November 23rd, 2009
02:29 PM ET
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Poll: Iowa Republicans like Palin, but have doubts

Palin's favorable numbers among Iowa Republicans are strong, says a new poll -- though one in four members of her party there have doubts.
Palin's favorable numbers among Iowa Republicans are strong, says a new poll - though one in four members of her party there have doubts.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin's book tour brings her to Iowa in two weeks. If the former Alaska governor and last year's GOP vice presidential nominee decides to return to Iowa down to road to explore a race for the White House, a new survey suggests that Republicans in the state like her - but have some doubts.

According to a Des Moines Register Iowa poll, 68 percent of Hawkeye Republicans view Palin favorably. That's a statistically insignificant 2 points behind those who have a positive view of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa caucuses, which traditionally kick off the presidential primary season.

Among other potential 2012 candidates: The survey indicates that two out of three view former House Speaker Newt Gingrich favorably and 58 percent have a positive view of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

"With those kinds of numbers, if she were to become a candidate, while it's not a sure thing, she would be starting out in a very good position," veteran Iowa GOP strategist David Roederer told the Des Moines Register. Roederer ran McCain's 2008 Iowa campaign.

But according to the poll, nearly one in four Iowa Republicans view Palin unfavorably. That's double the 12 percent who view Huckabee in an unfavorable way.

Among all Iowans, the survey indicates that 55 percent hold an unfavorable opinion, with 37 percent seeing her in a positive light.

Palin's tour for her new book, "Going Rogue: An American Life," brings her to Iowa on December 6. Palin's scheduled to sign copies of her book at a Barnes and Noble bookstore in Sioux City, Iowa.

The Des Moines Register Iowa poll was conducted November 8-11, with 800 registered voters in Iowa questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for the overall sample.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. Wayne

    Why don't we concentrate on fixing America now, as opposed to spending so much time worrying about who will loose to Obama in 2012.

    November 23, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Attempting to create a serious discussion around Flailin Quittin Palin being a realistically viable Presidential candidate is like an adult writing Santa Claus a letter stating what they want for Christmas. Pure fantasy, and a waste of time.

    November 23, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. CR

    The GOP deserves "Queen Wingnut". Go ahead make my day!

    November 23, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Scott

    Doesn't say much for Republicans, does it?

    November 23, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. Steve in Denver

    Sarah: Look how much people love you! Republicans: Here is the way to bring your party back!

    Gee, if enough R's buy this, we won't even need to run a re-election campaign for Obama. Can we say landslide?

    Nominate Sarah! Nominate Sarah!

    November 23, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. Sarah is on the move......

    loaded with dough and free of the Governor's job, this populist Teddy Roosevelt type candidate is shaking things up......

    Obama is ONE and DONE. Start the drum beat.

    SarahPalin/Liz Cheney 2012'

    November 23, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. DR

    That just shows you how bad the GOP is hurting. Unless someone finds a way to muzzle the Hannities, Glenn Becks, and the Limbaughs, the party will disintegrate. Palin is the worst thing that could happen to this country.

    November 23, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin is John McCain's curse on America that has taken on a political life of its own. She will exploit her new found status at every opportunity even if it means taking the GOP down with her. Who would have guessed a year ago that this idiot of a politician would be making headlines in American media almost everyday?

    November 23, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Ron Paul 2012, now is the time to return Freedom and Liberty to this great nation.

    November 23, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. Bernie

    The media needs to get hip on Palin. She is dangerous for America. she truly believes that dinosaurs and humans walked the earth together 6000 years ago, and that the Second Coming will occur in HER lifetime. Yet the media keep pushing her on us as a viable option for President. Nope, it is the crazy option. Hey media, you and your families will have to wake up to the crazy Presidency in 2012 too, no matter how much Palin "sizzles" as a news topic. You and your families might see mushroom clouds when Palin decides to speed up the end of times. It's no joke, she's crazy. Report on THAT for a change.

    November 23, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Mark

    Why to you keep Palin in the news? It's painful. It's painful to the poor idiots who actually think she'd make a good president and it's painful to people who realize she is a disaster waiting to happen.

    November 23, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. mjm

    Palin doesn't have to be a candidate. She just has to point people in the direction of the candidate she supports.

    And if you think middle America isn't listening to Palin (and liking what they hear), you're as crazy has a Harry Reid health bill.

    November 23, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    The "Bus to Nowhere" tour is going in circles as it can only make hard extreme right turns.

    November 23, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Peace

    Put your doubts aside Iowa. Bring her on. We will appreciate your big service come 2012!

    November 23, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. truebob

    ONE MORE REASON TO DO AWAY WITH THE PRIMARY SYSTEM. Why do places with so few people get to have so much influence over the outcome of a presidential election? These places are like the moon to me and the people who live the have nothing in common with my friends and family. Yet they are allowed to shape the direction of the election with out any input from the rest of the country, An ANTIQUATED and RIDICULOUS SYSTEM. Get rid of this, Daylight Savings Time and our System of Measurement. and we can join the 21 Century.

    November 23, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. B-rad

    Every Democrat in the country is praying she becomes the GOP nominee. Please let it happen...please.

    November 23, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Adam in Colorado

    If Palin actually runs, and somehow becomes the Republican nominee, then I will seriously laugh all the way to Obama's re-election.

    November 23, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. as in Wall Street Bullish?

    I think David Roederer is looking for a job

    saying things like 'she is in a good position' is just nonsense, she has a HUGE mountain of disbelief to climb

    disbelief in;
    1. her ability to finish what she starts
    2. her ability to hand conflict with out firing someone and starting a HR nightmare
    3. handling her family problems
    4. having a sit down interview with someone who isn't going to throw her softball questions
    5. displaying any ability to handle abstract questions

    this is a quick list, I can think of more

    the GOP strategist David is out of work and looking for his next meal ticket

    November 23, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Matt

    Republicans better make sure they nominate someone in 2012 that can win a general election. In the end, it doesn't matter how popular she is among Republicans - it matters how popular the Republican nominee is among all voters.

    November 23, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Duck Fallas

    A dergree from Iowa State just became toilet paper.

    November 23, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. Donkey Party

    The GOP panders to those who can't think for themselves. In a perfect GOP world, all the voters would have IQs of less than 50, so they never could figure out how screwed they are getting by GOP leadership. Please pardon the usage of dual oxymorons "perfect GOP" and "GOP leadership".

    November 23, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. bcords

    do people in iowa have television!!! i know the g.o.p hopes to keep all their supporters not going to school,living in trailer parks and watching jerry springer but this is just unfathomable to me. wake up iowa!!!!!!!

    November 23, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Grahame

    Way to go Sarah WOW! Please please run for president of The United States Of America Hell Yes Yes Obama 7 more years

    November 23, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. Fed Up

    People like her because she says it like it is, instead of the political talking out of two sides of the mouth. She has common sense. Beats all of the idiocy on Capitol Hill today.

    November 23, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. dd

    this proves republicans are about party and could care less about country. no one who possibly cares anything about this country or who is truly patriotic could vote for this woman to lead us. she can't run a backwoods state.

    November 23, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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