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.
Thanks, CNN, for being part o the circus.
Wow, so she might get 70% of the Republican vote? There's, what, about 482 Republicans left in the country now? Boy, yeah, everybody stand back. She'll be taking the country by storm.
"Many Americans have deeply-held opinions about Palin" is code for "More than half the country already says there's no way in hell they'd ever vote for her so it doesn't matter whether she resigned."
Palin doesn't make women look good. We are all not cry babies, but strong in times of a storm. I wish she hurries up and get out the spot light.
7 out of 10 Republicans are that stupid????
"More than seven in 10 Republicans said they would be likely to vote for Palin for the presidency."
If that polling number is accurate, then Republicans are even stupider than I thought.
You're polling data discussion is misleading. You imlyl that the 70% number is strong for Palin when:
(1) That's 70% of less than 30% of registered voters who idenfity themselves as republicans.
(2) 17% of democrats - OK that's maybe 40+% of the electorate - that doesn't help.
(3) 1/3 of the remaining 30% or so - OK, a little interesting.
So if nothing moving in the electorate as a result of her QUITTING, that's not very good. The implication that her resignation is a '+' - not really true.
Not to mention the state by state demographics for R's and D's aren't very favorable for the R's.
Bottom line: Let her run in 2012 because SHE LOSES .
You've got to have the numbers if you play the politics of fear and polarization.
So we're all about personal responsibility and accountability unless it applies to one of our messianic political idols. People would still vote for her, even though she left office before her term was up? I'm pretty sure I'd be fired if I didn't see a night at work through. The Republican mantra of hard work, family values, and personal responsibility is displaying itself more and more to be a blatant hypocrisy these days, and it sucks that the values of fiscal conservatism and responsibility are so closely tied to right-wing religious fanaticism. Her support has nothing to do with her political prowess, intelligence, or ability to negotiate or finish a job; these people support her solely on moral/religious grounds, and not only is that dangerous, it's in direct conflict with other core Republican values. And they wonder why they can't seem to garner much support these days...
Can't believe I'm the first one to comment. Perhaps those of you who will follow after me that are twice my age can keep your spelling and grammar above a third-grade level.
Wow, 7 of 10 Republicans would vote for her. Moronity lives on.
This is not surprising. She could gun down the last polar bear from a helicopter and wingnuts would still love her. My deeply negative opinion of the Wicked Witch of Wasilla was fixed after the first few times I heard her incoherent utterances. And she has not gone off script since. No doubt she will continue to throw rotting red meat to the hordes of rabid wingnuts as a Faux News commentator or start her own talk radio program.
My opinion of this bimbo has not changed one iota. She is still the dim-witted savior for that far right fringe of the Repuklican party. She could do not wrong by them.
Scaaaarrrry. Among the Republicans, anyway. But meaningful.
It shows how clueless Republicans are and the confusion within the party as a whole.
If it was between her and Obama you better believe I'd for Gov. Palin. At this point ANYONE would be better than what we have now!
At least America may come back with Palin, but with Obama, all he wants to do is take his family on tax payer dollars and destroy America so he can push his black muslim agenda
What is 70% of 25%? I hope she runs. With Sanford as VP.
I agree, I have not changed my mind about her. I thought she was a ditz before this debacle and I still think she is a scatterbrain and unfit for public office. But that's why this country is in such bad shpe right ow. Because we had a ditz in the name of bush at the helm for 8 long nightmarish years.
The title of this article should not read "7 in 10 Republicans would vote for Palin, but "7 of the remaining 10 Republicans would vote or Palin"
Dang it, I KNEW that would happen. Get a mop.
7 in 10 republicans would vote for her?
That doesn't speak well for the party.
And.... this is why the republican party is doomed.
So 70% of the 21% of voters who identify themselves as Republican would vote for her...
And as long as she stays in the news and keeps talking word salad, the percentages among independents and Democrats is likely to drop.
Of seven in ten Republicans would vote for this bimbo, it really truly worries me about the mentality of someone who is a conservative today.
7 in 10.....boy is that party in sad shape
Ignorance is as ignorance does.
The fact that 7 out of 10 Republicans would vote for her is scary