July 24th, 2009
08:04 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Majority don't approve of Palin

 A new poll shows a majority of Americans don't approve of Palin.
A new poll shows a majority of Americans don't approve of Palin.

(CNN) - Two days before Sarah Palin steps down from office, a new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans have an unfavorable view of the outgoing Alaska governor. But the ABC News/Washington Post survey released Friday also suggests that seven out of 10 Republican voters maintain a positive opinion of last year's GOP Vice Presidential nominee.

Fifty-three percent of those questioned in the poll view Palin negatively, with four in 10 holding a positive view of her. The survey is the second this week, following a Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll released Thursday, to find more than half of all Americans viewing Palin in an unfavorable light.

The ABC News/Washington Post survey suggests that there is doubt about Palin's leadership skills and her understanding of intricate issues. Fifty-seven percent say they don't think Palin understands complex issues, and 54 percent do not feel she is a strong leader. The poll finds that Americans are split on whether Palin shares their values and understands the problems most people face. A slim majority of people questioned in the poll say Palin is honest and trustworthy, with four in 10 disagreeing.

Palin is set to resign Sunday as Alaska governor, with a year and a half remaining in her term, and hand over power to Lt. Governor Sean Parnell, a fellow Republican. Palin says she intends to campaign across the country for candidates whose ideas she supports, raising speculation that Palin may make a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Seventy percent of Republicans questioned view Palin favorably, with just one in four holding a negative opinion. The favorable view drops to 51 percent among independent voters and to 20 percent among Democrats.

In a hypothetical race for the next GOP presidential nomination, the poll suggests 19 percent of Republican voters would back Palin, with one in four supporting former Arkansas governor and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and 21 percent backing former Massachusetts governor and 2008 White House hopeful Mitt Romney.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted July 15-18, with 1,001 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for all Americans, and plus or minus 5 percentage points for the question on the Republican presidential nomination.


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  1. Bev - NYC

    Looks like the bloom is off the rose The quitter and her cronies will spin this poll to blame the media and cite her strong support among the real Americans. With her popularity falling, no longer having the power of the governor's office to settle personal scores the gloves will really come off. Can't thank you enough John McCain for this train wreck.

    July 24, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Bludgeon

    Sarah has been educating the American public. The more exposure she gets, the more we realize how shallow she really is. Nice package, but not much in it.

    July 24, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Ras Disputin

    Palin is a joke !

    July 24, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. who cares what the majority says

    the woman has done a lot with little

    that said, I wish she would find another line of work and get off the front pages, she is annoying

    July 24, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    We can only hope Palin will fade away and allow for intelligent debate and discourse among the presidential hopefuls.

    July 24, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Rob

    Once again the mainstream media showing just how scarred they are of Sarah Palin. Right about now I imagine there are a lot of people who voted for Obama who are saying to themselves "Hmmm, maybe she wouldn't have been as bad as I was led to believe."

    And she sure wouldn't be sticking her foot in her mouth as much as Biden is doing.

    This all just goes to show the start of the Dems and the media making futile gestures as their ship is sinking. And instead of bailing out the water, Obama's making the hole bigger.

    July 24, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Ibsaa

    I thought I was relieved back in November when her party was defeated so I do not want to hear anything about her so she will comp way far west, Alaska. Please leave us alon.

    July 24, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Robert

    Enough already about Sarah Palin – the news media has turned her into more of a someone than she has demonstrated in word or deed that she has any right to be. How someone with her limited background and lack of commitment can expect to be seriously considered in a 2012 Presidential bid goes beyond reason in my book – for whatever reason, she starts a media frenzy every time she opens her mouth. Please news organizations: leave her (and us) alone and hopefully Mrs. Palin will stay in her beloved Alaska.

    July 24, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. David

    7 in 10 republicans?

    This speaks volumes about the party.

    July 24, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. JB

    At some point, a few years down the road, folks will talk about America's fascination with Ms. Palin and scratch their collective heads in utter disbelief.

    July 24, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Patrick

    These results are not terribly surprising. Her supporters are hardcore. The rest of the Republicans come and go as she does things that are embarrassing and Democrats think she's a dangerous idiot.

    If she ever runs for office again, these demographics will come back and bite her, but if she just becomes a gadfly, they will suit her well.

    July 24, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. TCM

    "....The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted July 15-18, with 1,001 adult Americans questioned by telephone...."

    Boy, that establishes credibility! 1001 people; or should we say 1001 liberal ABC supporters...maybe even some that were in the "handpicked," audience for Obama's healthcare infommericla when Charles Gibson was kissing his behind....CNN, this data, is highly inconclusive, and slanted at best. I see more believeable reports on Yahoo and the national enquirer!

    July 24, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Independent Thinker

    Why do the media keep talking about her? Put s stick in her she's sone, leave her be.

    July 24, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. RTB

    Garbage in -garbage out.

    July 24, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Linda Haley

    Sara Palin needs to go away. She does not have the stuff to be a presidential candidate, if that is her goal.

    July 24, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Chai-wallah

    Betcha!

    July 24, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Jake

    unfavorable is putting it mildly!
    she is EVERYTHING that is WRONG in our nation, and anyone who would favor her needs to wake up!

    July 24, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Anonymous

    The fact that 40% of American Voters have a favorable opinion of her is really frightening.

    July 24, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Independent Thinker

    Stick a fork in her, she's done.

    July 24, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Sniffit

    Wow...so the portions of this country who've been drooling on the proverbial pillow for the past 8+ years might actually be waking up? Good news.

    July 24, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Independent Thinker

    Why do the media keep talking about her? Put s stick in her she's done, leave her be.

    July 24, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Cynthia

    Beside the fact that this woman is nit wit, she is a shady person. The real reason she resigned will be out soon and it won't be for the reason this idiot palin said it is.

    July 24, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Mike in Montana

    For some reason, I am doing a 'turnabout on my thinking about Governor Sarah Palin. Governor Sarah Palin said the 'truth' that she needed the 'money or fund' to support her legal problems.., (i.e., attorneys, legal and court cost, etc.). I like a person that will say the 'truth' about their problems.., in this instance.., its legal (financial) obligations. Sarah obviously does 'not' want to go broke.., because of all these accusations.., she hasn't been found 'guilty of anything, yet. If a person wants to support Governor Sarah Palin with their money, thats their business and 'not' ours or the media. Mike in Montana

    July 24, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. MLH

    I bet Mike Huckabee wishes this was what he was facing in a bid for the presidency. I think a few weeks of campaigning, and he would leave Ms. Palin and Mr. Romney in the dust. Ms. Palin has her lack of experience and track record to handle, and Mr. Romney's religion will prove an insurmountable hurdle for evangelicals once they hear the lesser talked about details of the Mormon Church.

    July 24, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. DallasTex

    Sarah Palin... The first thing that comes to mind when I hear her name is narcissist. She cares nothing about the people around her. As far as she is concerned, the world revolves around her.

    She has done the people of Alaska a huge favor by leaving office. I suspect that as time goes on, she will fade away as an embarassing buffoon in American politics, and become merely a footnote in American history.

    She is not a force to be reckoned with, as she probably wouldn't know what that phrase means.

    Bye, bye Sarah. Enjoy your view of Russia.

    July 24, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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