Todd Palin: Wife's Home State Approval Ratings "Torpedoed"
by Jonathan Singer, Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 04:23:18 PM EDT
It's apparently not only the case that Sarah Palin's numbers are tanking nationwide. According to Palin's own husband, her numbers have been falling precipitously in Alaska as well.
Consider something else when judging whether she's a good team player: Todd told me that the presidential campaign has torpedoed Palin's once stratospheric approval rating in Alaska. It's down 20 points since she's assumed the partisan pit bull role.
It's not necessarily the case that Palin's numbers are bad, per se, because they're not. They are, in fact, fairly good. According to Research 2000 polling commissioned by Daily Kos about two weeks ago, Palin's home state approval rating stood at 60 percent, with 35 percent disapproving, and 63 percent of likely voters viewed the Governor favorably, compared with
43 34 percent viewing her unfavorably.
Yet as Todd Palin noted, these numbers represented at least a drop of 20 points for Palin. What's more, even more recent polling indicates that the McCain-Palin ticket leads the Obama-Biden ticket in Alaska by an unremarkably 53 percent to 42 percent margin -- significantly narrower than the 61 percent to 36 percent margin by which George W. Bush defeated John Kerry in the state in 2004. Throw on top of this the fact that nationwide more voters view Palin unfavorably than view her favorably, as well as new polling showing her trailing both Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee in a hypothetical 2012 Republican primary (in the event of a John McCain loss in a week), and you can see that the luster has come off Palin, to put it lightly.