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Palin versus Biden in Imaginary Presidential Matchup

Who would Americans pick for president if the election were today and between Governor Sarah Palin and Senator Joe Biden?

Sarah Palin 47%
Joe Biden 44%

Sarah Palin bests Joseph Biden 47% to 44% in a hypothetical head-to-head match-up for the presidency, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey (see crosstabs).

Just over half of voters view both of the vice presidential candidates at least somewhat favorably, although 35% rate their opinion of Palin as Very Favorable while only 23% feel that way about Biden. Twenty-eight percent (28%) have a very unfavorable opinion of the woman governor of Alaska versus 20% who say that about the longtime Delaware senator.

Longtime Delaware senator would be defeated by newcomer Alaska governor. This is not good for the Obama camp.


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Comments (14)

Honestly, I don't think thi... (Below threshold)

Honestly, I don't think this poll matters one bit. Just seems like they ran out of questions to ask.

True enough J.R. But, much... (Below threshold)

True enough J.R. But, much like fantasy football (or basketball, or whatever), it's fun speculating. ;0)

You know, Biden's been on t... (Below threshold)

You know, Biden's been on the public scene a lot longer than Gov. Palin...a LOT longer...but I wonder if you asked people on the street, today, who they know more about, wanna bet what they'd say?

An impossible question to g... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

An impossible question to get an honest answer to.

Apolitically, I suspect some of our friends on the left would actually be quite taken with Sarah Palin... but they MUST hate her in order to tow the party line.

If you leave out politics and consider Joe Biden? He's still an asshole plaigiarist windbag.

(my opinion may also be slightly skewed by party affiliation... but not much ;)

Small quibble Son of the Go... (Below threshold)

Small quibble Son of the Godfather... It's "Toe the line", not "tow the line." It's based upon a military saying (and one I had drilled into me in bootcamp).

It's an easy way to ensure uniformity in a formation. You pick a line in the pavement (or floor tiling), and base your formation upon that. Everyone then puts the tip of thier boot to the line, and "Toes the line". Everyone is therefore in a perfect line for the formation. It ends up representing a perfectly uniform appearance... which is why politics stole the term. When a party "toes the line", they present a perfectly uniform opinion or ideal, thereby maximizing it's impact. It's their unified front.

Sorry, that's just a pet peeve.

Carry on. ;0)

Oh, and to finish the thoug... (Below threshold)

Oh, and to finish the thought... "Towing a line" is something a tugboat does.

Let me think a second...</p... (Below threshold)

Let me think a second...

Gore.... Kerry... then the fat lady sings?

I'll put money that Variety... (Below threshold)

I'll put money that Variety corrected all Babs' typos before printing her oh-so quotable quotes. She'll never get over McCain making fun of her. They HATE that ya know :)

Um...#8 was in response to ... (Below threshold)

Um...#8 was in response to marc.

ExSubNuke,Thank yo... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:


Thank you, I did not know that! Interesting.

Joe Who?... (Below threshold)

Joe Who?

Joe Biden just ran for Pres... (Below threshold)

Joe Biden just ran for President in the primaries. He got a single digit response from the voters (not the same digit I would have given him), and it's fair to say that the voters preferred BHO, HRC, Gov. Richardson and a lot of others more than Clueless Joe. But instead of picking a vote-getter, Sen. Obama picked a Demo hack who is the gaffe-master. As they say in Texas, he's all hat and no cattle. McCain, Mr. Maverick, surprises everyone with an unexpected and unbelievably popular pick. Who's the real reformer and who's the "go along, get along" guy? I think we all know.

I'm not sure you can read a... (Below threshold)

I'm not sure you can read anything into this poll, given that it pretty closely mirrors the latest McCain-Obama poll. The favourable/unfavourable ratings for Palin and Biden are understandable in the context that Biden was considered a "safe pick", and didn't generate much interest. Palin most certainly was not, and that means that chattering heads have been talking about her a lot more. So it's understandable that more people would have an opinion, positive or negative, of her.

Also, I'd be interested in seeing the crosstabs (you need to a premium member to do so), because some of the demographic information doesn't seem to fit conventional wisdom. The gender gap seems almost identical for a McCain-Obama lineup as for a Biden-Palin lineup, which suggests that Palin support might change party politics, but not gender politics.

I also note that a McCain-Biden lineup has almost exactly the same figures, but an Obama-Palin lineup has Obama ahead 50-42.

In any case, the election is between Obama and McCain, so this is really little more than a recognition contest.

Correction: Obama was ahead... (Below threshold)

Correction: Obama was ahead of Palin 50-43. So much for my reading comprehension.






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