July 24, 2009


Palin's Favorability Ratings Drop

As Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) "prepares for the next stage of her political career, a majority of Americans hold an unfavorable view of her, and there is broad public doubt about her leadership skills and understanding of complex issues," according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

"Overall, the new poll found that 53% of Americans view Palin negatively and 40% see her in positive terms."

"Perhaps more vexing for Palin's national political aspirations, however, is that 57% of Americans say she does not understand complex issues, while 37% think she does, a nine-percentage-point drop from a poll conducted in September just before her debate with now-Vice President Biden. The biggest decline on the question came among Republicans, nearly four in 10 of whom now say she does not understand complex issues. That figure is 70% among Democrats and 58% among independents."










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