NYT Poll Finds Growing Doubts About Palin

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2008 9:25 PM CDT
Sarah Palin speaks at a rally at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa., Thursday evening, Oct. 30, 2008.   (AP Photo/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise, Jimmy May)
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(Newser) – John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin continues to hurt his chances of winning Tuesday's election, a poll from the New York Times and CBS shows. In the survey, 59% of voters said Palin is not qualified to be vice president, up 9 points in a month. About a third of voters said the VP choice would be a major factor in how they vote, and most of those people are picking Barack Obama.

In another sign that the pick has damaged McCain's image, far more people have confidence in Obama's ability to pick qualified White House staffers. In contrast to Palin, about 75% of voters say Joe Biden is able to handle the VP job. Overall in the poll, Obama maintained his lead of 51% to 40%.