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. demaris

    Yeah but how does she rate w/voters who used to call themselves Republicans, eh? Many Republicans left the party last year. How many more if she's the next Republican presidential candidate? I can name more than a few.

    July 7, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. Justin

    I didn't think it was possible to succinctly summarize the pathetic state of the Republican Party. This article pretty much does the trick.

    July 7, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. Kelvin

    7 out of 10 rethugs which makes up less than 25% of people that consider themselves rethugs...you do the math!

    July 7, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. Those Seven Out of Ten are Crazy

    To Sarah Palin – a great line from a fluff movie, but it really seems to apply to you...

    "We've got serious problems, and we need serious people, and if you want to talk about character, Bob (Sarah), you'd better come at me with more than a burning flag and a membership card. If you want to talk about character and American values, fine. Just tell me where and when, and I'll show up. This is a time for serious people, Bob (Sarah), and your fifteen minutes are up."

    His name is Barack Obama, and he IS the President – and I am pretty sure he isn't quitting any time soon.

    July 7, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. mw

    What a sideshow

    July 7, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Jimmy McTimmy

    and how would those 7 people feel when, 2.5 years into her first term, she quit because the Big Bad Media were being so mean to her?

    July 7, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. Audrey Fryer

    I thought this woman was complaining about the press – so why do you give her any.

    Audrey

    July 7, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. Memphis Tiger

    No matter how much people try to dog Palin and make fun of her family, real compassionate people will always love Sarah. She has done nothing to deserve so much hatred and bashing. She was thrown into the spotlight and the attack dogs all came out and preyed on her innocence. The haters should be ashamed of their behavior but they are not because they have no morals to begin with.

    July 7, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. Dominic

    Of COURSE it didnt change thier minds, they are sheep to the slaughter. The woman is uneducated, irrational, OBVIOUSLY delusional, does NOT care about her state, bailed on them to do a book tour, and golly gee shes as DUMB as they are, of course they relate. SICK! OH well, as long as only 7 in 10 repukes are in her corner that means she is STILL over 15 million votes under Obama. GOD I HOPE SHE RUNS!!! Run Forrest RUN!

    July 7, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. LYNETTE IN CA

    It's very sad that repugs think the country should be run by someone with such a stunning lack of knowledge in domestic, international, military, business, etc.. Where would we be if she had made it to the Whitehouse? We'd have another President who needed to have a Cheney to run things. That's why we're in such a mess now!!!

    July 7, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. Mary Kay

    Not a surprise – there is no GOP leader. She energizes the base – but that's about it. History shows us that it's the independent voters that choose the president. They will never fully support her due to her extreme right wing opinions. The same is true if there were an extreme left wing candidate. We're a long way from 2012 – I'd be surprised if the GOP candidate were Palin, Huck or Romney. It will be a new face.

    July 7, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. Kari in Huntington Beach

    Maybe there's a reason for all the ethics complaints.
    Is there a comparison on other governors?
    The statistics still don't look good. She's not a fighter, she's a quiter!
    When things get tough, cry foul! She can definitely dish it out, but she sure can't take it. She is a typical politician!

    July 7, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. OOOONOOOO Not Again

    it changed my mind fast...Palin is a JOKE and an insult to the American People...There are people at MacDonalds have more education and sense than she...

    July 7, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  14. frisco,tx.

    Wow,no wonder the republican lost big time last election,they just vote for anybody with a R behind their name,they seem like do not care if that person is qualified or not! I am an independent and do not approved some of Obama policy,but OMG it's Sarah she does not know much.god help America if she get elected.

    July 7, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. David

    Only 7 in 10 Republicans would vote for Palin? Senator McCain had a lock on, what was it, 8 or 9 Republicans, and he lost. Doesn't bode well for Mrs. Palin.

    July 7, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. chenzo

    7 in 10 people can't possibly be that stupid. 3 in 10, maybe.

    July 7, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. markus

    if they supported during her prior stupidity, why would a little thing like resigning as Governor of Alaska because she was under investigation due to ethics complaints for harmless things like letting the taxpayers foot the bill for her children travelling around the country, and a throwaway joke in a David Letterman monologue deter them?

    If 7 out of 10 Republicans would vote for Sarah Palin, they've just reinforced everything bad that is perceived about them. I hope this woman drags your party into the abyss!!!!

    July 7, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. Lola

    I think that she needs to concentrate on her family and not worry about running for any office. I wouldn't support her if she chose to run. Our country is healing now with President Obama and I will continue to support him.

    July 7, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  19. David in West Virginia

    Just what the United States of America needs is Sarah Palin to become President and decide the vacate her position in a time of crisis. What a joke!!!!!

    July 7, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Just goes to show how ignorant most of the Taliban truely are!

    July 7, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  21. Greg

    I am not surprised. Most of the pillars of Palin's platform are based on dogma. You don't have to have facts, science, or education. All you have to be is religious, and spout a few catch phrases like "limited government" and "lower taxes", and you get the support of this uber-passionate demographic.
    Unfortunately, in the eyes of the rest of the world, this very vocal minority hangs around the neck of the average American like a sign that reads unreasonable, uncooperative, uncaring, and self-absorbed. Good luck trying to sell our products to these people, or getting any treaties signed.
    Whoo Hoo! Four more years of Bush!!!

    July 7, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. kishen c.rao

    they get the same fate as John McCain....in his election....truth...

    July 7, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. cj

    OMG! Given that most people in this country read at a 5th grade level, this is not stunning. Still, it is frightening. Palin is amazingly unintelligent and so are the people who would vote for her. I would vote for Jindhal or Romney long before Palin would ever enter my mind.

    July 7, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  24. Jim K.

    This is why the Republicans are doomed to fail. They all seem to have the stupid gene.

    July 7, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  25. tigerakabj

    And I can see why the party is quickly going into the dustbin of history. She will be unelected soon, and yet they still want to get behind her. No Colonel Rush Limbaugh runs the party, another unelected motormouth.

    We'll see how long those poll numbers last when the real reason for her quitting surfaces (i.e. sportscomplex corruption, one of her many ethic complaints). She also had the "highest poll numbers" of any governor in the U.S. at one time. What happened to those?

    It's also any wonder since now 20% of people now are willing to call themselves Republicans. That doesn't win anybody a general election for the presidency. Oh well. They've got issues. Stuff happens.

    July 7, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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