July 8th, 2009
07:55 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Palin decision doesn't change minds

Seven in 10 Americans said Sarah Palin's decision to resign had no impact on their opinion of her, according to a new poll.
Seven in 10 Americans said Sarah Palin's decision to resign had no impact on their opinion of her, according to a new poll.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It was a stunning announcement that caught many across the country completely by surprise.

Now, four days after Sarah Palin announced that she will step down later this month as governor of Alaska, a new national poll by USA Today/Gallup indicates that seven in 10 Americans say Palin's decision had no affect on their opinion of her.

The survey also suggests a wide partisan split over whether respondents would likely vote for Palin if she decides to run for the White House in 2012. More than seven in 10 Republicans said they would be likely to vote for Palin for the presidency. That number drops to 34 percent among independents and to 17 percent among Democrats.

"Many Americans have deeply-held opinions about Palin as a result of the national campaign in 2008," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Assuming Palin decides to run for the White House in 2012, public opinion is less likely to be affected by her resignation, and more likely to be swayed by what she does once she leaves office."

CNN radio reports on the public response to Palin's move:

The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted Monday, three days after Palin announced that she would resign as governor, with 1,000 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. ib

    The left wingers can't stand Palin because she has more sense in her little finger than King Obama does in his whole body. His non-stop spending proves that.

    July 7, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. GOP = 21st century dodo

    This woman does not belong in national politics.

    July 7, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. Gentwelve

    Better start woking with Republicans and stop this partisan BS. Someone has got to present a olive branch. Looks like another one gets to try being president in 2012. President Palin, what a scary thought!

    July 7, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Simmy

    If there's any wonder why the Republican party is in trouble, consider the fact that seven in ten would vote for her to be president......I pray they never rise again.....

    July 7, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Former Republican

    Palin will be the kiss of death to every Republican she endorses. This will make the 2010 elections interesting to watch.
    Cheney / Sanford 2012

    July 7, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Simmy

    How could there be duplicate comments when that was my first comment, and there are no others on the blog?
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    If there's any wonder why the Republican party is in trouble, consider the fact that seven in ten would vote for her to be president......I pray they never rise again.....

    July 7, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Sean

    Why would people vote for her for president? shed just quit 2 and a half years in. What a loser.

    July 7, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. Robert

    She has made it clear that she is the type of politician that would rather sling mud than get things done. She can be snarky, but she can't help her constituents. She has already shown that she doesn't have the intelligence to compete on the national level...I don't think that her rambling press conference would have changed anyone's mind on that.

    July 7, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. julian

    Tale of two countries; the beltway punditry and the rest of us. No one listens to these buffoons who go on TV and recite proclamations. Events yet to unfold which no one has a clue about will decide what the future holds for Sarah Palin, until can someone tell this people to Shut up!

    July 7, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. Too True For You

    Sure doesn't change my opinion of her as out of her depth in any significant governmental capacity. She is all sanctimonious conviction that, to borrow a phrase, confuses her beliefs with truth. That's why she would make a GREAT right wing spokesperson/pundit/talking head.

    July 7, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. KJS

    Seven out of ten Republicans would vote for Palin? My God, what has happened to that party.

    July 7, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. nri

    This lady shouldn't be in politics first. There is a specific industry where she has better prospects. Jenna Jameson is getting old and retiring very soon.

    July 7, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. X Republican

    You can't be serious about these polls. She is the only reason that I a no longer a Rebublican.

    July 7, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. mk

    You have to seriously question this poll! I cannot imagine even 17% of Democrats and 34% of Independents voting for Palin. And I seriously question 70% of Republicans saying they'd vote for her.

    These numbers are NOT BELIEVABLE!

    July 7, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Hugo Castrobama

    State-controlled media is still obsessing with Palin, meaning that she is still viewed as a threat to the Messiah. The strategery is clear – destroy her at all costs! The tactics are transparent, such as "tie her to GOP candidates", as if to create the image that she is someone who should be shunned and not associated with.

    To the contrary, Palin is someone who Republican candidates will rush TO be associated with in order to shore up their standing with voters. In another year, the Messiah will be the one that Dems will be racing to avoid, but it will be too too late.

    July 7, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. llynch

    I saw an interview where Silly Sarah was wearing waders. After hearing her explanation for deserting the people who elected her I could see how the waders might help.

    July 7, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Preston

    "More than seven in 10 Republicans said they would be likely to vote for Palin for the presidency."

    These people live among us. It's actually pretty frightening. Anybody who saw her recent performance has to realize there is something not right with her. I'll leave the diagnosis to others, but there are clearly psychiatric issues.

    July 7, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. Claudia in Houson

    This is too funny, how in the world can people consider Palin when she speaks without connecting sentences or maybe they just feel sorry for her. Palin should be embarrassed herself and not people feeling embarrassed for her.

    July 7, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. Slappy White

    Dear old, angry white men with jowls listing to AM radio,

    Please, please, please, please, please, puhh-lease nominate this woman.

    Love,

    The Democrats

    July 7, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Holy Roller ..

    Only those religious right that are so tramatized by the "god's gonna get you for that" group of religious nuts that are trying to take over our government, would be so intimidated as to vote for this lady nut case. Her do as I say not as I do attitude, is scary to say the least. I can't imagine our government being ran by a person who has voo doo doctors come in and try to pray her into office. Although, I suppose it's no worse then Nancy Reagan and her sooth sayers running the Reagan White House.

    July 7, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. windfall

    It's true. She's still insane.

    July 7, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. FastEddie626

    Good luck if this is what the Republican Party has really become. They are in more trouble than is really known.

    July 7, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Brian

    More than 20 percent of Republicans won't vote for her? And more than sixty percent of Independents? Hah...go ahead and run Sarah, run and see if you can do better than McCain did.

    July 7, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. mike

    This woman Sarah Palin, doesn't know squat, this woman isn't fit to run for the presidency, or the VP... she has no idea as to what the world stage is truly all about, and to think so many dumn Americans would vote for the knockle head...The american people can be so stupid...This woman brings nothing to the table.....America wake up

    July 7, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Scott L

    Liberals will stop at nothing to crush Sarah Palin.

    Frankly, I have never seen such a hatred towards a political figure that lost an election.

    It is quite sad actually and shows the liberal true colors.

    For the liberals that wave a rainbow colored flag, I laugh at you because Obama has turned his back on you. And you thought he would support the gay rights movement after he got your vote. SUCKERS!!!! Just like his tax increase and big government spending proposals, didn't you listen to him during the election? Marriage is between man and woman. Frankly I could care less how it is defined, but I just laugh at you because you thought he was your messiah and he turned out to be Brutus after he got your vote.

    July 7, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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