"Women Voters and Sarah Palin" (Updated)
EMILY's List and Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group:
On behalf of EMILY's List, Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group conducted a national survey of 800 women voters to assess their reactions to and perceptions of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate. Interviewing was conducted on August 31st and September 1st, 2008. The margin of error for the findings is +/- 3.5 percentage points.Howie P.S.: Since this is an Acrobat document, I can't cut and paste the results as is my custom. So here is a list of the conclusions that are presented:
Independently of any late breaking news regarding Sarah Palin's family situation, the results of this poll for EMILY's List among women voters clearly clearly demonstrates that John McCain's selection of Governor Palin as his running mate will create more of a drag than a lift on the Republican ticket.
First, this selection puts John McCain squarely in the realm of politics over principle in women voters' eyes.
Second, Sarah Palin's background and personal narrative are not particularly appealing to women voters, and she matches up poorly against Joe Biden in terms of the potential to establish a compelling narrative.
Third, Governor Palin's inclusion on the ticket squanders John McCain's previous advantage over Barack Obama with regard to experience and readiness to lead.
Fourth, several of Governor Palin's positions on issues, including her position on abortion, alienate large segments of the women's electorate and add to the perception that the GOP ticket is out of step with women voters' views and priorities.
Fifth, even with the historic inclusion of a woman on the Republican ticket, women voters conclude that the Obama-Biden ticket is more in step with the issues and concerns that are important to women than is the McCain-Palin ticket.
Finally, as these survey findings confirm, the Democratic presidential ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden continues to benefit from the strong support of women voters.
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