Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sarah Palin - Likeable But Not Electable?
Supporters of Sarah Palin should not ignore or discount polls like the new one from PPP, Public Policy Polling.
It shows that Sarah Palin has a great strength in her connection with votes, but needs to overcome the smears that she is not up to the task of being President.
PPP asked people who did not approve of Barack Obama, who they liked.
Sarah Palin was out in front with 75 percent saying they liked the Governor. Mike Huckabee was second with 67 percent, Romney had 62 and Gingrich was last with 54 percent.
BUT, when the same people were asked who they would vote for - the Alaska Governor finished last. Huckabee has %81, Gingrich %75, Romney %71 and Palin had 68 percent.
I don't see this as a negative, but a wake up call. It is nearly impossible to become more likable, it is possible to improve your stature and study.
Remember, this is the exact same criticism that Ronald Reagan had to overcome - that he was affable, but an intellectual lightweight. Those who under-estimated him did so at their own peril - same with Sarah Palin.
By the way, only 60 percent of those who were unhappy with Obama were Republicans, 26percent were Independents. You can see the breakdown by clicking here.
Sarah Palin has always done substantially better in polls that focus on solely Republican voters, and that is what matters in the caucuses and primaries.