Sarah Palin's surprise resignation and uneven performance since has done her no favors in the popularity department.
Findings released today from a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey found that 39 percent of Americans view Palin favorably, while 48 percent view her unfavorably.
That's a noticeable drop from 46 percent favorable-43 percent unfavorable numbers she received in mid-May.
Palin announced on July 3 that she was resigning as Alaska's governor midway through her term, drawing criticism from some quarters that she was a quitter.
Many political observers saw that as a move toward running for president in 2012 because it would enable her to spend more time in the lower 48 and garner more attention. In early prognostications, she is on the short list for the possible GOP nominee.
Her numbers peaked at 57 percent favorable-27 percent unfavorable soon after John McCain made her his surprise choice for vice presidential nominee. The new poll, conducted July 31-Aug. 3, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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