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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soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. hope

    i am definatly in the half that opposes palin, she's not fit to lead alaska let alone the rest of america.

    November 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. James Bruce

    Maybe a more honest headline would read "Nearly Half Hold a Favorble Opinion of Palin." 49% favorable should not be ignored to highlight 43% unfavorable.

    November 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. patriot

    Aside from her political leanings, this woman has been plainly revealed as sorely lacking in knowledge (and even curiousity) of the world around her, willing to use her office to right petty, personal wrongs, and unapologetic about using tax dollars for her family's personal benefit. And 77% of Republicans would support Palin in future elections?? I thought Republicans were supposed to be the party of rock-hard high standards, of excellence, of shunning mediocrity. I challenge any of these 77% who are not uneducated right-wing nuts to explain why they would support her, without using the rationale of "she's like us", or "I'd like to have a beer with her", or "she's gorgeous". What is it you see in her that I am missing?

    November 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Laverne

    I am all for women holding high executive positions. However, Sarah Palin does not represent the best. Sure, he has a folksy personality and all, but that does not cut it. You can't just govern on personality and by the way, hers is not that great. She is a devisive type of person and has the potential of setting American women back decades. I was and am not impressed by her on any level. I remember when the sexist charge came up when Hillary was running, she called Hillary a whiner and said she could never support a women like that and now she herself is charging the same thing, well madam Sarah, does this make you a whiner as well and should other women support you? She should go take care of her kids and reinvent herself with common knowledge of issues being on the top of the list. I think it is crazy for her to be running around America with her hollow message with no substance to it. If you are going to try and represent yourself let along America, please for the love of God go educate yourself! Obama may have not had any executive experience, but he clearly is an intelligent person who has knowledge of every issue that was presented to him.

    November 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Kevin in ND

    Sarah Palin...

    One mile high...

    One inch deep.

    November 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. lovable liberal

    CNN, please give Sarah Palin a rest. Isn't there anyone else you can report on? I realize she's a pretty face, but enough is enough. Try an ad for "Desperate Housewives" or Victoria's Secret or anything else.

    Palin's 15 minutes are up.

    November 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Bruce

    Did anyone really listen to her interviews...she is scary, and still cannot string a complete sentence together.

    November 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Al, NY NY

    "But its the liberal msm that's driving the unfavorables. They hate a strong conservative woman" BUNK. She doesn't know squat about world affairs and the thought of her taking office if something happened to JM scared the begessus out of nearly everyone except the hard core bible thumping, gay hating, gun totin' ditto heads that follow Oxycotin addict and Shammity. I PRAY that she comes out as the GOP candidate in 2012 because it will ensure a second Obama term. She will be just as clueless and divisive then as she is now

    November 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. clean up washington

    Good luck to Palin. But going back to the comment by the Georgia congressman regarding marxist views etc, it seems time has come to demand all Congressmen take a course in: 1) U.S. Constitution 2) History of the United States; 3) European History; 4) Geography and 5) How to Keep quiet if in doubt of your abilities in the aforementioned areas.

    November 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Greg, NY

    Ok, this is 4 years away, seriously. Let me put that in perspective... 4 years is half the amount of time that the current president spent in office, which felt like a lifetime even before he won in 2004 to serve another lifetime.

    Let's let this go for now and concentrate on fixing the country.

    November 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. katiec

    How can any intelligent man or woman have a favorable view of Palin. It is obvious the woman is not what we want representing our country with her campaign filled with lies, distortions, and inciting hate, fear,
    anger and unrest in her rallies. Our country does not need the
    division she tried to bring among us.
    She has let her ambition overtake her concerns for family and proven to us and the world how unqualified, incapable and lac king in integrity and honor she is.
    CNN, we are so tired of her. Let our dismay and distrust of her lie and move on to important issues.

    November 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. kirk in upstate new york

    Jeez...are we still talking about her? She back making mooseburgers and palling around with convicted felons masked as senators.

    Good riddance and the best thing that Democrats could hope for would be for her to be the Presidential candidate in 2012. Maybe she could go up against Hillary!

    November 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Ted Hensley

    The Liberal Press shows its hand again. OK, the headline reads, "Nearly Half Hold Unfavorable Opinion of Palin" Seems like I could read that as "Over Half Hold Favorable Opinion of Palin" Hmmm – sounds as little more supportive when read that way – don't ya think? Kinda like saying "Partly Cloudy" rather than "Mostly Sunny".
    Lose your bias and you will gain in my respect for you and your reporters. Ted in Tennessee who is "Proud to be a Tennessean"

    November 12, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. PC from DC

    Recurring Nightmare!

    November 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Tony

    Palin is the most incoherent, incompetent, babbling, imbecilic politician I have seen in my lifetime (with the exception of Bush). Let's hope we NEVER hear from this fool again!

    November 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. Joeblow

    Shes dumb

    November 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Emily

    I have said before, this is a very dangerous woman. Blind ambition at all costs. It seems there is nothing she wouldn't do to keep the spotlight on her. I hope I am not the only one who sees right through her. If the Republicans try and regroup, Bobby Jindel would be their best bet. he is smart and I truly think he puts country first. This woman is ignorant and definitely puts herself first.

    November 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. Joshua College Station Texas

    Sarah go away.

    November 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. pat C.

    palin needs to go away! i am sick of reading about her. she is uneducated,acts like a hick, and i would never vote for her under any circumstances. i am a white female that voted for obama. this woman is a whack job!! GO AWAY AND LEAVE THE NEWS ALONE SARAH PALIN.

    November 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Tammy - KCMO

    I hold an unfavorable opinion of the Republican party in general after this year. As an independent it is doubtful I will ever consider anyone in their party again. If the Republicans want Palin to run in 2012 – go for it. I'm sure the Democratic party and Independent voters like myself would look forward to it. Just shows the mentality of that party is still stuck in the dark ages.

    November 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Lisa

    Sarah lay low for a while. Get out of the spot light. Maybe in a while people will forget what a flake you seem to be. You are still young enough to come back later and be better prepared to handle all this.

    November 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. YayObama

    Go away Sarah. The election's over and we're tired of you. You're doing more interviews now than when you were running for VP. Please go back to Alaska and let us be.

    November 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. No McPain

    Palin can talk, flirt, wink, cook moose burgers, or whatever she wants, but I would never vote for her. Her views are too extreme, she has limited education, and is simply not qualified to hold national office.

    She is PTA material – that's it. Go away Sarah – we have seen more than enough of you.

    November 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. mary cleveland

    did someone tell Palin, that the person she undermined and called him,
    'community organizer', is now the president elect'.

    Palin should stay in ALASKA, and keep a low profile.
    I am tired of hearing her name.

    November 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Maura

    This is the most ignorant woman in office. Please forget her and let her fade into the past. I cannot even begin to think about all the stupidity she has displayed -

    November 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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