According to the results of a Fox News opinion poll released yesterday, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's national approval rating is now 49 percent, an improvement of four points since early November. The results contradict claims made by Democrats and some in the media that Gov. Palin would fade from the national scene after the election.
The approval rating for Gov. Palin was at its highest, at 54 percent, in early September, just after she delivered her acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention. The number slipped to 45% after two months of hard campaigning in which the governor, in the traditional role of a vice presidential candidate, frequently attacked the candidates on the opposing ticket. But now her spproval rating appears to be on the upswing.
Among Republicans, the Alaska governor's approval rating is an overwhelming 85 percent, eclipsing Vice President-elect Joe Biden's approval rating among Democrats by 10 percent. Among independents, a segment of the population the media has often portrayed as being completely turned off by Palin, she nevertheless has an approval rating of 46 percent.
A majority of those polled agree with Gov. Palin's criticism of her treatment at the hands of the media during and after the 2008 campaign. When asked the question "Do you think Sarah Palin has been treated fairly or unfairly by the press?", 58 percent said she was treated unfairly. Only 35 percent responded that she had received fair treatment. Among Republicans the margin was 85-12, among independents 58-36. Even 41 percent of Democrats agreed that press treatment of Gov. Palin had been unfair. These results appear to contradict the claims made by some columnists that the governor's recent criticism of the media for its treatment of her and her family was "not credible" and that she "overplayed her hand".
Opinion Dynamics Corp. conducted the national telephone poll of a sample of 900 registered voters for FOX News from January 13 to January 14. The poll has a 3-point margin of error.