WASILLA, Alaska (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made it clear to hundreds gathered at a picnic in Wasilla on Friday night that she loves her hometown community.
"This being my last time to speak to the valley community as your governor, I do want to tell you sincerely that I love you," Palin said in one of her last speeches as governor.
"I appreciate you and your support, the support that you've shown my family. God bless you and God bless America."
Shouts of "We love you Sarah!" and "Sarah Palin in 2012" could be heard over the applause as she finished. Few seemed to have an unfavorable view of the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee at the event, which honors men and women in uniform.
A nationwide poll released Friday indicates that a majority of Americans have an unfavorable view of the outgoing governor. But the ABC News/Washington Post survey also suggested that seven out of 10 Republican voters maintain a positive opinion of Palin.
Fifty-three percent of those questioned in the poll view Palin negatively, with four in 10 holding a positive view of her.
The survey suggests that there is doubt about Palin's leadership skills and her understanding of intricate issues. Fifty-seven percent said they don't think Palin understands complex issues, and 54 percent do not feel she is a strong leader.
Despite the numbers, Palin remained upbeat at the picnic.
She recounted a recent interview with a journalist after telling the crowd she won't use her time to "talk politics."
The reporter was suggesting she had had a "rough day" and had been framing the questions in a way to elicit a "pessimistic" response, she said.
"I said, 'Oh no, it is not a down day - my son called this week from Iraq," she said. "He is safe, he is sound. It is always a good day when my son calls from Iraq."
"I wish that some in the media would keep things like that in perspective, what is really important in our country."
The governor will attend a similar event in Anchorage on Saturday before she transfers gubernatorial power to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell in Fairbanks on Sunday.
Go! Sarah Palin! You will always have my support in whatever endeavor God leads you to do!
Go! Sarah Palin! May God bless you in your endeavors to walk with HIM!
Don't let the door hit you on your way out ...
A quitter and a loser
Palin go home.... stay home.... go to the PTA and call the rest of it quits. ! please
this is getting ridiculas~
I wish Sarah Palin the best life possible – in the private sector.
And now she's coming down here. I can't get the Beverly Hillbillies song out of my head.
Must be frost bite on the brain.
"Majority don't approve of Palin" will some one please tell her !
give her a clue card.
Sarah,Thank you for your gift to Alaska...quitting. It's clear a simple mind like yours is not ready for prime time. Go back to pulling fish from a net, it doesn't take any brains. Disappear forever, go away, be gone, leave.
Aaaaahhhh....she so sweet, she is as cute as she can be, don't you just love herwhy didn't we elect her? With her the dow would have gotten over 9000 soon or later just like it has under Obama but she would have been so much more cute, bubbly & sniping, pouting junior High acting.
"I just dont love you enough to stick with the responsibilities I was charged with." Go raise some money for an real candidate.
Sarah, I love you too. I am a Democrat voted for Obama, but I admire your guts, charm, intelligece & politics. Don't get demoralized by opinions of others. Be yourself. You are a great, great lady.
Stupid comment, people who do not like her were very unlikely to attend. I personally endorse the Sarah Palin-Lush Dumbaugh ticket in 2012. One who was appointed by god and one who thinks she is god. Hooray for the Republi8cans, they will never live this one down.
I prefer the Tina Fey version of Palin over the original.
She loves them so much she left the state in chaos, walked away
Her love of financial, personal, political gain is much more
important to her than any cares for the people of Alaska.
This is a sad story, not for Palin's sake, but for the country's.
The death knell in her coffin was Couric's question about a "Bush Doctrine" that the press itself had not defined. Obama, when faced with the Russian invasion of Georgia, suggested a UN security council resolution, clearly not understanding that Russia had veto power over any such move. Which of these political errors would be more likely to have a serious impact on national policy, yet which did the press focus on?
The attacks on this woman then came from the political lawsuit machine, all of which had no merit. The press and dems did a great job of running this woman out of town, just because of her political views. Fascism at its best.
Just what this country needs, another GOPer ditz running our great country......thanks, but no thanks....RNC.
Palin, wont run for president, she will sign a deal with a major news network(not fox)..... this rumor is flying!
I'm sure many in Alaska like many in the lower 48 will show their feelings of admiration for Gov. Palin by giving her a one finger salute.
"We Love You" QUITTER! "We Love You" enough to see you self-implode!
It's just amazing to me that people could consider her a viable presidential candidate. Not only is she narrow minded and sheltered, she comes across as being dumb as a post.
Sapa Palin in 2012 NO WAY!
and the beat goes on...... drum roll please!
Few in Wasilla have an unfavorable view of Palin because it's her hometown. Alaska is very isolated and I think with her plummeting approval ratings, the folks who are for her are probably mostly found in Alaska and nowhere else, with the exception of the Evangelical conservative group. They are the minority. There will never be a Palin 2012 unless she's up for a funny joke.