How is Palin Doing?
The pollsters are giving Sarah Palin a lot of attention. In some ways, she comes out on top, but not in others. Rasmussen Reports has three polls out on America’s prospective of her. See which ones you agree with.
First of all, Rasmussen Reports come up with an interesting proposition. What if it was a head to head match up for President between Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin? Clinton would win by a margin of 52 to 41%. Of course, it gets interesting when you look closely at the demographics. Palin would get more votes from the men, 49 to 45% and Clinton from the women. Of course, 85% of the Republicans say Palin and 87% of the Democrats say Clinton, but when it comes to independents, who are playing a bigger part than ever, 48% say Clinton and 39% say Palin, with 12% undecided. This is the only place where undecided is more than 10%. One of the reasons Palin was picked was to win over Hillary Clinton supporters. None of the polls so far show this happening.
Another poll asked if the press was treating Palin fairly. It shows that while 51% think that the news media is not treating her fairly, only 24% say that it would make them more likely to vote for John McCain. This is one point where men and women almost agree with just 5% of each saying the news media is helping her. With the men, 52% say they are trying to hurt her and with the women it is 49%. Then again, 32% of the men say the coverage is unbiased as do 37% of the women. The views by party come up with some interesting statistics. With Republicans, 6% think she is being treated fairly. With the Democrats it is 4% and with independents it is 5%. Pretty even so far. However, 80% of the Republicans think they are out to hurt her. With the Democrats it is 28% and with the independents it is 49%. Then there are 9% of the Republicans, 57% of the Democrats and 32% of the independents who are saying the coverage is unbiased. What is most interesting is the fact that 24% of the Democrats and Independents combined are not sure. Will how the public views the treatment by the media affect how they vote?
The last question they posed was who has more experience Barack Obama or Sarah Palin. Palin loses on this one big time. No matter what she says, 49% of the voters say Obama has more experience while 39% say Palin and 12 % are not sure. With the men, Palin gets 44% and Obama 48%. With the women, Palin gets 44% and Obama 49% while 8% of the men and 16% of the women are not sure.
Palin has a long way to go before she makes a difference outside of her own party. The Clinton supporters are not going to flock to her just because she is a woman. That was only part of the reason why they supported Clinton. The other was that they agreed with her ideals and agenda and the overwhelming majority do not agree with Palin, for sure.