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. Amy

    I'm so sick of hearing about this woman! I honestly can see why people are still talking about her– it's because she's attractive. And she's like a trainwreck. We don't want to watch, but we cannot help it at the same time. Just like the materialistic and consumeristic society we live in. It doesn't matter if you have brains, just as long as you are attractive and rich you will fit in just fine! That's why people support Palin. It doesn't matter if she breaks the law, is unethical at her job, or doesn't know basic geography or basics of the Constitution, all that matters is that she's nice looking and has a nice personality. I guess that's all the qualifications you need in order to be Governor or President of the USA. NO WONDER OTHER COUNTRIES THINK AMERICANS ARE STUPID!!!

    Picking Sarah Palin for President is like picking Paris Hilton for President. I honestly cannot see a difference between the two!

    November 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. LyonsPhilly

    Will someone please remove Sarah's batteries. She's like an unwanted Christmas toy.

    November 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Sweetie

    She has STAR recognition!

    That is worth a lot!

    She needs to prove her viability after being destroyed by the Liberal Press and the BO Camp!

    If she can prove her viability by 2010, look out World here she comes!

    I would vote for her again!

    November 12, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Noah

    I am amazed at the Liberal nuts that post on CNN. Has this woman really inspired such deep-seated hatred in you? This is a woman who has worked her way up the political chain on her own with no help from anyone (unlike Hillary and Obama). She also has been able to balance her family life. You liberals make me sick. I am amazed at how much hatred you harbor for her. Get a life

    November 12, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. SC

    American Presidency is not for you to "PLOW THROUGH". It is not "SNOW" in Alaska. If you ever decide to run again, I'll be waiting to have fun watching SNL again.

    November 12, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Lilac in Toronto, Canada

    She is too wicked and will turn the tide in her favour. She is anything else than an ethical woman. Watch, her satan will come in many colours to decieve you!

    November 12, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. LIZ

    It really amazes how critical people are of one another. Making comments like she can't run Alaska or she's not smart enough because of a few interviews? You don't get to know an individual by what the media says. You need to do your own research. There is so much hate. I guess people must be very unhappy. Only those are the ones spewing so much hate and it is not just a party.

    November 12, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. mark

    Who cares about that women. If the media would just leave her alone may be she would go away!

    November 12, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. snugglebunny

    I have already forgotten her name.

    November 12, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Rose

    I had saved my witch broom from Halloween to guarantee her return flight back to Alaska. I did my part, now please news media gimme a break and send the woman back to oblivion where she belongs

    November 12, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. blaising

    Does this mean you in the MSM can stop covering her...PLEASE???

    If somebody doesn't get her maw out of my politics...my head's gonna' EXPLODE!!!

    November 12, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Christine-Baltimore, MD

    This woman is milking her last seconds in her 15-minutes of fame. By 2012, she will be banished from our memories, just like all other VP candidates. Four years is not going to make her more likable or well-read for that matter. Buh-bye Palin...

    November 12, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. TjayeInLA

    I took a Zogby poll yesterday and purposely put that Palin would be the best GOP candidate to run in 2012, because I know Obama would be a shoe in for a second term.

    November 12, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    If she is the future of the Republican Party, as a Democrat I'm all for it. And the more she speaks, the better we look. Eisenhower would be ashamed if he were still with us.

    November 12, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. michelle

    If Sarah Palin is the future of the Republican party, then I will never be a repulican again, along with Joe The Plumber, it has become a dumb and dumber party, she is just not very smart, I don't care if she connects with the base or not, we expect our leader to be much smarter than us, not just like us. The Repulican Party better wake up, and chose a leader of the 21st century, maybe Bobby Jindal of Lousinna, not someone like Palin whose view belongs to the 19th century.

    November 12, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. Georgia Gal

    So men like her better than women?? What a surprise ... uh ... not! I work with alot of Republican men and they all think she is God's gift to the universe. Yes ... sad, but true.

    November 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Jimmy from Ravenswood, Queens

    McCain The Pimp!

    Sen. McCain pimped Gov. Palin. His campain (GOPs) was in need of campain contributions, and lots of it. So, what did he do? What any other man in his situation would do. He found a young pretty thing with no common sense about these kinds of things from Wasilla he could pimp for his campain. He made sure that she didn't open her mouth unless told. And, did what she was suppose to do to get that campain contribution money rolling in. McCain and his boys were almost and I say almost brilliant! But, the only thing they didn't count on was to run in to "Superfly Obama" and his boys who had all the $$$$. So, the bottom line is; Sarah Palin set females back again. Because, she got Pimp! LOL

    November 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Top Gunk

    "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.".... Are you serious ...about Palin on a future top of the ticket? WHEW!!!!

    November 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. david Armendale, SF, CA

    If you're listening God, please, please, please inspire Sarah to run again in 2012. We liberals need the comic relief.

    November 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. james last

    Sarah Palin is the most qualified person to lead this country. She is razor sharp and has an untricate knowledge of the world and it's politics. Her experience in foreign affairs, her charisma, her appeal to clinton voters, her ability to shine under fire of liberal media, her unequalled support for the sciences and rational thinking make her the best suitable for the highest post.

    No, really, I mean it.

    Really.

    November 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Dan

    As a democrat i'd be absolutely thrilled if the GOP was stupid enough to pick her in 2012. It's hard to believe there's anyone out there who thinks she's in any way qualified to be President. She didn't even know Africa was a continent. Is that the sort of person who should be running the most powerful country in the world?

    November 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Cathy O'Dell

    Enough of this "it's all about me" woman! I am forever grateful for the intelligent Americans who voted for the Obama-Biden ticket. I can't imagine listening to that Palin magpie's voice on a regular basis. She needs to spend her time in Alaka, with her family, quietly!

    November 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Jim

    Let's see, she is apparently either undereducated or woefully misinformed, not above misusing funds to feather her own nest, and she is a congenital liar.

    Yep, seems like perfect GOP candidate material to me!

    November 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. tomagoose

    Palin was a very poor pick for VP. She has set women back 20 years. McCain was pandering to women who lost Clinton. Palin is nothing like Clinton. Clinton actually has brains and can answer questions coherently. She was one of the reasons I did not vote for McCain and I was a life long republican. I simply picked who I thought was better for the US at this point in time. She should NOT be running for any anything! The folks that want a regular person they can relate to like Palin... you had that for 8 years. It's time for someone smarter than us at the top.

    November 12, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. keiraebob PA

    I am amazed that she is being sought after by all the news people....She may have made alot of women listen to her, but in the end, even they realized what type of person she is...Some men just oggled the woman...This woman that speaks religion one minute, runs a human being down in the next breath! PleaseCNN...GET OVER HER!!! She is bad news to the GOP!

    November 12, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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