July 28th, 2009
04:05 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll shows plurality of Americans want Palin to stay home

A new poll out Tuesday suggests nearly one in three Americans would prefer Sarah Palin to stay home.
A new poll out Tuesday suggests nearly one in three Americans would prefer Sarah Palin to stay home.

(CNN) - As former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin prepares to launch the next step of her political career, a new survey suggests nearly one in three Americans think it'd be best if the onetime GOP vice presidential candidate stayed home - and one in five would like to see her on another presidential ticket.

According to the new Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll, 32 percent of Americans - a plurality - think the best job for Palin is to become a homemaker while 17 percent say Palin is well suited to become a television talk show host. That was followed by 14 percent who say she should become the next vice president, 10 percent who think she'd be a good college professor, and 6 percent who say president is the best job for her.

Limited to Republican voters only, a plurality (27 percent) say she should be vice president, 18 percent say homemaker, 14 percent think talk show host, 12 percent say president, and 7 percent think college professor.

The Alaska Republican officially relinquished her post as governor on Sunday, 15 months before the term was set to end. Palin has said she plans to spend the next year and a half writing a book and campaigning for conservative candidates across the country.

The poll, which was conducted entirely before her weekend farewell speech, also suggests her disapproval rating has increased 6 points to 51 percent from a similar poll last spring.

When it comes to the 2012 GOP race for the White House, Palin comes in third place (17 percent) behind former Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney (22 percent) and Mike Huckabee (21 percent). A spokesman for Palin has said the former governor has no specific plans to run for president.

The new survey shows similar results to those of a recent CNN poll that also indicated the same three are in a close race for 2012 GOP frontrunner status.

The poll surveyed 900 registered voters from July 21-22 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. yuri

    Her speeches are incoherent and not at all cogent and articulate. One wonders if she needs some prep. classes in speakin' and perhaps writin'. We also opine that compared to Hillary, she will be nowhere near the final list of repubs. runnin' for 2012.

    July 28, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Sam

    I think she would make a great teacher of being a loudmouth who is addicted to the spotlight and distorts the truth at every turn.

    July 28, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. mike

    Why is CNN so obsessed with Sarah Palin?

    July 28, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    The far left has such a brain-numbing fear of Sarah Palin and Christian Conservatives, they spend all their time in hate filled dialogue trashing both and advising them to leave the country. Guess what? Both will be back. If for no other reason, somebody has to supply the tax money to support the don't work and won't work crowd that has it's hand out for other people's money.

    July 28, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. mike

    Wow, 10% say Professor, 6% president, and 14% VP?? There's the 30% of our country that makes us all look like idiots to the rest of the world. Thank you....

    July 28, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. phoenix86

    Cool. Of course, a plurality of Americans also say that they disagree with Obama's policies and wish he would go home.

    July 28, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Brook E. Mantia

    Gee... Be a homemaker or be President? Hmm... What to do??? How will poor Sarah ever make up her mind?

    July 28, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Monty

    What kind of delusional person:

    a) put "become a college professor" in that poll

    and/or

    b) chose that option in the poll?

    Honestly? The woman couldn't put together a coherent thought regarding the stimulus last fall, couldn't name *one* *single* Supreme Court decision with which she disagreed, and couldn't even name a *single* printed news source that she read...

    She was barely qualified to be the mayor of Wasilla and governor of Alaska, wasn't qualified in the least to be VP of the US, but people are talking about her becoming a professor? Seriously-this poll is clearly an early 2010 April Fool's joke from FoxNews.

    July 28, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Bryan

    Cool! I can play CNN's highly biased semantic game! A "plurality" of people want me to be the next president. Plurality = a number greater than one.

    July 28, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Sharon

    I don't think Sarah Palin is presidential material or congressional or senatorial material either. But then, there are a few others in congress that aren't any better than her – Bachman, Coryn, Cantor to name a few and they managed to get elected. I guess if the people that elect you are dumber than you are you can make it to Washington. The way things are going in Washington right now with all the crazies, it's like our national circus with clowns galore. She'd probably fit right in with some of them.

    July 28, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. felicia

    Well i have to say the news media is definitely dogging palin out.

    July 28, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. South Coast

    Speaking as an educated Republican, I believe it is safe to say the 7 percent of Republicans and 10 percent overall that believe Palin should be a college professor never attended college.

    July 28, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Obama: A change U can beleive In

    Palin is one of the dumbest person I've ever seen in politics............crying and complaining about everyhing.

    July 28, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Operation Crush Rush

    Sarah and Phoenix could start their own show called,"The Biggest Political Losers".hahaha

    July 28, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. vet in texas

    Any person who after being introduced to the American public as a VP candidate and says, "the war in Iraq was a mission from God"....deserves everything that happens to her.

    Imagine where we would be as a nation right now if "this one" actually won, and McCain with his age had to step down and she was the president.........

    and for all the people who claim that the president "bowed" to the Saudi King (as one should do when they meet royalty), at least he didn't hold hands while walking and kiss the king on the cheek like they were going to the Sadie Hawkins dance together......

    July 28, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. George

    I really love how insane the democrats all get over Palin. You must all have some raw, exposed nerves on subjects she is passionate about. Such as respecting the rights of the unborn perhaps?

    Republicans go to church to repent, sorry you don't have anywhere to go where you feel comfortable.

    July 28, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Bob in Pa

    Okay, we get it.
    A plurality of media outlets won't be happy until they have destroyed the only current viable political personality that rivals the worshipped one.

    July 28, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. amb

    Whoever said they would love to see Palin debate Obama in 2012 – if Obama's teleprompter fell over, he wouldn't be able to ad lib. As Biden said "What would he do?" I feel Palin has a lot more smarts than people think – after all, she was a Governor and managed the state of Alaska, more than Obama had ever done and look what a mess he has our country in now – leading us into Socialism, stirring up racism with his last comment about the police "stupidly" handing that case. I can't think of a thing he has done well. He's just a pretty face and speaks well (but with forked tongue).

    July 28, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. B Lewis in Austin

    Let's remember that all she did was give a couple of electrifying speeches at the beginning of the campaign. These speeches were written by someone else and delivered using the dreaded teleprompter. When left to her own devices, she bombed in various interviews where her lack of knowledge was obvious. The only interviews she did fairly well was with Hannity. Of course, he acted and looked like a love struck high school teenager (no disrespect to high school teenagers)and threw only softball questions her way. As C&W singer Roy Clark sang in one of his songs-"Thank God and Greyhound She's Gone".

    July 28, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. Stu-Florida

    Hey, hey everyone. WE have the POWER to make her really go away!
    That is IF you really want her and her incoherent statements to end!

    STOP posting on her... plain and simple.

    I will as of right now... you betcha!
    I'm done wasting my time on this marshmallow!

    July 28, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Ellie

    Ever since the last election Sarah Palin seems to thinks she's royalty....needless to say she was the jester that gave us all a good laugh. She really needs to get over herself...she's not important.

    July 28, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Mcain

    Be best for her to just stay out of politics and stay home, being a grandma sitting for the grand kids. She's only looking for the green money not for the interest of the people. who cares!

    July 28, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
1 2 3