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Anti-Palin Emily’s List Poll Run As ‘News’

From the nation’s pulse-takers at France’s Agence France-Pressee:

[AFP caption:] Women voters remain unswayed by the Republican choice of anti-abortion, devout Christian Sarah Palin for vice president, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

US women voters turned off by Palin’s pick: poll

ST PAUL, Minnesota (AFP) – Women voters remain unswayed by the Republican choice of anti-abortion, devout Christian Sarah Palin for vice president, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

White House hopeful John McCain electrified his party’s conservative base by naming Palin, a 44-year-old mother of five and Alaska governor, as his running mate on Friday.

But 52 percent of voters polled in a survey for the women’s activist group Emily’s List said they would vote for the Democrat ticket of Barack Obama and his VP choice Joseph Biden, against 41 for the Republicans.

“If John McCain thought putting Sarah Palin on the ticket would be a game changer, he may have been right but not in the way he intended,” said the group’s president Ellen Malcolm.

Senator McCain has seriously misjudged women voters if he thinks he can win them over simply by putting a woman on the ticket,” she said.

Women voters take their votes seriously and the more they learn about Governor Palin, the less likely they are to support the McCain-Palin ticket.”

The poll, carried out by random dialing of 800 women on Sunday and Monday, shows that 50 percent of women voters felt McCain picked Palin out of political expediency and not because he believes she has the experience to do the job.

Only 29 percent said he had picked her to run in the November 4 elections because he believed she was qualified to be vice president.

And when asked which ticket had the most experience to run the country, 52 percent opted for the Democrats compared to 37 percent for the Republicans

In comparison, 50 percent of women voters believed that Obama had chosen Biden to be his running mate because of the Delaware senator’s experience.

The poll also showed that Palin would fail to sway disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters still angered that she was locked out of the Democratic ticket.

Some 45 percent of Clinton fans thought Palin was not very attractive as a candidate, and 55 percent said they would not be voting for McCain.

Only nine percent of Clinton supporters said they thought they would vote Republican because Palin was on the ticket.

By comparison some 41 percent said Biden was a more attractive option as vice president

Isn’t it funny how the AFP neglects to mention that Emily’s List is simply a fundraising organization for the Democrat party.

From Discover The Networks:


In August 2006, the EL website stated, “Since our founding, we have helped elect 61 pro-choice Democratic women members of Congress, 11 senators, and eight governors.” These figures do not include the hundreds of local candidates whose campaigns EL has supported over the years. Among the notable recipients of EL funding have been Cynthia McKinney, Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray, Dianne Feinstein, Jan Schakowsky, Barbara Lee, Hilda Solis, Diane Watson, Lynn Woolsey, Rosa DeLauro, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Nydia Velazquez, and Tammy Baldwin. Many of these are members of the Progressive Caucus.

Formally, there are only three requirements for a candidate to earn EL’s support: The candidate must be a woman; she must be a Democrat; and she must support unrestricted access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand. EMILY’s List has withdrawn its support from women who vote against event the most extreme abortion positions. For instance, Mary Landrieu, the recently re-elected Democratic Senator from Louisiana, lost EL’s backing when she voted in favor of a ban on partial-birth abortion.

EMILY’s List depicts the Republican Party as being hostile to women domestically and to other governments globally. “The Bush Republicans have launched a sustained assault on the right to choose and advances for women,” says EL. “They have run our economy for the benefit of the few, at the expense of us all. And on the world stage, they have created more enemies.”

Guess that isn’t an important detail their readers should know.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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