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. MomofFour

    CNN, you are losing all your credibility. Then ofcourse !

    August 18, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Jasmine in Germany

    Palin has not acted on her resignation, she has not shown herself to be a "mover and shaker". If she doesn't act soon, her formerly obtained momentum will be lost. Timing plays a great role in her situation, I'm afraid she might have blown it for herself. She'd be wise to sell herself to host a new TV cooking program called "Salmon for all Seasons". She overestimates her popularity, she better take advantage of it while she still can.

    August 18, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Ferrariman 75

    Smart and Sarah Palin, not words that go together to begin with.

    August 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Mike

    This dummy doesn't belong in public office anyway.

    August 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Gerald

    More bad news for Obama , quick write a negative story about Sarah Palin.

    August 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. georgec

    Why should this be the first time she ever made the right decision?

    August 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Joanna in PA

    Nobody ever said she was Einstein! She quite half way through her first term as governor to become a right wing blogger! She continues to bait people filled with hate ( as she did in the election) to use violence. How Christian like. lol
    And she abuses her children by parading them around Using them for political gain. Child protective services should look into it.

    August 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Francine

    We don't care about her. Why do you keep giving her free press???

    August 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. ARAPIKOS

    Of Course, it was a great move for her in terms of $$$- Only.
    Guess her god wants her to cause uproar after uproar in the great country of ours, not hers. She belongs North to Alaska with the wolves.

    August 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. carowe

    Dang. I was about to cheer for a day with no lame stories about Caribou Barbie and here she is again. CNN must really love her. Puh-LEEZE just take a break, take a breath, take a pill, and give us Palin-free day for once! Who cares whether quitting was a good idea or not. She quit. End of story. Now it's time for an end of coverage.

    August 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Irma in North Carolina

    I think it was a very dumb move on her part, it just shows you she cant take the heat. Most of it was her falt tho. Even if she goes for president she will never be the republican winner. It will be fun to watch her in the debates tho, she will be first one to go down. I was a republican all my life, but after I seen what she is like and the way the republicans are acting I am proud to say I no longer belong one of them. The last remark about the death panel did her in. She had to have some one write it for her but it still has her name stamped on it. She will be just like she was at her rallys throwing out all the hate she can and thinking her and John would win that way. The american people sure showed them two. And it will be that way again if she should win (God Forbid) I dont see how her or any republican expect to get in the white house with only 23 percent of the people that are republicans. She thought she was going to get all the Hillary voters. Well Sarah is a far cry from being Hillary. Guess she found that out to.

    August 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Shawn

    As per the liberals.

    Ask a liberal what was wrong with Palin.

    Seriously, its funny to see them squirm. They have no answer.

    August 18, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. ZRab

    Ever heard the saying: No such thing as BAD publicity. Only PUBLICITY.

    How much would it cost her otherwise to keep her name in the headlines? Doesnt the media get it? This is free airtime for Palin!

    August 18, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Didn't we already deal with this topic?

    Didn't we already answer this question?

    WHY so many more Palin stories?

    I hope she does attempt to run for prez.......it will keep the Republicans busy trying to get rid of her.

    August 18, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. usa99

    One thing is for certain. Next to Oprah, Palin is the second most influencial woman in America. The MSM wouldn't be spending so much time covering her if that were not the case. Note to Palin haters. Her appeal rises and Obama's falls and there does not seem to be anything you can do to stop that. Thankfully.

    August 18, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. JM

    Nope it was not smart, but then again almost nothing this woman does is smart.

    August 18, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Democrat for Palin 2012

    Fellow democrats and republicans, lets all forget our differences and make sure Palin wins the primary. (chuckle, wink, hee, hee). I would give anything to see her debate BO. I know you would :) This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance.

    August 18, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin is as overexposed as Michael Jackson and about as viable as a political candidate.

    Palin is a dope; Palin is yesterday's news.....

    August 18, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. Doug, New Jersey

    Sarah Palin showed the selfless nature of conservatives that sets them apart from the narcisist Democrats.

    Democrats were filling hundreds of bogus lie riden ethics charges against her, and it was costing the state and the wonderufl good hearted people of Alaska. Sarah did what was best for them, even though it was not best for her. You will not find one example of this on the left.

    Just imagine if the media were to attack a Democrat woman the way Sarah Palin is attacked. NOW would devote each and every resource in defending her, instead NOW is part of the lib machine that is hell bent on destroying Sarah Palin. They are failing at that, and the response to the failure is complete dangerous reckless lib anger and hate. This is why a majoirity of Democrats in America today not only wish harm to Sarah, but her whole family as well.

    August 18, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Peoples Voice

    I don't know about anyone else, but I really liked how she showed she was a quitter. I liked how she showed she was willing to sell the citizens of Alaska down the creek in order to promote her bank account.

    August 18, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Evelyn

    what a waste of a human life!

    August 18, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Committed Conservative

    As my name implies, I'm a very dedicated conservative. However, (former) Governor Palin does not get much praise from me. IMO, she lacks the capacities to run this country, especially at this time in her life.. While I respect many of her values & ideals, I would not want to see her as VP or President. Period.

    And if she had aspirations of running for national office in the future, her resignation was downright stupid.

    August 18, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    The Republicans are using her as their pitbull, while they keep their hands clean (so to speak – regarding the hate-mongering).

    Wonder if she has to take more showers these days to feel clean and "unused"?

    August 18, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. frank

    If she is nothing else she is consistent. She hasn't done one smart thing since she came onto the national scene. I really don't expect much from her. Maybe we can just start ignoring her and she will go away.

    August 18, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Here we go again

    There you go again...You have Sarah Palin and Smart in the same sentence...just doesnt fit

    August 18, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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