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. Alan T.

    Let's not worry about Palin.She has as much chance of political success now as Dan Quail does.

    August 18, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. FlyerGirl12

    Could Sarah Pallin please go away and stay out of public eye. She is pathetic person. She likes to critiize Obama but when it comes to taking critcism she does not take it well. Please tell her go back to college for 5 more years. I heard she is writting a book which is a joke. Go away Sarah and take care of your family especially your daughter who is a disgrace to young women. I cannot take hearing about her anymore. Go away far away forever and stop critizing Obama because he is a better President than John McCain would ever be. Also don't even try to attack Joe bidden because he is a good vice president, something that you will never be.

    August 18, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Joel in Ohio

    Google Paul Steinhauser and you will find out he is a Republican. Looks like Paul has an agenda here.

    August 18, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. deb

    Sarah Palin is part of the GOP extreme right wingers who are doing everything they can to undermine anything Obama tries to do. The GOP has no heart! The rich think they can live in their little "bubble" forever without the middle and lower class problems affecting them but they better think again. Things are getting worse and worse. Our whole way of life is on the verge of collapse. We need REAL reform, not just smoke and mirrors.

    August 18, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. pirmin

    Sara who?

    August 18, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Alan T.

    Palin...Quail. Same difference.

    August 18, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Failin' Bailin' Quittin' Palin

    Next move ... Step off the national stage and out of the "media" spotlight ... Permanently please!

    August 18, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Mitchel

    A loser is a loser. I'd wish her luck, but she wouldn't know what to do with it if she got it.

    August 18, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Dan Sczepanski, New York

    Will youb people stop giving her attention she doesn't deserve? I'm ready to vomit.

    August 18, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. william

    She has the absolutely WORST people advising her.

    August 18, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Is there a petition for "no more media coverage of Sarah Palin" somewhere that I can sign? Also, if someone starts a petition ... could you include Mark Sandford, Michael Jackson, the Gosselins, Octomom, John Ensign, et al ... none of these people are worth any of our time or interest!

    August 18, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Jessica

    Not only do I want Palin to run for President, I want her to win the Republican nomination. I would love to stay up on Saturday nights watching skits dedicated to her lack of intelligence.

    August 18, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. mk

    Of course it was a smart move, we are still talking about her sorry self now aren't we?

    August 18, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. insha

    May be she should participate in Dancing with Stars. She can dance alongside those "tiny celebrates".

    August 18, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Eli Gio

    Sarah Palin's the face of the republicans...

    August 18, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. think for yourself

    stop believing what the media is feeding you about politicians

    she has more accomplishments than ivy-league educated obama

    think for yourself

    August 18, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. tisgoogle

    Palin has no smarts at all! The woman is a complete airhead! Go away Palin! Go take care of your kids!

    August 18, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Alan T.

    Palin.....Quail. Same difference.

    August 18, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Kentucky Muslim

    Only 40-something comments on a Palin story! We're falling behind, people. We used to be able to muster up 200 or 300 easily.

    August 18, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. I am The Great and Powerful Wizard of Rush

    Palin passes gas, CNN reports.

    August 18, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Reality

    How else was she going to be able to sit around fabricating stories, and engage in self-promotion without coming under attack for her own inability to lead as Governor? She had to get out of the crosshairs and definitely can't handle criticism. Now that she doesn't have to make any decisions for the state that can be ripped apart, she can say what she wants then go back into hiding. Oh....Wait a minute. She felt she could do more for Alaska if she wasn't Governor. Hmm...Funny, but I haven't heard of anything she's accomplished. Must be off pulling guard duty on the coast watching for those pesky Russians.

    August 18, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Sea.gem

    ...all these polls yet you never enumerate or pontificate on the money she has had to spend to fend off firivilous ethichs charges...nor do you spend much time ridiculing the accucees as their claims are categorically dismissed...then again, this really isn't a news site any more...

    August 18, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Lukefisk

    Sarah Palin and politics. Yikes. Separation of Church and State is there for a reason. If one religion is all the politicians care about, then they are not looking at We the People. Evangelicals are great at religion, and they talk fear and scare tactics really well, but they do not have the entire nation's welfare in mind. They are the ones at work or knocking on your door who tell you you are going straight to hell because you don't believe what they do. Friendly folks, you've seen them.
    Our nation is becoming the Jerry Springer show. The media puts the loud and scary people on the air to get the most viewers. The media stopped being biased long ago. They went to circus broadcasting because that is what sells. And We the People are so ignorant we watch it. It's like buying the tabloid papers in the supermarkets. If no one bought them they would stop selling lies. Millions of those are sold, too.

    August 18, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. jeff george

    She held a press conference to say that she was a fighter, not a quitter, in the same breath that she was telling everybody that she was quitting. She blamed ethics investigations, family requirements, the media, and oh yeah, the desire to not be a lame duck, when in fact she was in control of that. You're only a lame duck if you sit on your can and don't do anything. She insisted that deciding on your own who would handle your affairs if you were incapacitated was the equivalent of "death panels." And worst of all, with Palin quitting, there's nobody keeping an eye on Putin whenever he's flying around up there.

    August 18, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. No Mushers

    For the people of Alaska, it was the best move possible. If McCain had to have a female Alaskan Republican on his ticket, he should have chosen Senator Lisa Murkowski.

    August 18, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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