Palin's popularity takes a nose dive

She was once touted as the country's most popular governor, but Sarah Palin's numbers are now falling back to earth.

Published May 7, 2009 5:00PM (EDT)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin isn't the nation's most popular governor anymore. In fact, a new poll shows that her popularity has fallen sharply from where it was before she ran for vice president, most likely because of the hits she's been taking in her home state recently.

In this latest survey, conducted by Hays Research Group, the governor scored a 54 percent positive rating, compared to a 41.6 percent negative rating. (The margin of error was plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.) That's down from just a month ago, when 60 percent of respondents told the pollster they viewed the governor favorably. And it's way down from a year ago, when Palin had an 86 percent positive rating.

By way of comparison, the Economist points out that in Georgia, where he lost last fall, President Obama has an approval rating of 54 percent. That's not an apples to apples comparison -- approval is different from favorability -- but as the president's personal popularity is typically higher than his job approval, it's still an interesting stat to consider.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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