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. SM

    Well, Palin isn't bright anyway ,so why are people so surprised.

    August 18, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. truthsayer

    CNN beating a dead horse and wasting space

    August 18, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Who really cares? This is news older than her hairdo and ideas. CNN just couldn't go a week without a uselsss article about this woman.
    Health care, wars, killings and this woman once again is front page news at CNN.
    What has she done to deserve any more (not that she ever did) stories?
    GIVE IT UP CNN!!!! YOU HAVE BECOME A JOKE WITH YOUR QUITTER STORIES!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. windfall

    Why do people take this half term former Governor seriously?

    August 18, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. MrPragmatic

    Do they have Lasik surgeons in Alaska? Perhaps Sarah should take some of the advance cash from her book deal, see a Lasik surgeon, and ditch the faux-intellect specs. The librarian look isn't fooling anyone anymore. It's clear she doesn't read, so the librarian gig is up. Comprende?

    August 18, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    While I hold a most unfavorable view of former Gov. Sarah Palin, I am pleased with her resignation as it gives Democrats more to lash out at her with if she decides to run for any public office. She can now be labled as a quitter. Ads can be aired asking if she would stay and face the music in a harsh situation or turn tail and run.

    August 18, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Andrea

    OMG we have lives CNN. ALL of us Democrats, Republicans, Independents alike have more going on then what Sarah Palin is doing. Give us a break. Poll this.

    August 18, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. John M, NoHo

    You should rename yourselves to "Palin.com".

    August 18, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Chris

    She is one of the few ethical, honest, caring, and Godly, politicians out there!

    August 18, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Mike in MN

    It was a smarter move than Obama running a campaign pretending to be a centerist when he really has always been a far left liberal.
    Obama promised change and to transform America. But the transformation he alsways envisioned was that of a far left liberal.
    In order to do this he had to pass the bills necessary for this transfomation before the majority of voters could find out what was happening. He and Pelosi tried to do this, but have failed.
    He has lost the support of the independents for his liberal bills and transformation. Now he has to openly force liberal bills down the throat of a center right voter majority or move to the center and abandon his radical transformation and anger his liberal base.

    August 18, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Claude

    What is it with the GOP and dimwit candidates? THere are smart conservatives out there – why idolise the cretins of your party – Reagan, then Quayle, then W, now Palin. Is there no cadidate too mentally deficient to embarrass the GOP anymore? THere isnt a lieral in the land that wouldnt give their right arm for a Pail 2012 ticket – a guaranteed base igniter/election loser all the way. Enough with the dim bulbs, GOP – keep looking!

    August 18, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Steve

    She's just so Mavericky!

    August 18, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. casual observer

    I felt sorry for her when the Canadian goofballs called her claiming to be the media, back when the election was on . But now that she has fallen into the same trap again ,with shooting her mouth off about people trying to fix health care, and such and If she were to get on board rather than shooting down a fantastic idea and stop trying sensationalizing herself, she would have gained a lot of respect even from the Dem's.

    August 18, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. LDDVM

    When will this idiot go away? Thru her racist and fear-mongering comments, she will be partly to blame when some white supremacist attempts to assassinate the President. LImbaugh and Beck get the rest of the blame.

    August 18, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Wanderer

    The poll is meaningless, someone would say. Only people who are smarter than Mrs. Plain would know whether it was a smart move and those people do not include her fans, of course.

    August 18, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Melissa

    No kidding. Not like its a surprise.

    August 18, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    The liberals will jump on anything Sarah Palin does and that's okay. She is indeed a threat to big government and politics as usual. Washington needs a leader like Sarah Palin now more than ever. The other direction is proving to be a mistake.

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

    It was a stupid move, because now she's nothing more than another private citizen with an opinion. She's lost her edge, and she hasn't figured that out yet. She'll become more and more trivial as time passes.

    August 18, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Wanda J. Brown

    Here we go again! More wasted ink and paper being used on this
    tired, lying, hillbilly named Ellie Mae Palin. Oh spare me, please!!!!
    Until she runs for moose catcher of the month, which takes all of her simple minded brain, please write about something that is important to the country at large, please!!!

    August 18, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. who?

    "37 percent seeing her in a positive light " ?

    They must still be watching reruns of the '08 RNC because that's the last time Palin was in any kind of positive light.
    It's been downhill from there with her furiously digging herself into a political hole since.
    Sarah who?

    August 18, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Samuel B.

    Regardless of whether you like or dislike Palin, I think by any measure her decision to resign before the end of her term was a questionable move. Whatever her reasons may have been, she has to realize that she has marginalized herself even further. Even the most blinded right wing partisan should question whether she would serve a full term and not resign early should she be arrogant enough to run in 2012.

    Stick a fork in her-she's done.

    August 18, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. from Boston

    America does not CARE about Sarah becuase she sucked as a representative for the citizens of her state

    August 18, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Pat Dunedin Fl

    Lost the election, now turns into a quitter. Not good for leadership
    values. Just turned into a complainer with no results for problems
    ahead. Just a normal Republican with no results just lots of empty
    Joe the Plumber chants!!!!!

    August 18, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Jack

    She 's not smart. Why would anyone think she would make a smart move. Her smartest move would be to shut up but she cant even figure that out!

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

    Seeking power, the republican party climbed into bed with trash. As a result, they are now trash, and Palin is the perfect spokesmoron ofr this sadly fallen party. She well repesents the proud-to-be-ignorant, uneducated, irrational folks who now represent the republican party's constituency. Smart? No, the words "smart" and "conservative" are now antonymns.

    August 18, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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