Staying out of the formal race does not appear to be doing Sarah Palin any harm in her efforts to become the Republican Party presidential nominee.

During the debate between the declared candidates in Florida this morning our time, the former Governor of Alaska was watching proceedings on television as the latest opinion poll showed that not participating in these early events had seen her emerge as the third most popular choice.

Eight candidates took part in the CNN televised debate

Palin’s support among Republican voters in the CNN/ORC International Poll is back to 15% — behind Texas Governor Rick Perry who is the candidate of choice for 30% and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 18 percent but well ahead of the other woman Tea Party favourite Michele Bachmann.

The poll result compares with the latest reading of the Crikey Republican Candidate Indicator which still haw Mitt Romney a narrow favourite over Rick Perry to finally emerge as the nominee.

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