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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.


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I like Scott Rasmussen, he’s fair even though lots of people here were saying he fudged the poll to oversample dems.

He puts out this favorable survey when Palin is under attack.


51 posted on 11/07/2008 8:45:25 AM PST by KavMan
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To: The G Man
LOL!!! Love it! ;)
52 posted on 11/07/2008 8:45:46 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

You nailed it. I refused to vote for Dole. Probably would have voted for McCain but think Palin kept him in game.

The media frenzy to discredit Palin had an effect on many voters - many Americans do not realize how untruthful the MSM has become.


53 posted on 11/07/2008 8:45:59 AM PST by nvcdl
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

The problem isn’t with Republicans. As this poll shows most GOPers like Sarah Palin and thought she helped McCain. The problem is with so called independents and moderate voters. Both those groups of voters went for Obama. Especially the self described moderates.


54 posted on 11/07/2008 8:46:22 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: The G Man

Now you’ve done it...the artist responsible for that design on President Reagan despises Republicans. Then again; so does most of the comics industry.


55 posted on 11/07/2008 8:46:27 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: MuttTheHoople
"McCain was Bob Dole with a decent running mate."

Exactly.

A Romney/Palin ticket would have won and set Palin up for 2016.

56 posted on 11/07/2008 8:47:01 AM PST by blam
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

This should be a big heads-up for all conservatives. Watch and see how the Republican Party leadership treats/handles Sarah Palin. If they do not recognize the excitement and enthusiasm she has generated (during a particularly uphill struggle, and with a moderate running-mate), then they are to be dismissed, ignored, rejected. They will be shown to be absolutely tone-deaf, incapable of winning anything, unable to see what “sells.” At such a point, conservatives would do well to consider withdrawing their support from the “Somewhat Less Than Liberal Republican Party” and find themselves a new home.


58 posted on 11/07/2008 8:47:29 AM PST by MarDav
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Without Sarah on the ticket, McCain would have sunk into Barry Goldwater territory on the Electoral College map. He was behind 10-15 points over the summer. He only went slightly ahead after he picked Sarah.


59 posted on 11/07/2008 8:47:31 AM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (Our party is at war. and those who do not support Palin will be backed into the ocean.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

It’s the MSM conspiring to take down a credible candidate with smears and lies, which will forever be repeated.

More leftist propaganda from the same people who put McCain’s weak candidacy as best (sic) choice.

Palin was who won our vote for McCain and the GOP. Now they want to play the blame game and point fingers at why they lost. Frankly, with that attitude, they deserved to be booted out as a reality check. It is up to the voters to convey our feelings about the GOP’s abandonment of it’s principles of “We the People” so this never happens again.


60 posted on 11/07/2008 8:48:06 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (Since when is paying more, but getting less, considered Patriotic?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Today’s BFO (Blinding Flash of the Obvious): McCain’s campaign staff was out of touch with the base. Duh.


61 posted on 11/07/2008 8:48:25 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: Reagan Man
Both those groups of voters went for Obama.

Four years of highern taxes under Obama, coupled with their increasing weariness of being called "RACIST!!!" every five minutes under the new ideological regime, will change that. ;)

62 posted on 11/07/2008 8:49:13 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: Reagan Man

She can get those Independenta and moderates. She was too new to the scene but if she does decide to run, she will be doing lots of interviews and primary debates.

If she does well those minds will change about her.


63 posted on 11/07/2008 8:49:27 AM PST by KavMan
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To: Corin Stormhands

I WANT THAT PIN!!!


64 posted on 11/07/2008 8:49:47 AM PST by CatQuilt (Lover of cats =^..^= and quilts)
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To: magritte

He is appealing to many. Not to me, but I can understand what people see in him. If only more would realize that he is a
liberal leaning RINO, and thus part of the problem. He isn’t a bad guy... but if we put him on the first place of the ticket, we’ll have another lost election, I fear. He would be good as Treasury Secretary maybe, but we need a young Reaganite on the ticket.


65 posted on 11/07/2008 8:49:47 AM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light! WE STAND WITH HER!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

She got almost 30% fewer votes in this election than Bush did in 2004.And a handful more than Bush in 2000. Alaskan’s maybe weren’t so happy to have their native daughter in DC?


66 posted on 11/07/2008 8:50:01 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Well, of course. We all knew this.


67 posted on 11/07/2008 8:50:23 AM PST by Harry Wurzbach (Joe The Plumber & Rep. Thaddeus McCotter are my heroes.)
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To: Reagan Man
The problem is with so called independents and moderate voters. Both those groups of voters went for Obama. Especially the self described moderates.

And the reason why they think that way....can we have a roll call please......It's called the CNNN factor. Certainly Not Neutral News.

68 posted on 11/07/2008 8:50:28 AM PST by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: Huck

LOL. you just want to cuddle up to moderate voters dont you ?

You ever notice when we give the American public Diet Coke (Bob Dole, John McCain, Gerald Ford) we get pounded. But when we give them the real thing (Ronald Reagan Conservatism) we are able to win.


69 posted on 11/07/2008 8:50:34 AM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (Our party is at war. and those who do not support Palin will be backed into the ocean.)
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To: Huck

“And it won’t be Romney or Huckabee.”

We agree on one thing anyway. I think Huckabee has ended his political career by taking the Fox gig.

Romney? IMHO, Romney would split the party as badly as McCain did. Only problem is I don’t think there is a “Palin” type politician Romney could nominate as VP to reunite the party behind the ticket (they way Palin did for McCain.)


70 posted on 11/07/2008 8:51:24 AM PST by Brookhaven (.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

McCain was Bob Dole but without Dole’s “dynamic charisma”.


71 posted on 11/07/2008 8:52:06 AM PST by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

This tells me she could potentially win the primary, only to be trounced in the general. Unfair, but that’s just the way it is, as Bruce Hornsby might say.


72 posted on 11/07/2008 8:52:19 AM PST by Unlikely Hero ("Time is a wonderful teacher; unfortunately, it kills all its pupils." --Berlioz)
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To: mnehrling

The chattering class and disgruntled McCain campagn staff (= the losers) disagree.


73 posted on 11/07/2008 8:52:29 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: SolidWood

I think it all depends on how the next 4 years go...if things are lookin’ good for Obama (50% plus approval, economy stable), I think Romney needs to be our Bob Dole and run...if everything’s going down the tubes and we’ve spent a ton of money on our ground game, we should push for a full Conservative ticket and roll the dice...magritte


74 posted on 11/07/2008 8:53:17 AM PST by magritte (If a problem comes along, you must whip it.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Palin 2012!


75 posted on 11/07/2008 8:53:42 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

That’s why we remind them about the tens of millions of us out here who support Governor Palin.. I want to dwarf the dozen or so elitist snobs who are dragging her through the mud.


76 posted on 11/07/2008 8:53:43 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Unlikely Hero
This tells me she could potentially win the primary, only to be trounced in the general.

Nothing in the article referenced gives any such indication. Explain.

77 posted on 11/07/2008 8:53:50 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: Unlikely Hero

People would have said the same thing about Reagan in 1976.


78 posted on 11/07/2008 8:54:12 AM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (Our party is at war. and those who do not support Palin will be backed into the ocean.)
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To: Unlikely Hero
"This tells me she could potentially win the primary, only to be trounced in the general. Unfair, but that’s just the way it is, as Bruce Hornsby might say."

I have a premonition as well...it's call dollar signs and I see them going to Alaska for the next four years.

79 posted on 11/07/2008 8:54:45 AM PST by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I would support that 100%. Gov Palin brought energy to the ticket I have not seen in years. Look at the crowds that turned out to see her. She is a rising star in the GOP and probably why all the potshots. Some former candidates know that she would beat them hands down.

She needs to come down to the lower 48 and campaign for candidates in 2010 and collect those IOU’s for 2012.


80 posted on 11/07/2008 8:54:58 AM PST by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER LetsGetThisRight.com)
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To: KavMan

“She can get those Independenta and moderates. She was too new to the scene but if she does decide to run, she will be doing lots of interviews and primary debates.”

It amazed me how little the campaign talked about Palin’s reform record in Alaska. After the convention, I’m not sure I heard it mentioned once.

THAT would have brought independents over, yet we failed to even use it.


81 posted on 11/07/2008 8:55:04 AM PST by Brookhaven (.)
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To: joesbucks

She was the VP CANDIDATE. that was not her job.


82 posted on 11/07/2008 8:56:02 AM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (Our party is at war. and those who do not support Palin will be backed into the ocean.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Palin - Jindal 2012! Dethrone the anti-Christ!


83 posted on 11/07/2008 8:56:02 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: MuttTheHoople
McCain was Bob Dole with a decent running mate.

Coulter said the GOP ran "Caligula's Horse", LOL!

Sarah Palin was the closest to a Conservative cadidate on the ticket, and a vast majority of the ENTIRE electorate responded favorably.

84 posted on 11/07/2008 8:56:26 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: SolidWood
Just to reiterate...If only more would realize that he is a liberal leaning RINO, and thus part of the problem.
85 posted on 11/07/2008 8:56:48 AM PST by CatQuilt (Lover of cats =^..^= and quilts)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Somewhere Mitt Romney is crying...


86 posted on 11/07/2008 8:56:48 AM PST by Thane_Banquo (President George W. Bush, RINO-in-Chief.)
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To: sitetest
Palin - Jindal 2012!

The perfect ticket, IMHO; with the more experienced governor at the top of the ticket, as shown! ;)

87 posted on 11/07/2008 8:57:36 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: CatQuilt

(click the pic)


88 posted on 11/07/2008 8:57:41 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (Nanowrimo Word Count: 2629)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

I thoguht the VP candidate was to shore up the ticket. Almost 30% fewer Alaskan voters voted for her in 2008 than voted for W in 2004. Not that 3 electorial votes count for much and the ticket already won them, but Alaskans didn’t show up in droves to support her.


89 posted on 11/07/2008 8:58:22 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: Thane_Banquo
Somewhere Mitt Romney is crying...

... and yet, somehow, I'll be sleeping soundly tonight regardless. ;)

90 posted on 11/07/2008 8:58:35 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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Hey Noonan, Parker, Krauth, Barnes... stick it!!!! Here’s proof you elitist snobs are wrong.


91 posted on 11/07/2008 8:59:37 AM PST by rintense (I don't wanna gain the whole world and lose my soul~ TobyMac (are you listening Obamabots?))
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
The perfect ticket, IMHO; with the more experienced governor at the top of the ticket, as shown! ;)

Sorry, but Louisiana has a more diverse population than Alaska, and if Jindal can manage the racial issues in Louisiana, combined with overcoming Louisiana's heritage of government corruption, that would give Jindal a huge advantage over Palin.

92 posted on 11/07/2008 9:00:07 AM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: joesbucks

There are Democrats in Alaska too. you know ?


93 posted on 11/07/2008 9:00:24 AM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (Our party is at war. and those who do not support Palin will be backed into the ocean.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

McCain is the reason Sarah lost


94 posted on 11/07/2008 9:00:32 AM PST by Rightly Biased (McCain is the reason Sarah Lost <><)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
Just left a conversation with a Obama supporter telling me how he didn't like her. I was telling how I like her principles and foundation, felt she could handle anything this world had to offer based on her values and principles.
He got into conversation about how she was to Godly, and that people the are like that think they are always right and won't listen to what other say. He gave long spill on it.

I then asked him if he felt the same way about Martin Luther King. He was guided by his values and principle, look at his speeches and how many times he referenced God. Look at what guided Abraham Lincoln to free slaves, Reagan, list can go on and on. He could not name one Godless person who did anything great for any nation or anything.
He accepted and agreed with argument and said he understands the press went after her, he would judge her in 2012 on what she does in Alaska

Side note: I'm finding a lot of people on the left are willing to listen better now that Obama elected, I think they are scared, now is time to talk to people about why conservative value make this country great. This guy would just argue before, he even said Obama’s proposed economic policies would be bad, but He think Obama will do the right thing and change. Wow after all the arguments we had during the campaign.

95 posted on 11/07/2008 9:01:08 AM PST by NoDRodee (U>S>M>C)
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To: dfwgator

I disagree. Jindal is 7 years younger than Palin. and far less charismatic.


96 posted on 11/07/2008 9:01:08 AM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (Our party is at war. and those who do not support Palin will be backed into the ocean.)
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To: joesbucks

She’s not running for President and with all the $hit that’s gone on in the 8 years and that last minute eco crisis, you’re expectations are unrealistic.


97 posted on 11/07/2008 9:01:37 AM PST by KavMan
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To: dfwgator
Sorry

You're forgiven. I'm confident saner heads will prevail, nonetheless. ;)

98 posted on 11/07/2008 9:01:50 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: Mad_as_heck
I will forgive everything else McRino did because he found SARAH for us. He vindicatd himself. We must thank Obama too even if he ruins the government in the next four years because he didn't choose Hillary as his running mate. Otherwise, McCan't would have gone with Romney or someone else.
99 posted on 11/07/2008 9:03:31 AM PST by MooseChic
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

After the very clever way all the nominees were defamed and McCain was all that was left, I changed my way and attempted to support him holding my nose. McCain is an stubborn foolish old man who is a RINO. Palin held his butt up and I give McCain no credit for the votes the ticket got.


100 posted on 11/07/2008 9:04:37 AM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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