New York, September 24 : New Yorkers may be crazy about meeting U.S. Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, but not too many of them are in a mood to vote for her.
This came to the fore when a look-alike of Palin named visited New York on Monday.
Kristy Webb, 29, elicited cheers, waves and shocked stares as she visited Madison Square Garden, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Washington Square Park.
She was swarmed by flocks of camera-toting tourists at Madison Square Garden, where she signed a newspaper for an architect and a hockey puck for a student.
"She seems nice. She seems smart. She likes hockey," the New York Daily News quoted student Joe Alianello, 19, as saying.
Queens resident Isabel Rijo, 78, whom faux-Palin greeted in Spanish, said: "I wish she was the vice president."
In Times Square, too, Webb's presence made tourists crane their necks and aim their cameras from tour buses. Some even stopped for a handshake and well wishes.
Fake-Palin also attempted meeting famous Doppelganger Tina Fey at NBC, but failed.
In Washington Square Park, NYU student Matt Hooper, 20, hollered "Obama '08" as faux-Palin passed.
"I'm not a fan of her policies. In this park, I don't think she'll be very popular," he said.
Marty Levinson, 68, let fake-Palin take a picture with his granddaughter, but only after he pinned an Obama button to the tot's shirt.
"If her parents see her with anyone who even looks like Palin, they'll strangle me," he said.
Webb was hired by the New York Daily News to walk in Palin's patent leather pumps for a day, accompanied by two fake bodyguards, so as to determine what kind of welcome the Alaska Governor would actually get when she spent the day in New York on Tuesday.
The paper's findings suggested that though New Yorkers could not wait to meet Palin, not too many of them were going to vote for her.