October 28th, 2009
03:09 PM ET
5 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. Marie

    Why are we still talking about this woman?
    For the love of God......please make it stop.

    October 28, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Ellen

    Regardless of what one thinks of Ms. Palin, your headline is completely misleading. CNN, who has a dim view of Ms. Palin to begin with, jumps on these poll numbers as being a half empty glass. However, the poll numbers could just as easily have been reported as a half full glass as well...I noted some rather nice numbers as well as some bad ones. There is no data in that article to conclude that Mr. Palin would be especially unhappy with the poll. Just trying to cast a little objectivity into the article.

    October 28, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Jim

    well ... my view ... she's certainly NOT qualified to be president. I'd not vote for her to be mayor, either.

    the ethics/morals she SPEAKS about appear to be noticably different than the ethics/morals she practices. and for that reason, i think she's a poor role model for anyone.

    October 28, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. Jim

    If they asked whether Obama is qualified to be President, I wonder how many would respond in the positive.

    October 28, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. susanj

    WOW – who didn't know that. The first time she opened her mouth, I knew it. She cares about the 20% of religious fanatics that are just like her. Do you really think she cares about anyone that doesn't have her fanatical beliefs? She will never be qualified. She is a joke.

    October 28, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. frank tx

    LOL,I Think, .at least she can make decision.Also she would be a U.S.A. president not a U.N. president..

    October 28, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Jeff

    Will she be running? Plus, how do the numbers of people who will oppose her for being a woman compare with those who will support her for being a woman? There are people who will blindly do either. Just curious as to what and how much of an effect it would have. Could go either way.

    October 28, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. lou

    I'm surprised it isn't 11 out of 10.

    October 28, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Gayle

    She's not qualified in that she has not been elected. Our current president is proof positive that no other qualification is necessary to occupy the oval office.

    October 28, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Obatala-Edmonton

    cnn is an arm of the democratic party. give the palins a rest.

    October 28, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Anne

    Sarah Palin isn't qualified to hold public office, she proved that when she was playing govonor of of Alaska.

    October 28, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. haren

    They care about Fox/Rasmussen and not CNN poll.
    Let them elect this stupid lady.

    October 28, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Bryan

    WHO CARES!!! stop reporting on her and she goes away.....

    October 28, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Lumberjack

    About time the rest of America wakes up to what most of us already knew in November 2008! She was never and will never have the cajones or brains to be President!

    October 28, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. Gale

    And Obama does?

    October 28, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. Dave

    No wonder Obama likes your so-called news organization. Your CNN polls always show the good side of the dems, and the bad side of the repubs.

    October 28, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. Magnanimous

    Palin needs to be bribed in order to show her support for conservative Republicans? I am glad to see she is acting on her convictions and not selling her support to the highest bidder. $1.2 million from the book deal and she needs to be money-grubbing for more? I guess this is how she relates to the common working person? Most people don't have the luxury of quitting a stable job in order to make a quick buck based on celebrity status.

    October 28, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. Peter

    This is what liberals worry about?

    You gotta be kidding me. Well anything to take attention away from Obama's (a guy with similar qualifications) broken promises.

    October 28, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. SAVVY OLDTIMER

    Normally i would not waste my time commenting on this delusional, narcissistic woman, but Palin is even dumber than GW Bush,... and we all know how well that turned out.

    October 28, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. Karen

    She may be a good fund raiser but not presidential material.

    October 28, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Tom in VA

    You mean to tell me that 30% of Americans think she IS qualified to be president?!!

    That's VERY scarey! ...That SO many Americans can be THAT stupid.

    Is it any wonder that with each passing day we slip further and further behind other countries in almost every category except making weapons. It's because we are a nation is stupid people.

    October 28, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. EA

    Could we please get over her, CNN?

    October 28, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. Brian

    Obama still got elected didn't he! Worst.President.Ever.

    October 28, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. Karen

    Only in America

    October 28, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. Cathy Reid

    Street sweeping with adult supervision is the only thing this idiot is even remotely qualified for. And that could be questionable.
    She is not smart enough to see what people really think of her. She is STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID

    October 28, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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