Palin Faces Questions As She Exits Alaska Politics

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin leaves office today.

Palin gained fame -- and to some, notoriety -- since she embarked on a vice-presidential bid less than a year ago.

Her surprising departure from Alaska's top office is gaining her something else: questions over her motives and next big move.

She steps down with her political future clouded by ethics probes, mounting legal bills and dwindling popularity.

A new Washington Post-ABC poll puts her favorability rating at 40 percent, with 53 percent giving her an unfavorable rating.

The Republican governor faces an array of queries about why she is quitting more than year before her term ends and what she plans to do after she steps down.

Palin has said little about any major moves, but has hinted that she has a bigger role in mind.


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