Palin Trails Begich in New PPP Poll

by Sterling Beard

Sarah Palin has floated a run for the Senate in Alaska, but her approval rating iswell underwater according to a new poll from liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP).

PPP puts Palin at a 39 percent approval rating against a 58 percent disapproval rating overall, a gap of 19 points. She does even worse among independents, polling at 33 percent approval to 64 percent disapproval (Of the potential GOP candidates, only 2010 nominee Joe Miller is more disliked, with a 63 percent disapproval rating). Perhaps the most damaging data point is that among those polled, which included an oversampling of GOP primary voters, only 47 percent considered Palin to still be an Alaskan, compared with 46 percent who do not consider her Alaskan. 

However, she has the lead among Republican primary voters, topping Treadwell 36–25 percent. 

Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell (R) provides the staunchest challenge to Senator Mark Begich (D., Alaska). Treadwell trails Begich by only four percentage points in a hypothetical matchup, and Dan Sullivan, Alaska’s natural-resources commisioner, trails by a few points more, 46–39. Palin is twelve points behind at 52–40, and Miller is 23 points behind at 55–32.

This doesn’t mean Begich is guaranteed the seat; he stands at 42 percent approval to 41 percent disapproval. That’s down from the 49–39 approval he had in a February PPP poll

PPP conducted the automated telephone survey of 890 Alaska voters, including an oversample of 507 usual GOP primary voters, July 25–28. The margin of error was +/- 3.3 percent for the overall survey, and +/-4.4 percent for the Republican portion.