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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  1. RCLGuard

    Will this woman just go away?

    Palin: "Hey, look at me. I'm still here. Look at what I said. Look, look. I'm still here"

    November 12, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Emily

    I'm glad I stick to Fox News! You people over here are unbelivable!! She's not going anywhere, so just get used to you. She'll be back in 2012 and she'll have my vote again. After 4 years of an Obamanation you'll be ready too!

    November 12, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. S.M

    Of course most men would have a favorable opinion of Gov. Palin because they're only focusing on Sarag;s looks and not her intelligence. This woman wasn't qualified for VP from the start and John McCain did himself a disservice by chosing her for his running mate.

    November 12, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. FromTexas

    Every time Palin opens her mouth, the democrats receive votes. The more people know her, the less they like her. The fact that republicans are still talking about her shows they learned nothing from their defeat last week and are doomed to repeat their mistakes. Sorry Hilton, but Palin is the true celebrity that emerged from the race.

    November 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Carl Justus

    Sarah Palin is not even close to being a viable candidate for president. She has not had the experience or education to even half ready for the presidency.
    She may be able to get advisors to give her speeches and keep her under control but I doubt it, She is hard headed enough to break out and start saying things that do not make any kind of sense.
    I have nothing against her as a person or even as governor of Alaska, remember Alaska may be big area, but it is small in population. It has the oil revenue that keeps from having to pay income taxes to the state. They even get some 3000 dollars a year in income from the oil revenue that comes to state from the oil.
    That is why she wants to explore for oil in Alaska, they get money from the production and do not pay taxes so the no tax policy is not even an issue it Alaska.
    Who is going to negotiate a new revenue plan or maybe they are on a percentage basis for the oil rebates, as the crude costs come down. I understand she picked a single contractor for the purposed natural gas line that is suppose to bring natural gas from Prudhoe bay, she did not let it to be a bid process, that is another strike against her in my opinion.

    November 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Enough already!

    arc, Lugano CH ...WELL STATED!!!!!

    You said it so well, I wish I had said it!!!!

    November 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. gary, detroit

    She reminds me of Betty Boop in the old cartoon series. Except that Betty Boop had a higher IQ.

    November 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Laura

    The reason why people are sick of hearing about her is because the medias main focus was to ruin her credibility with the people, which they succeeded in doing. She was in the campaign for ONLY 2 months! You rarely heard about what she did as mayor and Governor of Alaska; all you heard was every single news outlet, except for fox, spewing mis-information about McCain and Palin while endorsing and praising Obama. What ever happened to reporting unbiased news? We don't know everything the President knows on a national security level etc., so of course he'll have to change the promises he made to the people but the Democrats seemed to jump right on it after the election by telling everyone 'oh he can't do everything he promised'; what happened to 'yes we can'? Everyone seemed to buy into the "change" motto...change is just a word, it's just a motto if there's no follow-thru...we'll have four years to see what he's really about.

    November 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Michael watching from Canada

    I prefer Ms Palin staying as Governor of Alaska...

    that way she can continue to outsource jobs to Canada (like the pipeline project to TransCanada).

    November 12, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Who Cares

    What's really funny is all the readers who say they're tired of hearing about Palin, and yet not only do they take the time to read the article, they feel compelled to post comments as well. There's a really simple solution for those of you for whom this is too complicated to figure out: don't click on links that have the word "Palin" in them.

    November 12, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Glenda

    What this woman must do is go back and take care of her family, stay out of the limelight for the rest of her life. Does she really believe that American's are that stupid to elect her the president, we had one president who is uneducated and brought us to the brink , do we need another? Sarah Palin is a extreme right wing nut, who does not represent those that I know, she represents that fraction of the Republican Party that believes that being their kind of Christian is the only religion that should be approved. I am sick of hearing about them and her. It is time Newsmen to let her slink back to Moose country never to return. God help us if she finds away into the Policial Limelight again

    November 12, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Purple Nurple

    CNN, quit pushing her and making your readers read about this has-been politican! I will not visit your site if you keep it up!

    November 12, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. yes we can

    Blind ambition at all costs. True. She used her poor kids on the stage at late night. Now her little daughter Piper just missed a lot of school and in her own words said it is very hard to catch up and she was very very tired. Super mom.. family values.. and she was only 2 months on the trail. Can you imagine primaries and race for president with her family on stage?

    November 12, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Dexter Skagway

    Palin-Hilton in 2012! Sarah and Paris run the show!

    November 12, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Milhouse van Houten

    Haven't we all had just about enough of this woman?Her meglomania
    won't let her go quietly into the night.She is hell bent on trying to convince the populace that she is more than an empty shell and I really don't see that happening.She has never met a mirror she didn't
    like and she will continue to be that itch that you just can't scratch.

    November 12, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Please, for the love of all creatures big and small and by everything holy, leave Sarah Palin alone. Good or bad, right or wrong, just leave her alone. Stop talking to her, stop interviewing her, stop mentioning her, just stop thinking about her.

    November 12, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. rj

    i think Todd should work harder on his plan for Alaska to secede then she could become the queen or whatever she wants to be in Alaska.

    November 12, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. mk

    To Lynn in NM:
    How can you tell how much common sense Palin has?
    She has been known to the public for two months. And if the way she behaved tells you she has common sense, then I want to know who changed the meaning of "COMMON SENSE".
    Hillary has been known to the country for YEARS. To equate Palin to Hillary in any way is just idiotic.

    November 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Sarah Palin is not ready for prime time.

    But Tina Fey is! Let's put Tina Fey on the ticket!

    November 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. mitch

    she should have never worn those baby polar bear mittens........

    November 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. David Newport, OR

    run baby run...please run in 2012...that will guarantee us of at least 4 more yrs of Democratic rule.

    November 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Kathy

    Sarah Palin and the rest of the Republican Party do not seem to get it. America has decided to the tune of 65 million votes that we do not believe anything you say. 65 million of us do not believe our next President is a marxist, a radical terrorist, or a socialist. Republicans like the Senator from Georgia do not seem to understand that they sound like sore losers and crack pots. Every time one of those guys open their mouths they alienate the American people even more. The Republicans sadly believe what they are saying is true. It is obvious to 65 million of us, the Republicans are desperate to hang on to what little they have left and they will tear down anyone else along the plumett downward. Do America a favor GOP and go away quietly into the night. The rest of us will run toward the light of the future for this country we love. Republicans we have had ENOUGH!!!!

    November 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. David/Florida

    Hey People, we just elected the first black president to run our country and lead us to a better future. How can most people even think of her as a future president. She is a failed Bimbo and than some. Let's get her out of the media for God's sake. Enough of her already.

    November 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Linefeeder

    Isn't she missing moose season?

    November 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Lynn in NM November 12th, 2008 12:41 pm ET

    Hillary wasn't well liked, either. Still isn't, by half the people, or a little more. Give Sarah a chance. She has a lot of common sense going for her. Oh, wait, that is not valued in DC.
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    The only people who think this bimbo has any common sense and/or intelligence, are those that seriously lack any common sense and intelligence.

    November 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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