September 4th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
6 years ago

With Palin pick, Alaska cools to Obama

A new poll suggests that the selection of their governor, Sarah Palin, as the Republican VP nominee has increased Alaskans' support for the GOP ticket.
A new poll suggests that the selection of their governor, Sarah Palin, as the Republican VP nominee has increased Alaskans' support for the GOP ticket.

(CNN) – A new poll suggests that after a brief stint as a battleground state, Alaska may be safely back in the Republican column, thanks to John McCain’s selection of Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Likely voters in Alaska, which has three electoral votes, now favor the McCain-Palin ticket over the Obama-Biden ticket by 19 percentage points. The GOP ticket has the support of 54 percent of Alaskans, while the Democratic ticket is supported by 35 percent, with 11 percent of those surveyed saying they are unsure about their choice for president.

The Ivan Moore Research poll of 500 likely voters in Alaska was conducted August 30-September 2 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

A poll by the same organization conducted July 18-22 showed McCain leading Obama by only three percentage points – 47 percent to 44 percent.

Alaska has not supported a Democrat in a presidential election since 1964.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Polls
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. hick

    trade 'em to china for our debt!

    September 4, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. Rob

    Yes two out of three Alaskan Moose are now for McBush/Paleny. However the Polar Bears who have lost their habitat to the Oil Queen and the Wolves who Palin wipes out with helicopter gunships are leaning hard for Obama.

    September 4, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. Beverly, NYC

    Except her mother-in-law is not voting for her, so that's what 8,999 votes?

    September 4, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. SENIORS

    ALASKIANS ARE FOOLS IF THE CAN'T SEE WHAT IS GOING ON IN AMERICA. WE NEED A VOTE FOR THE COUNTRY NOT SOME FIGURE OF ALASKA!

    THINK!!

    September 4, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. SO WHAT!!!

    Not very concerned about the state of Alaska.

    The same folks who started the Alaskan Independence Party (AIP) - who rather secede our great nation than be a contrubuter to this country.

    CNN - where's the story on Palin's ties to the Alaskan Independence Party!!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. Manuel TX

    Funny how the Obama supporters belittle Alaska...as if they don't matter now that they're turning away from Obama.

    Talk about provincial.

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    September 4, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. Cecil

    Reporters Start Asking Her Some Political Questions.

    Lets Here Her Talk Politics Or Is She Still Being Tutored!

    Maybe She Is Hiding or Taking Care Of The Kids!

    September 4, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  8. Jeffer65

    Gee her home state may go to McCain-Palin. And this is news?

    September 4, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. David

    Why are so many people concerned about who is going to stay home with the kids. There are millions of parents who both work and put their children in day care. Probably because the mother just wants to get away from the kids anyway.

    September 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. Wholly Conservative

    Do we really think someone from Alaska that wanted to be split from the USA at one time -- REALLY CARE???

    September 4, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. ss

    Sara Palin – Anwar – War – drilling. Just a small town girl sounds elite to me. This lady is a joke and because she is a women then I guess a trojan horse in a women suit. Why would a mother who has so much baggage at home take on such a deed. Trojan horse people. If the Republicans get away with this one Bush/Cheney will look like a cake walk.

    There are plenty of more qualified people then this lady. What'a the real deal? Her speech sounds like it was written by Cindy McCain with all the personal attacks.

    September 4, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |

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