Washington Post-ABC Poll Says Palin Favorability Drops to 40%

Friday, 24 Jul 2009 01:23 PM

By Rick Pedraza

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A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Sarah Palin’s favorability rating waning in the wake of her decision to step down Sunday as governor of Alaska.

The poll found that 53 percent of Americans now view Palin negatively, while 40 percent see her in positive terms, the Washington Post reports. Those are the lowest Post-ABC polling levels Palin has received since she emerged as the Republican vice presidential nominee last fall.

Republican voters and independents continue to rank Palin among the top three GOP contenders in the 2012 presidential race, with 70 percent viewing her positively, according to the poll.

More than three-quarters of Democrats view Palin unfavorably, including 56 percent who feel that way intensely, the poll shows. More than 40 percent of independents view her favorably, while 51 percent view her unfavorably.

Almost 60 percent of those polled say Palin does not understand complex issues, while 37 percent think she does. This represents a drop of nine percentage points from a poll in September, according to The Post.

Nearly 40 percent of Republicans say Palin does not understand complex issues. Seventy percent of Democrats and 58 percent of independents feel she does not understand issues.

As for values, 48 percent believe Palin shares theirs, while 47 percent think she does not. The number is much higher, 83 percent, among those identifying themselves as conservative Republicans. Fifty-four percent say Palin is not a strong leader; 40 percent say she is.

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