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. E Coli Tainted Palin Word Salad Hazardous To Your Health

    She should stay isolated form society for the good of all mankind. Buh-bye Caribou Barbie. Your dreamhouse is in shambles like your inner soul. Thanks for playing craziest politico to hit the stage and quickly fade in to nothingness.

    July 28, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Debby

    Yep 900 voters is a real career breaker for Palin.

    July 28, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Michelle

    I hope this woman is out there as much as possible. She's the gift that keeps on giving. So YES, keep her out there.

    July 28, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Didn't a plurality of Americans also think it was smart of Obama to bail out GM and Chrysler? That was just "STUPID" and look how well it went! But that was only $50 billion. Americans are a forgiving bunch though, so now we are talking about giving him 20 times that for ObamaCare. It will do as much for lowering health care costs as the $50 billion did for keeping the automakers out of bankruptcy.

    July 28, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Lil

    I would love to see Sarah Palin debate President Obama in 2012. She had to practice, practice, practice to debate Vice President Joe Biden, and the only thing we got out of that was "Say it aint so Joe", "Joe six pack" and "Soccer Moms". It would be very interesting to see her meet with leaders of other countries and deliever anything of substance.

    Sarah should raise her kids and stay far, far away from the spot light of office. Maybe, Senator John McCain should have a serious talk with her and let her know that he made a mistake and he regrets putting her on the ticket (since it cost him the election).

    July 28, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Moonbeam

    It is disappointing to me that American people don't appreciate someone who took on the job (with great fanfares!) and then quit midway because job is difficult and boring.
    I adore Palin and would love greatly if she stays in GOP politics forever! The ditzier the better!

    July 28, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Larry

    No No, Not a Good Idea.....

    If Palin stays home, her husband will make more babies.....

    That is not the Republicans want Palin to do.....

    July 28, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Irma in North Carolina

    I think she should join fox news gang, there she would be at home and all fo them together could throw out there hate and you better send Lou Dobbs over there too. CNN should be ashamed to have him on their net work.

    July 28, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. Randolph Carter

    College professor? What, were astronaut, cowgirl and ballerina all taken? Have a nice day!

    July 28, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. jaye

    Her ONLY supporters are the right wing fringe hate groups (that includes all the republicans).

    July 28, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. feel the heat

    Palin would be a good talk show host on Fox news, someone in her family has to pay the bills, and apparently no one else in the family is working

    July 28, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Nancy W.

    What about the percentage that wants her to slip into obscurity, never to be heard from again? I'm in that percentage. Na na na na, na na na na, he-e-ey, goodbye.

    July 28, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. jaye

    Palin is a red-neck, same as Bush, and both are dumb as a box of rocks.
    And after 8 years of Bush destroying our country who with any brains would want Palin in charge of anything.
    She's ignorant.

    July 28, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Larry

    College professor? That's FUNNY!

    She can't put three words together to make a sentence.

    July 28, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Mike

    How interesting – even a Faux poll says only 12% think she should be President. Let us do the math – 12% of the 24% of people who say they are Republican – oh yeah – not too many votes there.

    July 28, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. George

    Another word for plurality is a minority, but being the race conscious site that CNN is, they don't feel it is appropriate to call someone a minority.

    July 28, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. l blake

    I think she should be in the House too or the Senate. Why should she or any woman stay home? She is smart, attractive and dynamic woman who may be the one to lead the Republicans back. Who knows at this point? The media should leave her alone for sure. Be fair to her.
    I don't think they have in the past.

    July 28, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Beth

    I cannot believe the hate that is spewing from people. Don't like Sarah Palin, that is fine, but people are talking about her children. Additionally, people should wake up - not everyone was as privileged as Obama and got sent to a boarding school by his rich grandparents. The majority of people in the US went to many different institutions to receive a degree. Come on people, lets be intelligent about our comments.

    July 28, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    two words: journalistic diarrhea

    July 28, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Steph

    Or she could visit her neighbors in Russia.

    July 28, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Jann in Denver

    If I never see this idots face again, it will be too soon.

    July 28, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. AntiRush

    I'd like to see her join NASA. They could send her to Mars.

    July 28, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Zion

    Look, I have said repeatedly. Palin would be great if she took a non-political position. I would be interested to see her put her degree, Journalism to work. I would be interested in seeing her cover the levels of dishonesty of our media, and she could do it from a Conservative point of view. Lets get imaginative. Republicans know good and darn well they will not put her up in 2012.

    July 28, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. Jann in Denver

    If I never see this idiots face again, it will be too soon.

    July 28, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. Proud Member..Party of No

    On a similar note, it appears that 40% of Americans would like Barack Obama to GO home:

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 32% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -8.

    July 28, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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