Poll: Obama Is Most-Liked Candidate Since Reagan

Palin's high negatives dragging down Mac
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2008 2:20 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama holds a set of Mickey Mouse ears with his name stitched on them at the airport in Orlando, Monday, Oct. 20, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama is the most well-liked first-term presidential candidate in 28 years, New York Times/CBS polls found. More than half of voters, 53%, have a favorable impression of the Illinois senator, a 10-point increase over last month. And though John McCain’s approval ratings held steady, voters with a negative opinion of him increased 10 points, to 45%.

Voters who changed their minds say the debates were a major factor. They also gave Sarah Palin as a reason for those newly negative opinions. The Alaska governor herself now has a 41% negative rating, the highest of any vice presidential candidate in history. But positive opinion of Joe Biden has risen to 50%.
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