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. Blynn

    Not surprised. She incites extreme anger, her arguments are baseless, she spews her idiotic views backed by lies. Way past time for her to go away.

    August 12, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    If we thought she was a "dip" then, what makes her think our opinion has changed now that she's resigned to become a free-speaking public figure???

    August 12, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. george cook

    NO PROBLEM with Palin...Problem is with the LEFT and the MEDIA...who can't understand how she got so Wise and so Strong and so Effective...at calling the shots RIGHT in a short period of time. She WILL be a FORCE in the next election..she ABSOLUTELY "relates" to the average American tax paying and voting citizen...of course NOT the Illegal Aliens since she doesn't sponsor the left's GIVE AWAY PROGRAMS.
    Dont look behind you Dems/ Lefties...cause SARAH PALIN is right on your tail!!!

    August 12, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. sammieb51

    I am so sorry, after she quit her 'day' job too ....

    August 12, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Ted

    Can we just all agree Sarah Palin is an ignorant idiot? Hopefully she will be old news someday, once CNN stops reporting on her every move as if anything she does or says matters a whit.

    August 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. ken

    Can we assume for a second if Palin was a Black woman, Asian, hispanic, poor and not so pretty. Will she be in the news?

    August 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Dave in Houston

    She stepped down as governor. Her political fortunes are wavering and her future is dimming. She gives birth to special needs children.

    Sarah Palin's value to society is going way down.

    Maybe she will have to face an Obama Death Panel and get the thumbs down. It was fun while it lasted, Sarah.

    August 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. YEAH!

    I'm glad to see the honeymoon is over. Her biggest problem, besides lack of experience, preparation, and having very little clue about how the country is governed, is she likes to get vicious when she seems fit and cry foul when someone does it to her. She's a quitter and can't handle the pressure of being in the spotlight. She wants to control the media on her terms, and can't handle it when she's attacked. That makes her weak and worthless as a world leader. I guess foreign governments would be 'nicer' to her? Hardly. The start is fading fast.

    August 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. indydave

    Why do we keep hearing about Palin through media outlets? She has her own kwitter account (sorry, I mean twitter), so she can just kwit directly (oops, dunno why that keeps happening) to anyone who actually wants to know what she's yammering about. Can't the media just let her go on about her kwittering (heh, there it goes again) and make more room for real news?

    August 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. James Cunningham

    CNN should be ashamed for posting comments about Sarah Palin or anyone else that attack a person on a personal basis and use crude, ignorant and stupid epithets and language. You are conributing to the coarseness of the national debate in an insulting, demeaning and unprofessional manner. Also, try this one on for size, she is smarter than the whole bunch of you. She set a trap for you all in her resignation move and you all got caught in it. She is slick, shrewd and cagey and keeps you all focused on her, something Dan Quayle never did. She will ultimately have the last laugh, not you!

    August 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. TangledThorns

    CNN is using a poll from August 3rd? Way to stay on top the news there.

    August 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. jayel

    Uh oh!! That doesn't bode well for her upcoming book. She'll have to do something dramatic if she wants that book to be a success. Then again, why should she care, she probably would have collected her money by then and the publisher takes the loss. Smart cookie, Ms. Palin is.

    August 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Willy Brown

    Her approval rating will be higher than Obummer's by years end!

    August 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Yvette

    What about "Gallup Poll" – President Obama is losing big time on his "Government takeover Healthcare". Where's yours Ticker on that!

    August 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Palin is a Quitter

    She's a quitter. Even if she were to become President (please God help us), she'd probably quit that too if she was offered more money to star in a movie. All she wants to be is a star.

    August 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. WHAAA??

    Increasingly freakier by the minute as the world twirls and twitters about. Her presence is unnecessary. Her twits are mostly scarey images and distorted facts with a air-head twist. The plastic and phony chrome are rapidly melting. Exsposing her true super freakiness.

    August 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Kelvin

    Her comments are indefensible and is what I gathered from the trolls posting. Not one!

    August 12, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Dave

    Sarah Palin is nothing more than a marketing device that companies invented to help spot potential buyers for products. They put her out there for a while under the guise of a political candidate, let her talk, and then determined who still likes her. And that core of people are then clearly identified as the kind of dullards you can sell magic beans and special rocks to. It's all about gathering demographical data to indentify your target audience.

    August 12, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Henry from Texas

    Please forward the names of the 39% to Cheney and Roves' jury selection consultant. They have to be in a world all their own.

    August 12, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Zion

    CNN, are you replacing polls with legitimate reporting. As much as I can't stand this woman, I don't care right now. ALL OF YOUR ENERGY, should be focused on healthcare. THE END. CNN, have you checked your approval ratings?

    We've got to do SOMETHING to deflect the focus OFF Obama's nose-dive in popularity! Isn't it funny people say things like this and yet he is still over 50% (except for Rasmussen of course). Last time I checked 50% is still a majority. Man, you guys are afraid of Obama. Dang, I couldn't let someone keep me up like that.

    August 12, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Aaron

    Does anyone else find it interesting that the left-wing media still feels the need to write negative stories about Sarah Palin? Seems to me that this is because she poses a legitimate threat to their liberal ideals.

    August 12, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Dark Side

    Palin just needs to disappear and become one less Republican to damage the party. She's been nothing but a catastrophe for the few good Republicans left out there in what's left of our party. Even though I'm Republican, I'll still continue to vote for Democrats and others so long as these chuckleheads still hold the reigns.

    August 12, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Chris from NC

    Gee Whiz!!! Why am I not surprised?

    August 12, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Mike

    Sarah Palin is a joke....Obviously she doesn't want to have any serious debates, just rabble rousing talking points....Pretty sad considering she is one of the "so-called" leaders of the Republican Party. The Republican Party is a complete joke!!!!!!

    August 12, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Eileen

    Worse news for Obama's poll numbers, as he will never get elected again.

    August 12, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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