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AK: Favorable Ratings (Hays 7/29-30)


Hays Research Group
7/29-30/09; 400 adults; 4.9% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Hays release)

Alaska

Favorable / Unfavorable
Sarah Palin: 47% Positive, 48% Negative
Gov. Sean Parnell: 67 / 8

 

Comments
Mark in LA:

If Palin has a net negative approval rating in Alaska, there's not much upside to her post-Governor political career. She'll still should do well here in the Deep South with speaking fees to the political party whose base believes Obama was born in Kenya, and Saddam Hussein was responsible for the Sept 11th attacks.

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RussTC3:

While I have no doubt that Palin's approval numbers have sank, it's important to note that Hays Research Group was WAY off during the GE (their last poll had it +3 McCain/Palin and the one before that actually had Obama up by 5 points).

Of course the trend is key, and I'll look that up in a minute, but based on this poll and the GE polls, it leads me to believe that she may be viewed a little bit more favorably than what this poll shows.

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RussTC3:

They have an extensive trend dating way back to April 2007:

Very Positive/Somewhat Positive 47 (54) (60) (61) (62) (80) (86) (85) (81) (82) (84) (81) (83)
Very Negative/Somewhat Negative 48 (42) (35) (33) (34) (16) (09) (12) (08) (06) (05) (05) (07)

The final poll taken before she was selected as VP was 7/24-25/2008 and had her rating at 80/16. The one after that was 62/34 (10/23/2008) and it has been down hill ever since.

First poll to now: +76 to -1 (77 point slide)
Last poll before VP selection to now: +64 to -1 (65 point slide)

Wow, that's bad.

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RussTC3:

And yes, that's favorable (positive) not approval. Made that mistake in my first comment, corrected it in my second.

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IdahoMulato:

The following are the republican and conservative lies we need to counter with every breath in us during the summer:
1) The House bill "may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia," House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio said July 23.
2) Health care revisions would lead to government-funded abortions. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council says in a video, "Unless Congress states otherwise, under a government takeover of health care, taxpayers will be forced to fund abortions for the first time in over three decades."
3) Americans won't have to change doctors or insurance companies. "If you like your plan and you like your doctor, you won't have to do a thing," Obama said on June 23. "You keep your plan; you keep your doctor."
4) The Democrats' plans will lead to rationing, or the government determining which medical procedures a patient can have. "Expanding government health programs will hasten the day that government rations medical care to seniors," conservative writer Michael Cannon said in the Washington Times.
-- Culled from http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090802/ap_on_go_co/us_health_care_fact_check

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