Confidence in Palin Plunges

Poll finds doubts about Palin's ability to lead dragging down GOP ticket
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2008 8:13 AM CDT
John McCain smiles as Sarah Palin is introduced to supporters at a campaign rally last month.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)
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(Newser) – Voter confidence in Sarah Palin's ability to lead has taken a dive, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll. Some 60% of voters now believe she lacks the experience to be president and a third are less inclined to vote for John McCain because she's on the GOP ticket. A month ago she ranked as high as McCain. Palin appears to be hurting the ticket among the key independent and Catholic voting blocs.

The boost Palin gave the ticket among bedrock Republicans has not faded—but even some 40% of conservatives and evangelicals have doubts about Palin's experience. Nearly a third of adults polled by Pew Research said they had viewed Palin's interviews with Katie Couric. Over two-thirds said they plan to watch tonight's debate between Palin and Joe Biden.