overcome mainstream media’s onslaught. A Palin and Walden ticket would be exciting.

  • leinad

    This is shocking how? You asked YOUR readers. I am sure it would be the complete opposite over at Blue Oregon, with folks like Obama, Biden, Clinton, etc…at the top. It just shows that this is a right wing blog. Nothing to see here, move along.

    • Anonymous

      You miss the point. The point isn’t “conservatives dominate.” The point is SARAH PALIN dominates, despite the best attempts of elites in our own party to destroy her.

  • valley p

    I think this tells us everything we need to know about the state of conservative politics in Oregon. It is so far off the rails it is beyond redemption.

  • Anonymous

    I guess that’s what a reality tv show and a catch phrase will do for you.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly, a woman who with a… what is it… a communications degree (from five different universities), who quit her job as governor of Alaska and has never to my knowledge demonstrated any political or economic insightfulness is this popular? What the hell is wrong with Oregonians? There are plenty of conservative figures out there who are far more deserving of admiration.

  • Divert US from MARXing to Pretoria

    Mitt Romney Commander in Chief, John Bolton VP, Sarah Palin US Senate, Greg Walden House Majority Speaker, Peter DeFazio House Minority-piece, Joe Arpaio Homeland Security Chief, Janice Rogers Brown SCOTUS (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/09/politics/09brown.html), Alan West USSOS – and, a toot for Condoleeza Rice as NFL Commisioner.

    Oregon: Don McIntire Governor, Chris Dudley SOS, John Lim State Treas, Josh Marquis AG, Kevin Mannix Senate Pres, Bruce Hannah House Speaker, Rob Kremer Superintendent of Public Instruction and Bill Sizemore would certainly make the Labor Commissioner postition interesting.

    Portland City Council: Dave Lister, Sho Dozono, Dwight Jaynes, Jack Bogdanski, Phil Stanford and Ted Amato City Auditor

  • Rupert in Springfield

    It is actually quite surprising Palin scored this high given the utter assault on her by the media.

    Nationally Palin is seen as a common sense figure, sufficiently removed from DC politics to be trustworthy. Obviously the press treatment is not as effective as it would have been in the past.

    What this means for Oregon is – not much.

    Oregon is a left state. There are other factors, but generally, the percentage of those employed by government assures that tilt for the foreseeable future.

    So could Palin take Oregon in a presidential race? Reagan did so its not unthinkable. However times are different now than they were in the 80’s. Government in Oregon has been grown to such an extent that its workers, both current and retired, are the most powerful voting block in the state, dwarfing any other constituency in terms of money or numbers.

    Could Palin overcome that?

    I would say very unlikely. Obama disgust, even the Daily Kos has his unfavourables in the mid 40’s, would have to reach even greater heights than they have already.

    BO may be on his way to it, but he would have to be in the 60% unfavorable range to overcome Oregon’s heavily Democrat inclined political demographics. The chances of that happening, seem remote given there are a substantial percentage of people who will vote for him regardless of his performance.

    • valley p

      “It is actually quite surprising Palin scored this high given the utter assault on her by the media.”

      The conservative media loves Palin. You can’t turn on FOX without seeing her.

      “Nationally Palin is seen as a common sense figure”

      Really? The polls I have seen say she is polarizing and not ready for prime time.

      “Oregon is a left state.”

      Left of what? Kerry & Gore barely beat Bush here. It is a fairly middle of the road state. Your problem is that Republicans have gone too far to the right for the middle.

      “Government in Oregon has been grown to such an extent that its workers, both current and retired, are the most powerful voting block in the state”

      What evidence do you have that there are more government workers per capita in Oregon today than there were in say 1980? Or more per capita than in other states? And what evidence do you have with respect to how government workers actually vote? I know quite a few government employees who are conservatives.

      • Steve Plunk

        I often wonder if you’re paid to troll here.

        Obama polarizes as much as Palin. Oregon is nationally recognized as a left leaning state with some kooky ideas. If you have evidence to counter claims made here feel free to do so, the increasing number of government employees has been documented enough times it’s unnecessary to cite sources any longer. While you may know some conservatives working for the government the overwhelming majority support the Democratic party.

        • valley p

          That would be easy money. Where do I sign up?

          With respect Steve, you are offering mere anecdotes. I have never seen anyone offer any data that shows that Oregon has more public employees per capita today then it did 30 years ago. Maybe it does and maybe it doesn’t, I don’t have data either way. But don’t just tell me it is so and then build a case around it.

          “While you may know some conservatives working for the government the overwhelming majority support the Democratic party. ”

          Maybe so and maybe not. Again, show me your evidence for this claim.

      • Rupert in Springfield

        >The conservative media loves Palin. You can’t turn on FOX without seeing her.

        And when FOX becomes the totality of the media you let us know ok Dean?

        >Really? The polls I have seen say she is polarizing and not ready for prime time.

        Well, who knows what polls you have seen so who really cares. BO is the most polarizing president in recent memory, so not a lot of traction there either.

        As for not ready for prime time?

        Sorry, that’s a non starter as well. The only time McCain was ahead of BO, and it was for a matter of hours, was immediately after choosing Palin. Oh well.

        >Left of what? Kerry & Gore barely beat Bush here.

        Well, you let us know when a Republican presidents start winning here ok Dean? When Oregon starts becoming a swing state in national elections, you get back to us all okie dokie?

        >What evidence do you have that there are more government workers per capita in Oregon today than there were in say 1980?

        The fact that government spending in Oregon has grown substantially faster than inflation and population combined.

        Also there is the fact that the only substantial job creation in the past year has been in government.

        These were major news stories, more than a few posted right here. Its a little ridiculous to have to go over them again because you can’t remember that fact.

        >And what evidence do you have with respect to how government workers actually vote?

        Well, if you are going to try and deny that the various government worker unions are not the most powerful voting block in the state, which is what I claimed, you are arguing the absurd.

        • valley p

          So the sum total of your evidence is that:

          a) Fox is not really part of the media (even though it is the most watched news on cable)
          b) McCain was in the lead before anyone knew who Palin was (therefore she rocks)
          c) Oregon can’t be considered in contention even when it has been quite recently (and had a majority Republican legislature until 2002)
          d) Government “spending” is a surrogate for total government employment ( despite programs like SSI and Medicare that employ very few people but dole out a lot of money)
          e) “News stories” posted sometime somewhere in the past (trust the media?) made similar unsubstantiated claims.
          d) Since union leaders supported something, that means that union workers always vote as a block.

          OK. thanks for sharing. You don’t have any evidence, which is what I suspected. This is a pattern with you.

  • Ron Marquez

    My vote goes to Paul Ryan, US House Representative from Wisconsin for “Roadmap for America’s Future”.

    It’s worth your time to read it, regardless of your political leanings. Link to the roadmap below.

    http://www.roadmap.republicans.budget.house.gov/

  • Kirk Benson

    Let’s not forget Doug Keller, who is running for congress in the 1st Congressional District. His leadership and experience, tied with his no nonsense ideas, will propel this district and our country. We need more people like Doug in Washington. Check him out!! http://keller4congress.com/platform/

    • Yabo

      Yeah, I’m NOT voting for Doug Keller precisely because you keep spamming your crap everywhere.

  • fathofftina
  • Bronch O’Humphrey

    I sure hope Sarah Palin gets the 2012 nomination. It would be so entertaining to watch a half-term governor with a Forrest Gump IQ trying to talk about the impacts of the stimulus.

    • “”

      What say you about #6, Bronch O? That wouldn’t be right up your alley, either? D’oh!

  • Cheryl Hockaday

    OMG, I CANNOT believe that anyone would vote for Palin as a “top political figure” and certainly not for president!

    The people that “admire” her must be the same people who watch the “Dumb and Dumber” movies! YIKES!!!

    Do ANY of her “followers” have a real college degree?

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