Former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has said that the 2012 run for the Oval Office will be an out-of-the-box event. But just what did she mean?

Voters eventually will find out, presumably. But just in case her “out-of-the-box” reference means something as surprising as challenging Barack Obama in a Democratic Party primary, Fritz Wenzel of Wenzel Strategies included the scenario in his newest poll on the coming election.

The telephone survey was conducted Sept. 23-27 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2.91 percentage points.

The results were startling.

“Just 3 percent of Republicans and 17 percent of independents said they planned to vote in their state’s Democratic Party primary or caucus,” explained Wenzel, “but if you add Sarah Palin to the equation, something interesting occurs. Asked whether they would participate in the Democratic Party’s primary or caucus in their state if Sarah Palin were to enter the Democratic Party’s race for the presidential nomination against Obama, the numbers increased substantially. Republican participation jumped from 3 percent to 22 percent, and independent voter participation jumped from 17 percent to 31 percent.”

He said in a head-to-head matchup among Democratic Party voters, Palin still draws support away from Obama.

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