Palin trounces Biden in poll

More Americans would cast ballots for Republican Sarah Palin than for Democrat Joe Biden if they were able to vote for a vice president independent of their presidential choice, a US poll released Tuesday found.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll of 1,022 adults taken September 5-7 found that if voters were allowed to vote just for president in November, the result would be a statistical tie between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, at 49 and 48 percent respectively. The poll’s margin of error was three percent.


In a hypothetical separate vote just for vice president, Alaska Governor Palin beat Senator Biden, the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, by 53 percent to 44 percent, the survey showed.

Obama scoffed at the Republican duo’s claims they are “original mavericks” who would stand up for hard-pressed voters on the MSNBC news channel on Monday.

“They are not telling the truth,” he said. “When you have somebody who was for a project being presented as being against it, then that stretches the bounds of spin into new areas.”

Obama was responding to Palin’s boast that she had intervened to kill a controversial federally-funded “bridge to nowhere,” a project she initially supported


Sarah Palin Affair Rumors Are False

“The smearing of the Palin family must end,” said McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt. “The allegations contained on the cover of the National Enquirer insinuating that Gov Palin had an extramarital affair are categorically false. It is a vicious lie.

“The efforts of the media and tabloids to destroy this fine and accomplished public servant are a disgrace. The American people will reject it.”

The Enquirer also alleges that Palin, whose daughter Bristol, 17, is pregnant, unjustly fired a public safety official while she was governor of Alaska. The article was based entirely on unnamed sources and the magazine often pays sources to speak to them.

“Senator McCain and Governor Palin look forward to discussing the issues that Americans care about, fixing broken government, creating jobs, making our country energy independent and securing the peace for the next generation by bringing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to a victorious end,” Mr Schmidt continued.

“Legal action will be considered with regard to this disgraceful smear.”

But the Enquirer was recently vindicated after its long-running pursuit of John Edwards, a former Democratic presidential candidate, ended with him admitting he had conducted an extra-marital affair with a filmmaker he had met in a bar in New York and later employed on his campaign.

The Enquirer responded: “The National Enquirer’s coverage of a vicious war within Sarah Palin’s extended family includes several newsworthy revelations, including the resulting incredible charge of an affair plus details of family strife when the Governor’s daughter revealed her pregnancy.

“Following our John Edwards exclusives, our political reporting has obviously proven to be more detail-oriented than the McCain campaign’s vetting process. Despite the McCain camp’s attempts to control press coverage they find unfavorable, The Enquirer will continue to pursue news on both sides of the political spectrum.”

Palin More Popular Than McCain

The latest Rasmussen Reports poll shows that Democrats have good reason to fear Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate: she is more popular right now than either Barack Obama or John McCain.

Her speech in which she accepted the vice presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention was seen by more than 40 million people. Shortly after it, 58% of Americans told Rasmussen they have a favorable opinion of the Alaska Governor.

Only 37% said they ‘hold an unfavorable view of the self-described hockey mom.’

As Rasmussen points out in its article, the 58% number includes ‘40% with a Very Favorable opinion’ while the 37% figure includes ‘18% with a Very Unfavorable view.’

Shortly before her speech, Palin was viewed positively by 52%, clearly showing that her speech was well received.

If one wonders how Barack Obama’s choice for running mate is fairing, well, one only has to look at Joe Biden’s favorability ratings; only 48% of Americans hold a favorable opinion of him.

What makes the news about Palin’s ratings even better is that Independents hold her in high regard; ‘59% of voters not affiliated with either major party’ like Palin a lot.

The number is brought down by Democratic voters; 33% of them hold her in high esteem.

Interestingly enough, Palin is especially popular among men. 65% of men think positively about her, against only 52% of women. That is still a significant amount, though, especially considering the fact that women tend to vote Democratic, not Republican.

She is also helping John McCain improve his numbers: ‘A week ago, just before he introduced his running mate, just 42% of Republicans had a Very Favorable opinion of their party’s nominee. That figure jumped to 54% by this Friday morning. Among unaffiliated voters, favorable opinions of McCain have increased by eleven percentage points in a week—from 54% before the Palin announcement to 65% today.’

On a sidenote, it seems that Rasmussen forgot that Palin is not running for president, but for vice president. They seemingly asked people whether who they think is “more ready” for the presidency, Obama or Palin. Such a question is quite irrelevant; Palin and Obama are running for an entirely different office altogether. Surprisingly enough, though, Palin is doing fairly well in this regard too; ‘Forty-four percent (44%) of voters say Palin has the better experience while 48% say Obama has the edge. Among unaffiliated voters, 45% say Obama has better experience while 42% say Palin.’

Bloggers’ reactions:

The Opinionater: “OK, Palin Arrived. What now?”

 NRO’s the Corner: “Just one poll, but a fun one after the week she has had.”

Taylor Marsh: “Palin is the biggest political story in several general election cycles. Anyone thinking she isn’t is dreaming. Anyone hoping to change the subject to Bush is dreaming, too. Just look at the ratings, both in viewership and approval…”

No Quarter USA: “Sarah Palin’s meteoric rise — in the unbelievably short period of one week — has improved the mood and riveted the attention of voters in this presidential race.”

American Power: “the early left-wing dismissals of McCain’s judgment are badly off the mark.”