Great job, attack media: Palin more popular than McCain, Obama

posted at 11:03 am on September 5, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Rasmussen’s latest tracking poll has some good news for the McCain campaign.  In the first tracking poll with post-Palin speech data, John McCain has begun his convention bounce, coming within two points of Barack Obama after being down as many as six this week.  And in an ironic twist, Sarah Palin has better favorability numbers than either of them.

According to the internals, Palin now has solid favorable majorities from men (65%) and women (52%).  Palin also has majority positive favorability ratings in all age demographics and in all income brackets.  She also has majorities among conservatives and moderates, while trailing with liberals and black voters.

One embarrassing result for Obama comes from a comparison of their experience as a preparation for the Presidency.  Obama only beats her by four points overall, only by nine points among women, and trails by three among men.  She runs within the margin of error in all college-educated demographics, only trailing significantly among high-school graduates and drop-outs.  And of course, she’s not running for President; Obama is.  It looks like the attack on Governor Palin’s experience backfired on Obama, and as long as he keeps running against the GOP’s #2, he’ll continue to lose.

The final question is very interesting.  Overwhelmingly, people believe that Sarah Palin has boosted McCain’s chances to win in November with her acceptance speech on Wednesday.  Obviously, this could only get asked of the people in the final day of the rolling poll, and this should give an indication how far the bounce will get.  By 58%-10%, respondents felt she helped, a wide margin that appears in every single demographic of the poll.


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And how many don’t know who she is yet …

DFCtomm

There are “heroes” that excite conservatives and Palin is one, but did our reluctance to support McCain produce Palin, or was she inevitable.

I say yes to both, just the timing would be delayed.

tarpon on September 5, 2008 at 12:00 PM

There’s a rumor going around on a few sites that “arcxix” the person who started the Trig Palin rumor on Kos and dumped a whole lot of other dirt there, is really David Plouffe. If that turns out to be true this campaign is over.

rockmom on September 5, 2008 at 12:02 PM

There’s a rumor going around on a few sites that “arcxix” the person who started the Trig Palin rumor on Kos and dumped a whole lot of other dirt there, is really David Plouffe. If that turns out to be true this campaign is over.

rockmom on September 5, 2008 at 12:02 PM

I hope it was…

expose the Daley machine trying to grab national politics…

Keep Chicago in Chicago

Al Capone: Change We Can Live Without!

sven10077 on September 5, 2008 at 12:05 PM

I feel very strange. I haven’t felt this way in a long time. It’s a disorienting feeling, and yet not unpleasant.

It might be…yes, I think it’s optimism!

misterpeasea on September 5, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Obama is pushing Palin to drop out with his Eagleton play because he said he thinks everything is happening too fast with her in the last 4 days, while he’s been going through the motions for 19 months and thinks he has paid his dues and been vetted now to be President. It’s hilariously no longer a claim that he’s running a model executive operation because that’s an EPIC FAIL. So it’s length of time spent campaigning now which makes you ready to be Commander in Chief?

But get this: He’s basically pushing the “GOP Hillary 2.0” to drop out of the race like he demanded of Hillary so he can be handed the Presidency before he blows it. That needs to be the new headline.

econavenger on September 5, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Patton had to repeat his first year at the USMA.

Concentrate on the result, not the road taken to get there.

Bishop on September 5, 2008 at 11:58 AM

and look at my personal hero US Grant….

the donk meme that “He’s a Harvard Lawyer DAMNIT!” is crap….

Average Americans CAN DO extraordinary things….

throw it back in their face…

there are a lot more community college degre bearers than Ivy Leaguers…

sven10077 on September 5, 2008 at 12:07 PM

There’s a rumor going around on a few sites that “arcxix” the person who started the Trig Palin rumor on Kos and dumped a whole lot of other dirt there, is really David Plouffe. If that turns out to be true this campaign is over. – rockmom on September 5, 2008 at 12:02 PM

Your mouth to God’s ears. But good luck digging up any evidence or electronic trail. I’m sure that all has gone down the memory hole.

ManlyRash on September 5, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Looks like David Plouffe is Mr Delaware too. He probably suggested the Biden ball and chain would look good around Obama’s neck.

Is he the official campaign manager or sabotager?

econavenger on September 5, 2008 at 12:10 PM

Gov. Palin got more free press from this failed coop than Master Shake.

madmonkphotog on September 5, 2008 at 12:25 PM

But get this: He’s basically pushing the “GOP Hillary 2.0″ to drop out of the race like he demanded of Hillary so he can be handed the Presidency before he blows it. That needs to be the new headline.

Isn’t that his whole MO? Every office he’s won, he disqualified or got his opponent to drop out. So I can see why, even AFTER Sarah’s knockout speech and these polls, the Obama campaign’s talking points STILL include the “Eagleton meme” – b/c that’s how they’ve played, even when he ran for ILL Senate.

avwh on September 5, 2008 at 12:28 PM

There’s a rumor going around on a few sites that “arcxix” the person who started the Trig Palin rumor on Kos and dumped a whole lot of other dirt there, is really David Plouffe.

If it’s true, we should bury it until a week before the election. Barry might throw him under the bus in favor of somebody competent.

someone on September 5, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Best advice I’ve heard for the Obama Campaign from three different sources that span the ideological spectrum – ignore her. Simply don’t address her at all, and focus on McCain. If this election becomes about Obama vs. Palin, the Dems lose.

Dudley Smith on September 5, 2008 at 12:46 PM

If it’s true, we should bury it until a week before the election. Barry might throw him under the bus in favor of somebody competent.

someone on September 5, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Plouffe is such a tool. (He looks like the guy who tattled on people in grade school and made sure the teacher assigned homework on Saturdays). But he’s not stupid enough to do it in his name. Apparently, he’s using a 24-year-old loser from Columbus, OH to do it for him. However, it is no doubt from the Obama campaign as I highly doubt that some doofus living in Mom’s basement and playing sci-fi games. The Trig rumor was started by Governor Sarah’s enemies in Alaska (a lady named Lyda Green or something) and was known and dismissed by all sane people up there. A 24-year-old blogger wouldn’t know something like that.

The Columbus, OH guy is probably one of Barry’s paid troll thugs.

Illinidiva on September 5, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Dudley Smith on September 5, 2008 at 12:46 PM

But they can’t ignore her, because she is mauling Barry at evey campaign stop. I just heard Rush play a clip of remarks she made about Barry at a stop in Wisconsin. She tore him pieces.

They can’t ignore her…which is why Barry is pleading with Her Thighness to bury the hatchet and bail him out. She’ll bury the hatchet, alright…into his back.

He’s toast.

ManlyRash on September 5, 2008 at 12:59 PM

Sarah doesn’t pout or lick “wounds”.
Sarah knows herself.

Barack, on the other hand, castrated himself and licks on public display what ain’t there and never was.

Mr. Malleable will try wearing Sarah’s lipstick for public sympathy, “I’m a soccer mom, too,” since America hates seeing Obama for what he is, Michelle’s (my babies’ daddy) neutered rabid dog.

As a parent who ONLY cares about himself, and persecutes other peoples’ children, Obama must experience his own methods inflicted upon himself in order to know himself. Nulla avarita sine poena est: There is no avarice without penalty.

At the convention, I could see how moved and humbled the Palins were by the magnificent public response in support of them all behind Palin for VP.

Vaya con Dios, amiga!

Fortitudine vincimus.
By endurance we conquer.

maverick muse on September 5, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Trying to ignore Sarah Palin is just about the worst thing Obama could do, so I hope he does it. Every time she speaks, half of it is praising McCain and his policies and the other half is ripping BO a new one with a smile on her face and the crowd is laughing. It all gets recorded and/or broadcast. Palin is the type of politician I have always dreamed of. She tells it like it is and doesn’t mind mocking her opponent. I see nothing wrong with that.

Mord on September 5, 2008 at 1:15 PM

She tells it like it is and doesn’t mind mocking her opponent. I see nothing wrong with that.

Mord on September 5, 2008 at 1:15 PM

Narcissists hate to be mocked. I mean, how dare we do such a thing to a man who is the president of the world in his own mind?

RickZ on September 5, 2008 at 1:23 PM

They can’t ignore her…which is why Barry is pleading with Her Thighness to bury the hatchet and bail him out.

Boy how would that play?

Please, Mommy Hillary, Make the Scary Lady Go Away!

Sergei on September 5, 2008 at 1:26 PM

“the donk meme that “He’s a Harvard Lawyer DAMNIT!” is crap….”

Do they really think that many Americans are impressed by that?

What does a lawyer really produce anyway, other than conflict and confusion – and billable hours.

NoDonkey on September 5, 2008 at 1:27 PM

While Palin’s numbers are stunning today, it remains to be seen how the Alaska Governor’s numbers will hold up through the next two months. She has made a tremendous first impression, but the country will get to know her a lot better between now and November.

Does this transmit as unbiased polling over at Rasmussen? Why do they feel the need to make me read good news with a pessimistic eye when I can come here and read Allah’s posts?

There is a palatable fear on the left that makes me feel more and more self assured. I’m not apologizing for it either.

Sultry Beauty on September 5, 2008 at 1:36 PM

There’s a rumor going around on a few sites that “arcxix” the person who started the Trig Palin rumor on Kos and dumped a whole lot of other dirt there, is really David Plouffe. If that turns out to be true this campaign is over.

rockmom on September 5, 2008 at 12:02 PM

Wow…I wonder how this could be confirmed.

capitalist piglet on September 5, 2008 at 2:45 PM

How amazing that her popularity is higher among men than women…by almost 10 points. Seems at times women are the toughest on her…I don’t get it.

bagadeez04 on September 5, 2008 at 5:06 PM

The msm may be the gatekeepers, but they are the gatekeepers of hell.

PS Wheres Peggy Noonan?

Fuquay Steve on September 5, 2008 at 6:04 PM

Seems at times women are the toughest on her…I don’t get it.

bagadeez04 on September 5, 2008 at 5:06 PM

A) A lot of them still think Palin was picked in order to pander to them. It’s not true, but that’s the tune some feminists are playing.

B) Women are always tougher on other women, haven’t you noticed?

philwynk on September 5, 2008 at 10:04 PM

obamas like T Romo, late in the 3rd quarter against the Giants.

He int. ground a throw and fell apart as he realised that he could lose the game.

Sonosam on September 5, 2008 at 11:45 PM

will be interesting to see if she keeps rising or flames out

Drunk Report on September 6, 2008 at 2:14 AM