Pin­point­ing Palin’s ap­peal

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There is some­thing about Sarah Palin that cap­tures peo­ple’s at­ten­tion. Satur­day Night Live re­cently aired a slam dunk funny sketch fea­tur­ing Tina Fey as Mrs. Palin and Amy Poehler as Hil­lary Clin­ton. The peo­ple who dis­like the Alaska gov­er­nor, such as fem­i­nist ac­tivists, have risen up al­most overnight. A Face­book page ti­tled “Sarah Palin is not Hil­lary Clin­ton” has been cre­ated as well as the Web site www.wom­e­na­gain­st­sarah­palin.org. Both of th­ese items are rather easy to cre­ate and prac­ti­cally an un­of­fi­cial ac­knowl­edge­ment of a can­di­date onto the po­lit­i­cal stage. Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties like Pamela An­der­son and Pink have rushed to make pub­lic state­ments ex­press­ing their dis­ap­proval of her. Mrs. Palin must be do­ing some­thing right if she is al­ready a ve­hi­cle of Hol­ly­wood lib­er­als seek­ing re­bel­lious at­ten­tion. Right now, peo­ple are not sure what Mrs. Palin has that makes her such a draw. Some might say she has the “it” fac­tor for the mo­ment.

Maybe it’s the hair. Maybe it’s her quiet re­sis­tance to in­sult. Is it her beau­ti­ful fam­ily? Could it be her com­plete com­mit­ment to a pro life stance? Is it her ne­go­ti­a­tion skills? It could be those large steel glasses. What­ever the draw, Mrs. Palin has com­pletely frus­trated the Oba­maBi­den cam­paign. Some­where be­tween her Franco Sarto heels, the pic­tures of her dress­ing mooses, shoot­ing ri­fles, run­ning Alaska, her five chil­dren and the photo-shopped bikini tributes — Mrs. Palin has be­witched Amer­i­cans. She has com­pletely mes­mer­ized the me­dia, which once only loved Barack Obama. It can’t be just an over­whelm­ing amount of cute­ness, can it?

A Ras­mussen poll from Septem­ber 9-10 shows some in­ter­est­ing opin­ion re­sults. The sur­vey asked the youth and older, men and women, mar­ried and un­mar­ried, in­vestors, Democrats and Repub­li­cans why they liked or dis­liked Mrs. Palin. Both ques­tions fo­cused on the is­sues that make her un­like­able and well-liked. Those is­sues are gun rights, off-shore drilling, her stance on abor­tion, and her Wash­ingtonout­sider sta­tus. Oddly, the high­est per­cent­ages came un­der the cat­e­gory “not sure” and “ev­ery­thing” about Mrs. Palin. This sounds a bit con­fus­ing at first. For ex­am­ple, 35 per­cent of men like ev­ery­thing and 42 per­cent were not sure what they liked about her. Fifty-five per­cent of Democrats dis­like ev­ery­thing about her while 11 per­cent dis­like her pro-life stance and 21 per­cent were not sure what they dis­liked. Women over 40 like her more than women un­der 40 by about 5 per­cent. Forty-one per­cent of mar­ried peo­ple and 21 per­cent of sin­gle peo­ple like ev­ery­thing about her; 31 per­cent of mar­ried peo­ple and 41 per­cent of sin­gle peo­ple dis­like ev­ery­thing about her. The per­cent­ages for the is­sues that she stands for had lower num­bers than the two ex­treme po­si­tions. In other words, across the board, most peo­ple do not know why they like Mrs. Palin or why they dis­like her. They only know that they ei­ther love ev­ery­thing or hate ev­ery­thing about her.

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