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. LA Man

    We are all "seers" .... and can now foretell the future?

    It's up to Sarah to determine if this is good or bad.

    I remember her stating .... that if she dies a political death (or something of that nature) ... she said, "Sobeit!"

    She's doing what's she's doing .... and she will be fine. If not, ultimately, she can gather together her $$$$ and her marbles and go home.

    Don't know, not being a "seer" ... but I have a feeling that Sarah knows she has nothing to lose .... as whatever needs to happen, will happen .... and it will not be otherwise. That's the way the Universe works.

    August 18, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. AmericanFlag

    On average, not smart. But pretty smart considering Sarah's lack of basic intelligence.

    August 18, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    I think it was a good move. Alaska's governor was getting bogged down by unfounded ethics complaints and partisan politics, now that she became a national player. She's able to raise a lot of money now that she has resigned. And if she is a quitter, than so is Barack Obama, who couldn't even finish his freshman term as a Senator before bailing and running for another office.
    Funny how people disparage the polls when they are unflattering to Barack Obama but if the same occurs for Sarah Palin, the polls are deemed accurate.
    The Palin haters represent what is wrong with politics today, the incessant hatred of the other side to the point where the haters aren't consistent with how they apply standards of behavior. Totally partisan.

    August 18, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Ted Tartaglia

    Poor Sarah! Boo hoo hoo!

    August 18, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Joker1956

    I haven't seen her make a smart move yet!

    August 18, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Tami in CO

    This woman is now a private citizen, not a public figure. Can't the media just let her go away? Who cares if she was McCain's running mate? She was unknown to the vast majority of America prior to him selecting her. We don't need to know anything where she is concerned.

    August 18, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Nick

    Republicans have a candidate for 2012: Ron Paul. If only they would wake up and realize it.

    August 18, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. rta

    She quit so she could spread and spew her poison, and then refused to take responsibility for the hate, fear, confusion she protrays with her peers, like boehner, limbaugh and beck. I wonder when something terrible happens at a rally, or town meeting or just someone who listens to her and acts in the name of country based on what she has said, how righteous would she be then?
    She quit just to unleash a lot of hate and cnn, and other networks continue to give her a voice. how sick is that

    August 18, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Joe

    If everyone in this country watched The Bill Maher show instead of American Idol, we would be much better off. Of course all those people would have to have someone explain the show to them. The Bush years shot this country back into the stone age and it's going to take a long time to us back to the present. Obama is smart enough to lead us there but he is going to need a lot of help and we are going to have to be patient. It's so sad to see this, once great empire, looked on as a country of greedy fools and reality TV watching idiots. Common sense should be a degree course in school. We are a sorry lot.

    August 18, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Ninos

    Good, God!! SHE'S NOT SMART!!! Enough already!!!!

    August 18, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. deb

    Anyone who would take this woman seriously has to be an idiot! She spews lies and stupidity about anything Obama is trying to accomplish and is in the same picnic basket as Rush Limbaugh. Need I say more.

    August 18, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. ontario

    for alaska it was

    August 18, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. mc

    In 2012, I'm voting for "anybody BUT Sarah Palin".

    August 18, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. marvinj

    WHO CARES!!!!!! Christmas is coming when will we read about her out killing reindeer??? Boy that will be news.

    One side note how many americans woke up without health insurance this morning?

    August 18, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Nat Turner

    Dumb Dora should go back to school.

    August 18, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. John Hartsell

    Yes, she made the right move. This gives her time to build a base for 2012. I cannot wait to vote for her in 2012.

    August 18, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Otto

    Palin who? Just pass the lipstick will ya! You betcha!

    August 18, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. KJL

    Can we get the same exorcist she used to get rid of her own "demons", the Reverend Muthee, to get this silly woman out of our news?

    August 18, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Shay

    I wish Sarah Palin would go away! Far, Far, away. She is sickening!!!

    I can't understand what Republicans see in this woman??????

    If Republicans believe she is intelligent, then this country is in horrible condition. From what I have seen of the Republicans lately, most should take off their white hoods, including Sarah Palin.

    Republicans know she is not Presidential material.

    Sarah Palin is a fearmonger and hatemonger. America does not need anymore of her kind!

    August 18, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Debra from Georgia

    Why are we still talking about Palin? I thought she quit. CNN, you must find some real news to report on.

    August 18, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. miss kat

    Sarah's move was very smart. She knows she is guilty of misuse of the Governor's office. No one resigns in less than than two years because someone says somethig bad about them. The ethics probe was going to uncover some wrong doings; she would have been indicted. Now, she escapes indictment and goes on to make millions with her book deal and most likley a talk show. From possible indictment to possibe millionaire (maybe billionare). How smart is that!

    August 18, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Shekar

    There you go again! CNN will some how get or make up some news about her when ratings are rock bottom compare to other networks. Another easy way is to sell OBAMA mechandise like MSNBC , CBS... Hopefully it will boost your ratings.

    August 18, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Bob in VA

    Next Palin will be quitting her marriage. Then she'll quit taking care of her kids. Then she'll quit living in Alaska altogether.

    August 18, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. Gale

    Boy, talk about hate spewing! You Dumbocrats take the cake. I have never seen so much negativity towards a single person. Must be fear???

    August 18, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. nea

    She need to tell these magazines to stop making false accusations about her getting a divorce if its not true, that make people wonder did she do a Mark Sanford but instead she resigned.

    August 18, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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