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. John Q. Public

    If 7 out of 10 Republicans would vote for Sarah Palin, then there must be something wrong with the current quality of women political candidates within the GOP. Alternatively, there are just a lot of idiots out there who would vote for Mickey Mouse too if he were real. That's terribly scary. Is that what we want for our nation????

    July 7, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. http://www.popduds.com

    The GOP is a sinking ship, that's for sure. Enjoy watching the show from the sideline Christians, you earned it with Bush!

    July 7, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. irwin

    It made no change to my opinion, but I thought she made Bush seem like brilliant. How Republican can support such a twit escapes me. They have talented people waiting in the wings, yet they seem to gravitate towards this 'rock star' with so-called charisma. It's like they've become suicidal in this post-Bush error. They need to be in the wilderness for a while, before the American people should take them seriously again.

    July 7, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Steve in Dallas

    Just shows that 7 in 10 republicans are completely ignorant -> of the facts, of reality.

    July 7, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. Craven Moorehead

    OMG!

    No wonder I'm not a Repulican anymore. I guess as I grew older and smarter, I discovered I lacked the requisite stupidity.

    July 7, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Ted R.

    The poll must be flawed. 7 out of 10 Republicans aren't THAT ignorant and easily duped... right???

    July 7, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. coach

    I'm waiting for her first original idea.

    July 7, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. Mark C. Eades

    As a Democrat, I sincerely hope that Sarah Palin is the Republican presidential nominee in 2012. I think that Obama would beat any of the GOP hopefuls hands down, but nominating Palin would guarantee Obama not just a win a landslide. Her appeal is simply to narrow to win a general election. Furthermore, just think how boring a Tim Pawlenty, a Mitt Romney, or Newt Gingrich would be compared to "Our Sarah." Palin's entertainment value alone is worth nominating her, especially after the crazies who showed up at her rallies in 2008 have had four years to get even crazier. If "the base" wants their Sarah, then give 'em their Sarah. Go, Sarah!

    July 7, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. ron

    Wow. That is completely amazing.

    I thought that it was only the far right that thought anything positive of Palin.

    We have a long way to go as a nation if 70% of those left who identify themselves as republicans would vote for this incredibly divisive person.

    Race baiting a fear mongering are not good qualities of a leader. She would have much more respect if she would have stood up to the campaign stategists (assuming it was they who put the words in her mouth) and told them that she was truly a patriot and not going to say the untrue and just downright awful things she said during the campaign.

    Maybe that is why only 20% of Americans now consider themselves Republicans.

    July 7, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. JTMINN

    No surprise here–except that 17% of Democrats would vote for her? Really! And they call themselves Democrats? I doubt it. I can see Republicans being ignorant enough to vote for this bimbo but Democrats are usually educated enough to see through this kind of bafoonery.

    July 7, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. Ellie, MD

    I don't know who they polled, but I know this much, a "quitter" who claims to be a "fighter" will NEVER get my vote.

    Other fools can vote for Miss Journalist all they want, but I certainly won't.

    July 7, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. bozo the obama

    Please don't take the liberal McCain as your V.P.

    July 7, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Molly Weasley

    If Republicans want to vote for Palin, then they get what they deserve. (And now she thinks the White House has a "Department of Law.") This is a sure way to give Obama a second term.

    Sarah Palin is not a dumb woman. But she knows so little about issues and about how to govern - and she seems unwilling to learn any more. It's frightening to think of her with more responsibility.

    July 7, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Mac

    Wow, once again this shows the intelligence of the republican party. 7 out of 10 will still vote for someone who couldn't handle one term as a governor of one of our least populated states. Go GOP!

    July 7, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. David Newport, OR

    United they shall fall.

    July 7, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. Cindy

    Run, Sarah, run! You're this Democrats' favorite GOP candidate for 2012!!!

    4 MORE YEARS! 4 MORE YEARS! – ha ha ha ha ha

    July 7, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. Joe in Austin

    she's still not qualified.

    July 7, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. not blinded

    "Many Americans have deeply-held opinions about Palin as a result of the national campaign in 2008,"

    Unfortunately, most of the opinions are based on misinformation (a word which also can be translated as "lies") that was spread by the Democrats and their loyal subjects in the media. If there had been even a inkling of fairness in reporting during the past election, we would be under good leadership while Obama would still be wandering around in OJesque fashion looking for the real birth certificate!

    July 7, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Oh goodie – another poll of 1000 people that DEFINITELY tells how millions and millions of US Citizens think.

    What a bunch of polling idiots.

    July 7, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. Wad

    Are you kidding?

    July 7, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. Alan

    So that's 7 of 10 of the 21% of the population that even claims affiliation with the GOP...

    Good. Obama's gonna get his second term because Palin will keep the INTELLIGENT Republicans from coming out.

    July 7, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. Jeff W.

    Wow, 7 out of 10 Republicans would vote for Palin? This confirms what I've always suspected; 70% of republicans are very stupid. Can you imagine viewing the vapid Palin favorably? I think the funniest line of the week is when Palin claims that she's "not a quitter" while quitting her job.

    July 7, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  23. Darrie

    Well, the thing that strikes TERROR in my heart and soul is that if people were STUPID enough to elect a definitely unqualified ego maniac of an ignorant person like George W. Bush as President, what's to stop them from going one step further and electing the Bimbo Queen of the World as President of the USA? Perish the thought, PLEEEEZE!!!!

    July 7, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. johnnie

    sara quit palin, will never be president, come on cnn ,all your talking to is the gop base ,which is low 20 percent, the gop is trying along with to salvage a ship that has sunk to the bottom of the ocean. no one in their rite mind wants to be a replublican. i see cnn is in the tank for the gop, you lose

    July 7, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. Tony in Maine

    Palin and Sanford in 2012.

    July 7, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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