This is kinda like a follow-up of my first post, regarding Rasmussen’s poll about Joe Biden (D-DE).
1* John McCain named Sarah Palin to be his Vice Presidential running mate. Was this the right choice for McCain to make?
22% Not sure
Well, that’s not too good for Palin or McCain. They’d better hope that those 22% start swinging toward Yes, otherwise McCain could be in trouble.
2* With Sarah Palin as his running mate, are you more likely or less likely to vote for John McCain?
37% More likely
38% Less likely
23% No impact
2% Not sure
That’s essentially the same thing as Joe Biden, except that Biden was at 32% for each (so more people saying no impact/undecideds), and Palin had 1% more saying that they are less likely to vote for the ticket because of her.
3* If necessary, is Sarah Palin ready to be President?
23% Not sure
And this is the question that’s REALLY going to hurt Palin. Nearly half of the people surveyed say she’s not ready. Personally, I disagree. I think, due to her experience as an executive, she has more experience than Obama, who spent a large chunk of his time in the Illinois Senate voting “Present” and has spent nearly half of his time as a U.S. Senator campaigning for President, but still, this is going to hurt McCain/Palin.
4* Inpolitical terms, is Sarah Palin very conservative, somewhat conservative, moderate, somewhat liberal, or very liberal?
45% Very conservative
30% Somewhat conservative
2% Somewhat liberal
0% Very liberal
11% Not sure
Wow – most people saying that she’s very conservative is going to hurt. Like I saidwhen the poll came out for Michelle Obama, you really want Very Conservative and Somewhat Conservative to be switched. You want something similar to a bell curve (although with politics, unless you’re actually a moderate, this won’t happen). This isn’t going to win over many moderate voters, but it will energize the base.
5*Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression of Sarah Palin?
31% Very favorable
21% Somewhat favorable
20% Somewhat unfavorable
16% Very unfavorable
10% Not familiar with Sarah Palin
2% Not sure
And this is where Palin does better than Biden. She has a favorability rating of 52%, while Biden only had 48% (and that’s a difference larger than the margin of error). She has an unfavorability rating of 36%, while Biden had one of 38%, so they were pretty close there. Having 52% like you is a VERY good thing to have, so this is going to help Palin out quite a bit, now the McCain campaign just needs to show people that she’s ready to lead.
Here’s a few results broken up by party and gender (I don’t have a premium account, so what’s posted below is all I can get):
- “69% of GOP voters believe the choice was a good one, while nearly as many Democrats (63%) disagree. Unaffiliated voters are evenly divided as well.”
- “The night after the announcement, slightly more women voters viewed Palin as the right choice for McCain’s running mate, but now 41% say she was not, versus 36% who still believe she was a good choice. Forty-one percent (41%) of women say they are less likely now to vote for McCain because of Palin, as opposed to 31% who say they are more likely to support him. Women voters were essentially even on this question in the earlier survey.”
- “Men still back McCain’s decision. Forty-one percent (41%) say she was the right choice, while 37% disagree. Earlier, men favored the decision by a 43% to 31% margin. Forty-three percent (43%) of men voters say they are more likely to vote for McCain because of his choosing of Palin as a running mate, but 34% say they are less likely to do so. This is a jump in support from the earlier survey.”
- “But even a plurality of men (47%) say Palin is not ready to be president in the event of the 72-year-old McCain being incapacitated while in the White House, although 32% believe she is ready. Women voters by a nearly two-to-one margin believe Palin is not ready.”
So, there you have it. Palin is starting off I think worse than Biden did, but she has a lot more potential to improve than Biden does. We’ll see what happens on Election Day!
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