Endorsements from well-known politicians are designed to bolster a candidate's electoral fortunes, but a recent poll reveals that public support from several high-profile figures can have the opposite effect.
According to a Harris Poll, approximately 45 percent of American voters would be less likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by President Barack Obama, while 42 percent would be more likely to vote for that candidate.
House Representative Paul Kanjorski (D-Penn.) has been endorsed by Obama, but his campaign team isn't advertising the President's support, according to Politico.com. Kanjorski campaign spokesman Ed Mitchell told the news source that he had no intention of publicizing Obama's backing.
"We were aware of the endorsement," Mitchell told the Times Leader. "The congressman welcomes the endorsement of anyone who shares the same values and principles."
Support from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin would also cause more harm than good, the poll revealed. About 56 percent of those surveyed said Palin's support would dissuade them from backing a certain candidate. Slightly more than 40 percent said they'd be less likely to vote for a politician endorsed by the Tea Party.