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. crystal

    Give it up Sarah

    November 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Spencer/VA

    The only republicans I respect right now are the ones that back President-elect Obama. In John McCain's words, I'll make them famous and you will know there names: Sen. Hagel, Sen. Lugar and Sec. Powell. I kind of like that guy Gov. Jindal, but he has not shown me anything to make me believe he is any different from the rest of those GOP scumbags.

    November 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. seinfeld

    why so much hate? :)

    November 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Roger

    Can we at least get President-elect Obama inaugurated before the media starts the speculation of 2012? We've been through the longest Presidential campaign in history and now is the time to celebrate our new President, wish him well and pray for his success. Sarah just needs to go away, read some magazines and newspapers, modify some of her far right-wing views and for the present time just SHUT UP!!!!

    November 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. NJ

    Stories change fro one day to the next....who can we believe? No one in the media!!
    She is a great woman who deserves more credit.
    Only hated, single minded individuals dont like her*
    She is a strong woman and I hope we see her more!!

    November 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. ME

    Michael Steele, RNC Chair, Bobby Jindl, VP, Sarah Palin President....2012 is looking pretty darn good :) You Betcha! :)

    ……………………•:*¨¨*:•.SARAH•:*¨¨*:•.PALIN: .•:*¨¨*:•………………
    ……………...........................•:*¨¨*:•.2012 .•:*¨¨*:•.......................

    November 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Just Dave

    She needs to go back to high school, first, but I welcome Palin's 2012 run for president, which will ensure Obama gets another 4 years.

    November 12, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. clean up washington

    The Republican Party is a shrinking party. Palin would make it even smaller. Soon it would be extinct.

    November 12, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Salt

    Oh gee...I wonder why the men like her so much. Surely it can't be her stunning intellect.

    November 12, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. mike in pa

    Sarah Palin = Dan Quale

    November 12, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. P. D.

    Why MSM is making Palin a star is beyond me. She has limited intelligence, cannot not answer a logical question without slipping up, and is a religious right zealot. If the Republicans are using her to try to attract new voters, they are making a huge mistake.

    November 12, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Deb in Colo

    Everybody boycott Larry King tonight....

    November 12, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. jack

    It is time to put Sarah Palin to rest. What is wrong with CNN? Haven't you learned that americans are interested in issues that matters to them? I hope Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Lou Dobbs, Campbell Brown can now retire and join the McCain camp... losers. Oh by the way, Glenn Beck is joining Fox where he belongs.

    God Bless america!!!!

    November 12, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. This just in...

    What I would like to see is an admission of the failed campaign strategy to try to hustle the American people into accepting her as a credible candidate when they KNEW she was woefully under qualified. She blames the media, Bush, everybody else...truth is the McCain camp was highly selective about her time with the media and that was to their detriment. I cannot buy the idea that she was not ready to speak on the national stage. As a Governor who had all that great "executive" experience, she should have been able to speak coherently to any media. I could cut her slack on not knowing all of John McCain's positions due to how quickly they were jammed together, but not on any of the other stuff.

    November 12, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. Denver Dem

    She is a walking talking disgrace to this country and to the republican party. Only reason any Republican male would vote for her is b/c the stupid hicks want to and believe they have a chance of copulating with her.

    Repugs listen good and listen now, you need to change your values and views, not your image and the publics perception. You people preach about god to everyone, take your lesson and do what civilized smart religous people do... Vote in your best interests not on who you want to bone.

    November 12, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. carolyn

    Palin, Palin go away....and don't come back another day.

    November 12, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. rayjay

    She is as bad as that idiot Broun ( whatever the name is) who shot his mouth off. The freedom of speach cost the repubs the white house and now the party at the rate they are going.
    Obama has yet to be sworn in and the idiots are beeking off and making the USA look like stupids around the world. Stop making yourselves look like rejects from the padded cells cuz it reflects on all the poeple

    November 12, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. rubia

    STOPPPPP IIITTTT!!!!!!! nobody cares about Sarah Palin..GET OVER IT!!!!

    November 12, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Obama Thought Police

    Democrats/Liberals good. Republicans/Conservatives bad.
    Got it.

    But what ever happened to the nuance and subtlety you promised?
    Not to mention the healing and unity?

    I'm still waiting.
    :-)

    November 12, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Purple Nurple

    I hope she runs again. Obama will have two terms if she does and that is fine by me.

    November 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. david Armendale, SF, CA

    Palin must still come to terms with the fact that President Obama was God's answer to her prayers for the 2008 election.

    November 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. John in NewYork

    Liberal , Conservative whatever, Palin is not the person to follow if you have a brain in your head. She was brought in because she was Cute and Dumb and that is what she is. That may sell retail items but it doesn't sell me on anything.

    She is an insult.

    November 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Chloe

    Cafferty asks "Why is there still so much interest in Gov. Palin?" Because most Amercans remain fascinated with her. Roughly half the country adores her and would like nothing more than for her to be bumbling around the bridge of the Ship of State. The other half just gets the darndest kick there out of her garbled syntax, cheerful blathering on subjects she's obviously never given a thought to, shameless backtracking and ruthless ambition.

    November 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. rm

    I am sure there a so many Republicans, men and women, who are sick of hearing Palin's name. I have seen a few interviews of Republicans and they are not praising her at all.

    November 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. EW

    If Gov. Palin is as dumb as the liberals portray her then why is Alaska better off than states like Illinois that are completely controlled by liberals?

    The answer is simple. Liberals are only tolerant of those that think like them. Freedom of speech for them is fine if you agree with tehm but the second you say something they don't like, they cry that people shouldn't be able to say stuff like that. To them, reaching across t he aisle means conservatives agreeing with them, not a compromise.

    Why should conservatives cooperate with people that sat in the corner and pouted for eight years like a three-year-old? The answer is simple, because it is the correct thing to do.

    Political parties will be the death of our nation.

    November 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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