Washington, Oct 25 : Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's popularity is depleting by the day, even as less than two weeks are left for the Nov 4 elections. According to Washington Post, public perception about Palin was falling because people believe that she lacks experience to handle the second-highest post.
A majority of likely voters in a new Washington Post-ABC News national poll now have unfavorable views of the Alaska Governor, even as most still doubt her presidential qualifications and there is an even split on whether she "gets it," a perception that had been a key component of her initial appeal.
In polling conducted Wednesday and Thursday after the disclosure that the Republican National Committee used political funds to help Palin assemble a wardrobe for the campaign, 51 percent of the people said that they have a negative impression of her. Fewer, 46 percent, said they have a favorable view. That marks a stark turnaround from early September, when 59 percent of likely voters held positive opinions, added the paper.
According to the poll results, Obama is up by a large margin among women, 57 to 41 percent in the new Post-ABC tracking poll. The Senator from Illinois just about ties McCain among white women - 48 percent back Obama, 49 percent McCain - a group that President Bush won by 11 points four years ago and one that had shifted significantly toward the GOP this year after the Palin pick.
The declines in Palin's ratings have been even more substantial among the very voters Republicans aimed to woo, the paper said and added that the percentage of white women viewing her favorably dropped 21 points since early September; among independent women, it fell 24 points.
The shift in Palin's ratings come with a pronounced spike in the percentage of voters who see her as lacking the experience it takes to be a good president. Voters were about evenly divided on that question a month and a half ago, but toward the end of September a clear majority said she was not qualified. In the new poll, 58 percent said she is insufficiently experienced.