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. oh brother

    thank you just because the people who go on cnn hate her that doesn't mean that all americains hate her
    if fox did a poll 70% or more would think she makes a great president

    October 28, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Gern Blanston

    Gee, ya think?

    October 28, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. ran

    She doesn't even qualify to be a real person. But this is the kind of reporting I like to see concerning this thing. Would be even better if you CNN just stop reporting on it all together until she passes away.

    October 28, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. n

    the last paragraph says it all, the GOP has no strong candidates whatsoever, and they prob wont have one in '12.

    October 28, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Michael

    Considering the source of the poll results, I dare think this information is biased. CNN is not the appropriate organization to be polling on such topics.

    October 28, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Dave

    What is real scary is that 3 in 10 think she IS qualified to be President.

    October 28, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. AEK

    Oh no! Say it ain't so!
    Maybe she should run as an independent conservative party candidate, split the Republican vote and guarantee another Democratic victory. She could ask Ralph Nader to run as her VP candidate, he knows all about this technique.

    October 28, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. ScottsdaleHokie

    We are currently witnessing what happens when you put an inexperienced, inept, clueless, dolt in the White House.

    Of course people don't want to make the same mistake again.

    October 28, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Dorothy

    Finally, the American people have awakened ! Sarah Palin is no more qualified to be president than I am.

    October 28, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Toad

    Another one sided poll by CNN. Cnn always polls more democrats than republicans. Just more SPIN! Don't believe it, if you want the truth go to Fox News!

    October 28, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Jeremy

    CNN has to make up news to keep palin in the headlines on their site. how pathetic. Why not state more of the obvious like... the sky is blue, zebras have stripes and CNN has a lame excuse for a new webpage layout. Report that news CNN.. :P

    October 28, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Billy in VA

    I don't agree with that poll at all, I think she's a terrible role model for women. First off, I don't think women should run for public office. Second, they shouldn't have babies when they are over 30 and Palin had one when she was over 40!!

    October 28, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Spencer

    I thought the worst news for Palin's chance at being president occurred when she resigned her governorship?

    October 28, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. vicky from Milwaukee

    Does this mean you'll stop featuring her every move? Will a day go by without her?

    October 28, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Sandy

    AND BARACK OBAMA IS QUALIFIFED!!! Hey CNN why don't you report what Palin did for her constituency in Alaska. Tell America how Alaskans pay NO State Income tax, NO Sales Tax, No property Tax and every Alaskan got a check for the state goverment for $3300. Because PALIN went up against big oil and made them pay mineral rights!!! Hey CNN we don't need your shoddy reporting anymore haven't you heard America is waking up!!!!

    October 28, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. James B

    Really, its that low for her? I would have figured 9out of ten would say she wasn't qualified. People I am a republican, I consider myself to be mainstream, Some call me a moderate some a conservitive. But I will not let my party showcase this person as an presidential candidate. This would be embarrassing for our party. We need to get back to our roots and not be swayed by this glamor-gal with no knowledge of world polictics. If this would be the case then I would mostlikely vote as an independant or not vote at all. We need a political figue of the old like Reagan, maybe Rommney may work but not Palin !!!! She is just a joke and I am tired of the GOP being the butt of the jokes for the past 4-6 yrs. We got through the Bush/Cheney area lets build something new and strong

    October 28, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Tania

    No kiddin'? And the sky is blue....

    October 28, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Dan from Toronto

    I find this article distressing. Usually when I read about Palin it's for some lighthearted humor or news on some odd thing she's done. How in the name in all that's right can any American feel Palin would be good as president, Republican or Democrat? I know many Americans don't look favorably at us Canadians to the north, but please listen to reason, do not even fathom electing this woman to represent your great country. Her views, ineptitude and proverbial stupidity are a very dangerous combination.

    October 28, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Amos

    Not surprising but unfortunately Obama's experience is just as bad and it has been a detriment to his time in office. Palin is not running for President and we all know she is not going to run so there is no need to run these ridiculous articles. We don't need another President like OBAMA from either party that needs On the Job Training.

    October 28, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. me happy- at 4:20 each day

    And the remaining 30% need to have a lobotomy.

    October 28, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sarah Palin has one advantage that many past Republican candidates have not shared – Americans think she cares about people like them,"
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    Falin Quittin Palin has perfected the art of LYING while still being able to put on that " No I didn't" look when she's caught at it. Therein lies Palin's one true strenght: being able to prevaricate and obfuscate better than any RethugliKlan candidate. She's so good at it that you will find otherwise rational people right on this blog singing her praises, and trying to find out where they can send her their hard-earned money or monthly welfare checks. She's good!!! But not good enough.

    October 28, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. Craig in Washington

    Palin not qualified to be president? Say it ain't so. LOL

    October 28, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Doug - Dallas

    Palin has no interest in being president. She learned how much money she could make during the last campaign which is why she resigned as governor. This is all about her making as much money as she can because she is not interested in doing what is best for the public either in Alaska or the rest of the country. Ironically, her being out of politics is the best thing she can do for the country.

    October 28, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    Only 7 in 10? That speaks volumes for the 30% of brain dead voters out there. So 21% of the GOP currently supports the ONLY candidate that even has a remote chance of winning? If they think Huckelberry OR the lipstick Fido from Alaska has any chance they are delusional

    October 28, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. George

    She is far from qualified. She displays ignorance very well. We just got
    past 8 years of arrogance and ignorance, Sarah, please go away,

    October 28, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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