Friday, February 12, 2010

Palin is a very unpopular figure

For those of us who are getting scared of Sarah Palin, it's important to keep the following in mind: she's not very popular, and she's getting less popular. Here's The Washington Post:
Although Palin is a tea party favorite, her potential as a presidential hopeful takes a severe hit in the survey. Fifty-five percent of Americans have unfavorable views of her, while the percentage holding favorable views has dipped to 37, a new low in Post-ABC polling.

There is a growing sense that the former Alaska governor is not qualified to serve as president, with more than seven in 10 Americans now saying she is unqualified, up from 60 percent in a November survey. Even among Republicans, a majority now say Palin lacks the qualifications necessary for the White House.

Palin has lost ground among conservative Republicans, who would be crucial to her hopes if she seeks the party's presidential nomination in 2012. Forty-five percent of conservatives now consider her as qualified for the presidency, down sharply from 66 percent who said so last fall.

Among all Republicans polled, 37 percent now hold a "strongly favorable" opinion of Palin, about half the level recorded when she burst onto the national stage in 2008 as Sen. John McCain's running mate.

Among Democrats and independents, assessments of Palin also have eroded. Six percent of Democrats now consider her qualified for the presidency, a drop from 22 percent in November; the percentage of independents who think she is qualified fell to 29 percent from 37 percent.

I am scared by the misdirection of the rage people are feeling. But let us not become hopeless. We should continue to push for reasonableness, and point out that just because you're rightly pissed off doesn't mean voting for this kind of Republican is a good idea.

2 Comments:

Blogger Sarah said...

I like your saying we should "push for reasonableness". And that is some very calming info re: Palin's popularity.

8:22 AM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger grishnash said...

Sarah Palin couldn't take the heat that comes with being governor of Alaska. I can't imagine she'd actually put up with the scrutiny that is part of the job of President of the United States

12:17 PM, February 13, 2010  

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