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. AZ Lauren

    God! I am so sick of hearing about this idiot! Will she just go back into the wilds of Alaska. What scares me most is some people are so stupid that they just look past her idiocy and obvious lack of knowledge and STILL want to vote for her. Don't we have enough idiots in office? Isn't it time that we as a people decide to put educated people in charge of this country? For the love of GOD.....She didn't even know what her job would be as Vice President!

    November 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Amy, Kazoo

    How about you work on Alaska and not worry about 2012 already, Sarah. I know it's hard for you to just do your job and not give into reckless ambition, but like you mavericks always said, "country first".

    November 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Kevin

    She keeps digging herself a bigger hole to get out of if she ever plans to run for national office again. These latest rounds of interviews are only reinforcing the previous image of her. She has the personal touch required but she really needs to lay low and study up on issues and policy and come back when she is better prepared to speak substantively. Right now when you compare her to Jindal, Pawlenty, or Christ it's night and day where they are and where she needs to be.

    November 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Elizabeth - Texas - Former Republican

    Add half plus another one.

    Palin is horrible. She talks in sound bits and says absolutely nothing.

    If you want the Republican's to come back you need to get serious.

    November 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. James A Pratt

    I'm suprised you people haven't figured out women and their politics. The last thing women want is some other woman to be more successful than they. Especially if she is good looking and smart like Sarah Palin and you stupid news people play right into their hand. Think about it how have women done in runs for the white house.Sarah Palin is 10 x sharper than barrack Obama and in the near future you are going to see it first hand. The man of change is looking at Sam Nunn and Warren Christopher Wow that will implement change. I'm sure you wont print this but it was fun saying it

    November 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Ok...so thats in four years cnn. Let worry about today mmk? Plus, I think in 12' there are going to be a lot more rising GOP stars that will trump Palin in every political category. I just hope people don't fall for her as a gimmick they did this year....what a tool

    November 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I don't think the republican party is stupid enough to have this idiot represent their party, but lets hope they do. A perfect ticket would be sarah the idiot and joe the plumber with tito the builder as chief of staff.

    November 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Stephanie

    Why is she still in the news? Doesn't she have work to do in Alaska? Oh, and when do we get to participate in the clothing auction for charity?

    November 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Mike in PA

    Please run in 2012!

    I'll get the popcorn!

    November 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    The election is over.......and continually crying over spilled milk will not add to Palin's popularity. It was an excellent strategy for McCain to select a woman as his running mate-right gender–wrong woman. Let the dead horses lie.

    November 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Smart woman

    I do not understand why the press says she would be a viable candidate in 2012. Unless she radically changes her far right views to become more moderate (and that would make her a COMPLETE hypocrite), she has no chance of running. She is also... just dumb.

    November 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Greg in MN

    Please just let her fade away. Please!!!!!!

    November 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. yamaham60

    Sarah please go away!!! You are so pathetic and stupid. Do your country a favor and go away!!! Please!!!??

    November 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. ME

    AL, NY, NY ......56 MILLION people don't agree with you.

    November 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Tony

    How funny that this fool had nothing to say to reporter's when running for the second highest office in the country, but now she can't keep her ignorant, babbling lips shut!

    November 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Shaun

    The woman does not have working brain cells! How in the world did she get to be a governor?

    November 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. kcbob

    If she was smart she would go away and let people forget how unqualified she is for a national office.

    I did say if....

    November 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. george from alaska

    enough of this sara palin nonsense cnn! her 15 minutes are over. why are you perpetuating this scheming, backstabbing, lying, two-faced, ignorant nobody in the media? if you want her so bad then keep her in cnn land so we can be rid of her in alaska.

    November 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Sally

    I would pay good money to see Palin in a debate with Hillary.

    Could you even image it?

    November 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Scott

    Seems the only ones talking about Palin are liberals. One more example of the mental instability of those on the left. Your brains are stuck in first gear per usual.

    November 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Irma in North Carolina

    Of course she was a drag on Mccains ticket. Just take a look at the hate rallys she gave and neither or mccain tried putting a stop on it, this is what caused the life threats on Obama, sounds like she was proud of that. Just go to the ancorhage daily news paper and see what they think of her. I dont see how she even became the governer of that state. And why cant they leave her out of the headlines, we have heard enought of her. If she is any where near the 2012 election as a republican I will go to being a independent. The republican party has become nothing but hateful, and they will work against Obama every chance they get. At least for the next four years we can sleep at night knowing that she wont become the next president. Sure am glad it was a task from god(as Sarah would say) to let them two loose this election. I cant believe that she thought the vp should give a concession speech. Well Maybe she will take Ted Stevens place in the senate maybe she will learn something.

    November 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. jw

    If GOP wants to reach out to the public, please don't ever mention Palin's name again. If GOP wants to destroy the party, bring Palin on the ticket. I am so sick of her.

    November 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Celeste

    I really would have preferred if Palin would just disappear into the sunset. If she is interested in running in 2012 then what she should do is remove herself from public scrutiny and go and do some SERIOUS PREPARATION, by which I mean, learn more about national policies, study international affairs, and read more broadly to expand her limited knowledge of things that are relevant to achieving her goal of being a national player in politics. Running for the highest office is a really, really long shot. We need Presidents like Barack Obama. Enough of the 'Joe Six Pack' type leadership. We need to send a strong signal to the next generation of Politicians about the standard of education that we expect. That's the problem with this country: a failed public school system. NOT EVERYONE SHOULD BE PRESIDENT. We should teach our children to study and work hard and strive to achieve excellence. Then, and only then should anyone even contemplate running for high office. It's just preposterous that Gov. Palin should think herself qualified to be Vice President, much more President of the USA. Republicans do not place any emphasis on higher learning, and the sad thing is that they communicate that mentality to their supporters, a lot of whom are quite ignorant. Education IS a good thing, and once this country, especially Republicans, recognise that, instead of telling people that it's elitism as opposed to empowerment we will be better off as a people.

    November 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Shari, NY

    We want news on how jobs are going to be created. The bright folks from NYC's financial district who have just held a "pink slip party" are not interested in Palin just now. Her bread is well buttered and we need to concentrate on the present. You can resurrect her in 2010 (two years before the next election) which is just about the time needed to carry on with the circus like hoopla.

    November 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Deb in Colo

    Make no mistake – Sarah Palin has already thrown her hat into the ring for 2012.

    If I were an Alaskan I'd be PO'd that she's not back at her desk cleaning up the piles of paper from the last two months she took off.

    November 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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