November 12th, 2008
12:14 PM ET
5 years ago

Views of Palin deteriorate as GOP looks ahead

New polls suggest just under half the American public have an unfavorable opinion of Palin.
New polls suggest just under half the American public have an unfavorable opinion of Palin.

(CNN) - Just a week after this year’s presidential election, 2012 buzz may already be swirling around Sarah Palin – but a new national poll suggests just under half the American public holds a favorable opinion of the Alaska governor, with nearly as many viewing her unfavorably.

Forty-nine percent of those questioned in the survey released Wednesday have a favorable opinion of the woman John McCain picked as his running mate. Forty-three percent view her unfavorably.

And perceptions of Palin seem to be dropping.

"In early September, just after the GOP convention, her favorable rating among registered voters was 57 percent, and only a quarter of all registered voters had an unfavorable view of her," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. Now, Palin is less popular than vice president-elect Joe Biden, with a 64 percent favorable rating, or ticket-mate John McCain, who is seen favorably by 61 percent of the public

The poll also suggests that men may have a slightly more positive view of Palin than women, with 51 percent of males viewing her favorably, compared to 48 percent of female respondents. Forty-one percent of males questioned in the survey have an unfavorable opinion of Palin, as do 44 percent of women.

"With fairly high negatives and lower support among women, who should be a natural constituency for Palin, she's not starting off from a position of strength," says Holland. "The question is no longer whether Palin was a drag on the McCain ticket, but whether her unfavorables could be a drag on a future Palin ticket."

Among Republicans. Palin's rating remains high, with 86 percent of Republicans questioned in the poll holding a favorable opinion of her. That number drops to 48 percent among Independents, and down to 27 percent among Democrats.

Palin is attending the Republican Governors Association conference in Miami, Florida today and tomorrow – the first major gathering of GOP leaders since the party lost the White House, along with additional seats in both the House and the Senate.

There's been speculation that Palin – along with other incumbent governors at the conference like Charlie Crist of Florida, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota - could have designs on running down the road for the Republican presidential nomination in the next race for the White House. All three governors were on John McCain's list of possible running mates, before the Arizona senator named Palin as his running mate.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted November 6-9, with 1,246 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The poll comes as Palin sits down for a one-on-one interview today with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, which can be seen on the Situation Room starting at 4 pm ET. Palin is also speaking with CNN's Larry King: that interview can be seen on Larry King Live at 9 pm ET, and again at 9 pm PT.


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soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. chuckles199

    how about biden?

    November 12, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Robert

    When is America, and especially Alaska, going to wake up and see that this lady is a fraud?

    November 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Felly

    If you put a lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig, period.

    November 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Just go ahead and adopt her as the head of the GOP. I'm certain you will get results.

    Please GOP, make her your candidate in 2012.

    November 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Lindsay

    It's 2008! It's not even near time for us to be discussing who is going to run for President in the next election!

    Barack Obama hasn't even taken office yet.

    Can we please stop talking about this crazy woman – I'm so sick of hearing about her....

    Pretty please?

    November 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Bob Lee

    Has anybody flared up and burned out this fast before? I can't think of a single political figure who has been able to pull of the.. Never heard of her... hmmm' interesting ideas.... what a nutjob... trifectca in such a short period of time

    November 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. MG

    The reason we don't like her is because she is very mean spirited, but claims to be a christian. It appears she thinks god only works in her favor and not anyone else's. She can learn the things she needs to compete on a national stage, but curing mean and selfish is impossible.

    November 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Scott NYC Independent

    Oh give me a break – you can't be polling people that have graduated high school. Anyone that was confused over the content of Africa or what periodical she reads is a waste of time and effort. Lets stop dummying down America and find intelligent, competent politians to run our government. You know the old saying stupid is as stupid does. Ignorance can be cured with knowledge but it seems Palin isn't about to begin studying or learning anything at this point in her life. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    November 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Loyal Repulican for 49 years voting for OBAMA

    I will be changing my allegiance from the Repulican Party to Indpendent. I cannot believe that Sarah Palin is even being considered as a Repulican leader.

    November 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Brandon from Ohio

    I'm surprised her ratings were as good as they were. I can't think of one person who has a favorable opinion of Palin out of all of the people in my 500 person office here in Ohio that likes Palin. I know one guy who liked her after her convention speech, but once the teleprompter was gone and he saw what was underneath he turned to unfavorable. This woman will never be elected on a big stage. She's too much of a whack job. Doesn't believe in global warming, thinks women should be forced to keep a baby procreated from forced incest/rape, thinks foreign policy experience is being able to SEE another country physically. This would mean that most high school foreign language field trips to France/Britain would equate to 16-18 year old kids having more foreign policy experience than Palin. There aren't enough stupid people in American to elect her to office.

    November 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. LS, Austin, Texas

    Palin just doesn't have what it takes to run for ANY high office in Washington. Especially after the show she put on with McCain – it was a horrible and dishonorable show they both put on. Too many people won't forget that – first impressions last a life time.

    November 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Pdoughty

    Please stop forcing us to continue to see, hear about, or read about, Sarah Palin. She's yesterday's news that we just managed to suffer through.

    November 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Peet, Alaska

    Palin for President? Please tell what year so I can pack and move to Canada.

    November 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. Alex

    If Palin were smart she should disappear for awhile. She's overexposing herself and if she really wants to make a run for 2012 she can't afford to wear out her welcome before Obama even takes office, especially if she wants to break the "double term" pattern set by GW Bush and Clinton.

    November 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Ghost

    I'm sorry but can we stop talking about this wackjob?

    November 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. some guy in New Hampshire

    Palin is a person of average intelligence with no demonstrated knowledge of, or interest in, the problems faced by the country or the world. She's a spokesmodel for right-wing orthodoxy. After just ending eight years of that kind of presidency, are we ready to sign up for another?

    November 12, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Stu-Florida

    Geeze.. she got away with this one. I still can't believe McCain won't admit that if had chosen better, he would have done better. I believe he's still shaken up from the election. He's not of right mind.
    This statement of hers "If I cost John McCain just one vote, then I am sorry" says it all!
    Get real Palin... you cost him millions of votes.
    Soooooo glad I changed party affiliation if this is what the future of the GOP is...
    Now just where did I put those left over barf bags.... rrraaaalphhh

    November 12, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. arc, Lugano CH

    Why is this such a surprise about the Shrilla from Wasilla?

    Once the dust had settled from her ridiculous convention speech, it was clear that this fool was nothing of a stateswoman; instead she was nothing more than a whipped government mule on a 3-month lease with the McCain Campaign.

    Her purpose really was and remains quite simple; that is to acknowledge and affirm the ignorant, the bigoted and the ones who are easily swayed by unfounded fear. She is the voice of those who need justification for their small-minded xenophobic and isolationist intellects which are trapped in the Ku Klux Klan's 1950s America.

    November 12, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Yuck! Is that concise enough for you?

    November 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Doug

    Sarah Palin is too simple-minded. She thinks God will do everything and make life good. I believe, but I also know that her view is not true. Otherwise, we'd all be living in a utopia of averice and we wouldn't need leaders or politicians or republicans or anything.

    November 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. TS, Texas

    The direct contrast of Sarah Palin with Charlie Crist, Bobby Jindal, and Tim Pawlenty will be interesting to see, especially in the setting of a real debate.

    November 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. R Wolf

    Please, President Obama hasn't even taken office yet and we're hearing about 2012. I will give up my TV set if I have to listen to four years of whether or not Palin is going to run for President. Doesn't she realize that outside of her ultra conservative core base, she's not that well respected. She whines about how the press has treated her, how even her campaign staff has treated her, but doesn't she remember all the lies, inuendos and misrepresentations she told about President Obama. You can't have it both ways, Sarah. Why don't you just do you job as Governor and let the rest of us enjoy our new adminstration.

    November 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. LIP

    Nearly half found her unfavorable, eh. That must be the half that voted against her, right, since she got 57,000,000 votes. That half must be the Democrats...a no brainer. That bundle of votes for her would make for a good argument that she should run again in 2012. Maybe this time around she can garner a little respect from all those woman bashers in the media.

    November 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. BS not Maverick

    Make that half + one!

    November 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. Debby

    Wow CNN I didn't know 1,246 is half the nation. LOL

    November 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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