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. keith

    What a pair to draw to! Romney/Palin or Palin/Romney. I hope that's who the Pubbies pick and Barak will be a shoo in for 2012!

    November 23, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Sean

    Republicans seems to be very concerned with winning the elections, sending out populist candidates like Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and even they felt that John Mccain, a centrist that they didn't like, and a far right Palin that has no agenda, to win an election, regardless of the situations this country face. Phenomenal.

    November 23, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Linda from Minnesota

    I don't dislike her, she is charismatic, however, she isn't intelligent enough to run anything. Even her interview on Hannity last week, she says nothing when she speaks, just long run on sentences. I'm not a republican but if I were, couldn't even consider her to be the candidate, she just isn't that bright.

    When John McCain was the candidate in 2008, I thought he was the one republican candidate I could live with (not vote for, but live with). However my mind quickly changed by how he ran his campaign and who he chose to be his vice president.

    On another note, can we please stop talking about 2012? Its too far off.

    November 23, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Chris

    Lead the way Iowa! Please do everything in your power to get Palin as the RNC nominee! It will be wonderful watching Obama destroy her in the debates

    November 23, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Obama supporter

    If Palin gets the nomination, it's a pretty sure bet Obama will get re-elected. hehehehe

    November 23, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. RealityKing

    Progressive obsession with Palin is hilarious.., you clowns are making this women rich!

    November 23, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Beverly

    Surely those good folks in Iowa are smart enough to chose someone who is qualified, which would remove Palin from the choices.

    November 23, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Expat American

    Only in America could an unread bigot and unintelligent windbag rise to such heights....But then again, once you take into consideration how few of her supporters actually have a passport then it's easy to understand this odd phenomenon.

    November 23, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Rex

    This country is stupid enough to elect her too. Heck, maybe Taylor Swift can be her running mate.

    November 23, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Fred

    Oh, there is nothing more that I would celebrate than the repukeblicans putting Sarah Palin on the ballot despite the fact that mental mediocrity is a disqualifying medical condition to hold the post. LOL! Please, PLEASE put her on the ballot! :)

    November 23, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. cfrench

    Victory for the democrats is assured. It's astounding that the Republican's would back this feeble minded candidate.

    November 23, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. PRH

    This alone proves the GOP doesn't want to win the White House in 2012. If you support a dead horse once, shame on you; do it again, you prove yourself to be stupid. Look at her record! Look at the mentality of her supporters! She's practically a brain-damaged zombie the GOP trotted out the first time because they wanted the youth and female vote. She had NOTHING to offer. They lost. Now they get the utter genius idea to try her again? What are you Republicans thinking!? You want to lose? Then keep her. That woman is a laughing stock of most of the nation. Iowa...wake up.

    November 23, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Joe

    Stupid Iowa, stupid country.

    November 23, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Aunt Bea and Opie

    We didnt know the people of Iowa were that stupid They arent much smarter than the people living in Louisiana.

    November 23, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. American Expat

    I sure hope she hangs in there and becomes the candidate in 2012. That is the best sure ticket for a landslide win for the democrats!

    November 23, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Dennis, DC

    Excellent! LOL! Palin 2012!

    November 23, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. David Chacon from Alaska

    Why have none of the recent interviews with Palin focused on substantive issues? Even Bill O' give the resigned-governor of AK (where I live a pass).

    When will conservatives realized that Palin massively raised taxes on the most important industry in Alaska with her ACES tax (research it), she also interferred in the free market by with her wrong-headed AGIA legislation, that will eventually delay the construction of a gas pipeline – if it's ever gets built. Research what Roger Marks, a well-qualified Alaskan economist wrote about AGIA.

    Alaska is heading for some very hard time because of Palin's policies.

    Palin herself keeps non-issues, such as the recent cover of Newsweek, in play to deflect any real research into her governing policies.

    November 23, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Helena

    Of course, we all love Palin. She is an underdog and a fighter. Yet, as much as the rabid base may love her, the rest of America loathes her just as much. She's more of a polarizing figure than HIllary Clinton. Who knew that was possible?

    However much we admire her scrappiness, she is seen as a lightweight and unqualified to be president by a majority of Americans. And that's not going to change anytime soon.. Big deal. There are plenty of other things she can do to help the party in order to advance conservative principles - and she should. She should write more books, campaign for more candidates and get her own talk show. I hear there will be an opening on a major network really soon. Hmmm. Perfect replacement for Oprah!

    Sarah will laugh all the way to the bank and will use her influence to sway more people to the conservative side. Not by being president, but by being Sarah. Americans will not take a risk on another untested, inexperienced lightweight in a very long time after this experiment with Obama has gone so astray. Yes to Sarah, but not for the presidency.

    November 23, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. D.W. Rehoboth, MA

    I am utterly stunned that anyone who lives in this country would consider someone who quit their elected job in Alaska either because it got too hot in the kitchen or because they realized they could make more money on a book deal,... someone who was painfully unqualified to be a Vice President, .. that this person would actually make a good President. Did anyone else not watch her on TV? A woman with a teen age unwed mother who is still standing on the family values and abstinence over safe sex soapbox?... really?

    November 23, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Palin will never win the Republican nomination, but Karl Rove and her other handlers love her – just like they loved GW Bush.

    She stirs up the "base" of the GOP, the people who'll vote for anyone who says "anti-abortion, anti-gay". The GOP loves this group, because they go lock-step to the polls – and elect people who never deliver on the social issue promises, but push for tax cuts for the wealthy.

    And that's what it is and always has been about: More money for the wealthy so they can continue to build factories overseas and layoff American workers. Pro-corporations and anti-Middle Class.

    It reminds me of Saudi Arabia, with the wealth concentrated among the few, and religious police keeping the uneducated, poor masses in line.

    November 23, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Death Panel Sarah

    Good....I hope she becomes the nominee. The Dems need another EASY victory in 2012.

    November 23, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. larry from Texas

    When Sarah becomes a strong candidate the GOP is doomed to failure. The era of the Senator Goldwater rational conservative was replaced with corporate lap-dogs using PACs to fire up socially conservative nut-jobs.

    November 23, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Linda

    Folks just need the time to see the real Sarah Palin. Now she gets the time out in front, not the liberal elite media making claims of her.

    Genuine article.

    Palin
    Baby
    Palin!

    November 23, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Death Panel Sarah

    Let's see ..... she would want the job from 2012 to 2014 1/2 and then quit, right?

    November 23, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. jay in denver

    Once every four years the citizens of Iowa, normally sensible, forward-thinking Americans, revert to the hackneyed stereotype of Iowans portrayed in "The Music Man" and vote for someone whom they hope will represent the link to what they unfortunately feel has been taken from them over the years - good ol' American family values. Candidates of both parties continue to engender this feeling of loss, but what they GOP focuses on in Iowa (and elsewhere) is the systematic fueling of those rapidly-dying attitudes of "Trouble right here in River City - Trouble with a capital "T" and that rhymes with "G'" and that stands for Gay!" That'll win 'em some votes from these decent, solid people they really feel are rural yahoos - while condescendingly telling the rest of us that they are the "real" Americans.

    Gingrich, Romney, Palin. Yawn.

    The Republican Party. Building the Bridge to the 19th Century.
    Thanks, but no thanks on THAT bridge, too.

    November 23, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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