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. suezeeque

    she is an idiot, why do you need a poll after her past performances.

    October 28, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. got that beauty pageant wave down

    really sad the state of debate between the two parties

    as soon as CNN releases a set of poll number, they are blasted as inaccurate, wrong, leftist

    NO POSTERS, SHE REALLY HAS THAT LOW AN APPROVAL RATING

    the only place, and I mean you would have to poll in a specific locality to get higher numbers for her, is at a right wing party function

    I don't think she would poll high even at a church, I belong to an evangelical church, she is not popular

    October 28, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. USN

    I love how scared she makes you libs/marxists

    October 28, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Otis

    I really don't understand these polls. You're taking a poll in 2009...some 3 years out before the 2012 Presidential Election. What is this trying to prove? Does this mean in 3 years Sarah Palin would still not be qualified to be President?

    This doesn't mean that I think she's qualified now. But in 3 years, if she really wants to give it a go for President, she could become well-versed in the issues at hand and offer up tangible ideas that could set the agenda of the 2012 campaign.

    Until then, all this shows is a waste of money for the poll takers whose main objective, it appears, is to plant the idea in everyone's head that she's unelectable.

    I'll believe in polls moreso in 2012. But in 2009? Come on...

    October 28, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Kimmi

    She seems like a great lady who really does care what happens to the Country but I agree she is not experienced enough to be President or VP.. But good luck Sarah I am sure you will do well in other areas.

    October 28, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. James

    How COULD she be qualified? I've never understood how Palin fans can completely bypass the fact that she QUIT after barely two years in her one term as governor because she couldn't take the heat. Her continued presence in the Republican scene defies logic.

    October 28, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Seattle Sue

    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that Mrs. Palin is not qualified to be President of the Untied States. Just listen to her speeches where she just rambles on.

    October 28, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. MoodyBlue

    No no no. The fact that 7 out of 10 people don't think she's qualified to be president is good news. The number should really read 10 out of 10. Now that would be bad news for her.

    October 28, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. BLM

    Our current president isn't any more qualified than Sarah Palin. And look at the crappy job he's doing.

    October 28, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Lynda

    52% of REPUBLICANS would vote for her, 47% REPUBLICANS don't support her...........and you can bet the Democrats and independents don't support her........she has to run and face off with the other Republican canidates running for President before she can run against Obama........and if Ms DIVA SARAH thinks for one minute these fellow GOP canidates aren't going to chew her up like a bunch of mad SHARKS and spit her out, then she has another thing coming......and if she thinks the Media was unfair to her, she ain't seen nothing yet and this time it will be her own Party chompping at her heels.........

    October 28, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Forget Palin. How about more articles on the democratic attack dog Rep. Grayson. You gotta love that guy. He tells it like it is and doesn't bite his tongue. Why can't the rest of the democratic party grow a pair of cajones the size of his.

    October 28, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. Ginger Lies

    I would have to agree and say the same applies with Obama, Biden Pelosi, or any potential candidate that the Repubulicans are offering thus far. Obama is not the hope we were looking for, but the alternatives (esp with the next two in order of succession) are scarier. I think Hilary could defiantly do a much better job at this point than this administration, but there is no way she will become the nominee for the next primary. The hope that I have right now is that someone adequate for the job appears from out of nowhere over the next two and a half years.

    October 28, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. ladonna

    CNN NEWS why are you so obssessed to follow Sarah Palin's every move?

    October 28, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Helen

    here we go again.

    this is not new and palin already knew she wasn't qualify. not even as the governor of Alaska.

    be for real

    October 28, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Bananarama Victim II: Electric Boogaloo

    Funny thing about Palin is she is relates with little over half of America, about the same percentage just at or below average intelligence. Certainly those who watch reality TV frequently would agree with such a "character" in politics.

    Beyond that, that's alos a segment of the population who takes the popularity contest part of candidates fairly serious. Be warned, there is no swimsuit competition.

    Conservatives tend to have candidates they can relate to in lieu of more intelligent ones. Bush was someone they'd have a beer with (eventhough he's a recovered alcoholic), and we all know why some men would vote for Palin...

    October 28, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. Larry

    Why would anyone listen to anything she has to say,just because she was picked out of thin air to run as VP. She could not even finish her job in Alaska,she has no credibility, and I am glad they picked her,she most definitely cost the republicans the election....Pray she runs again...

    October 28, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Terry from West Texas

    "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.

    How can anyone think that Palin cares about anyone but herself? Wasn't her narcissism and phony demeanor obvious to everyone? There are none so blind as those who will not see.

    October 28, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. dale

    I think sarah would be a terrible lier. Therefore I think she would be great for the white house. It don't bother most politicians to lie, however sarah would tell the truth and let us people figure out the best path.
    She would give america back to the people where it belongs.
    I would vote for her.

    October 28, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Michael

    Is this bad news for Palin or bad news for the country?

    Apparently 30% of the people in the US are so stupid that they DO think Palin is qualified to be President.

    October 28, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. Zach K

    I really hope she is not elected in 2012. She's an awful person.

    October 28, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Accountant Guy

    Duh!! Of course she is not qualified, I am surprised there are 3 in 10 idiots out there that believe she is!!!

    October 28, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. Dave Echart

    Palin should stay home and just keep an eye on Russia for us.

    October 28, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. CR

    The only suprise is the delusional 30% who think (or pretend) she is qualified for office. The GOP has the bar set pretty low.

    October 28, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. Dave

    Duh. This moron isn't qualified to set pins in a bowling alley.

    October 28, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Mary

    According to the Evangelical Christian philisophy Sarah Palin does NOT meet the criteria for a christian woman. A woman is to submit to her husband, and be a stay- at home -wife- and mother. Mrs. Palin does neither. Ask PAT ROBERTSON.

    On a more practical level she lacks a 4th grade knowledge of geography.

    October 28, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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