Sarah Palins Favorability Ratings Increase Among All Parties After Appearance on Saturday Night Live

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FLEMINGTON, N.J., Oct. 20 /-USNewswire/ -- A new national study among 316 self-reported Democrats, Republicans and Independents revealed that after viewing segments of Sarah Palin's appearance on Saturday Night Live, Palin's favorability ratings increased among all parties.


    The study was conducted by HCD Research and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion (MCIPO) on October 18-19, to obtain Americans' perceptions of Governor Sarah Palin's guest appearance on Saturday Night Live.

    The Sarah Palin appearance on Saturday Night Live earned John McCain a Political Communications Impact Score (PCIS) of -4.7, while Barack Obama received a score of 2.1, resulting in a net score of 6.9 for Barack Obama. The scores can be compared to a mean score of 8.5 for previously tested Obama ads and 7.8 for previously tested McCain ads. To date, the total mean score for all previously tested ads is 8.1.

    Among the Findings:

    Favorability ratings for Sarah Palin pre/post viewing of video:

     Pre Post

    All Responders 51% 54%

    Democrats 18% 24%

    Republicans 83% 85%

    Independents 50% 55%

    Emotions Most Felt Among All Parties While Viewing the Video

    -- Among political parties, the emotions most felt by Republicans while

     watching the ad were "happiness" (62%) and

     "skepticism" (9%), compared to Democrats, who reported

     "happiness" (49%) and "confusion" (14%) as the

     emotions most felt. Independents reported "happiness" (64%)

     and "skepticism" (9%), as the emotions most felt while

     watching the ad.

    The PCIS is a metric scoring system designed to gauge the effectiveness of political communications by generating a score for each candidate to monitor changes in voter perceptions. The PCIS score is derived from the change in voters' support and the extent that the support shifts. To view scores and results of recent studies go to:

    While viewing the video, participants indicated their levels of believability by moving their mouse from left to right on a continuum. The responses were recorded in quarter-second intervals and reported in the form of curves. The participants' emotions were measured using the Ayer Emotion Battery. Participants were also asked pre- and post-viewing questions. To view believability curves and detailed results go to:

    The Media Curves web site provides the media and general public with a venue to view Americans' perceptions of popular and controversial media events and advertisements.

    HCD Research is a communications research company headquartered in Flemington, NJ. The company's services include traditional and web-based communications research. For additional information on HCD Research, access the company's web site at or call HCD Research at 908-788-9393. Headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, MCIPO is a respected source of public opinion data on local, state and national issues. For additional information on Muhlenberg College, go to
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