America's Sweetheart once again. Sarah Palin's approval rating continues on an seemingly inexorable rise as she reaches new heights for the year at 53.62% approval on the day when Gallup records Mitt Romney at 44% against President Obama at 49%. Palin is up a massive 35 points points since 2010.
This result follows on from PPP Polling earlier finding that Sarah Palin was more popular, by far, than any of the declared GOP candidates in the recent primary campaign, with a 68% approval rating AT THIS LINK and a net positive rating of +48. Now a poll (Graphs at bottom of this page) at Election Meter.com has her approval also at a significant level.
The new 5,750+ vote EM Poll AT THIS LINK gives Palin a 53.62% approval rating. This is her fourth rating above 50% in this poll since early 2009 and shows the long struggle against media distortion she has had to undertake, so the slow and steady rise continues-here is Palin's polling over the last year;
Her strong statements on the economy and President Obama's handling of the attacks on American embassies have clearly elicited a strong and positive response. Voters look for strength of character and unwavering conviction which, whether one agrees with her views or not, Palin has in abundance
Her winning endorsements for high profile campaigns e.g. Mourdoch and Fischer's come from behind Senate primary wins, and Ted Cruz's remarkable rise in Texas-all with Palin's support. The perceived unfairness to Palin by the Romney team in hiring someone who has spoken negatively about to run his campaign, and of course their stonewalling Palin being invited to Tampa
Yes certainly, the Election Meter poll is an on line poll and can be discounted to a degree because of that. However, when Palin was at her absolute nadir in this poll in 2010 at 19.2% her enemies would have seized on it as being representative of a general feeling.
There is some degree of validity to that view, although it is distorted and extreme, but on the other hand the steady, seemingly inexorable rise since then must also reflect a wider reality-which will of course be ignored by her enemies.
The longer term graphs which, because of the time frame involved, must be valid in the wider context they support. Surely the absolute polling height of 72% in 2008 was a genuine reflection of reality at that time.