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

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soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. Black Viper

    Anybody that think this lady is qualified to lead this great nation need to go see a mental health doctor as soon as possible.
    1. Can't speak proper english due to lack of good education
    2. Can't Put a thoughfull arguments together or know when to stop talking without being interrupt by a questionner for more questions.
    3. Has no clue about issues domestic and foreign nor the position of her own party about issues.
    4. She is a drama queen with all the problems facing her family
    5. She quits her job to have a book full of lies written for her for money

    November 23, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    I don't doubt the woman's political savy but I don't think that she'd even be smart enough to go on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader! If you look at footage of all the people lining up in her book tour to get their books signed you'll notice one thing. There are no minorities and there's almost no one under 40...it's quite a following she has.

    November 23, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. nadine

    Palin does not represent America. The fame got to her and everything is about "PROFITS".

    November 23, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    Sarah Palin is the Anna Nicole Smith of politics: talentless, famous for no real reason at all, self-serving in the extreme, and woefully lacking any sense of right and wrong.

    Palin is just another right-wing extremist who is does nothing but say whatever wild, deluded lies pop into her tiny little mind, just like Coulter, Limbaugh, and so many others.

    Anyone notice how much the right-wing kooks of this country love to hear the craziest propaganda? They love being part of the big mob, brainless and angry, full of rage and insane ideas. Sarah Palin looks pretty good to a mentality like that.

    November 23, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Eric

    LOL ! Happy Holidays Rebulicans! your gift? Nader in a skirt (or running shorts).. enjoy!

    November 23, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Tania

    But what has she said about actual policies, concrete plans, her philosophy on governing?! She parrots phrases (often incoherently and ungrammatically) but what does she propose? What is her program? Folks, there is nothing there behind that pretty facade! Zilch, nada, nothing!

    November 23, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Sea.gem

    Really CNN?...the polls you are referencing in your daily doses of Sarah are now coming from the Des Moines Register?

    November 23, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. KC

    CNN please stop giving Sarah Palin the kind of publicity she doesn't deserve.. Why would anyone in America with good sense of reasoning consider Sarah Palin for President? Sarah Palin could not govern a small state of Alaska because of the pressure and now wants to be the President of America... Ooh! what an insult to American people.

    November 23, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. payback

    ...I for one, want the rightwingers to get their way. If they feel, they can run this country so-be-it. I will sit back, and watch as they spin the lies. About, the last administration. Also, when they get caught, with their pants down. How they, will spin their way out of it.....The second time around. They have learned what, they did wrong...And blame others. They keep saying, how we should stop blaming, bush. But they continue to blame Clinton, they sometimes throw in Carter. I know, Obama, will get his fair share of the blame too.......So, now let's go palin/huckabee or newt/rommey. or least we forget guliaini/911.....for pres and vice pres.

    November 23, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    I LOVE IT – Keep pumping this CHICK up and make her look like she is the BEST candidate for the Republican Party!!!! Let her ASH run... YOU REPUBLICAN'Ts ARE IN FOR A RUDE AWAKENING!!

    At first, I felt that CNN is giving this PERSON just a little toooo much air play – giving her free commercials and ads – PUMPING her up into believing she could REALLY BE PRESIDENT!!!

    NOW – I say CNN, keep it coming. The more you PRINT this PERSON indicating how much the FAR RIGHT loves her – the better it would be for the Democrats... You are literally forcing the GOP to select her when in reality; the MERRY MEN of the REPUKE PARTY OF NO do not want her to be the choice!!

    November 23, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Why do Republican'ts hate America so much?

    "the former Alaska governor "

    Wouldn't it be more correct to refer to her as the EX-govenor from Alaska, than "former"? I always the "former" was more of an honorary thing when refering to politicians who don't hold the office any more. I mean, the woman QUIT

    November 23, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Bill

    As an Iowan with conservative tendencies, I apologize for my state. Palin does NOT represent any sort of coherent strategy for the Republican party, and has built her "campaign" on a rhetoric of buzzwords, religious pandering, and fear. I hope the right DOES run her as a candidate, so she can be SOUNDLY defeated, and with any luck, sound the death knell for the religious nutjobs that have taken over conservative politics. Iowan's supported Obama in the caucuses, and we'll hopefully continue our trend of progressivism. Sarah Palin has no role in that.

    November 23, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. J.P.

    The funny thing is, Jimmy Carter, I mean Barack Obama, is going to leave things in such shambles (think FDR), a cool moist moss-covered rock would be able to beat him in 2012. Palin would simply be a place holder. In fact, the asterisk next to her name could beat him in 2012.

    I thought if we passed the trillion dollar Dem-voter-stimulus bill, unemployment wouldn't rise above 8%? Doh!

    November 23, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Open Your 3rd Eye

    I can't wait til she's nominated. lol.

    November 23, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    That so many would consider this shallow, dishonest, ignorant, "christian" a viable prospect to run this country shows how bad off this country really is.

    America has definitely seen it's better days.

    November 23, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. DawnR

    Sarah, Sarah, go away
    We don't want to see you play . . .

    CNN, please stop covering this lightweight. What you won't do to "make" news - you create most of the interest in her. (And, yes, I know I read it too - just wanting to see what idiocy CNN will keep "reporting". Btw, I read almost all the articles.)

    The worst thing, though, is how naive and gullible so many people are that they can even consider Palin as an even remotely serious candidate for POTUS.

    November 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. todd

    The first Congress was right in putting the check system because they had no faith in the common people to choose wisely for the highest office, which still holds true today. Palin and the rest of them are clowns. Better choices do not get the press or funds to run.

    November 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. j williamson

    The same state which gave Pat Robertson his win in 1988 – from there it was downhill and dead-end for the preacher turned politician.

    November 23, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. carlos, THAT one

    she is not worth the bread crumbs she has inside her head and the IQ below plant level of her followers

    November 23, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. B

    She is a self serving FOOL and everyone knows it...

    November 23, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    In an effort at being fair in my criticism of this dingbat I took time out to watch her on th OReilly Factor on Fox. I wanted to see if maybe I was missing something, or if there was any truth to the MSM setting traps for Sarah during their interview of her. I almost threw up! Jimmeny Crickets this woman is a master manipulator, and more empty-headed than I previously thought. Even with O'Reilly literally spoon-feeding her her responses she would'nt catch on and stay on track. She was more concerned about responding "her" way than responding with anything approaching the truth. I lost count of how many times she contradicted herself on Fox.

    The verdict remains the same: there is nothing beautiful about the inner workings of this woman. Perfect example of beauty being only skin-deep.

    November 23, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. Rob

    This is getting ridiculous how much CNN is obsessed with Palin. Everyday for the last 7 days the top Ticker headline is about Sarah Palin. WHY? WHY does CNN care so much about her? She is terrible.

    CNN, we are SICK of Sarah Palin. Move on to something else please.

    November 23, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. New York Double Attack Survivor

    Palin is not going to mount a serious campaign. She wants to be a power broker – with the emphasis on broker. Her PAC will rake in the $$$ as a result and she will live comfortably on the proceeds.

    November 23, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Bob in Pa

    Amazing that such inept, stupid woman as all you libs here will no doubt clammer, draws such attention. Don't you relize that the more you bad mouth her and talk about her, the more free press she gets. If you had just kept your mouth and pens silent, she probably would have already been a has been.

    Quinn's first law. Liberalism always generates the exact opisite of its stated intent.

    November 23, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Vern

    THey should have doubts, this woman has never finished anything in her public life. When the going got tough she opted for the money, the fame and fortune.

    Americans are fully aware of this type of person in public office. Only those serious candidates who can take the heat, fight for the people, not exploit them, and use them for her own money making purposes.

    Iowans are smart, they know a user when they see one. Good for Iowa.

    November 23, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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