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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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. maf

    Sarah? Sarah who?

    August 12, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Jamie

    Everytime she opens her mouth she dips further in the polls

    August 12, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. JOHNSON oklahoma

    palins 15 min.of fame has been over a long time just the thought of mcain and palin in the white house and mcain having to lose power and palin becoming president should scare the hell out of any-one with half a brain this lady is crazy and one fry short of a happy meal

    August 12, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Obama Victim

    this is really quite a race to the bottom..................Sarah or Obozo......I like Obozo ro edge her out..............getting tossed in 2012 will do the trick

    August 12, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Canada

    This woman deserve to represent some banana republic and not most advance country on earth..

    August 12, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. A Wyoming Democrat

    39% favorable is still way too high? What is wrong with people?

    August 12, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Tom

    Palin's 15 minutes of fame only lasted 5 minutes.

    August 12, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Samuel B.

    It took a while, but finally even the conservatives are seeing Palin for the flake that she is. The fact that 39% still hold a favorable rating of her is proof of two axioms: (1) you can fool some of the people all of the time, and (2) never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

    August 12, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    Quitter YES, but its the lies she is spreading about Obama's health insurance overhall that is making her drop in the polls.. We aren't all as
    stupid as you are Sarah. Bye Bye!!

    August 12, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. joeb

    Maybe, just maybe, folks are beginning to realize what a moron this person is.

    August 12, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Issy

    If CNN does not stop reporting on this crazy I'm going to have to cut it out of my life. Enough is enough. Stop giving this idiot a platform.

    August 12, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. A Wyoming Democrat

    Oops, that wasn't suppose to be a question. 39% approval is still way too high!!!! What is wrong with these people?

    August 12, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Beny

    If she was fat and ugly the wouldnt even be news.

    August 12, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Rob Rocklin

    How can anyone take Sarah seriously? Why is she even in the news? I realize there are hard core conservatives who will support her regardless of what stupid thing she does or says but cant' the Republicans do any better then this? She is an embarrassment for U.S. politics.

    August 12, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. RealAmerican

    Palin's fear mongering and lies are backfiring. We're all getting sick of gullible idiots yelling and acting like morons. We want to see some RESULTS, not more Republicans trying to scare everyone and blocking progress on everything from A to Z.

    August 12, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    CNN-
    What is wrong with you? Nobody has cared about this woman since her party lost the 2008 presidential race and nobody seriously expects her to be a contender in 2012. There are more serious issues in the world today than a mediocre quitter governor whom everybody already knows to be good for only one thing: making fun of.

    August 12, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Woo Hoo CNN's daily Sarah Palin bashing. Can not wait to read the hate blogged in this one. What is this a news network or the national Enquirer on the internet?
    This is why more average people do not try to become elected public servants and because of it we end up with an elitists class ruling over us, limiting our freedom and liberty at every chance.

    August 12, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. znufrii

    Since when does fabricating lies about government 'death panels' count as "stinging criticism of President Barack Obama's health care reform proposals."?

    August 12, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. S R Bricco

    Wow out of the lime light and she is still talked about. I guess she should get a radio show like Rush or be a comatator like Bill O Rielly, and or Glenn Beck. This way she can stay in the lime light and voice her outlandish moronic opinions. Way to go "Death Panel" girl. She has been a joke as a choice for the VP, a joke for Alaska, and a bigger joke now that she stepped down. Got to love the GOP and the say no or just quit club.

    August 12, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. OneWiseGuy

    That 39% pretty much represent the most ignorant people in this country. Good place to start culling the herd is at a Palin rally.

    August 12, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. anderson n carolina

    CNN....again with the Palin story! Does this women sit in the House or Senate? Until she does, her opinions mean nothing!

    August 12, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Dayahka

    Palin was a pea-sized meteor with a brain to match. She's clearly lazy, all mouth and no action, uninformed, and a liar. What clearly has happened is that a small-time hood got a taste of the big-time and it went straight to her head. But now that she's quit what brought her attention, she will slowly but surely fade and be a has been.

    However, she may rake in millions (maybe) from a book that may never be finished or published, and McCain is determined to pay back the Republicans for making him select her, by pushing her into the limelight and thus belittling the GOP's image and assuring them continued irrelevance and maybe even extinction in a few years.

    August 12, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Ivan Sanchez

    Sarah Palin is a loose canon nothing else. She's a quitter though she denies it! Can you imagine her being President of the United States and when the heats on she'll step down.
    She's nothing but a noisy cong! She should just go home and take care of her family; teaching her daughter moral principles!

    August 12, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. BirdieKate

    "While it may be possible that she is more intelligent than she appears her image continues to suffer due mainly for her penchant for opening her mouth and exercising her vocal cords."

    Change the gender to male, and you've got George Bush all over again. AND WE ALL KNOW HOW THAT WORKED OUT, don't we.

    August 12, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Shelly

    Is she wearing a bump-it?

    August 12, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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