52% of Voters Say Their Views Are More Like Palin’s Than Obama’s

Rasmussen Reports

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Likely U.S. Voters say their own views are closer to Sarah Palin’s than they are to President Obama’s, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Just 40% say their views are closer to the president’s than to those of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.

Among the Political Class, however, 68% say their views are more like Obama’s, while 63% of Mainstream voters describe their views as more like Palin’s.

Eighty-four percent (84%) of Republicans and 59% of voters not affiliated with either major party say their views are more like Palin’s. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Democrats say they think more like the president.

White House Press secretary Robert Gibbs last week said Palin is perhaps “the most formidable force in the Republican Party right now,” but just 22% of all voters agree. Fifty-two percent (52%) do not believe Palin is the party’s most formidable force. Twenty-six percent (26%) aren’t sure.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 18-19, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Voters are fairly evenly divided in their views of Palin. Forty-eight percent (48%) view her favorably, while 49% hold an unfavorable opinion of her. This includes 21% with a Very Favorable view and 31% with a Very Unfavorable one. This marks little change from last November when Palin was on a national tour to promote her book, “Going Rogue.”

However, 76% of Republicans and 52% of unaffiliated voters now hold a favorable opinion of Palin.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of GOP voters said in November 2009 that Palin shares the values of most Republican voters throughout the nation.  At the same time, 74% of Republicans said their party’s representatives in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters nationwide over the past several years.

Palin’s endorsement has been seen as critical in upset Republican Senate Primary wins in Alaska, Delaware and South Carolina, helping to mobilize Tea Party voters in those states and other races this election cycle. The question now is how valuable is a Palin endorsement in the general election.

Sixteen percent (16%) of voters say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who is endorsed by Palin, but 27% say they are less likely to do so. Fifty-five percent (55%) say a Palin endorsement makes no difference to how they will vote.

Thirty-four percent (34%) of GOP voters say Palin’s endorsement makes them more likely to vote for a candidate. A plurality (47%) of Democrats are less likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by Palin. Among unaffiliateds, 12% are more likely and 23% less likely.

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