November 23rd, 2009
02:29 PM ET
5 years ago

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

Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @psteinhausercnn


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soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. jerseylou

    Well if it's not the hootin,tootin, pootin palin again.The biggest whopper, booty hole stopper there is. Why are people paying attention to this train wreck is sicking.#1 I would not buy her book because she did not write it and all the lies that's in it.#2 Because she's crazy as a bed bug, and she's probably satan's mother or daughter to be so evil,enough said.

    November 23, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. ivan

    Palin is the ultimate in dumbing down.

    November 23, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Alex Santana

    I always thought Iowans were smart, intelligent people...well another myth gone if even one person in the great state of Iowa thinks Sarah Palin is worthy of anything but moosecatcher!! What do they see in her? I have met her and she has no atttributes to be president. The only thing she cares about is pushing her own agenda. How people can be taken in by her is a true mystery...but take it from someone who has met her and spent a few minutes with her, she is a big zero...shame on you Council Bluffs, shame on you Des Moine, and shame on you Dubuque, I had more faith in your basic intelligence.

    November 23, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Chris - Denver

    OK seriously just change the name to the Palin Ticker and at least that would be accurate.

    November 23, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. GA

    CNN, why don't you change your name to "The Palin Channel", I used to like your network and reporting, but since anytime I open your homepage I see some reporting about Palin, or segments on your live shows I decided not watch this channel anymore.It looks like you are competing with FOX on who has more Palin time .
    Is really somebody cares what she thinks and says in 2011? Are there not more important issues , current issues, to deal with?
    Don't yo think that she simply betrayed her voters in order to make easy money with the support of cahnnel like CNN?

    November 23, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. wait a minute

    I did not like how Palin mistreated our national flag in that Newsweek photo.
    How is that photo in which she is so proud of herself a sexist photo?

    November 23, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Random Guy

    We should rename this site the Palin News Network. Do you guys ever have anything else to talk about?

    November 23, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Enough

    Not anymore doubts that what is in the white house right now.

    November 23, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Debbie from VA

    Go Sarah. I just love that despite the left's constant pounding of anything you say or do and their hate for you it just increases your star power. Where are the 11 fact checkers for the President, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, etc. They must not have found anything significant in Going Rouge because it would have headlined the Ticker and all of the liberal news stations, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, plus the liberal talk shows, David Letterman, Chris Matthews, and the MSNBC drivel. They are not used to seeing strong women who stick to their values.

    November 23, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Jack in Florida

    Not to be disrespectful to our fellow citizens in Iowa, but you are a bunch of fools to want Palin in 2012!! She has no substance, only talking points....WAKE UP!

    November 23, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Sharon

    God help America!!!! WE will not be able to hold our heads up in front of the world, but I guess she will be able to see Europe from the oval office.

    November 23, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. A guy

    I hope the Republicans nominate Palin, she's hilarious!

    November 23, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. David Newton

    So, what I want to know, is who is taking care of the children, including the handicapped child, while Palin is galavanting around the country talking about family values?

    November 23, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Torin from Georgia

    Does CNN get extra points for posting a story on Caribou Barbie almost every day? We, the public, grow weary of hearing about this knuckelhead so frequently.

    November 23, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. mary

    Surely we can come up with more and credible candidates before 2012.

    November 23, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. sammieb51

    Yes, and even 'rural' folks in Iowa will see thru her when and if she is pitted against other candidates. The nod and the wink and the you betcha's don't fill lots of space. It was significant to me, while watching the O'Reilly interview, that she was asking him how to handle the press - a potential presidential candidate sitting there asking the press how to control them. Who is going to be in charge in that relationship? – she already gave him the power.

    November 23, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Nick in LA

    Palin / Bachmann 2011!

    November 23, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. Death Panel Sarah

    She might win Ms. Republican of Iowa.....she looks better than Huckabee in a jogging suit!!!

    November 23, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. Megan L. Day

    I can understand liking her as a person but the fact that voters actually view her as a viable candidate for President is frightening. She is ignorant – simply no other way to describe her ominpresent lack of intelligence. She's not qualified to teach high school much less assume the presidential office. It makes me question the intelligence of the american people. A big mouth like Palin spouts that she loves god and family and hunting and people vote for her. Think it's time to thin the herd in this country and jettison the morons.

    November 23, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. hongli

    Who wouldn't have doubts when it's comes to Sarah the Nut- Cracker ?

    November 23, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Meh

    How ridiculous. She QUIT HER JOB!! That doesn't raise any red flags for them? At all?
    We are doomed as a species.

    November 23, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Patricia

    The dumbing down of America!! You've got to be kidding. I am astonished!! Do we not believe we need someone with brains, thoughtfulness and character to lead our country???? Palin may have 'star' appeal but does she have the thoughtfulness and brains to lead the country? Be real!!!

    November 23, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Mark

    This is such good news . . . for Democrats. If the top two contenders for the GOP nomination are a Baptist preacher and Gov. Carrie Prejean, Nancy Pelosi herself could win in 2012.

    November 23, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. carlos, THAT one

    ....and have doubts, who wouldn't? with all the bread crumbs inside her head, only her IQ below plant level followers would agree....and they are dwindling by the day

    November 23, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. DavidE73

    When Mike Huckabee has a higher favorability and a much lower unfavorability rating in Iowa, why does the story focus on Sarah Palin? As the physicist Richard Feymann once said, in the final analysis, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.

    November 23, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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