July 14th, 2009
07:12 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Majority of Republicans don't think Palin's qualified for prez

According to a new poll, 33 percent of Republicans believe Sarah Palin has the ability to serve effectively as president.
According to a new poll, 33 percent of Republicans believe Sarah Palin has the ability to serve effectively as president.

(CNN) - A majority of Americans think Sarah Palin is stepping down as Alaska's governor for political reasons, according to a new national poll, with a majority of Republicans now saying that they do not believe that Palin would be an effective president.

Only 33 percent of Republicans questioned in a CBS News survey released Monday night say that Palin would have the ability to serve effectively as president. Last fall, 71 percent of registered Republicans felt that way.

"It's unclear whether the change in Republicans' view of Palin is the result of her decision to step down as governor, or whether the GOP rank-and-file felt they had to defend their party's vice-presidential nominee during the campaign but don't feel the same tug of party loyalty today," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Either way, this is bad news for Palin, whose first task in 2012, if she runs for the White House, will be to convince Republican primary voters to support her."

Fifty-two percent of all respondents in the CBS survey said that Palin is resigning because she thinks its better for her political career, with one in four agreeing with Palin's comments that her resignation would benefit Alaska. Most Democrats and independents feel Palin's resignation is politically motivated, while Republicans appear divided, with 36 percent indicating the move is to advance her political career and 31 percent agreeing with Palin's explanation.

"That's another indication that Palin may face a skeptical GOP primary audience if she chooses to run for president," Holland says.

Americans appear divided on whether Palin will run for the White House in 2012, with 43 percent feeling Palin will make a bid for the presidency, 39 percent indicating she will not run, and 18 percent unsure.

Palin has been critical of her coverage in the national media. Nearly half of those questioned, 46 percent, say the media's been harder on Palin compared to other political figures, with only seven percent saying the media's been easier on her than other politicians. Forty-four percent say her treatment's been about the same.

The CBS News poll was conducted July 9-12, with 944 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. amy

    Yes, and some people actually like fruitcake.

    July 14, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Ann

    Michelle Obama is more qualified than Sarah Palin.

    July 14, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Dominic

    duh! that republican base of bible thumpers and PTA moms with no clue is NOT very big, and they are the only ones that would votefor her.

    July 14, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. David

    Sarah Palin does not have the intellectual capability to run a ranch. She should most definitely not be given the opportunity to run our country. We had a moron in the WH for eight years, and we all know where that go us. I don't think we can afford another one.

    July 14, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. videodrome

    For once, I agree with the majority of Republicans concerning one of these polls.
    Will wonders ever cease??

    July 14, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. G SMITH PA

    There is a 75% chance that Sarah Palin will be President in January 2013, there is a 100% chance that Barrak Obama will not be Presdent in January 2013. Help is on the way, only three and half years to go

    July 14, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. zippy29

    Wonderful news, like Christmas in July. Finally, a post about Palin I can live with.

    July 14, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Jim, Burlington NC

    Wa wa wa.

    If the electorate were stupid enough to elect this empty suit as President – she would just quit like she's doing her current job.

    All the mean people won't shut up – they just keep spouting off the truth and it hurts poor Sarahs feelings. Wa wa wa...

    July 14, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. monnie

    i agree with oceanside, calif; let's just keep goofy sarah out of the headlines and hope she goes away; media attention is exactly what she wants; forget about her and her ne'er-do-well family

    July 14, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. JSRagman

    Shocking! (just kidding)

    July 14, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. JA/TN

    What a revelation, at last, the truth leaks

    July 14, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. the lady

    There is more to this that meets the eye....she clearly couldn't handled the vice presidential debates, she airs too much of her dirty laundry. This is someone who really needs prayers.

    July 14, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Sam Sixpack

    Not so fast! So what if she's not qualified? Everything bad is still all her fault. Well, it's either her fault or the teleprompter's fault.

    July 14, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. ns

    I thought, CNN was good news media but now I know it is not. And I know for sure that such media has limited life.

    July 14, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Jeff of Peoria

    I agree w/ Brendose of Oceanside. Let's let Palin stay in Alaska. She is NOT READY for prime time and just makes us Republicans crazy. (The indepenant thinks I guess) We were all real impressed until she actaully had to represent herself.

    Not ready for prime time. I like her but she needs some more experience on teh national stage w/ national and Int'l issues.

    July 14, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Lysh

    That's about the same amount of people who approved of Bush's job as president, so it makes sense. Palin has no chance of every becoming president, but let's not forget how popular she is with the base. I'm curious to see what kind of support she brings to the GOP candidate, and also how much damage she does to that candidate.

    July 14, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Roger

    Not Qualified. YOU THINK!!!!!

    July 14, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. lila

    Clearly the democrats would like nothing more than for Palin to head the ticket for the GOP in 2012. She is a cut-and-run, attention deficit disorder scatter brain.

    July 14, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. the lady

    flp – get a life – your x president Bush is the reason the economy is so bad....putting money in a country that doesn't care about America or the other countries of the world...Thankfully there is not someone with a brain and intelligence at the helm again!

    July 14, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. TCM

    This is a joke;
    Another CNN Research poll conducted by Keating Holland....where he polled 944 people, out of a country of millions. Those polled where undoubtedly in support of Obama....so what do you expect from a slanted poll? Slanted results. CNN will censor this I'm sure, but it appears that this news organization is fixated on destroying the life and career of someone who's not even committed to running for president! How unprofessional is that? How about just leaving her alone, and report on those in Washington that are skewing and stretching our country out of shape?

    July 14, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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