Poll: Tennesseans skeptical of President Obama, Sarah Palin

Poll: Tennesseans skeptical of President Obama, Sarah Palin

February 7th, 2011 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

Tennesseans are lukewarm on President Barack Obama, but they prefer him slightly to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in a hypothetical 2012 matchup, a Vanderbilt University poll has found.

A majority of Tennesseans disapprove of Obama's job performance, even as his popularity increased nationwide in the wake of the Arizona shootings in early January.

But Obama still holds a nearly 5-percentage-point edge over Palin, one of the top candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, among the 710 Tennesseans polled by Vanderbilt's Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

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