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Sarah Palin may be costing McCain, says new poll

Sarah Palin is growing less popular among voters and may be hurting Republican presidential nominee John McCain more than she is helping him, suggests a new survey.

world Updated: Nov 04, 2008 01:19 IST

Her entry into the race for White House was seen as a breath of fresh air, but as the D-Day nears, Sarah Palin is growing less popular among voters and may be hurting Republican presidential nominee John McCain more than she is helping him, suggests a new survey.

Fifty-seven per cent of likely voters questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll said the Alaska Governor does not have the personal qualities a President should have, which is up eight points since September.

Fifty-three per cent said she does not agree with them on important issues. That is also higher than September.

"Just after the GOP convention in early September, 53 per cent said they would vote for Palin over Joe Biden if there were a separate vote for vice president. Now, Biden would beat Palin by 12 points if the running mates were chosen in a separate vote," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

If voters were allowed to vote for president separately, "it would be a 4-point edge for Barack Obama, 52 per cent to 48 per cent," he was quoted by the news network as saying.

"Since the McCain-Palin ticket is currently getting 46 per cent in a match-up against the Obama-Biden ticket, it looks like Palin's presence on the GOP ballot is taking 2 percentage points away from McCain. In a close race, that might represent the margin of victory," Holland said.

The unfavourable numbers for Palin have also been growing. They are eight points higher in the current poll than in early October and twice as high as they were when McCain announced his running mate in late August, the poll said.