Not since George H.W. Bush selected then-Sen. Dan Quayle as his running mate 20 years ago has a presumptive vice-presidential nominee scored as low as Sarah Palin in terms of public confidence, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.
The survey gives Democratic veep choice Joe Biden an 18-point lead on his Republican counterpart Palin on the question of readiness to serve as president if needed.
The poll also shows Barack Obama maintaining an eight-point lead on John McCain.
Fox News has the story HERE.
UPDATE: A new Rasmussen poll SHOWS, as does the Gallup Poll, that Palin goes over better with men than with women.
So much for the theory that McCain’s choice would score especially well with women in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s failure to capture the Democratic nomination.
One other thing: Polls show that Obama’s acceptance speech was widely well-received. Fifty-eight percent of respondents rated it excellent or good, and only seven percent gave it negative marks. The rest said it was OK or had no opinion.
Perhaps most tellingly, 43 percent said the speech made it more likely that they will vote for Obama.