Sarah Palin’s botched response to the Tucson shootings has not played well in the polls, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey finds, with her unfavorability rating hitting an all-time high of 56 percent. (Her previous high was 55 percent, recorded last April after the health care reform bill was signed into law).
According to the poll, only 38 percent of Americans now hold positive views of the former Alaska governor and possible 2012 presidential contender.
Most of Palin’s support has been lost among female voters, who reported a 10 percent spike in negative views of her, and among independents, who are 14 percent more likely to think poorly of her than they were prior to her infamous ‘blood liberal’ remark.
Meanwhile, President Obama has seen his polls go in the opposite direction: The Congressional newspaper, The Hill, reports that the president “saw his approval ratings rise above 50 percent in two major polls just three months after the Democrats and he took a self-described ‘shellacking’ in the midterm elections.”
This latest data only adds to the growing chorus of disapproval for Palin.
An ABC News-Washington Post poll found just 30 percent of Americans approved of Sarah Palin’s video response to the violence in Tucson. Fewer than half of Republicans said they approve of her response, 48 percent.
Fellow potential GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told Good Morning America on Tuesday that Palin has “got to slow down and be a lot more careful, and think through what she’s saying and how she’s saying it.” Conservative commentator David Frum was a little more succinct: “She should stop talking now.” And he raises an important point about any presidential aspirations she may harbor:
It makes you wonder, if you’re a Republican primary voter, What happens in the campaign if she’s the nominee if it gets hot, if there’s something she has to answer, is there’s some embarrassing story? Can she cope? After tonight, you have to say, even if you were sympathetic to her, it may just be too rigorous a process.
Most people don’t really believe Sarah Palin’s crosshairs map had anything to do with what happened in Tucson, but the fact that she was unfairly associated with what happened shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially to Sarah Palin. If she and her followers feel unjustly blamed for the actions of an extremist, maybe they can ask Muslims for advice on how to deal with that.
The so-called Ground Zero Mosque in New York City isn’t at ground zero, it’s not just a mosque, and the group that wants to build it is in open defiance of al-Qaeda. And yet who was it who asked “peace-seeking” Muslims to understand America’s sensitivity? It was Sarah Palin, who tweeted:
Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing.
So, now there are peace-seeking Americans asking Sarah Palin to reject her gun rhetoric. Not because it had any direct role in that terrible attack in Tucson, but in the interest of healing. Perhaps because in light of what happened, it could “stabs hearts.”