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Palin Polling Poorly As Debate Nears

A new WaPo-ABC poll of 1,070 adults conducted 9/ 27-29 indicates that six in 10 voters believe Governor Sarah Palin “lacks the experience to be an effective president, and a third are now less likely to vote for McCain because of her…Fewer than half of voters think she understands “complex issues.” The poll also found,

About half of all voters said they were uncomfortable with the idea of McCain taking office at age 72, and 85 percent of those voters said Palin does not have the requisite experience to be president….A third of independent voters now indicate they are less likely to support McCain because of Palin, compared with 20 percent who said so in an ABC poll a month ago. Palin now repels more independents than she attracts to McCain.

Yet, 51 percent of voters overall view Palin favorably; compared to 57 for Senator Biden. And, “about three-quarters of those surveyed said he understands complex issues, compared with 46 percent who said so of her.”
A new poll from the Pew Research Center, conducted 9/27-29 found that 51% now say Governor Palin is not qualified to become president, with 37 percent saying she is qualified — a reversal of opinion since early September. The poll indicated that 63 percent believe Senator Biden is qualified to serve as president.
A CBS News Poll. conducted Sept. 27-30, 2008 found 32 percent had a favorable opinion of Palin, with 33 percent unfavorable and 25 percent undecided. Last week, Palin had a net positive rating of 8 percent. The poll also indicated that Democratic veep nominee Joe Biden’s had a 34 percent favorable rating, with 19 percent unfavorable.

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