Just 1 in 4 Americans see Palin as their favourite

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Washington, July 14 (ANI): Less than one in four Americans hold a favourable view of Alaska's outgoing governor Sarah Palin, a new CBS News poll has found.

According to the survey, just 23 percent view Palin favourably, while 37 percent hold an unfavourable view of the former Republican vice presidential nominee. Another 39 percent are undecided.

Palin's favourability rating has slipped since last November, 37 percent of registered voters then held a favourable view of Palin. While her unfavourable rating has held steady since November, the percentage of undecided voters has risen.

The poll also found that most Americans think that Palin is resigning as governor of Alaska not because it's in the best interest of her state but because it would benefit her political career.

Just 24 percent of those accept Palin's explanation that she resigned because it was the right thing to do for Alaska. More than twice that percentage - 52 percent - cited her political ambition as the reason for her resignation.

Even Republicans are skeptical of the explanation, with a higher percentage saying Palin resigned for her political career (36 percent) than saying she did so for Alaska (31 percent).

Thirty-nine percent of those surveyed expect Palin to run for president in 2012, while 43 percent say she will not. If she runs, she'll likely face widespread skepticism: As CBS News revealed on Monday, just 22 percent say Palin has the ability to be an effective president. Sixty-five percent say she does not. (ANI)

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