Presidential Race Maps Writing on the Wall

Palin: The Experience Question

Posted Sep 01, 2008 at 1:54 AM by Maurice Berger

Possible problem for McCain: today's CNN/Opinion Research poll also reports that by a margin of 50% to 45% voters believe that Sarah Palin is not qualified to be president. While she has solidified McCain's support among religious conservatives and Evangelical Christians, could her perceived lack of gravitas suppress McCain's numbers among independents, moderate Republicans, and conservative Democrats. Or, as in the case of Dan Qualye, also roundly criticized for being inexperienced and untested at the time of his nomination by George H. W. Bush in 1988, will the public pay more attention to the top of the ticket, where McCain's experience relative to Obama could be a net plus for the Republican.