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'Shock poll:' Palin trails Obama by 5 points in new national poll

Amanda Coyne

A new McClatchy-Marist poll shows that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin trails President Obama only by 5 points in a presidential match up. The results are so surprising that it banners the Drudge Report with the headline, “shock poll.”

Palin had been trailing Obama by as much as 20 points in polls all year. The reason for her rise? The Miami Herald quotes Lee Miringoff from the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion as saying that independents are running to other candidates.  The results, he said "speak to Obama's decline among independents generally, and how the middle is not his right now.”

He didn’t, however, explain why Palin is grabbing the voters.

In the poll, Obama is neck and neck with Romney, leading by 46-44, but Obama leads Perry by 50 percent to 41 percent. Obama leads Bachmann 53 percent to 40 percent.  

Another undeclared candidate, former former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani would do the best against the president, leading Obama by 49 percent to 42 percent.

The poll surveyed 1,042 adults on Sept. 13-14.