August 12th, 2009
06:53 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Poll: Favorable view of Palin dipping

The favorability of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is down in a new CNN poll out Wednesday.
The favorability of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is down in a new CNN poll out Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Americans appear to be souring on Sarah Palin, according to a new national poll.

Thirty-nine percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday have a favorable opinion of the former Alaska governor and last year's Republican vice presidential nominee. That's down seven points from a poll conducted in May, and it's also nine points lower than the 48 percent who now say they now view Palin unfavorably. Forty-three percent viewed Palin negatively in May.

"Most of that change has come among Republicans and conservatives," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "GOP voters still like Palin - two-thirds continue to have a favorable view of her - but she is not as wildly popular among GOPers as she was in the spring, when eight in ten Republicans had a favorable view of her."

It's unclear if the drop in Palin's rating is due to her resignation as Alaska governor, a year and a half before her first term ends, or if anything else she has done is contributing to the dip in her numbers. The poll was conducted July 31 through August 3, before national coverage of Palin's stinging criticism of President Barack Obama's health care reform proposals.

Palin is considered one a number of Republicans who may want to make a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

"A 39 percent favorable rating makes it that much tougher for Palin to become president should she decide to run in 2012. Her favorable rating is almost identical to the numbers that former vice president Dan Quayle got just after leaving office in 1993," says Holland.

Quayle formally declared himself a presidential candidate in 1994 but withdrew from the race in 1995.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted by telephone, with 1,136 people questioned. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points for the overall sample and plus or minus 6.5 percentage points for the questions of Republican respondents.


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  1. Tex

    And why would I believe anything CNN puts out???

    August 12, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Al

    Sheis inexperienced in the political process and cound not stand the heat, so she resigned, just as she would have if she became president if something unfortunate happening to President McCain

    August 12, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Pity poor Sarah Palin. That tiny little brain all alone in that great big head!

    August 12, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Dave

    I would take Palin anyday over the anti-American socialist in power. The woman rose to power fighting corruption, whereas BO rose up because of corruption. The chicago machine is directly responsible for BO's presidency and now all of us are paying the price for it.

    August 12, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. LL from Princeton

    Golly gee, gosh darn it, they're obviously not talking to the right people...love the Quayle reference, since we've seen this all before. The more she sticks around the better it gets for the Dems. Keep talking, honey!

    August 12, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. elliott

    Maybe it's because she says things like "Obama has Death Panels in the Health Reform Bill" and then two days later she says that there needs to be civility in the Health Reform debate.

    I feel sorry for her kids. Yeah, I said it. If she is going to use them as props, then she can just shut the hell up.

    Hey Sarah, what ever happened to people just "Makin' things up"? Bozo. Do us all a favor and get some exploding shoes, you clown!

    August 12, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. larrywi

    Interesting, for so many people not liking her the attention toward her is simply amazing. She's out of the spot light, and still garnishing attention and interest, bo figure. I guess that shows that the liberal bashers are really scared of her. Way to go Sarah Palin, you don't even have to be in the spot light to get attention, look at Obama, he has to go on the road to try to get some attention.

    August 12, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Sally

    Did you expect a CNN pole to have Palin at 48. Come on people get real.

    August 12, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Tommy Boy

    She'll just parade her clan of kids out into the national spotlight at all the right times and sweep those nasty polls right under the carpet in this America that she loves so much....you betcha! ;-)

    August 12, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. true daughter of the american revolution

    GAWD! It took a while for Americans to get their collective heads out of the sand!

    August 12, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. chris

    I am not interest in Sarah Palin's views on healthcare, nor on views of President Obama's birth certificate, on heterosexual marriage, on same sex marriage, on the environment, on taxes, on the "East/West Coast elite", on the military, on the Iraq or Afghanistan Wars. I am not interested in her views on prolife or pro-gun. Sarah Palin should no longer be in the news. The fact that CNN and other major news organizations continue to excessively report on her is an insult to me, America and the rest of the world. I will never in all my life forgive Senator McCain for introducing this small-minded and wholly provincial woman to the National Stage. Stop! Please, for the love of humanity, CNN, stop reporting on her. She and her family represent everything that is wrong with America. In five years, maybe ten, for nostalgia sake update us with a report on her views….her views of Russia from her Alaskan Governor's retirement home.

    August 12, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. amanda

    how come SHE is not wearing a flag??? Everyone was all over Obama when he didn't wear one. Some dumb woman who can "see Russia from her house." I cannot believe sarah even have followers.

    August 12, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Jerry

    Sarah Palin is a private citizen who is still being attacked by the media daily , Why would that be ? I can only think of two famous quotes for you all you Palin bashers to think about ,Please read them.

    "If you are young and not a liberal, you have no heart. If you are old and not a conservative, you have no brain."
    –Winston Churchill

    "The difference between a liberal and a conservative is 20 years."
    –Mark Twain

    August 12, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Judi from Frisco

    She is so foolish. All she had to do was finish her term as governor, quietly add to her knowledge, and get and listen to some decent advisers. The Republican base was ready to follow her anywhere. Now, I am happy to say, she may be finished. Well there is always the conservative media. Russ look out; you may have some competition. She has proven that she can lie with the best of them.

    August 12, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. "real" American

    What a surprise. This woman is an idiot and a fraud and is a danger to the country.

    August 12, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. MS

    Why don't we send her to MARS with a Life Long Supply of Food in NASA's space shuttle ?

    August 12, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Emma

    Could we please have a week without "news" coverage of this woman? She is a private citizen now; albeit an ignorant one. Every time you report on her, you give her a pulpit she does not deserve. Give it a rest. Her entertainment value is worn out.

    August 12, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Richie

    Who cares?

    August 12, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Sara Palin brings negative to herself not the left or the media you fools on her defending her. She is a very negative person and the media call her out on it.

    August 12, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. ANGIE IN PA

    Why is it America is gone when a Democrat becomes President but when a Republican is President America is the greates country on earth oh i am so sick of the Far right extreme and new report shows FAR RIGHT EXTREMISM IS ON THE RISE VIOLENCE WILL BE UP TIMOTHY MCVEIGH ANYONE?

    August 12, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Dave

    Thank you for proving my point.

    August 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Bald Tim

    NO NO NO! We want Palin in 2012. It will be fun to watch Obama make her look like the twit she really is and thus serve the death blow to the Neocons and the other nut jobs on the extreme right. Then the real non-fringe conservatives can get a bigger voice in the GOP and we can finally have some civility in the political dialogue.

    August 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Dave

    I can't imagine why her approval rating has dropped. Let's see – she's as dumb as a post, completely self-righteous, hypocritical to the core, and as opportunistic as they come. On top of that, she's a quitter. Did I miss something?

    August 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Larry

    What is funny is that she get the left wing nut jobs so fired up. What is it she offers that scares the libs so much?

    August 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Nathan,

    The story should be that 4 out of 10 Americans have a favorable opinion of her. I find that more incredible than anything else. Sara palin is not the one we should be wondering about. We should be wondering about the morons who think this woman actually has something to say. They're the scary ones.

    August 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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