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Palin Dropping in Polls
Maybe Sarah Palin shouldn’t have given up her day job so fast. A new national poll conducted by the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation shows that the former Alaska governor’s favorability is at 39 percent – down seven points from a poll conducted in May. It’s unclear if her change in popularity is due to her resigning as governor before her first term ended or if other factors contributed.
“Most of that change has come among Republicans and conservatives,” says CNN polling director Keating Holland. “GOP voters still like Palin – two-thirds continue to have a favorable view of her – but she is not as wildly popular among GOPers as she was in the spring, when eight in ten Republicans had a favorable view of her.”
Palin is considered the Republican front-runner to challenge President Obama in the 2012 election, but Holland says her fall in popularity could be a concern.
“A 39 percent favorable rating makes it that much tougher for Palin to become president should she decide to run in 2012. Her favorable rating is almost identical to the numbers that former vice president Dan Quayle got just after leaving office in 1993,” says Holland. (CNN)
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