72% Of Alaskans Disapprove Of Levi Johnston
Which means that the media’s endless focus on Levi as some sort of embarrassment for the Palin family is, well, backfiring monumentally.
Levi Johnston may be attempting a run for public office but a new Public Policy Polling survey in Alaska suggests his political career might be short-lived.
Just 6% of Alaskans have a favorable view of Sarah Palin’s almost son-in-law while 72% have an unfavorable view. He is reviled pretty universally across the board but he’s a little more popular with Democrats (15/61) than he is with Republicans (4/76) or independents (4/74).
Key point: “It’s hard to muster a favorability rating lower than 6% — that’s about where the average person off the street we polled on a lark would be — so Johnson may hold this dubious distinction for a long time.”
I’ve long said that the media have done more harm than good to their cause when it comes to discrediting Sarah Palin by focusing on the sort of mean-spirited, tabloid-style reporting such as that which has surrounded Levi Johnston.
By being so unfair to Palin, by being so mean spirited in their coverage of her I think they’ve driven a lot of people to defending her reflexively. If they’d been more fair in their criticism (and there is, admittedly, a lot of areas where Sarah Palin is susceptible to criticism) I think they’d have been more successful in marginalizing her as a political force.
Not that the ostensibly objective media should have had any such goal in mind anyway.Tags: levi johnston, media bias, sarah palin