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. Katie

    Not a shocker! The woman's a has-been and a corporate shill. Time to move on, America!

    August 12, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Barack won the election, America loses big time.

    What is the pre-occupation with a Vice Presidential candidate that is no longer campaigning to be VP, unlike the Socialist Obama (Joke, Hitler, Used Car Salesman) that is never out of campaign mode, yet his Polls are dropping like a hot potatoe, thanks to his Moscow ideology.

    August 12, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Melissa

    Good. Maybe they're finally waking up to the fact that she's a dumb-as-a-stump quitter.

    August 12, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. rufus

    If CNN didn't have Rove ,Palin and Bush to regenerate the libs hate what ever would you do? Getting harder and harder to protect "your clowns" now in power isn't it!

    August 12, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. IT ME SARAH

    "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".

    WELL DA!!!!! She's a quitter, I mean She's not a quitter ya know. Being govenor was just to hard for her, somebody really needs to give this lady a reality check and soon

    August 12, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. single mom

    CNN, why do you keep posting stuff on Palin? Is it an effort to distract us from everything else going on in the world? This is silly. Focus on REAL news. Do some investigative reporting – whether about cash for clunkers, the health bill proposals, the budget debate coming up in September, nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea,... The list is endless.

    August 12, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Roger

    I do not believe that the GOP'ers are no longer supporting Palin, she is a true republican, she acts, looks, & smells like one.....she speaks with a forked tongue, a hypocrite, & will do what ever to make herself look good that means using her family whoever to succeed...

    August 12, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. DX in TX

    Why does a quitter get so much airtime...WE ARE SICK OF HEARING ABOUT SARAH PALIN....(notice the use of capital letters to express my repulsion!)

    August 12, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Charles Loeb

    Could this finally be the nail in the Palin coffin?

    August 12, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. American Voice

    Sarah who?????????//

    August 12, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Keith

    I hope Caribou Barbie does run in 2012. It'll make re-electing the president a certainty. The only people who have any shred of a favorable opinion of this dolt are the GOP sheep that Rush and Hannity raised.

    August 12, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Phil

    If you're trying to do trend analysis, why in the world would you look at one poll in two different points in time (as done here)? There are poll aggregators that take the results from numerous polls conducted at numerous times.

    Incidentally, they likewise show a general decline in Palin's favorability albeit at a slow and steady pace since about September, not the dramatic jump this post attempts to portray.

    August 12, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Cliff

    She's nuts.

    August 12, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Greg Ballantyne

    Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then. I hope Satrah sticks around for a while, she's had a big hand in putting the GOP into the sad state they're in today.

    August 12, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Alice

    All that's going on, and CNN is still obsessed with Palin!!!! It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.....

    Palin seems to scare the HECK out of CNN!!!

    August 12, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Dean

    No new news here. this woman is a nut case. I'm so glad she is not the VP

    August 12, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Sarah "death panel" palin=Osama bin ladden, they both use their influence to fuel extremism

    Thank sarah, you will be remembered.

    August 12, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. B

    Why has it taken Americans so long to understand that Palin is a total Wacko? She has made the -most irresponsible- comments involving health care; Death Panels ect! Can you even imagine that person being a Vice President with the possibility of becoming President !!!!!!!

    That would have been a national disaster....

    August 12, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    A snake can't hide its fangs forever.

    August 12, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. katiec

    If that poll was taken today, after her outlandish lies about the health care plan it would be even lower. She has destroyed what little
    credibility she had.
    A person with her ego, quest for the headlines and spot light, lack
    of intelligence is bound to self destruct, which she is doing.
    A couple of weeks ago her popularity in Alaska had crashed to
    the mid forties, probably lower now.
    And, gosh, even CNN is forced to admit she is not "the one".

    August 12, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Sam Sixpack

    Palin should have never pointed out that President Obama's "Independent Medicare Advisory Council” will, if enacted, reduce and eventually eliminate care for many elderly and disabled people.

    All you have to do is look it up on the internet.

    Spin doctors gleefully pretended she was talking about something else and she was unfairly vilified for telling the truth.

    But you can forget Palin, she's just being used. The real "evil" is President Obama's proposed "Independent Medicare Advisory Council.”

    You can read about it on the White House's own website.

    August 12, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. renobill

    I love that women, and just hope she gets the GOP nomination in 2012!! Obama should then carry all 50 States, and we Libs will have nothing to worry about.

    August 12, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    I'm still trying to figure out why a "favorable view of Palin" exists in the first place. The woman is despicable. I mean, Death Panels? Blatant falsehoods liek that should trigger an ethics violation: she knew exactly how accurate that comment was (i.e., not at all). What we should have is Stupidity Panels...and she can be the first one to go before them.

    August 12, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Roger

    Does CNN have any significant news to cover? CNN needs to move on to something more important than this garbage.

    August 12, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Kate in SW Fla

    Maybe because they are seeing her for the ego maniac but ignorant white trash that she is?

    August 12, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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