August 18th, 2009
03:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Was Palin's resignation a smart move?

A new poll out Tuesday suggests 61 percent of Americans believe Sarah Palin's decision to step down as Alaska governor was a bad political move.
A new poll out Tuesday suggests 61 percent of Americans believe Sarah Palin's decision to step down as Alaska governor was a bad political move.

(CNN) – A new national poll suggests that most Americans don't think Sarah Palin's decision to step down as Alaska governor was a smart political move.

Sixty-one percent of people questioned in a Marist survey released Tuesday say Palin's resignation was a bad political move, while 15 percent feel it helps whatever political aspirations last year's Republican vice presidential nominee may have in the future. Eleven percent said it makes no difference, and 13 percent were unsure of its impact. Even among Republicans, 51 percent think the move hurt more than helped, with one in five GOP voters saying it was a smart move.

Palin, who stepped down last month as Alaska governor with a year and a half left in her first term in office, has been non-committal about any aspirations to run for national office, but she says that she wants to campaign across the country for candidates with ideas that she supports.

According to the poll, 43 percent hold an unfavorable view of the now-private citizen Palin, with 37 percent seeing her in a positive light and one in five unsure. Among Republicans, Palin has a 73 percent favorable rating, with 16 percent holding an unfavorable view. Independents appear split, and Democrats overwhelmingly hold an unfavorable opinion of Palin.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey conducted at the beginning of August had similar results on Palin's favorability.
"Our early August poll had Palin's favorable rating at 39 percent, with 48 percent holding an unfavorable view," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "So both show her just about as popular as Dan Quayle was a few months after the Bush/Quayle ticket went down to defeat in 1992."

Quayle declared himself a presidential candidate in 1994, but dropped out of the race in February, 1995.

Palin's resignation last month fueled speculation about a possible run for the White House. When it comes to a hypothetical matchup for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, the Marist poll suggests a dead heat among three possible contenders, with 21 percent backing former Massachusetts governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, 20 percent supporting Palin, and 19 percent backing former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. That's consistent with most other national surveys of the 2012 race conducted this year.

The Marist poll was conducted August 3-6, with 938 U.S. residents questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points for the overall sample, and plus or minus 5.5 percentage points for questions only asked of Republicans.


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soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    Good for the Dems – unequivacally showed the world she's a liar and a quitter (pitbull in lipstick, my eye!).

    Given how dumb her "base" is, she'll probably have a lucrative career with her book and as a speaker. Lots of cash to pay whomever is taking care of Trig ...

    August 18, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. shoegazer

    Who cares?

    August 18, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Shawn from MD (the false one)

    Okay enough already! Now tell us what's happening with JoethePlumber. You know I am starting to think he MAY be a better candidate than Palin. At least he gives interviews (used to, maybe)

    August 18, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Roger

    Palin is exactly what represents the republican party, they should approve of her overwhelmingly....

    August 18, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Randolph Carter from the ACORN death panel

    Shoot. And we were doing so well this morning. Half a day with no articles about Sarah. Oh well. At least the octomom is back in the spotlight. Have a nice day!

    August 18, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Papasan in AZ

    Using the word 'Smart" in a sentence pertaining to Palin is stupid!

    P.S. will you never stop reporting on this Bigot / Racist Right Wing Loony!

    Papasan

    August 18, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Was Sarah Palin's involvement in Politics a smart move

    I think she's been used by the GOP. They expected voters to vote for her because she's cute. But they account for the fact she lacked intelligence and political experience.

    August 18, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Kevin

    The "death panel" for her and Trig was either stupid or lying.

    She is too nutty to be anything but a hate spewing FOX news correspondent.

    August 18, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Reformed Republican

    Palin, – just like the gun totin', flag wavin' trailer trash that would vote for her – give clear definition to the term "village idiots"...

    August 18, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Matt

    Sarah Palin, I think had to do something unconventional to stay relevant. If she had just stayed in Alaska to finish her governorship people would have forgotten about her and the GOP would have established new voices in the party.

    Ride your momentum while you have it. I don't think she even wants to run for President, I think she wants to make a ton of money on book deals and speaking across the country, motivating the Republican base. If she loves governing she would have stayed governor.

    August 18, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Moderate Democrat

    Yes.

    Her approval plummeted among many of her supporters. This means she is less a threat then ever of having power. And that's certainly a good thing.

    August 18, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Enough

    No – She should have finished out the job she was elected to do.

    August 18, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Notfooled

    Who cares, she's not a smart woman. She's taking credit for killing something that was not in the healthcare reform bill.

    Stick to killing wolves!

    August 18, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. carlo

    The woman is incapable of doing anything smart on purpose, but I'd guess that the people of Alaska have never felt better.

    August 18, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. Frank, Las Vegas

    To the GOP, please please make Palin your candidate! I'm sure everyone wants to hear her twisted half baked views on everything, I know all the comics do and certainly SNL. If you thought the Johnson – Goldwater election was a landslide, wait until you see the Obama – Palin election results!

    August 18, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Dave C - NJ

    And 91% think she's a twittering twit.

    August 18, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Diana

    You've got to be kidding! With everything going on, you found time to report this! Why is this news?

    August 18, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Matt Shine

    Was it a smart move? Well, it kind of depends. If you are looking at it from the perspective of her future opponents, yes. If from her standpoint, I'd say not.

    It shows how weak she is under pressure, no matter how some might want to try and spin it. Can't stand up to the media talking about you? HAH. Good luck in national politics.

    August 18, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Phat Elvis

    Of course not. America doesnt like Quitters. She said she didnt want to end her term fighting with the Alaska legislature, well, she had options. she could have WORKED with them in a BIPARTISAN manner, but that would have meant she had to stop running off at the mouth all the time. maybe that was too tall an order for her. anyhow, I'm sure her supporters would have preferred she go down swinging rather than quitting. Now even they have to question whether she has the courage to stand by her convictions at crunch time.

    August 18, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Polar Bears Against Palin

    "Smart" and Caribou Barbie just don't mix.

    August 18, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. diane

    wish palin would just go away-–she love to stir up trouble.

    August 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Steph

    The question is... should CNN still post information about S. P. when very few of your audience could care less what she does and why she does it?

    August 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Obama Winners

    This chick is really, very very sad. Pay attention to the fam chick – make sure your other girls don't get preggers before it's time...

    August 18, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Just Me

    Oh God No! Another Sarah Palin story?!

    August 18, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Kelby In Houston, Texas

    If it were not for polls, CNN would have to do real journalism

    August 18, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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