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Is Palin Still That Hated by the Democrats?

November 2, 2010

From Yahoo News:

Can Sarah Palin save House Democrats? Many of the party’s endangered incumbents are spending their final days campaigning as much against the former Alaska governor as against their Republican rivals.

No one in American politics engenders stronger feelings than Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. Republicans love her, but Democrats and independents view her unfavorably with equal intensity.

The numbers bear out those sentiments. The latest Bloomberg survey, conducted by Des Moines-based Selzer & Co., shows just 38 percent of Americans view her favorably, while 54 percent see her unfavorably. A Gallup poll conducted October 14 to 17 shows almost twice as many voters say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate for whom Palin campaigns as those who say they would be more likely to vote for that candidate, a nearly identical figure to Pres. Obama’s. And 56 percent of Americans told Langer Research Associates, in a poll for ABC News and Yahoo!, they view Palin as more interested in division than cooperation; only 34 percent chose cooperation.

Now I’m not denying that Sarah Palin tends to be divisive.  However, I do question whether she’s as divisive as she was during the 2008 election, and I flat out don’t believe that she is so divisive that people voting in this economy and within the current political atmosphere will single her out as the reason to go out and vote to save the Democrats.  I figure that, deep down, the author of the above news article doubts it as well – otherwise they would have given numbers for that Gallup Poll they mentioned.  After all, it’s one thing if the stated statistic “almost twice as many voters say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate for whom Palin campaigns as those who say they would be more likely to vote for that candidate” represented a 66-34 percent split.  It’s a completely different thing if the split is more like 2-1.1 with 97% of the voters saying it wouldn’t influence them (this would incidentally be my personal choice – the economy, the candidates’ records and my Libertarian leanings pretty much account for my voting decisions this year).  I suspect that if the numbers themselves were damning, Mr. Wilson would have brought them up.

I could be wrong though – I guess we will find out after the election.

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