Poll: 2 percent in Alaska support George Zimmerman for president

By Kristen Butler, UPI.com  |  Aug. 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM
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In a recent poll of Alaska voters, George Zimmerman -- who was recently acquitted in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin -- got a surprising 2 percent support as a hypothetical Republican presidential candidate.

The newest Alaska survey from Public Policy Polling shows Hillary Clinton's only chance of winning the state in 2016 would be in a matchup against Republican Sarah Palin, where Clinton would lead 49/40 percent.

Clinton trails all other Republican candidates in the survey. Out in front, Chris Christie leads her by 8 points at 46/38, Jeb Bush leads at 49/42, Rand Paul is up 6 at 49/43, Marco Rubio has a 3-point lead at 45/42, and Paul Ryan leads by a single point at 47/46.

GOP voters in Alaska named Rand Paul as their top choice for Republican candidate at 18 percent, followed by 14 percent for Palin, 13 percent for Christie, 11 percent for Jeb Bush, 9 percent for both Rubio and Ryan, 8 percent for Ted Cruz, 5 percent for Rick Santorum, and 2 percent for George Zimmerman.

When removing Palin and Zimmerman from the field, Paul gets up to 20 percent support, with Bush at 15 percent, Christie and Ryan at 14 percent, Rubio at 10 percent, Cruz at 9 percent, and Santorum at 6 percent.

Other Alaskan opinions include significantly increased support for same-sex marriage, with 45 percent of voters now in favor while 48 percent are opposed. In February this year, 43 percent were in favor while 51 percent opposed.

Governor Sean Parnell's Senate Bill 21, which cut taxes on oil profits, is not popular in that state. Only 30 percent of voters support it to 46 percent who are opposed. Republicans favor it 39/23, but Independents (32/51) and Democrats (13/69) oppose it by wider margins.

And finally, in response to the perennial favorite question of non-Alaskans, 12 percent of voters in the state say they can see Russia from their homes, while to 87 percent say they can't.

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