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A Sarah Palin Endorsement Means More Than a Barack Obama Endorsement

Bad news for President Obama in a new Quinnipiac poll out this morning. Not only does his presidency get its lowest numbers in the poll to date, but as we approach the midterm elections, it seems that Obama's endorsement would taint his fellow Democrats running for office more than help them. Only 12 percent of voters say that Obama campaigning for a candidate makes them more likely to vote for that candidate — that includes only 28 percent of Democrats and 8 percent of Independents — while 30 percent of all voters, and Independents specifically, say it would make them less likely to vote for that candidate. In other words, some Democrats may want Obama to stay away this campaign season in the same way Republicans used to avoid President Bush near the end of his presidency. Even Sarah Palin, whose favorability is far below Obama's, nevertheless wields more influence: 16 percent of voters, including 15 percent of Independents, say that they would be more likely to vote for a candidate for whom Palin campaigns.

Obama Approval Drops To Lowest Point Ever, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Independent Voters Turn On President Since Honeymoon [Quinnipiac]

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