The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll revealed that the more the American people see Sarah Palin, the less they like her. Palin’s approval rating has now crashed to 29%, which is down from 37% in March. Palin is also dragging down the GOP’s 2010 candidates, as her endorsement was viewed as a negative by 52% of those surveyed.
According to the latest NBC News/WSJ poll, Palin’s approval rating has fallen to 29%. Her disapproval rating is 43%, and 24% of those surveyed are neutral on her. Only 13% of those surveyed have a strong approval of her. She is down from her 30% approval rating in March, and her 32% approval rating last December. Palin’s negative rating has gone from 45% in March to 43% now. Most troubling for Palin’s potential political future, only 4% of respondents aren’t sure about her.
The news gets even worse for the Republican Party and the candidates that Sarah Palin is endorsing. Only 8% said that a Palin endorsement would make them more enthusiastic about a candidate, and 15 said they would be comfortable with a candidate that Palin endorsed. Fifteen percent said that they would have reservations about a candidate endorsed by Palin, and a whopping 37% said that a Palin endorsement would make them very uncomfortable with a candidate endorsed by Palin, and 21% answered that her endorsement made no difference.
Palin is not only personally unpopular, but her endorsement creates a negative stigma around Republican candidates as they head into the general election. Sarah Palin has become the GOP version of Johnny Appleseed, as her endorsements are spreading negativity about Republican congressional candidates all across the land. This is not to say that candidates in Republican primaries aren’t helped by Palin. They are, but the very same Palin endorsement that helps them in the spring could be an anchor around their necks with the electorate at large in November.
To put this into context, since March, when she first got involved with the Tea Party, Palin’s approval rating has fallen by 8 points and her negative rating has increased by 2 points. The more Palin tries to raise her profile, the less popular she becomes. This is not the trend line of future presidential nominee, and especially not a future president.
Sarah Palin is now as popular as fellow Republicans like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. She is the political equivalent of fool’s gold, and Republicans in both 2010 and 2012 would be wise to turn her down. Sarah Palin is capable of leading the Republican Party straight down a path of defeat and irrelevancy. She isn’t even popular enough to help her fellow Republicans outside of primaries, so there is no way that she has the popularity needed to be elected president.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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