November 12th, 2008
12:14 PM ET
6 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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  1. FLewis

    I'm so sick and tired of hearing about Sarah Palin. She lost. Move on CNN. Why are you continue to talk about her. She is not this super star CNN is trying to make her out to be. Why do we still have to hear about her. Give me a break CNN. If you love her some much, then move CNN to Alaska then you can talk about her all you want, but right now, my husband and I are sick of hearing about her. The election is over, she lost, we are happy now so please CNN stop trying to keep her in the spot light. When she was VeePee, she won't even talk to you guys, now she lost therefore, you want to keep give her all of this free cover. When not cover me?

    November 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. GP

    Palin is a pure politician. We are living with the results of a government run by pure politicians.

    November 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. George Ennis from Toronto, Canada

    It would be interesting to see a breakout based on gender, age and education.

    I guess what I am looking to find out is there some point where intelligence and education wins out over hormones in the case of men.

    November 12, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Linda

    Sarah Palin will be the future for all Republicans, She is a great Leader, free of corruption., and she is also a big threat for Democrats and the MEDIA. ' VIVA SARAH PALIN"

    November 12, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Tom in Ohio

    She's a drag on us all...enough already. She should go about being governor of a state with fewer people than any of Ohio's major metropolitan areas, and focus on trying to get that state to live within it's means. With all of that oil money up there, and her avowed distaste for earmarks, she should immediately set about refusing any and all federal earmarks that come her way. Of course, she might have to dip into the "shared resources" (Marxist as that sounds!) that Alaskans get a check for every year to do that. But would it make a statement? You betcha!!!!

    November 12, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A NORMAL, HARD WORKING, HONEST PERSON FINALLY RUN THIS COUNTRY.

    I TRUST SARAH MORE THAN ANYONE IN CONGRESS.

    WHY IS IT YOU HAVE TO LIE AND SPEECH YOURSELF TO THE TOP.

    I GUARANTEE YOU IF SARAH WAS OUR PRESIDENT SHE WOULD SHAKE UP WASHINGTON.

    THE FIRST THING SHE WOULD DO IS SEND PELOSI AND REID ON A ONE WAY TICKET OUT OF WASHINGTON.

    November 12, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. John

    Maybe if she is a senator she might learn the names of all the states after 6 weeks of roll calls.

    Hilary may not have been overlay popiular but she has a brain and knows history and geography and how to get things done.

    Palin's talent tops out at homecoming queen

    November 12, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. James

    No way would I ever consider voting for her as President...and I am an independent who has voted both parties at various times. I just don't think she knows how to tell the WHOLE TRUTH about anything she has done. It just seems that if the Republicans even think of running her in 2012 they might as well not even enter the race...it would be like entering a pet rock to swim against Michael Phelps!

    November 12, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. alex

    No please run in 2012 Palin it will make it easier for Obama to get reelected and help with SNL rating! YOU BETCHA

    November 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Who Cares

    She has some good qualities, and she's appealing to a lot of people. She's clearly not ready for the presidency or even the VP right now, but four years is a long time, and it could easily be eight. If she starts to prepare herself now, that might be enough time. Stranger things have happened. She's obviously alienated a lot of people as well who will never vote for her under any circumstances, and she represents a political philosophy many won't vote for even if she were as smart as Obama. But she doesn't need them. All she needs is 50%+1. If Bush, who is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, could do it, she could, too.

    November 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. Bubba

    Palinoscopy continues. Her opinions are both ignorant and barbaric, and her voice could peel paint off a snowmobile. She cannot resist a camera, which leads me to speculate upon how many dodgy videos of her are tucked up under the First Dood's mattress, and she cannot keep from running her mouth.
    The GOP will either explode trying to internalize her as a valid candidate, or split into two or three parties. Joe the Plumber could be her running mate.

    November 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Loud & Proud Leftie

    I beg you CNN, stop covering this foolish woman. Let her return to the wilderness.

    November 12, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Thompson

    Please run...You will get smoked.

    November 12, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. s

    If the Republicans think Palin is their new face, their savior, then they're in for a bigger shock than just having lost the election bigtime. We need
    real leaders, not hacks.

    November 12, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. Observer

    Please, Mrs. Palin, go on TV any and every opportunity you can. Every time you speak in public, your numbers go down. Each time we hear you we get a better understanding of why we are so lucky you and McCain did not win. So, you know, like, keep on talkin' and that there mavericky suff that you do!

    November 12, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Spare us, CNN

    I can't believe all the talk going on about Palin in 2012. Gov. Palin represents all that is wrong with the Republican Party – extreme views, not fiscally conservative (don't forget the Bridge to Nowhere!), abused her power, etc.

    The Republican Party needs to run as far, far away from Palin as they can get.

    November 12, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Dems for Palin 2012

    Many Republicans want her to run for President in 2012. All of the Democrats want her to run so that Obama wins re-election in a landslide.

    Fear and hatred is all she has to sell. It didn't work in 2008. It won't work in 2012.

    November 12, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. reggie

    CNN, apparently you are not talking to enough people. Everyone I know is even more fired up and supportive of Gov. Palin than they were during the campaign. In fact, all the talk shows are trying to book her because of her populatiry. SHe is the future!

    November 12, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Earl in FL

    Palin appeared at a rally nearby. And as an Obama supporter, I was tempted to attend. There were two motives:

    1. Morbid curiosity - to see a live train wreck.

    2. To get a sense of the crowd - what kind of people would go to see her?

    I stayed home.

    But I hope the GOP embraces (and nominates) Palin – she will exemplify why the GOP is losing ground - a shrinking anti-intellectual, xenophobic, party based largely on white evangelicals in the the rural South, Mountain West and Great Plaines (with Texas the only large state McCain carried). As such, she will be a modern Joan of Arc, leading a lost cause.

    November 12, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. KissMyAttitude

    Palin MIGHT be ok to watch a hockey game with. But President of the US of A – PLEASE

    November 12, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. kimmyrn

    The Republican Party needs to start asking everyday citizens what is wrong with their party if they really want to find an answer. I have heard people within the party debating which direction to go and it scares me to hear that many of them want to go "more to the right". Excuse me but if you go any further to the right you are going to fall off the face of the earth. When I heard Sarah Palin say that she doesnt even believe in abortion in the case of rape or incest I thought.....IS SHE CRAZY????? Ask most women what they think of abortion, separation of church and state ,health care, deregulaion of wall street and the insurance industry and you will get an idea of where most americans think we should be on these issues. If the Republican party goes any further to the right I believe we will see that party fall apart. You have to remember that not EVERYONE in this country is an evangelical christian, you have Jews, catholics, mormons, muslims, wiccans ect. and the far right religious wing in this country need not be embraced so dearly by the Republicans as tho their way is the only way. You continue to embrace this ideology and this party is in for a world of hurt. But Im just a midwest mom who thinks that they need to ask americans what direction this party should take.

    November 12, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Predicting who the Rep. nominee will be in 2012 is impossible. Just a year ago Hillary was a shoe-in for the Dems. 4 tears is an eternity in politics. In fact if Obama and the Dem. Congress don't rack up some real progress quickly, you can bet that the Reps. will take at least one house back in 2010 like they did after the first 2 years of Clinton's fiasco.

    November 12, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. reggie

    I have to laugh at the same posters on this board that always post, "Go away Sarah". Of course, they want her to go away. She scares them with he rhuge popularity and charismatic way. Watch out Sarah is getting stronger and stronger!!!

    November 12, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Rob

    49% – OMG, she's a has been !
    What people won't do to try and destroy someone they simply don't understand. Why does this woman scare you so much
    You all preach tolerance and understanding, how about a little practice?

    November 12, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question should be: do you think she can do the job. No one should be elected based on how likable they are. Look at what happened in 2000; we got a candidate who didn't know Social Security was federal program.

    We should be voting on the idea of someone being able to do the job. Obama can do the job because he has the understanding and intellectual curiosity to explore options with minimal influence of ideology. Palin can't claim that.

    November 12, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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