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. Bob in Pa

    It just increases my distain for some media outlets and political pundits and political party leaders. All I have wanted in a politician for the last 20 years is someone with common sense. No Lawyers, entertainers, or activists. Someone who came from a common background as the average person. Sarah fit the bill.

    July 7, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Fnord-a-saurus Rex

    Also 7 in 10 repuplicans believe. . . . .

    the Earth is only 6000 years old
    Torture is acceptible
    We are winning the Wars in the middle east
    Iraq had weapons of mass destruction
    Bin Ladden is still alive
    Cheney, Bush, Rummy are not crimminals
    Rush Limbaugh is worth listening to.

    need I say more.

    July 7, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Anthony McMahon

    I think that its rather surprising that any Republican would vote for Palin. She would be a disaster for this country. If you were disappointed with Bush you would be horrified by her. She is the wrong person for this difficult of a job, Period,

    July 7, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Anne

    17% of Democrats polled said they'd vote for Palin for president? hahahaha! I hope the GOP believes it.

    July 7, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. Sonia

    I'm still amused she went from having actual responsibilities" to becoming a community organizer.

    July 7, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    She's got my vote!

    July 7, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. carlos the smart one

    that would total about 700 thousand votes??????

    ENOUGH of this....people need to have their heads checked if they want to vote for her family's values and those of the gop cheaters........

    July 7, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Sniffit

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

    lol...congratulations Obama.

    July 7, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. kay

    Ms. Palin is not very bright, but does know how to push GOP buttons. If this is indeed a person for whom they would vote for the Presidency of the United States, we are in trouble far more deeply than I had thought. As one man told me, "But, she's hot!". Lord help the country.

    July 7, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. ST

    You gotta be kidding!!!

    July 7, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Susan L.

    If that crazy stupid woman somehow managed to get elected, leaving the country wouldn't be far enough to be safe. She's a lunatic. I really am completely flabbergasted that anyone could be idiotic enough to support her political goals. She has done a great job since she burst (planned with PR flaks) onto the national scene in demonstrating how incredibly uninformed, incapable, and erratic she is. She gives women a bad name. As a woman, a mother, and an American, Sarah Palin disgusts me. But what disgusts me more is moderately intelligent people supporting her because of their loathing of anything Democratic.

    July 7, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. Steve

    Sarah is still number 1 in my book.
    I think the media has pounded on her and her family long enough and I for one am sick of it.
    Maybe as a private citizen things could be legally different between her and the media. One can only hope.
    I wish her the best in all she does and she has my vote any day.

    July 7, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Bill P.

    Not really a surprising result, considering those who would have voted for her before this have already become practiced at ignoring her glaring intellectual, administrative and political shortcomings. There is no reason at all to believe they would actually read her statement, which explicitly revealed that she saw only two choices, either "milk it" as a lame duck governor or quit. The obvious third choice was apparently not an option for her, i.e., stay in office and, instead of milking it, do all she could in her remaining time.

    July 7, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. Sam I Am

    We have to remember however, that there is a very small percentage of people who call themselves (admit) Republicans these days. Last I heard, about 20% of registered voters identified themselves as Republicans. If you use the results of the poll, that means about 14% of registered voters would vote for Sarah. Even if you use the math that Sarah Palin learned in her 6 years slogging her way through the extremely difficult community college course loads to become a newscaster, this percentage doesn't get you anywhere near winning an election.

    Obama won the election by a wide margin on his own merits. I do believe that a significant number of conservatives took a look at Palin's background and what she had to offer, and punched the other side of the ballot when the time came. it is correct that there are deeply-held opinions about Sarah, but not just in those who support her, but also in a vast majority of people who don't.

    July 7, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. mochipug

    I don't believe 7 in 10 republicans would vote for her. I golf with a large group of folks, mostly republican and none of them would vote for her.

    July 7, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. JR

    Is that the the 21% that will admit to being a republican? Let's see, out of 100 million voters, 21% are republican, that's 21 million and 70% of them would vote for Palin, that's 14.7 million people, yeah that sounds about right. There's always 12 or 15 million nutcakes that would vote for Bigfoot if he ran. Isn't that about the same number that believe Elvis is alive?

    July 7, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. Tell the truth

    I would never vote for Palin. She left office after 2 and half years. Please stop looking at people titles. If she was a Democrats, Republicans would call her a quitter. Just telling the truth

    July 7, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. Bob the Observer

    Every time we see her get screwed over by the media or Moveon, it just makes us identify with her a little more. When she can't answer the snobby "inside the beltway" questions that Charlie Gibson or someone else throws at her, we realize she's more like us, and would do a better job.

    If she runs, she's got my vote. Not because I'm a Republican - I'm not. But because I'm a normal human being, and they are rare in Washington.

    July 7, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Yes, Rush Is A Big Fat Idiot

    She thinks there's a "Department of Law" at the White House.
    She isn't even qualified enough to teach high school civics, you need a Palin-English/English-Palin dictionary to understand her and
    she makes Bush look like a Rhodes scholar.

    July 7, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. RO

    Now, that is scary.. whoa!

    July 7, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. Canny

    This hilarious. 7 in 10 republicans would vote for Pailin? That explains the great shrinking republican party. Would there even be a republican party in 2012 at this rate?

    July 7, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. Null

    In other words, 7 out 10 American believe she's dimwit.

    July 7, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. Todd

    I hope the Repubs nominate Sarah the moose killer to represent them in 2012 to run against President Obama. This woman couldn't even tell Katie Couric what she reads on a daily basis or what major court desions she thinks are important. This woman is a bad joke and anybody with any brains can see that!!!

    SHE WILL NEVER BE MORE THAN A JOKE ON LATE NIGHT T.V !!!!!!!

    July 7, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. Jdog

    Well, I guess we're lucky that 70% of Republicans equals roughly 20% of the voting public...

    July 7, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Who did they poll the rednecks of OK or WV or KY? Judging by the blogs very few would vote for this clueless pathological egotistical liar!

    July 7, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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