Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin has reached new levels of unpopularity, according to a recent survey.
The latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows that 56 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the former governor of Alaska, which is up seven points from a survey that was released before November's midterm elections. Palin, who is considering a run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has been the center of controversy following the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz. that left six people dead and 14 wounded, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).
In an attempt to link the Tea Party to the tragedy, some Democratic lawmakers and Left-wing commentators have accused Palin of spewing violent rhetoric toward her political rivals. Many liberals have expressed outrage over graphics that were used on Palin's website last year, with claims that the images were crosshairs targeting congressional districts.
However, columnist Neal Boortz of TownHall.com recently challenged those accusations. Boortz provided a link to a government-sanctioned website that proves that the symbols on Palin's map actually resemble surveyor's marks more than crosshairs.
Furthermore, Boortz included maps that were previously used by the Democratic Leadership Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In these graphics, several symbols are scattered throughout the country that look like bull's eyes, which are more commonly associated with weapon targeting.