Obviously, it’s a very solid debut

Sarah Palin has made a good first impression. Before being named as John McCain’s running mate, 67% of voters didn’t know enough about the Alaska governor to have an opinion. After her debut in Dayton and a rush of media coverage, a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 53% now have a favorable opinion of Palin while just 26% offer a less flattering assessment.

*Palin earns positive reviews from 78% of Republicans, 26% of Democrats and 63% of unaffiliated *voters. Obviously, these numbers will be subject to change as voters learn more about her in the coming weeks. Among all voters, 29% have a Very Favorable opinion of Palin while 9% hold a Very Unfavorable view.

By way of comparison, on the day he was selected as Barack Obama’s running mate, Delaware Senator Joseph Biden was viewed favorably by 43% of voters

I’m extremely struck by the fact she made a good impression on the 63% of unaffiliated voters. Right now, the democratic party and MSM are trying to tear her apart, they are doing Republican party a favor by lowering the expectation of her among voters. If she can hold her own, showing her intelligence and toughness in the next few weeks, Sarah Palin can be a great payback for McCain’s gamble.

The daily Rasmussen shows little movement today, Obama still has 4 points lead. I am convinced the rollout of Sarah Palin has diminished Obama’s momentum.

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