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. Ras Disputin

    She's a dope... and how any man could stand that
    annoying squeak she calls a voice for more than 3 minutes
    is beyond me.

    August 18, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. tiff of Lithia Springs

    She's not that smart. That's why she's not VP. Only the lower level of Republicans deal with her. The educated and intelligent just DON'T. Considering she went to 50 million colleges to piece together her joke of an education why is anyone surprised.

    August 18, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Joan Sinclair

    She is not smart enough to run for any kind of office. I hope she realizes what a fool she has made out of herself. She should stay home and bake cookies.

    August 18, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. S M R

    Now we all know that at least 20% of the Republicans are Idiots.

    August 18, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Paul from ND

    the Republicans have the ultimate ticket in the works Palin/Sanford in 2012.

    August 18, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Pepou

    Dumb, dumber and dumbest. Does that answer your question ?

    August 18, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Charm

    Palin just proved she's not a fighter but a quitter by stepping down. I believe her 15 minutes of fame should be up!

    August 18, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. republicanturneddemocrat

    It's not rocket science to know that this is a VERY BAD political move. She quit being city council, she quit being mayor, and she now quit governor. This lady DOES NOT finish anything that she starts. SHE IS A QUITTER AND SHE DOES NOT REPRESENT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY QUITTING EVERYTHING!

    She is nothing more than a quitter. Action speaks louder than words. She has Republicans FOOLED though!

    Please let Sarah Palin be the Republican nominee in 2012. She will hand the Democrats the election on a GOLDEN PLATTER.

    August 18, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Tom

    Please- even the overly repeated SNL Palin skits are worn out.......lets move on already!

    August 18, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. texas buddha

    Do we really need a poll to tell us that Palin's deserting her political office for the good of Alaska was not "smart"?

    I could swear I hear beans rattling around inside her brain-pan every time I see her speak on TV.

    How about a poll to tell us how many people think daytime is sunnier than night?

    August 18, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. PALIN2012

    She really touches a nerve. She must have some impact. The quiet majority will rise! Keep spouting insults. It just proves a point that she must be doing something right. Go Sarah

    August 18, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. sherry

    Ya think.......wink. wink.

    Airhead is the first thought that comes to my mind.

    August 18, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. semidouble

    She is too stupid to be an idiot!

    August 18, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Laurie in Spokane

    Of course her resignation was not a smart move. Would you expect a smart move from her?

    August 18, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Jill

    I preface this by saying I'm a registered Democrate. If 73% of Republicans hold a favorable view of her, then someone cares and it IS news, even if you democrats don't like her. You can't silence news just because you don't agree with it. But this is CNN so I doubt this will be posted..

    August 18, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. ch

    NOTHING about Sarah Palin is smart!

    August 18, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Springer Rider

    I love to read the attacks on Ms. Palin.

    It speaks so much of the party that elected:
    Nancy Pelosi
    Barbara Boxer
    Hillary Clinton
    Maxine Waters
    Bella Abzug
    Sheila Jackson Lee
    ….
    And thinks Cindy Sheehan should be out on weekends!!!

    Sarah Palin is crazy. She is crazy like a fox.

    And what is all the more significant is that she drives liberals Crazy.

    They are terrified of her!

    August 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    Not only was this not a "smart move" for Sarah, nothing she does could be considered "smart" in my opinion!

    August 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Art Michaelson

    Please GOD let me hear/read the last of this person

    August 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Scott

    Sarah Palin has repeatedly shown herself to be a complete idiot. That 73% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of her says a lot about the intellectual abyss that the GOP has fallen into in recent years.

    August 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Maxer Cat

    Sarah Palin is an oxygen thief

    August 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. SJ

    Palin is the one candidate that, if she got the nomination, would ensure Obama a second term in office.

    August 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Cherie Schwartz

    The move sure puts her in the "unpredictable actions" territory.
    It's not what politicals want. The word "Shifty" comes to mind.

    August 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. CC

    I am surprised by the hate and ill feelings toward Palin and her family. Whats really funny in this comment session, is that many of these people who are commenting are probably the same "Trailer Trash" that they say she is. This ugliness was started by the media and comedians, what a wonderful group of humans to be judged by. I believe the saying goes, "you can only believe half of what you see and almost nothing that you hear or read" What do you think CNN, does that sum it up??????

    August 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Dan

    I see her as the Last Gasp of the extreme evangelical right who have nothing to offer but a rehash of the culture wars started in the 80s. She is good at marshalling the resentments and fears of the great unwashed but I don't know if that is any longer sufficient to achieve national office. Let's hope not. She's really dumb and a QUITTER.

    August 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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