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.


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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Peter

    Whatever she does, I hope she stays in Alaska,

    July 28, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Active Duty Democrat

    Seriously this woman needs to go away already...beat it!!!! You will neva be president...

    July 28, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Stephanie

    So the poll about Sarah Palin Staying home is 1 person out of three wants her too, so that means two out of three wants her out there so more people want to see her than do not. So that should have been said as follows, 2 out of 3 people want to see Sarah Palin and only 1 out of three wants her to stay home, if you are going to state the facts of these so called polls, please do so correctly, unless what you said in this article is wrong and then you are lying about this poll.

    July 28, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. IQ test required for all VOTERS!

    Honestly, who really cares!

    And any poll that FOX news does isnt really an accurate poll at all. The only people who watch or listen to fox are those with minimal education and limited intellectual curiosities.

    July 28, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Royster

    Hopefully the GOP and Sarah Palin will follow the poll figures and not blind emotion that will lose elections...and tell Sarah to stay home. The percentage of people who want her for President is about the same percent that would like Ralph Nader as President.....and we all know where that went!

    Sarah Palin's greatest service to the country she constantly spouts out about loving so much would be..........stay out of office.

    July 28, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. dan

    *praying to Sarah Palins God*

    Please God, make Sarah Palin stay home and take care of her kids.

    -Amen

    July 28, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Al, NY NY

    "she has no specific plans to run for president"...but she will keep everyone "guessing" and will therefore be front and center for all criticism she deserves. Her playing the victim of the media is old. Someone should tell her to stop as each time she brings it up, the only people she gets sympathy from are the ditto head lemmings that worship the ground she walks on. The rest grow increasingly cynical and tag her as thin skinned and unsuitable for any public office.

    July 28, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Shucks

    laughing, laughing, laughing, laughing, oops, fell off my chair, laughing, college professor? laughing, laughing, laughing.

    July 28, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    Palin is just like Obama – an inexperienced, rank amateur trying to play in the big leagues. Just look at the generational damage Obama is doing to our country and that is exactly why Palin needs to stay home.

    July 28, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. AJ

    This is a hoot!! All too absurd to contemplate. This really underscores why the terms "smart" and "republican" should never be in the same sentence.

    July 28, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. bob

    Did anybody see William Shatner's beat poetry presentation of Palin's farewell speech on Conan?

    Priceless – Just priceless!

    July 28, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    JUST STAY HOME SARAH!

    We on the East Coast don't like your divisive and ignorant talk.

    July 28, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Ya know, if ya read the comments that are posted on YOUR POLITCAL TICKER!!!! you would already know this and you would not need a stupid poll. And make no mistake, YOUR POLL IS STUPID!

    July 28, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Wanda

    I believe Sarah is way more suited to be President than what's his name who became President. She has better sense than to spend, spend, spend. That man believes he IS Uncle Sam. This country needs someone who knows what they are doing. Sarah is THE ONE.

    July 28, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Randolph Carter

    College professor??? Hahahahahahah!!! Have a nice day!

    July 28, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. GOP = 21st century dodo

    College professor? HAHAHAHA what would she teach? Stupidity 101?

    July 28, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Wanda J. Brown

    I cannot believe that there are actually Republicans who think this woman should be a "college professor!" First and foremost Don't you have to have a brain to teach anything. As I recall she couldn't name a
    magazine that she has read. Anyone who had to attend 5 different colleges to get a degree should reconsider joining the educational field. She isn't smart enough to teach anything but how to kill animals from helicopters. She should learn how to cook normal food and raise her kids to not have sex without being married first. She has another female child coming along. Her days of politics should be over. But of course she is a "Pig with lipstick" so I guess she won't
    be hunting pigs.

    July 28, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Jefe

    I think she would make a great science professor. LOL j/k!!

    July 28, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. gt

    and they want barney frank to keep his mouth shut , they want nit wit nancy to leave , they want harry ried to be a black jack dealer in vegas too. americans all so want to be thin , have a perfect body and lots of money,,,,,like palin not going to happen....

    July 28, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. Jimmy

    There's no accuracy in polling the Fox Noise echo chamber. Yep, she's a regular star there, but in a national election, she'd be road kill.

    July 28, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Operation Crush Rush

    Teach what?

    July 28, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. TM

    I defy CNN to go one week without a mention of this individual. She is now just a private citizen. She neither makes nor implements policy at ANY level. Her opinion carries no more weight than the next person's. Unless and until she demonstrates greater insight or wisdom into today's challenges further attention to her opinions is unwarranted.

    July 28, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. John

    We have seen this five different times now CNN and I think Republicans and Democrats all agree. Unless you are pandering for more Democratic hate speech lets move on.

    July 28, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. UsMutts

    please, please, please let her stay in the national spotlight for the next three years...we democrats need her to ensure Obama is re-elected and the stand-up comics need the steady flow of material.

    July 28, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. JC

    How ignorant are Americans? 10 percent think Palin would make a good college professor, hello!, you have to have gone to college and hold at least a Masters degree to do any teaching at that level. Did she even finish high school?

    17 percent think she'd make a good talk show host? What? The woman can't formulate a complete sentence, let alone one that makes any sense. Just listen to her exit speech when she resigned as governor. What's the IQ of Alaska?

    And another 16 percent think she should be the VP or the President?

    This country is getting dumber by the minute.

    July 28, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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