Fed-Up Americans Not Wowed by Sarah Palin: Poll

71% believe Alaskan is unqualified to be president

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 11, 2010 2:35 AM CST | Updated Feb 11, 2010 7:41 AM CST

(Newser) – An overwhelming number of Americans are seriously ticked off at their government but that anger isn't driving them into the arms of Sarah Palin, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll. A full 71% of voters—including a majority of Republicans—feel that Palin is unqualified to be president. Only 37% have favorable views of Palin, the poll found.

Two-thirds of voters are angry or dissatisfied with their government, the highest level recorded since 1996. They estimate that Washington wastes 53 cents out of every dollar they pay in taxes, according to the poll. The Tea Party movement is still poorly understood despite national media attention, the poll found. Two-thirds of those surveyed say they know little or nothing about what the movement stands for, although 45% say they agree with Tea Partiers on at least some issues.

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin addresses the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville last weekend.
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin addresses the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville last weekend.   (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
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