June 24th, 2010
04:21 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin endorsement hurts more than it helps?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/13/art.palin.0505f.gi.jpg caption =" A new poll suggests a Palin endorsement may hurt more than it helps."](CNN) – An endorsement from Sarah Palin has shown to be a surefire way to drum up excitement, make national headlines, and fuel campaign fundraising.

But when it comes to influencing voters in a general election, does a nod from the former Republican vice presidential nominee hurt more than it helps?

According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, and first noted by the Washington Post, 52 percent of adults would respond in a negative manner if they knew Palin endorsed a candidate they were considering voting for.

Specifically, 15 percent of those surveyed said they would "have some reservations" about a candidate whom Palin backed while 37 percent responded they would be "very uncomfortable" if the Alaska governor had lent her support. Only 25 percent said they would react positively toward a candidate carrying Palin's stamp of approval. The survey, conducted on June 17-21, interviewed 1000 adults and carries a sampling error of plus or minus three percent.

But an endorsement from Palin has proven to pay dividends in Republican primaries this year.  Nearly every candidate the former Alaska governor has backed has gone on to win their contest. Most recently, Palin went three for three in statewide contests held June 8.

The former Alaska governor is specifically credited with helping state lawmaker Nikki Haley, once considered a long shot, win the South Carolina GOP gubernatorial race. Palin recorded an automated phone call urging Republicans in South Carolina to vote for Haley and was featured in one of the candidate's television ads.

The NBC News/Wall Street survey only underlies what previous polling has suggested: Palin is an undisputable force within her own party while remaining a divisive figure amongst the rest of the electorate.

A CNN poll conducted in April showed 54 percent of adults don't agree with Palin on the issues, 56 percent say she is not a strong and decisive leader, and 69 percent say she is not qualified to be president. Palin is popular in the South and in rural areas, but her unfavorable rating is at or near 60 percent among women, suburbanites, independents, and in the Northeast and West, according the April poll.

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  1. PMS

    I wonder if Palin will let Katie Couric interview her again during the next Presidential campaign. That should put an end to her presidential aspirations... I still chuckle when I watch that interview on YouTube.... I wonder if Palin will release her medical records this time?? Wonder what's in those records that she's afraid to share?

    June 24, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. José

    25% of our population needs to be lobotomized. The rest are in sync with my personal perceptions of there only being 15% smart people and 37% very very intelligent.
    Sarah Palin = Satan's Wife. That is EX wife. Satan realized he couldn't compare to her ignorance, evil and beauty. Plus she already gave birth to the Anti-Christ, so why does he need her anymore?

    June 24, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. PW

    Doesn't Sarah endorse the same candidates only after Mitt Romney does? So who has a better record?

    June 24, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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