Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Reporters Viewed As Trying to Hurt Palin

Over half of U.S. voters (51%) think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) also believe the GOP vice presidential nominee has better experience to be president of the United States than Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

But 49% give Obama the edge on experience, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey – taken before Palin’s historic speech Wednesday night to the Republican National Convention.

While Republicans and Democrats predictably favor their party’s candidate by overwhelming margins, the experience gap among voters unaffiliated with either party is even narrower than the national totals. Forty-two percent (42%) say Obama has better experience to be president, but 37% say Palin does.

The potential problem for Democrats is that Obama, the junior U.S. senator from Illinois and a former state legislator, is the party’s standard-bearer, while Palin, an ex-mayor and now governor of Alaska, is number two on her party’s ticket.

Read it all here.


Bronwen said...

I wonder if 51% of US voters thought that the press was trying to hurt Barack Obama with their news coverage? Palin knew what she was getting herself into when she accepted the job. Just because she is a woman doesn't mean that she should get off any easier. However, we all know that the media, both left, right and center, are biased and working with an agenda, so we should always question and think critically when reading or listening to the press.

Alice C. Linsley said...

Good point, Ellie!