Poll: Palin’s Approval Rating Tanks, Is Now the Same As Bush’s

As the 2008 presidential campaign wore on into the fall, and it was becoming clear that Sarah Palin was in way over her head, I remember thinking, “This woman is just George Bush in a skirt and mean-girl secretary glasses.” Like Bush, she was barely articulate when speaking without the aid of a teleprompter or briefing book. And like Bush, she wore her status as an ignoramus like a badge of honor. As most shallow people are, Bush and Palin were both vain and childish — both had zero tolerance fro criticism, for example.

Perhaps those of us who worry that America’s simpleton minority might rise up and put one of their own into the White House again can take comfort in these numbers. On the other hand, a lot can happen between now and November 2012.

As we’ve gotten to know Palin, we’ve learned that she and Bush are ideological twins. Both are, first and foremost, corporatists — everything for corporations; nothing for the “small people” — and they share a “bomb first, ask questions later, if ever” neo-con approach to foreign affairs.

And they are both congenital, pathological liars. Bush is, of course, the master, but to Palin’s credit, he’s about 20 years older than she is. For lists of Bush lies, see here, here and here — and for lists of Palin’s lies, see here, here and, from earlier this week, here.

But the most important similarity between Bush and Palin is that, for reasons that are oblique to normal people, the Republican base — now re-branded as tea baggers — simply adores them. The fact that they somehow foisted Bush into the big chair twice is sufficient cause for alarm that they could somehow do it again with Palin.

Now Bush and Palin have something else in common. According to the Wall St. Journal/NBC poll, normal Americans have precisely the same low opinion of Palin as they do of Bush:

Palin reality check: Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of Sarah Palin’s announcement that she was quitting her first term as Alaska governor. Since that time, however, she hasn’t stayed away from the news — she wrote a book, signed a contract with FOX, has given numerous paid speeches, and has blasted the Obama administration via Twitter and Facebook. The AP says “she’s evolved into an enduring political personality writ large — and now the talk, growing louder, is of her own run for the White House in 2012.” But here’s the political reality: Outside of Republicans, she’s not popular at all. According to our NBC/WSJ poll, just 29 percent view her favorably, compared with 43 percent who view her unfavorably (not far from George W. Bush’s 29 percent-50 percent score). In addition, the poll shows that 52 percent have problems with a candidate who has been endorsed by Palin, versus only 25 percent who are comfortable with that attribute. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Palin is more of a political celebrity than a political figure.

Perhaps those of us who worry that America’s simpleton minority might rise up and put one of their own into the White House again can take comfort in these findings.

On the other hand, a lot can happen between now and November 2012.


  • July 3, 2010 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    I have little faith in the simpletons who believe in Palin. They are people with their little brains made up and they do not listen to reason. They are coming from anger and they are unwilling to believe that their dear King Geo II is responsible for our economy. Elisabeth Hecklebeck from the television show, “The View” is a good example. She was hollering on the show the other day that Obama had more than a year and a half to fix the economy and he failed. She is a good example…anyone who thinks an eight year mess can be fixed in a year is a simpleton. No matter how they cast it…we are better off today.

  • Mom
    July 3, 2010 - 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I worry about the Republicans staging another coup similar to 2000. I can remember saying that there was no way Ronald Reagan could be elected President, because Americans are too smart to do that. (GWB wasn’t really elected the first time and maybe not the second either.) Now, I’d take RR over any Republican in sight. Heaven help us.

  • sa warner
    July 5, 2010 - 10:50 am | Permalink

    Ronald Reagan was no better than the Bush family, imo. Reagan started us down the path of trickle down economic policy that has been resurrected each time a republican occupies the oval office.


  • September 4, 2010 - 7:23 pm | Permalink

    By some polls, Lincoln was USA 10th worst president overall. It was suprising to me …

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