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Governor’s popularity drops among Alaskans

Published: Wed, October 1, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m.


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

McClatchy Newspapers

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Ask a governor if she’d be happy with a 68-percent approval rating and she’d probably laugh at the question. It usually doesn’t get much better than that.

For Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, though, that represents a hefty drop.

Since John McCain tapped the first-term governor to be his vice presidential running mate, Palin’s sky-high home-state approval ratings have come down to Earth.

Above 80 percent approval for parts of her term — she was at 82 percent in a key local poll twice this year — Palin’s popularity has swooned as new information about the local abuse-of-power investigation known as Troopergate has trickled out, and as national and local media pick over her track record as a governor and small-town mayor.

Palin still has overwhelming support among Alaska Republicans. But many Democrats and independents, who gave her positive marks just a month ago, have changed their views.

“My problem is not with Sarah Palin the governor,” said Ron Zandman-Zeman, 60, a recently retired schoolteacher from Anchorage. “She was doing the job she was elected to do. I don’t think she can do the job she wants to be elected to do.”


1LLoyd(8 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

I agree 1,000%! Palin only knows Alaska politics. She knows nothing about American politics and that's why she sucks at interviews about America in general. I can't believe people still don't notice the Alaska pin she keeps wearing. She needs to represent America as a whole...not just Alaska! If McCain and Palin is elected, I hope all individuals that makes less than 250k, suffers.... because you will deserve ever penny for voting for the RICH. If it wasn't for the Gov't our BIG Wall Street would be dead and no republican get's it accept the Rich.

"Just an independent" that can recogize the true leadership.

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