The Marist McClatchy poll released today shows Palin right behind Obama and tied with or ahead of Romney and Perry. The big gains are with independents. This is a summertime rise of over 20 points. She hasn't announced yet and is keeping her powder dry.
Palin-Obama 44 - 49
Perry-Obama 41 - 56
Romney-Obama 44 - 46
and beats Obama 47 - 43 among independents.
52 - 38 think Obama will lose to the Republican finalist and
49 - 36 definitely plan to vote against Obama.
Added: This story is gaining traction.
Instapundit: "Palin within 5 points"
Fox News: Palin Flexes Major Muscle in New Poll
Townhall: Guess Who's Catching Obama?
USA Today: Sarah Palin 'still considering' White House bid (refers to poll in the article)