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.
That's funny, cause I just read another poll that said %40 of Republicans would NOT vote for her after her resignation...
The fact that 7 in 10 republicans would still vote for Palin after she has shown her inability to formulate a complete thought tells me the republican party is the party of stupid. I would have thought they would have seen enough with eight years of George Bush...but apparently they cannot get enough stupidity!
OMG, if 7 out of 10 Republicans think she is Presidential material, we are in a much worse state of affairs than I thought. She is as shallow as a creek in a drought.
I doubt the numbers are as high as reported. Im a lifelong Republican and every Republican I know (a lot) would never consider Palin.
Sarah Palin is like taking a whiz in the snow. It feels good for the moment, but it's soon passes and there's no accountability. Let's be real about his woman who has quit every elective job she's ever held.
Howard Fineman is right. The GOP is like a star that has gone supernova, has collapsed in on itself and is now just a small, dense core of right-wingers.
And I'd underline "dense" twice.
That's Sarah Palin's base. Fortunately, it's not enough to win.
Seven in 10 Republicans need to stop drinking the kool-aid and start therapy.
7 out of 10 Republicans are just that desperate and clueless.
Please nominate her to run against Obama, please!!!
The debates will be a frace. Can you imagine a skilled constitutional lawyer debating a quasi-jounalism student that hunts from a helicopter?!
70% of only 21% will not win any national elections for missy!
Republicans have absolutely no credibility. Many of them claim that those of us who voted for Obama 'drank the Kool-Aid.' It seems to me that a person would have to do some real serious mind-altering drugs to vote for Sarah Palin for almost anything, let alone President of the United States.
The GOP loses more credibility every day. They complained about Obama's lack of experience, yet trumpeted the 'executive experience' of an air-head governor of a state with less people than most medium size cities in America.
She is just deluding herself along with her GOP apologists to think that she will ever occupy the White House as President.
That means that 70% of Republicans do not have a clue. What a concept!
My God what a frightening article! I sincerely hope that ANY voter, regardless of party affiliation, would think deeply before voting for a dimwit like Mrs. Palin for President of the U.S.A. Remember what happened the last time a likeable, folksy, not-too-bright ex-governor got into the White House. It will be years before the damage is repaired!
Run, Baby, Run!
Sarah belongs to the lower 48.
Thank you liberals!
She didn't say she was resigning as Governor. She said she was giving up her TITLE. You know her title . . . as Miss Alaska. That is what she thought she was really doing. She never really understood the governing part that clearly. But ya know, that's just not her.
I think she finally will get do what she has always wanted . . . play in the WNBA. What a gal !!!
Go, baby, go!!!
How does this scare me? Let me count the ways. . . .
While 7 out of 10 Republicans said they'd vote for Sarah Palin in 2012, 9 out of 10 Republicans would vote for whoever would put a soda machine in the lunch room.
you are what we (american's) need straight talk tell it like it is ,"NO Bull"" you keep it going you will get the vote , probably not the hard left vote every one else . THIS COUNTRY needs good honest talking and acting president not just a talker. come on sarah.
I like George Will see her as a quitter. If she runs in 2012, every Palin opponent (even fellow Repubs) will label her as a quitter. Dems will add to this by making her appear unstable (her past interviews and bizarre miss-statements will be brought out again). On the surface, she has waaaaay too much baggage to win unless all of her opponents slip, trip, drool, speak incoherently, and bark at the moon during the 2012 election. Maybe not even then.
If 7 out of 10 Republicans will vote for Palin for the presidency, then the Republican party is dead !!!
The Republican party is no longer relevant !!!
Seven in ten Republicans aren't enough to matter in 2012.
I bet if she were elected, she wouldn't surround herself with tax cheats.
At this point if the change was Palin or Obama, I wouldn't have a choice. I don't like some of her far right policies, but I need change I can believe in before the nation weakens too much.
I would prefer for a democrat to challenge Obama in a primary, but that has never happened, so I don't see that happening.
70% of us knew from the get-got moose mom was both a quitter and a flake!