November 23rd, 2009
02:29 PM ET
4 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

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soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. bmw

    Too bad. The Republican party created this monster and now they have to deal with her.

    Her popularity reflects the incredible shallowness and deception that characterize the neocons.

    November 23, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. strong

    This wonder-in-a-skirt is being prepped for something big, people!

    Why else would a lack-lustre entity such as Palin get so much public exposure? She is being shoved down our throats, just like Barky was a few years ago!

    November 23, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. PoorOldEdgarDerby

    Why is this news?

    November 23, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Terry from West Texas

    Let us be blunt. Those who think Palin should be president are as dumb as she is.

    November 23, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. JR

    It'll be a sad, sad day should Palin ever get serious consideration for the top job in the US. As much as I abhor Hillary Clinton, I'd much rather see her in the Oval Office than Palin.

    What is it people see in this bubblehead anyway?

    November 23, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Russell

    The Republican party is losing its mind. First they elect a mental lightweight like W, who royally screwed up "the war on terror" and cost us unnecessary trillions, and now they are falling for an even less qualified candidate. Palin is a joke and would be a disaster as president. Republicans have many better options than that ignoramus.

    November 23, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. conservativeTEXAN

    what does she know......exactly what does she know? what is she bringing to the table for the american people & GOP......please cnn stop focusing on someone that lacks substance...

    November 23, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Kevin in Ohio

    With the economic disaster that will be a result of this administration's policies, ANY of the GOP candidates will win in 2012.

    November 23, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. John independent from NY

    Palin was a MAJOR automatic reason I voted against the Repulican ticket. No church in government candidates get my vote. Too dumb to be in this office.
    Plain and simple.
    Stick to conservative financial issues and leave peioples religous beliefs to themselves none of government's business.

    November 23, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. bob in LA

    More Palin? Really?
    This is the seventh day in a row that Palin is the top lead on the front page for the Ticker.
    Surely something else is happening politically that should garner a headline.
    How about the lead story- Afghanastan or healthcare? You know- something imporant.

    November 23, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Jim, San Antonio

    Come on, Republicans! Think for yourselves instead of blindly following the talk show people. Palin would be a total disaster as President. We have a lot of better candidates than she is.

    November 23, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. palin is failin

    Cnn, What is this crush you have on Sarah palin? Seriously, everyday, its more and more sarah. she has done absolutely nothing newsworthy except bail on her home state! Give it a rest please, or at least make her earn it! Gawd u guys suck!

    November 23, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. kcl

    Only relative if you know the questions they asked. Favorable for a presidential run or favorable as a person?
    Poor Sarah, she views the people who come to 'see' her as supporters.

    November 23, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. Norm

    Looks does not make a President. If Sarah had pimples and buck teeth, would the hawkeyes still vote for her? Sure doubt it.

    November 23, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. A True Centrist

    As a centrist, this news scares me. The awful Bush regime led to an even worse Obama administration. My fear is that this terrible administration we are stuck with could potentially lead to a Palin victory in 2012. If that happens, we may as well give up our country for good.

    I hope that the Republican voters are smarter than that and elect someone in the primary that can 1) beat Obama and 2) bring true change that more aligns with our country's principals, not the craziness the Bush and Obama administrations have brought to our country.

    November 23, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Ash

    Oh man! This is such a calculated and a shrewd tactic. The lady doesn't have the chops yet she will sweep her fans and nudge them to push her to her dream job which right now she wouldn't hint at even in her winks. But I already see that coming. Here you have such a dignified and intelligent President in the White House and it surprises me that in such a self aware country like America how could people even entertain the polictical ambitions of such politicians like Sarah Palin who have no qualifications whatsoever to become THE President of the United States. Everybody knows that but it seems they just can't get enough of her. May be she has a pretty face. I would pick MacCain over her anyday. Anyway long story short – long live celebrity culture!

    November 23, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. beanne

    Go Sarah!

    November 23, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. conservativeTEXAN

    she should know the difference between Iraq and Iran...fumbling on Hannity/FOX

    November 23, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Bubble of Sanity

    If all the haters really believed that Palin is such an incompetent loser, then the best thing for them would be to just shut up and let her get the nomination. That would make her Democratic opponent a shoot-in. The only reason I can figure out why they bash her so hatefully and mercilessly is that they are scared spitless of her.

    I know this post will be buried in the middle of all the vitriol. I also know that most of them are shaking in their boots, or sandals, or whatever they wear.

    November 23, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Paul G

    Americans don't pick a quitter or a loser.

    November 23, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. ACCOUNTANT

    The 2012 election will be a repeat of the 1980 election.

    You will have a female Ronald Reagan vs a Black Jimmy Carter.

    The outcome will be the same as in 1980.

    November 23, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. katiec

    Well, it looks like the republican voters top picks are two radical religious extremists.
    What are these people thinking, or are they?

    November 23, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Just Me

    Dear God...let her be the GOP nominee. She will all but assure Obama a second term. She will NEVER get the 270 electoral votes needed to become POTUS. Her defeat will be one of historic proportions and will be the final nail in the GOP coffin that places them on the endangered species list. Make my day Sarah. Run for POTUS.

    November 23, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    Excellent news! Let's go Iowa. Put the vacuous Sarah Palin in the drivers seat for the GOP 2012 nomination. Then watch her go down in flames (probably quitting before election day) in a modern day electoral slaughter.

    November 23, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Too True For You

    Based on her record I imagine she would go on the campaign trail and get all in a snit about having to answer real questions and restrict her campaign stops to the white power press before she pulls a Palin and simply quits.

    November 23, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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