Poll: Sarah Palin Bests Joe Biden in Debate Expectations Game, More Likable

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 3, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Poll: Sarah Palin Bests Joe Biden in Debate Expectations Game, More Likable

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 3
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Americans will make up their minds over the next few days how the vice-presidential candidates fared in the Thursday night debate. But, the instant polls from mainstream media outlets showed pro-life Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin both beat the expectations game and came across to Americans as more likable.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey only of Americans who watched the debate found 51 percent thought pro-abortion candidate Joe Biden did the best job while 36 percent said Governor Palin did.

However, respondents said Palin was more likable by a 54 to 36 percentage point margin.

Both candidates beat expectations according to the CNN poll, with Palin beating those of 84 percent of debate viewers and 64 percent saying Biden beat expectations. The poll also found an increase in the number of Americans who say Palin is qualified to be president.

A CBS News and Knowledge Networks poll found Americans seem to have a better view of Palin than Biden after the debate.

Fifty-three percent now have a more favorable image of Biden while 42 percent said their view didn’t change; that compares with 55 percent who say they now have a better view of Palin compared with only 30 percent who say it didn’t change.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the pro-life political group Susan B. Anthony List, told LifeNews.com she was excited about Palin’s performance during the debate.

“The Sarah we saw tonight was the same Sarah from the GOP convention – the real Sarah. She is back,” she said. “American voters are looking for authenticity, and tonight they could see it in Sarah Palin. From the PTA to pro-life values to Pakistan, Sarah Palin doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk.”

Pro-life issues didn’t come up much in the debate, with Biden bringing up abortion on his own in an answer.

Biden talked about leading the fight against pro-life Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.

“Had he been on the court, I suspect there would be a lot of changes that I don’t like and the American people wouldn’t like, including everything from Roe v. Wade…,” Biden said, referring to the high court decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy.

Palin, on the other hand, is pro-life and has earned kudos from the pro-life community for her support for parental involvement laws and her decision to give birth to a mentally disabled son while statistics show 80-90 percent are killed by abortion.

The governor talked about her son during the debate and said that, as vice-president, she would spearhead efforts to help special needs children.

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