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. Cindy PA

    Yes, this allows her to campaign against the teleprompter president his amateur hour administration.

    One thing she should have done before she left office, put drilling on a ballot and let the people of Alaska vote to open Anwar for drilling. Screw the teleprompter president his amateur hour administration.

    August 18, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. MrPragmatic

    Oh my gosh! You mean Sarah Palin made a blunderous decision? OK, so what eles is new? Do you have any real news to report?

    August 18, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Beny

    She is staying true to form – an idiot!

    August 18, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. kim

    She is not smart anyway. How do we expect her to make a smart move?

    August 18, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Bubba

    I have never in my life seen a more useless piece of meat than the ex-governor of Alaska. She looks like an NYC hooker, reads less than Britney Spears, and has the about same political savvy and information as old Murt down at the bait shop. Can we just "quit" mentioning her?

    August 18, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. marcus2

    Reading what Sarah Palin sends out on Facebook is like reading what Brittaney Spears would say after downing a quart of Wild Turkey, as another poster said..

    August 18, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. They call me "Tater Salad"

    Who really cares? Attention Mr. and Mrs. America and all ship's at sea! This just in! "Michael Jackson is still dead and an unnamed source confirms speculation of a possible burial someday!" Details at 11:00! Right here on CNN!

    August 18, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Dan

    Even on days when she doesnt say something assinine to the press CNN gives her face time on page one. Incredible.

    August 18, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Really?

    "Palin" and "smart" do not belong in the same sentence. To do so would be an oxymoron with emphasis on "moron".

    August 18, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Mike

    Well obama has an even lower rating. I see liberals are still running scared of Governor Palin. The lame brain media played up obama as the savior of this country and Governor Palin a country bumpkin. Well we see how obama is working out don't we. Cannot do worse than obama, CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN. puke......

    August 18, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Kevin B

    Here is the GOP political strategy in a nut shell

    -Pull the plug on grandma
    -Death panels
    -Birth certificate
    -Socialism
    -Acorn
    -"I fear for my country" blah, blah, etc, etc...........

    All of the above are mere fear based, irrational euphemisms for hating the first interracial i.e. black president .

    I wish the republicans had the balls to just say it, instead of cowardly and willfully spreading lies over and over to the public to garner any relevancy.

    August 18, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. George

    CNN we know it's all about Sarah. A loser and a quitter that doesn't quit. Why do you even talk about her? 70 % of republicans are somewhat normal people. Let them speak up, Not Sarah the slug!!

    August 18, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Thomas

    I don't know if it was a smart move, but it was a good move......for Alaska.

    August 18, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. KDR

    The headline should read "Sarah Palin not smart, poll says."

    August 18, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Alfred E. Neumann

    Ah, a new day and a new opportunity for CNN to slam Sarah Palin.

    This time it's a poll concerning her resignation.

    I watch CNN. I watch Fox News. Sorry, I draw the line at MSNBC.

    Fox attacks the health care reform. CNN supports the reform.

    Sarah Palin is a conservative so it's the daily slam. Funny, there must be Democrats running around with egg on their face but we don't seem to see those stories on CNN.

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

    I love watching her.. perhaps she will get her own sitcom??? I am thinking that she could star in "First Rock From The Sun??? Won't she just die. The media just loves this women ... I mean Ted Bundy was a "wise" guy and they didn't spend that much time on him.

    August 18, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Tim

    why is it CNN only allows comments on topics like Palin? Why couldn't I leave a comment on barack's email collection policies? Why is CNN running this on Palin? Are you liberals out of ways to bash Bush so have moved on to Palin? Sure wish the media could get their heads removed from the rectum.

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

    Well, most Americans also voted an anti-American socialist to power, so their opinion of Palin shouldn't really hold a lot of weight.

    August 18, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. David

    Not only was stepping down not a smart move but coming out with all the lies about "Death Panels" that has been refutted even by her own party. She talks to a certain base that believes everything she says. Thank God those people are in the very small minority of this country.

    August 18, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Art

    She is a quitter. She can not even finish Alaska voters' wish.

    August 18, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. Joe

    I am so happy that she stepped down. Oh, sorry, i meant quit. Now that she's out of politics (for now) she can do less damage to this country. I gotta believe that this country is too smart to elect her for anything ever again. Am I stupid thinking this. I have a hard time trying to figure out why anyone anywhere is even listening to her. She is truly a moron.

    August 18, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Jack in Florida

    Why would you think her move was smart?? She is a moron.....please enough with Sarah Palin....her 15 minutes of fame is up.

    August 18, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Meh

    Let her write her (delusional) book and maybe give her a talk show on Fox News that I won't watch.

    August 18, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Jay G

    How in the world do 73% of my fellow Republicans still see Palin in a positive light? She's a media-hungry imbecile. No wonder our country is doomed when people like this even see the light of day in politics.

    August 18, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Len in Washington

    Please stop covering this person, CNN. We all realize that you think it's good because you get so many responses but you need to look at the responses you get and understand that continued coverage is not "helping" you but may, in fact, be "damaging" instead.
    Please go back to responsible journalism.

    August 18, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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