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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soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. deanna vandall

    there is NO WAY any sane person would vote for this trash.

    July 24, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Annette

    Sarah may be a great friend and neighbor nice person to get to know, but she is no politician. She was never ready for the national scene and certainly not ready to take over the responsibilites of a Vice President. It's not just about a pretty face all the time, it may have work in Alaska, but I think the people in the lower 48 have made their decision.

    July 24, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Larry

    I really don't understand how anyone could have a favorable opinion of this woman.

    To me she is just trailer trash who knows how to use the system.

    July 24, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Ancient Texan

    A liberal "hate Palin" poll discovers that Palin is looked at with disapproval. Why am I not Surprised? Middle America still approves very strongly of Sarah Palin.

    July 24, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. kim

    This is not a surprise. Now would the news media PLEASE move on from this soap Opera.
    We have real serious issues that need immediate attention, and all we are getting is the beauty pageant, and a hunting show.
    PLEASE!

    July 24, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. beth

    Trying to find something positive about her is hard. She's deceitful, divisive, not very intelligent, and from what I can tell not a very good mother.

    July 24, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Bev

    And the news media continues to pound Sarah Palin...who is resigning...who is being plagued by frivolous lawsuits by the democrats which the new media doesn't report.....and it goes on and on and on. I just can't help but wonder where the women's rights groups are. Oh that's right. They only think LIBERAL women have rights.

    July 24, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. tisgoogle

    It took the wingnuts this long to figure out that palin was far from
    being qualified for President! The wingnuts and palin should all get
    together and make some moose stew, lets see if they can get that right!!!

    July 24, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Jesus loves mark sanford

    The moral majority does! She needs to be the next CHRISTIAN president instead of the muslim we have in there now!

    July 24, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Why don't they leave soon to be Gov Sarah Palin alone. But if she keeping get in front of the mike then it's on.

    July 24, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. B.C.H

    Now Sarah is funny! Or at least a joke!

    July 24, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Sandra Day

    Yipee!!!! Wow, only '19 percent of Republican voters would back Palin in a hypothetical race for the next GOP presidential nomination.' Can you close the books on her now and think of her simply as a better-looking Limbaugh and move on. I think both Democrats and Republicans would like this.

    July 24, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Ryan Wing

    These mid term polls mean nothing. Clever marketing changes the public's opinion very quickly. Low polls in between terms are typical and almost always go up before elections. It'll be the same way with Obama.

    July 24, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. zippy29

    Keep an eye on Russia for us....thanks.

    A CONCERNED AMERICAN.

    July 24, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Andy

    ABC New Poll, Oh yeah that's real convincing.. ha ha ha ha ha ha

    July 24, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Wilaville

    I don't know anyone who has a favorable opinion of Ms. Palin. I am embarrassed for her anytime I hear her speak. She is a joke.

    July 24, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Claire

    She doesn't need win popularity polls, she needs only to lead the revolt against organized crime in Washington.

    July 24, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Mack

    If the McCain/Palin ticket had won in November, and if Palin was getting (as she says) negative press, would she resign the Vice Presidency? Finish the jobs you start girlie!!

    July 24, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Kevin

    That's it, keep putting this out there; I know the electorate better than you tools in Atlanta or Washington...just wait (confidant smirk).

    July 24, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. B

    Now, just let her FADE AWAY............

    July 24, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Active Duty Democrat

    Is anyone surprised? Really? She's a pretty face...thats it. I love you Palin supporters that really think she's actually going somewhere...so funny...

    July 24, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Zion

    I will say the same thing that I said about Pres. Obama. YOU CAN'T RELY on POLLS. Polls are as irrational as the stock market. One thing I would like to see Palin do is possibly take on the idea of poor media coverage. First, it fits her degree, and she seems passionate about it. My only warning is get coaching on how to express yourself. See is not presidential material, but she can be useful in other ways.

    July 24, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. ric in NY

    Typical polling results by The ABC News/Washington Post. You can't trust anything that comes from a hard left source known for dishonesty and hating Sarah Palin. Liberals are still so terrified of her and they should be.

    July 24, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. AndyB

    "seven out of 10 Republican voters maintain a positive opinion" Just goes to show the the Party of No is comprised of a bunch of loons.

    July 24, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Neilz

    As I observe the actions and listen to the words of other Republicans in the news, I can't help but feel Sarah may actually be the "brain trust" of the GOP. She certainly looks better in a dress than Newt.

    July 24, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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