I can’t remember if I’ve written this here before, but I’ve said it to several people over the last week or so:
Sarah Palin’s ultimate effect on the McCain Campaign will be seen as negative when all is said and done.
And this, from FiveThirtyEight.com today, supports that argument:
McCain’s other problem is that Sarah Palin may no longer be an asset to the ticket; in fact, she may be a liability. Averaging the candidates’ favorability scores across four recent polls — as one should always try and do when looking at favorability numbers since they can vary greatly depending on question wording — Palin now has the worst net scores among the four principals in the race…
Palin’s average favorability score is now a +7 — about 10 points behind Joe Biden’s numbers. Perhaps more importantly, these numbers are 10-15 points behind where Palin’s numbers were just a week or so ago. If voters come in not knowing very much about a candidate — and the more they see of the candidate, the less they like of the candidate — this is a major concern.
There’s a chart included in this post at the FiveThirtyEight site (a site I highly recommend) which breaks this down.