Saturday, August 30, 2008

Americans Like Palin Better Than Biden

Rasmussen polling finds Americans reacted more favorably to Sen. John McCain's selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate than Sen. Barack Obama's choice of Sen. Joe Biden. According to Rasmussen, 53% of Americans responded with a favorable first impression of Gov. Palin. Only 43% of Americans responded with a favorable first impression of Sen. Biden, who has been in the U.S. Senate longer than all but two senators. Biden was viewed unfavorably by 38% of the poll's respondents, while Palin was viewed unfavorably by just 26% of the respondents. Even worse news for Obama-Biden is a new Zogby poll showing McCain-Palin leading 47%-45%. What happened to Obama's post-convention bounce?

22 comments:

IndyPaul said...

US Today/Gallup on Palin:

There is also wide uncertainty about whether she's qualified to be president. In the poll, taken Friday, 39% say she is ready to serve as president if needed, 33% say she isn't and 29% have no opinion.

That's the lowest vote of confidence in a running mate since the elder George Bush chose then-Indiana senator Dan Quayle to join his ticket in 1988. In comparison, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden was seen as qualified by 57%-18% after Democrat Barack Obama chose him as a running mate last week.

Nickname unavailable said...

McCain must have a very low opinion of the intellect of American women (particularly Hillary's supporters) to offer up this Rick Santorum in heels.

artfuggins said...

Thank you, Indypaul.

Jon E. Easter said...

Obama still leads in a four-way horse race and leads in almost all the critical state-by-state polls. No one knows Palin yet. How do we know if we like her or not?

hi7654 said...

I’m a Democrat and, issues aside, like Palin better than Biden.

Change we can believe in apparently now means brining back a presidential candidate from the 80s. I also laugh that the candidate who plagiarized his speeches picked the candidate who plagiarized his papers. (Intellectual honesty must be overrated in the Obama camp.)

As for the experience question, she’s got more of it than Obama. So if she isn’t ready to be veep, he most definitely isn’t ready to be president.

Lance Rasmussen said...

The volume of vitriol coming from the left about Palin pretty much confirms how scared they are.

Concerned Taxpayer said...

"That's the lowest vote of confidence in a running mate since the elder George Bush chose then-Indiana senator Dan Quayle to join his ticket in 1988."

Remind me again...who won that election?

Concerned Taxpayer said...

Why doesn't anyone talk about Biden's brain operation some years back. How do we know he doesn't have another tumor. Maybe that's why he shoots off his mouth like he does. Maybe he's not safe to be VP or POTUS.

Thus Spake Shmoo said...

There are 4 senators with more time than Biden has.

Byrd D-WV 1959
Inouye D-Hawaii 1963
Kennedy D-Mass 1963
Stevens R-AK 1968

THEN
Biden 1973
Domenici R-NM also came in the '73 class.

artfuggins said...

Normally when a vice president selection is made, the candidate immediately makes the rounds of the networks and talk shows. Palin has been almost invisible since the announcement and no interviews. When will they let her out in the public?

7th CD guy said...

and she's easy top look at as well.
Unlike Hillary, she actually has intelligence and LOOKS!
I'd like to kiss her, just once!

arnie said...

ctax..burn once...yada,yada,yada.
Not me brother.

Jon E. Easter said...

Biden didn't have a tumor. He had a brain aneurysm.

tarrandwoolley said...

Concerned Taxpayer - Joe Biden did not have a tumor, he had an aneurysm, which was fixed with his surgery. It is the same thing Stephanie Tubbs Jones passed away from, and it is not necessarily "recurrent," like cancer, if you have had one before. Speaking of two time cancer survivors, how is McCain doing?

I hope Palin's experience in the PTA, City Council, 2 term Mayor over a city of 6,000 people, and her 20 months as the Governor of Alaska will aid her in being President if McCain does not survive his first term should he when. After all, McCain would be 76 at the end of his first terms, which is over the average life expectancy for males who live in the United States. I think because of McCain's age his choice was very, very serious, and he dropped the ball. I am a little nervous turning the government over to a sniper gun carrying, moose burger eating, soccer mom who already has her hands full with a baby born in April 2008 with down syndrome.

Advance Indiana said...

If you Obama supporters want to play the game of bringing up McCain's age and health, I will once again reiterate how little we know about Obama's health. Obama deliberately made a decision not to release detailed medical records about his health. There is a reason for that. Given the poor health history in his family and the early age of deaths, there is good reason to believe he is hiding something from us. This is a man who made up numerous lies about his biography in his book, Dreams of My Father. He has a demonstrated history of failing to tell the truth. He has an undisputed history of abusing cocaine and being a chain smoker. His life expectancy is not near as good as McCain's.

Lance Rasmussen said...

"Normally when a vice president selection is made, the candidate immediately makes the rounds of the networks and talk shows. Palin has been almost invisible since the announcement and no interviews. When will they let her out in the public?"

The R's toned down the convention because of Gustav....I think you're seeing a little more of that. On Wednesday, at the latest, I think you'll see her making the rounds.

Lance Rasmussen said...

"I am a little nervous turning the government over to a sniper gun carrying, moose burger eating, soccer mom who already has her hands full with a baby born in April 2008 with down syndrome."

Yeah, because Lord knows women are incapable of juggling work and family. She should just stay home and bake cookies.

What a "progressive" attitude.

Concerned Taxpayer said...

Well, let's think a minute...almost three years as governor. I wonder how many days a week a governor works...hm-m-m-m...how about five.

Now let's compare...three years as a senator. They have worked a total of 183 days those three years.

Accomplished as senator: voted for bills naming thousands of libraries, bridges, and buildings.

artfuggins said...

concerned taxpayer.......it is obvious that you have little knowledge of how the senate works.

small-question said...

By the way guys, you all should read the entire article Zogby put up about that poll. For starters, in a four way race, Obama actually leads by a point. More importantly, in the four way scenario, Obama currently leads among independents by 6 points.

In the last two days, here's what we've learned about Ms. Palin:

1. She once advocated teaching creationism in science class. While she backed off the original statement, she has never said for sure that evolution was a valid theory.

2. She is opposed to abortion in ALL cases, including rape and incest.

3. On an Alaskan radio show, she giggled and laughed when the radio hosts called one of Palin's political opponents a "cancer" and a "bitch". The fact that the opponent in question was in fact a cancer survivor makes Palin's conduct even harder to fathom. (I can provide you links to this story if you'd like)

4. Palin indicated in a candidate's questionaire in 2006 that she believed that the Founding Fathers wrote the Pledge of Allegiance. Which of course, is false, given that the Pledge was written in the 1890's.

5. As USA Today reported, Palin actually was in favor of the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it.

6. Pointedly doesn't believe that man impacts the climate.

So, we learned all of this in just two days. McCain will have a tricky task actually keeping independent voters in line the more they learn about Palin's out of the mainstream , far-right views. The fact that Palin has yet to answer any substantive questions about foreign policy, the economy, climate change, educational policy, etc., that convincing the middle will be even harder.

Oh, I know, you'll say, but Palin isn't running for President. But, either she's a window into McCain's own beliefs, or she's a cynical prop designed to simultaneously fool both holy rollers and pro-choice Clinton supporters.

When Palin is FINALLY asked some hard questions about her beliefs, she's either going to distance herself from them (which will tick of the right) or heartily endorse them (which will tick off the center). Either way, it's a no win.

tarrandwoolley said...

Lance Rasmussen - thanks for putting words I did not say into my mouth. Spoken like a true Republican. I did not say women cannot juggle a family and work. In fact, I absolutely LOVE a strong powerful women. Unfortunately, I just don't think Palin some even close to that. While she maybe opinionated, I will not follow her, so in my eyes, she is not ready to lead, period.

BornHoosier said...

Based on Leftist rancor and using it to JUDGE all candidates with the same approach leaves one with only one conclusion - there's no one available who has the right credentials to be President.

Obama - 143 days as Senator, began running for President almost immediately and only voted present on almost every Bill put before him. Is he scared to take a real stand by which his Supporters could point to as a beneficial track record? Good question.

Biden - proven (on Youtube) to be a habitual liar, even in spite of himself. That's certainly someone we should trust with his finger on the button at 3AM in the morning. It's also been proven that he is fiscally unfit to run anyone's finances with him being one of the poorest Senators in Congress.

McCain - has the habit of not watching his political roots and uses poor judgement when partnering up with politicos (cite McCain almost partnering up with Kerry in '04). McCain hasn't exactly worked very hard at Border Security like you think most Conservatives might do (cite the two Border Patrol Officers who were sent to jail, while the real crminal walked).

Palin - has the misfortune of being female, with a family (targets?) that is about as disfunctional(?) as any Family might be. Lord knows almost everyone in America has family, or friends, who have daughters in the same predicament as what we're reading about now. It's been pretty normal SOP going all the way back to the '80's, just ask Governor Tommy Thompson.

Curious everyone needs to work overtime avoiding the real specifics of the State Trooper's highly improper conduct behind the badge - No Dudley Do-right's Allowed.

Any one of us can certainly provide improper behavior by dozens of Dem Mayors or Governors throughout the Country in much worse scenarios than what we're reading about now. Take the Mayor of New Orleans as a prime example. Graftus Emeritus, anyone? And, yes, there are Repub Mayors & Governors that have been suspect, as well. The trend just happens to be more blatant & constant on the Left.

The real problem in politics is the Media keeps perpetuating the nonsense by feeding us the wrong people on purpose. They made sure to bury Mitt ROMNEY almost immediately. What were they afraid of? Instead, the Media could use their own bully pulpit to help clean up our Political Parties, but won't.

And, almost no one cries foul.