Voters to Sarah Palin: Put a sock in it

(USA TODAY) More than half of voters have a message for Sarah Palin: Pipe down, we've heard enough from you.

Fifty-four percent of voters in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll say they would prefer the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee to be less outspoken in political debates.

The voters who are over Palin come from across the political spectrum: Nearly two-thirds of Democrats, a majority of independents and nearly 4 out of 10 Republicans in the poll say they've heard enough.

Palin has been in the news recently by calling for President Obama's impeachment. But she has also attracted headlines this week for comments about Hillary Rodham Clinton, her interest in doing a talk show and suggesting she could be a "voice of reason" on The View. Palin also has a ready-made platform, unlike many "former" and "ex" officeholders, via her role as a contributor on Fox News.

Palin isn't the only politico whom voters have heard enough from: 51% say they've heard enough from Jesse Jackson. At least 4 in 10 voters say the same about former vice president Dick Cheney, ex-House speaker Newt Gingrich and former vice president Al Gore.

Former president Bill Clinton fares better by comparison: Roughly a third of voters said they've heard enough from him.


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