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69% of GOP Voters Say Palin Helped McCain (Favorability among Republicans: ***91%***!!!)
Rasmussen Reports ^ | 11/07/08 | Staff

Posted on 11/07/2008 8:31:02 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republican voters say Alaska Governor Sarah Palin helped John McCain’s bid for the presidency, even as news reports surface that some McCain staffers think she was a liability.

Only 20% of GOP voters say Palin hurt the party’s ticket, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Six percent (6%) say she had no impact, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

Ninety-one percent (91%) of Republicans have a favorable view of Palin, including 65% who say their view is Very Favorable. Only eight percent (8%) have an unfavorable view of her, including three percent (3%) Very Unfavorable.

When asked to choose among some of the GOP’s top names for their choice for the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, 64% say Palin. The next closest contenders are two former governors and unsuccessful challengers for the presidential nomination this year -- Mike Huckabee of Arkansas with 12% support and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts with 11%.

Three other sitting governors – Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Charlie Crist of Florida and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota – all pull low single-digit support.

These findings echo a survey earlier this week which found that Republicans were happier with their vice presidential candidate than with their presidential nominee. Seventy-one percent (71%) said McCain made the right choice by picking Palin as his running mate, while only 65% said the party picked the right nominee for president.

The key for the 44-year-old Palin will be whether she can broaden her base of support. An Election Day survey found that 81% of Democrats and, more importantly, 57% of unaffiliated voters had an unfavorable view of her.

Palin, Alaska’s first woman governor, was elected to a four-year term in 2006. She was largely unknown nationally until McCain chose her to be the party’s vice presidential candidate. She quickly became a darling of the GOP’s conservative base and energized the party’s rank-and-file.

Speculation about her future has run high for weeks when it appeared Barack Obama was likely to beat McCain. Already this week there is talk of her possibly taking the seat of embattled Republican Senator Ted Stevens if he manages to hang on and win won reelection despite recent federal felony convictions. Stevens would have to step down if his appeal of the convictions is unsuccessful.

Palin could also run for another term as Governor in the state where she still enjoys very high approval ratings.

Among Republicans, 66% of men and 61% of women say Palin is their choice for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Sixty-six percent (66%) of GOP women have a Very Favorable view of her, as do 64% of men.

While Palin’s high favorables suggest she has a bright political future in the Republican Party, it is important to note that favorites four years out from a presidential election quite often do not get the nomination. Obama, for example, was just an Illinois state senator four years ago, and Hillary Clinton appeared a shoo-in for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

Similarly, vice presidential candidates historically have seldom risen to the highest office by election.

Republicans are closely divided over the two most important issues in the next presidential election: 31% say economic issues, 30% say national security. Fifteen percent (15%) list fiscal issues, followed by cultural issues (12%) and domestic issues (6%). Five percent (5%) are undecided. Palin is overwhelmingly the top choice for 2012 among voters in all these categories.

Over two-thirds of Republicans describe themselves as conservative in terms of foreign policy, fiscal and social issues.

Eighty percent (80%) of Republicans have a favorable view of Huckabee, including 46% Very Favorable. Sixteen percent (16%) regard him unfavorably.

Eighty-one percent (81%) view Romney favorably, with 45% Very Favorable. Fifteen percent (15%) have an unfavorable opinion of him.

Jindal, Pawlenty, and Crist are far less known than the other candidates. Roughly 40% of GOP voters have no opinion one way or the other of these three Republican Governors.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008veep; conservativeparty; conservatives; palin; palin2012; rasmussen; rinos; sarah; sarahpalin
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1 posted on 11/07/2008 8:31:03 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Support Governor Palin against the attacks. Join Operation Freep Palin.
2 posted on 11/07/2008 8:31:30 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Mr. Silverback; Tennessee Nana; TADSLOS; tiniyo; snarkytart

Ping! ;)


3 posted on 11/07/2008 8:32:00 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

McCain was Bob Dole with a decent running mate.


4 posted on 11/07/2008 8:32:27 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Bombing Billy Ayers-the Timothy McVeigh of his generation)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Cool!! Bite that, RINOs!!


5 posted on 11/07/2008 8:32:56 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gloucester County, VA -- Making a stand for America: 63% for McCain/Palin)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
The other 33 1/3% of Republicans are sexist or rinos or both!

LLS

6 posted on 11/07/2008 8:32:56 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (GOD, Country, Family... except when it comes to dims! I am an UMA-unity my a$$)
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To: MuttTheHoople
McCain was Bob Dole with a decent running mate.

Excellent tagline alert!

7 posted on 11/07/2008 8:33:07 AM PST by frogjerk (Welcome|Goodbye to|from Free|Fairness Doctrine Republic!)
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To: mnehrling

This can’t be right! She was a drag on the ticket! The MSM told me so, and they never lie.


8 posted on 11/07/2008 8:33:16 AM PST by scottinoc
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

GO SARAH!!! They are AFRAID...very AFRAID!!!!!!!!!!!
GO SARAH!!!!!!!!!!!!GO SARAH!!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 11/07/2008 8:34:01 AM PST by barbarianbabs (VOTE!!!!!!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

You betcha!


10 posted on 11/07/2008 8:34:17 AM PST by MiddleEarth ("The board is set. Pieces are moving. It has come to it at last. The great battle of our time.")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I think she helped bring in the base, which just shows how doomed McCain was from the start. I have a favorable view of her as a person. But at this point, I am opposed to her being our nominee in 2012. I think she should campaign for our nominee, because she’s a good campaigner/stump speechifier, and I think she’d make a good Sec. of Energy, but I’ll be looking for someone else to support when the time comes. And it won’t be Romney or Huckabee.


11 posted on 11/07/2008 8:34:56 AM PST by Huck (Harriet Miers + Fred Thompson = Sarah Palin)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Ninety-one percent (91%) of Republicans have a favorable view of Palin, including 65% who say their view is Very Favorable.

Oh really? Gosh, that’s not what the MSM was reporting before the freakin election. Lying, disgusting, filthy, disingenuous, creepy, scumbag, partisan, pieces of chit.


12 posted on 11/07/2008 8:35:01 AM PST by Unkosified (What do Osama and Obama have in common? They both have friends that bombed the Pentagon.)
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To: ScottinVA
Ninety-one percent (91%) of Republicans have a favorable view of Palin

Wonder how the anti-Sarah trolls hereabouts are gonna try spinning this one! ;)

13 posted on 11/07/2008 8:35:17 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: MuttTheHoople
McCain was Bob Dole with a decent running mate.

Spot on. Best summary of the election yet.

14 posted on 11/07/2008 8:35:22 AM PST by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
You have to give the RINO McCain credit, whether on purpose or inadvertently, Gov. Palin now has a national presence.
15 posted on 11/07/2008 8:35:57 AM PST by frogjerk (Welcome|Goodbye to|from Free|Fairness Doctrine Republic!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

16 posted on 11/07/2008 8:36:09 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (Nanowrimo Word Count: 2629)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

91%?!?—she must be destroyed!


17 posted on 11/07/2008 8:36:20 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I’ll say it again. She IS the base. Any RINO trying to put her on the sidelines will be discarded.


18 posted on 11/07/2008 8:36:42 AM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light! WE STAND WITH HER!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
IMHO she didn't help McCain, SHE CARRIED MCCAIN across the finish line, with help from Joe the Plumber.
19 posted on 11/07/2008 8:37:04 AM PST by pfflier
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

This explains the bitterness among the McCain staffers. Their own candidate was to blame.


20 posted on 11/07/2008 8:37:09 AM PST by TommyDale (I) (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

McCain was in losing mode when Palin bucked their defeatism. McCain, probably on the advice of staffers, gave up Michigan. Palin said, “Send me!” I never thought McCain was a loser (thought a lot of things about him, but not that.) but I think he had a loser mentality advising him. These are the same rats jumping the ship the day before the election leaking stuff about Palin. Rats like these are professional political staffers who, when their candidate begins to go down, are looking for their next job. Part of that process is to NOT let the blame for the loss be pinned on them. Thus the Palin blameshifting.

I first observed this when I was an intern on Capitol Hill in the 70’s for a losing Congressman. Staffers were selling him out right in front of me, no shame. They work for whomever, cross the aisle, no problem. They are not principled. They are technicians, often having disdain for the person they work for.


21 posted on 11/07/2008 8:37:37 AM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

She was a “drag” on the ticket...

Palin on the ticket was the only thing to drag me out of not supporting a RINO into voting for him. Actually she was the only one on the ticket I was voting for.


22 posted on 11/07/2008 8:37:43 AM PST by RasterMaster (DUmocrats - the party of slavery, sedition, subversion, socialism & surrender)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

If she is as smart as I think she is she will take some time to unwind and rest up and then start to network with conservative leaders in the GOP and work to reestablish conservative control of the party. This can be done and in fairly short order if it is started now while the party is in disarray and the RINOs are discredited. And if she does this she needs to reach out to the talk radio barons and to the rightwing blogosphere.


23 posted on 11/07/2008 8:37:45 AM PST by scory
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To: Corin Stormhands
Cool! Have you seen this one...? ;)
24 posted on 11/07/2008 8:37:45 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

ALSO what is up with those boys at fox???? They have been trashing her also. Greta is the only one sticking up for her.


25 posted on 11/07/2008 8:37:54 AM PST by barbarianbabs (VOTE!!!!!!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Spinning off of Rush... McCain proved to be too heavy to drag across the finnish line.


26 posted on 11/07/2008 8:38:24 AM PST by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle; jimrob; All

We should collect about $250-500 here and send her a HUGE bouquet of flowers from the freepers


27 posted on 11/07/2008 8:38:41 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: SolidWood
She IS the base. Any RINO trying to put her on the sidelines will be discarded.

BUMPED for The Truth!!! ;)

28 posted on 11/07/2008 8:39:11 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

After the black Jimmy Carter, could very well come the female Ronald Reagan.

At a minimum, it PROVES a thirst by republicans for CONSERVATIVES!


29 posted on 11/07/2008 8:39:19 AM PST by Names Ash Housewares (Refusing to kneel before the socialist messiah.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Sarah made me so proud of her.

My heart is heavy at the personal attacks on her and her family.

Wrote her a thank you note and will keep her and hers in my prayers.


30 posted on 11/07/2008 8:40:01 AM PST by Carley (Vote McCain/Palin.....Change babies can live with.)
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To: barbarianbabs
"ALSO what is up with those boys at fox????"

Hmmmm let's see, who has enough money to buy all the snotty negative pundits??? That's a hard one.../s

31 posted on 11/07/2008 8:40:03 AM PST by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: Huck

Why?


32 posted on 11/07/2008 8:40:07 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Election 2010 begins today!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I like it.


33 posted on 11/07/2008 8:40:07 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (Nanowrimo Word Count: 2629)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

34 posted on 11/07/2008 8:40:37 AM PST by The G Man (The NY Times did "great harm to the United States" - President George W. Bush 6/26/06)
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To: Huck

Assuming McCain would have hired much of his staff into his administration had he won. I think we seriously dodged a bullet by McCain losing. He would have been an absolute disaster as POTUS. At least we can live to fight another day, McCain may have very likely killed off the GOP for good.


35 posted on 11/07/2008 8:40:39 AM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: SolidWood
However, there is also this that I found very interesting...

Eighty-one percent (81%) view Romney favorably, with 45% Very Favorable. Fifteen percent (15%) have an unfavorable opinion of him.

What do you think?...magritte
36 posted on 11/07/2008 8:41:03 AM PST by magritte (If a problem comes along, you must whip it.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

She was the only reason I donated to the ticket. I called the rnc and made them take me off their mailing list. F the rnc.

Thank you Sarah and FU mccain.


37 posted on 11/07/2008 8:41:05 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (In Loving Memorey of the USA 1776 to 1/20/2009.. May she rest in peace.)
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38 posted on 11/07/2008 8:41:07 AM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: barbarianbabs
ALSO what is up with those boys at fox????

Shepard Smith is an Ole Miss, Trent Lott, Hotty Toddy butt boy, looks pretty, has nice hair, but would sell his momma out for a vote or an extra rating point.

39 posted on 11/07/2008 8:41:12 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Bombing Billy Ayers-the Timothy McVeigh of his generation)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Palin favorability among conservatives, 100%.


40 posted on 11/07/2008 8:41:39 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Close the colleges and don't feed the public schools.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

She was great, McCains Management team sound like Left wing whining liberals.
Gutless jerks attacking the only Republican Bright Spot!

God BLess Sarah Palin!


41 posted on 11/07/2008 8:42:02 AM PST by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!Jesus is Lord!)
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Eff you NRO Mittbots, Noonan, Parker and enabling presstitutes...


42 posted on 11/07/2008 8:42:05 AM PST by eureka! (Hey mushy middle: Who is Barrack 0bama? Wait until you learn the answer. It's not pretty.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
91% of Republicans have a favorable view of Palin, including 65% who say their view is Very Favorable.

8% have an unfavorable view of her, including 3% Very Unfavorable.

Sounds about like FreeRepublic.

43 posted on 11/07/2008 8:42:05 AM PST by McGruff (Remember Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I place the blame for Mac’s loss squarely on his campaign people. When the campaign was really rolling, HUSSEIN couldn’t fart without the McCain people slapping a commercial on TV about it the very next morning. I was pumped. Then those commercials stopped.


44 posted on 11/07/2008 8:42:45 AM PST by hsrazorback1 (To get what you had, do what you did.)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

People need to keep sending money to Palin. It’s gonna take her four years to get enough from all over the country to buy her way in like everyone else does.


45 posted on 11/07/2008 8:43:06 AM PST by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
"After the black Jimmy Carter, could very well come the female Ronald Reagan."


46 posted on 11/07/2008 8:43:27 AM PST by The G Man (The NY Times did "great harm to the United States" - President George W. Bush 6/26/06)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Where’s that Palin/Nugent 2012 bumper sticker?


47 posted on 11/07/2008 8:43:58 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

It’s sad that we require a poll to state the obvious.

Yet, I’m sure there are still people in the McCain campaign patting themselves on the back for keeping Palin under lock and key so she wouldn’t be a drag on the ticket.


48 posted on 11/07/2008 8:44:19 AM PST by Brookhaven (.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Proof positive that McCain's campaign staff are utterly clueless.

If any candidate ever uses any of those feebs again, he will deserve the resulting defeat.

49 posted on 11/07/2008 8:44:40 AM PST by TChris (So many useful idiots...)
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To: barbarianbabs

AMEN!!!!!! GO SARAH!!!!!!! We’re comin’ back in 2012, with SARAHCUDA!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!

SARAH!!!!!!! SARAH!!!!!!!! SARAH!!!!!!!!!

SARAH PALIN’2012!!!!!!


50 posted on 11/07/2008 8:45:16 AM PST by wk4bush2004 (Let the sound of intercession meet Your ears......)
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