Americans appear to be souring on Sarah Palin, according to a new national poll.
Thirty-nine percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday have a favorable opinion of the former Alaska governor and last year's Republican vice presidential nominee. That's down seven points from a poll conducted in May, and it's also nine points lower than the 48 percent who now say they now view Palin unfavorably. Forty-three percent viewed Palin negatively in May.
"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 one a number of Republicans who may want to make a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. "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. Quayle formally declared himself a presidential candidate in 1994 but withdrew from the race in 1995.
Palin: "They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska. ... As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border."
Quayle: "Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific. It is in the Pacific. It is a part of the United States that is an island that is right here."
Palin: "Let me speak specifically about a credential that I do bring to this table, Charlie, and that's with the energy independence that I've been working on for these years as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy." (The correct amount of energy produced by Alaska - only 3.5 percent.)
Quayle: "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
There is more, so much more. Fun for hours.