The Palin Effect
When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was tapped to run as the GOP vice presidential candidate, there was much chatter about the excitement she brought to the base and how she might help improve turnout among Republican voters.
But now, according to a poll released by CNN, it looks like she’s causing a 2-point drag on the ticket.
Palin’s popularity overall is down:
Fifty-seven percent of likely voters questioned in the poll say that Palin does not have the personal qualities a president should have. That’s up eight points since September. Fifty-three percent say that she does not agree with them on important issues. That’s also higher than in September.
Palin gave McCain a bump during the Republican National Covention and immediately after. Her speech at the convention had all the elements of an old-fashioned stemwinder.
But as we’re coming to the finish line, it’s less clear if the Alaska governor was a smart choice.