As reported in the Boston Herald, a Rasmussen Reports poll released today shows that Sarah Palin is in a statistical dead heat with Mitt Romney for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. This poll belies all the liberal media pundits who declared last week that Sarah Palin had severely hurt her political career with her resignation from the Alaska governorship.

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Sarah Palin appears to have a loyal base of supporters that stand by her despite all the negative press thrown her way.

Rasmussen polled likely Republican voters in the 2012 election. The results are below:

Mitt Romney: 25%
Sarah Palin: 24%
Mike Huckabee: 22%
New Gingrich: 14%

Since the poll has a 5% margin of error, the race for the GOP nomination in 2012 is essentially a tie among Palin, Romney, and Huckabee.

Also, among the candidates, Sarah Palin has the highest favorability rating at 76%. Romney had a 73% rating.

The poll also showed a lot of optimism among Republicans regarding the next presidential election. 75 percent of voters believe a GOP candidate could beat Obama. 41 percent thought Obama’s defeat was “very likely.”

You can see the full results here.

It is WAY too early for polls to mean anything. We’re 3+ years away from the next election. Three years before 2008, Obama was a no-name Senator who had little to no chance of beating Hillary Clinton. So, we’ll see how Palin does in the next couple of years.

However, there is no denying that she has a loyal following that will be with her no matter what CNN or MSNBC says about her.