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An Obama Endorsement – A Breath of Life or a Kiss of Death?

On a list of six prominent Democratic and Republican politicians, Americans rank President Obama as the one who carries the most weight – positively and negatively – when it comes to an endorsement.

According to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, 29% of Adults say an endorsement from the president is the one most likely to make them vote for a candidate.

But even more (45%) say Obama is the politician who makes them least likely to vote for a candidate he endorses. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

As for the others on the list, 16% rate an endorsement by former President George W. Bush as the most likely to make them support a candidate, followed by former President Bill Clinton (15%), ex-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (14%), New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie (5%) and Vice President Joe Biden (1%).

When it comes to an endorsement as a negative, 25% say one from Palin makes them least likely to support a candidate. Nineteen percent (19%) say the same of Bush, while three percent (3%) and two percent (2%) respectively feel that way about Biden and Clinton.  Christie, a newcomer to the national stage following his election last November, statistically earns a zero on this question.

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The survey of 832 Likely Voters was conducted on October 11-12, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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