From Sean Cockerham in Anchorage –
There's another poll out that says former Gov. Sarah Palin has an approval rating of less than 40 percent among Alaskans.
The latest poll was released today but taken in mid-June. It’s by Ivan Moore Research of Anchorage.
The Moore poll gives Palin a 39 percent positive rating and 49 percent negative rating among Alaskans. Twelve percent said they were neutral.
Moore said it was a statewide poll of 647 registered voters and he gives a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent. Respondents were contacted on landlines and cell phones, according to Moore.
The results are similar to other polling on Palin in Alaska, although a Dittman poll in March had higher negatives for her.
That poll by Dittman Research of Anchorage found 36 percent favorable to her in Alaska and 61 percent unfavorable.
The Dittman poll was of the public at large, while the Moore poll was of registered voters.
A poll by Hays Research of Anchorage last month said Barack Obama would beat Sarah Palin among Alaskans if they were running against one another for president. That Hays poll found 42 percent of Alaska voters would pick or lean toward Obama in a head to head race with Palin. It said 36 percent of Alaska voters would choose or lean toward Palin.
Sixteen percent of the respondents said they were undecided and another 7 percent volunteered a different candidate.
UPDATE --Moore says his pollsters also asked the 49 percent of Alaska respondents who were negative about Palin to name one issue or main reason that contributed to their bad feelings.
He said the top reason given was that Palin quit as governor, with 22 percent picking it. He said the next most common answer, from 11 percent, was a perceived lack of intellect.
Moore said other top reasons cited included inexperience and desire for the spotlight.