October 28th, 2009
03:09 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: 7 in 10 say Palin not qualified to be president

More than seven in 10 Americans think Sarah Palin is not qualified to be president, according to a new national poll.
More than seven in 10 Americans think Sarah Palin is not qualified to be president, according to a new national poll.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - More than seven in 10 Americans think Sarah Palin is not qualified to be president, according to a new national poll.

Seventy-one percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday morning believe the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee is not qualified to be president, with 29 percent saying she does have the credentials to serve in the White House. Republicans appear split, with 52 percent saying she's qualified and 47 percent disagreeing with that view.

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The poll indicates that about half of the country, 51 percent, has an unfavorable view of Palin, with 42 percent seeing her in a positive light. Nearly two-thirds of those questioned say Palin's not a typical politician, and feel she's a good role model for women. Fifty-six percent add that Palin cares about people, and a similar amount think she's honest and trustworthy. But the survey indicates Americans are split over whether Palin shares their values, agrees with them on the issues, or if she's a strong leader.

"Sarah Palin has one advantage that many past Republican candidates have not shared - Americans think she cares about people like them," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But her biggest Achilles heel is the number who think she is not qualified to be President. Those numbers are similar to what Dan Quayle got in 1993, when only 23 percent thought he was ready for the White House."

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In a very early look at the next race for the White House, the survey indicates that nearly one in three Republican voters, 32 percent, say they would be most likely to support former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in a hypothetical battle for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, with Palin seven points back at 25 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 21 percent. Five percent said they would back Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, with one in ten suggesting they would support some one else.

"Huckabee appears to have more support among Republicans than Palin and her unfavorable rating among all Americans is twice as high as Huckabee's," Holland says. "Palin may attract a lot of attention but the GOP may be looking elsewhere for their frontrunner."

It's the pre-season for the next White House contest, as possible GOP contenders form political action committees, campaign for fellow Republicans, write books and address conservative conferences and party dinners. The poll's release comes the same day that Romney, a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, campaigns in Virginia with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, and less than three weeks before the release of Palin's book, "Going Rogue, an American Life."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted October 16-18, with 1,038 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for all respondents and plus or minus 4.5 percentage points for questions asked only of Republicans.


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  1. emma zinkiewicz

    she never was qualified or in the future.

    October 28, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. RealityKing

    Obama has clearly proven himself not qualified for the job either. Of course.., CNN's progressively liberal poll director already knows that too.

    October 28, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. David

    Sarah... please... just go away... please.... PLEASE!!!!

    October 28, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Joe

    She can't be any "less qualified" than the current President! I hope everyone got the "hope and change" they were looking for.......

    October 28, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Matt

    And I now think that Obama was never qualified to be president. Unemployment hovering around 10% (after a failed stimulus package that he's saving to buy votes just prior to the 2010 mid-term elections), $1.4 B in debt....

    I wish we had voted Romney or Thompson in there.

    October 28, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. LacrosseMom

    CNN...... WHY all the Palin stories then? With SEVEN in 10 Americans saying this lady is not ..... qualified...... to be president WHY have so many stories about her?!

    There are SO many urgent and crucial issues for Americans to discuss on CNN blogs.

    Please do us all a favor and stop pandering to the far-right, they are already fans of ....... Faux News.

    October 28, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. NoTelePrompTer

    Neither was our Community-Activist-in-Chief that is now in power qualified to be President, and it certainly shows. I would hope that by 2012, people will be more discerning in their choice of the country's leader. That is if anything in and of our country is recognizable by then.

    October 28, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Some republican guy

    Polls don't mean anything unless they reinforce my conservative beliefs. They must of polled narcisstic elitest obamabots and Oprah watching union thugs. Sarah Palen is way smarter than Obama. She went to 3 different colleges and he only went to one!!! I only pray that one day she will run for president and my grandbabies will live in a country that reflects the values of real Americans: Tax cuts for the rich, Oil rigs on every open patch of ground and teaching about the bible in our schools instead of that science junk. How can a child be prepared for the real world if they don't even know how it was really created and think that we come from monkeys? Have a nice day!

    October 28, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. California wizard

    Looks like she has less appeal than bush at his worst. Also shows 3 in ten are morons. As 4 huck and rommney just look at what they did 4 their states destruction to no end they remind me of pres mugabe. If they ever see the light of the white house then third world here we come. Personally i would preffer jeb bush to any of those three zombies

    October 28, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Hillary 2012

    Those are the exact same results for Obama as President.

    Where are those 4 million new jobs?

    October 28, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Used & Abused by the Liberal Left

    Not qualified? Holy cow, of course she's not qualified! She quit her freaking governorship just two years into it!!!

    I'm a dedicated conservative, but there is exactly zero chance I would vote for her. Of course, I'm so conservative that I could vote Republican in the last presidential election. The McCain/Palin ticket was a disaster for conservatives.

    October 28, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Mike

    I think this assesment is quite accurate. She does care about the average American and she is a good role model. But to be president it take more than that and she does not have the political credential nor does she posses the knowledge to lead this country. I wish she would select some causes and work to rectify them rather than spend her time trying to posture herself for a run at the White House. Just because she is a republican with a likable personality does not mean she should be president.

    October 28, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Rorschach

    Palin cares about Palin – end of story.

    October 28, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Carlos L. Harrisburg PA

    Wait a minute no long ago republicas said she was the one to run for president. Now they are split on it. Finally they have open their eyes and see what she really is just a nice picture.

    October 28, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Turthspeaker

    9 in 10 say BIDEN not qualified to be president. That guy is WAY WORSE than Palin.

    October 28, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Russ

    Sarah Palin is just a political gold digger. She is out for the self serving glory of being well known. She could care less about people and going to the white house. She is a "hey look at me, look at me" person. Fortunately the majority of the people see her for what she really is and would never elect her for higher office. If she ran for governor of Alaska today she would lose. Please continue to fade away.

    October 28, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Ken

    Only 7 in 10? What is wrong with the other 3?

    October 28, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. not alone

    And the suprise is?

    October 28, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Carl in MI

    She's a celebrity who pals around with terrorists. She doesn't have enough brains to power a 60 watt light bulb...

    I dare you Republicans to make her your candidate for President next time around... she's a dumb at Dubya... she might just win!!

    October 28, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. bill

    Why are they still pushing this Woman. She has a narrow world view, limited credentials, and she is a quitter and opportunist. She was governor of a state that was heavily subsidized by the taxpayers becasue of all the Oil and Natural Gas in her state. And for someone who rails against the "socialist" Obama it is ironic that her state engages in wealth redistirution- ( the 2000 given to each taxpayer annually for energy profits) along with US government welfare in the form of energy subsidies.

    She touts accomplishments that are shallow and she preaches a religous agenda that is extreme and dangerous. Funny how she is against Big government yet her state is one of the benficiaries of "big Government.

    she is a empty suit who I feel has nothing to offer our country but Divisiveness and slogans. Didnt we have enough of that for the last 8 years.

    October 28, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. TM in CO

    Bout the only thing Sarah is qualified for is fooling people into believing she knows anything. She is a quitter and a liar and should be tarred and feathered for her "accomplishments". Yep You betcha

    October 28, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. JAWBREAKER

    If she is so unable to win, then why do you on cnn keep running negative articles about her? you have so-called poll numbers to back up your arguements. Im a conservative, which means i use my brain, so i see liberal fear of her instead. Everytime an issue or anything goes against liberals, they pull a poll out of there ass to say different.

    October 28, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Wow...what a shocker...people are actually coming to their senses!!!

    October 28, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. KBJ

    The other 3 out of 10 scare me.

    October 28, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. andrewstl

    wel that sums it up 30 % of the country is still not very smart

    October 28, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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