After exit, most Alaskans view Palin negatively

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Washington, Aug. 2 (ANI): Just days after Sarah Palin stepped down as Governor, her popularity among Alaskans has gone down, with more people holding her negative view than positive, a new poll has revealed.

According to a poll by the Anchorage-based Hays Research Group, 48 percent Alaskans said they had negative feelings about Palin compared to 47 percent who had positive feelings.

The poll taken at the end of Palin's first week out of office represents a significant slide for the former governor who received higher positive ratings in a Hays Research Group poll in early May, Politico reports.

At that time, 54 percent of Alaskans viewed her positively compared to 42 who had the opposite view.

This week's survey also showed that Alaska residents have strongly positive feelings about Palin's replacement, Sean Parnell, who assumed office after Palin officially resigned on Sunday.

Sixty seven percent said they had positive feelings about Parnell while just eight percent had negative feelings and another 26 percent either had no opinion or didn't know.

The poll of 400 Alaska residents was conducted from July 29 to July 30 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.

Several recent national polls also appeared to deliver bad news for Palin this week.

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. (ANI)

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