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. JP

    I have voted republician for every presidential election since 1978. If Palin is the nominee I will stay home on election day. She doesn't get it that she was the main reason McCain lost. She can't win if people like me are so turned off by her. A vote for Palin would be a vote to keep Obozo the clown for another 4 years.

    November 23, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Beverly in NC

    The whole country has NO doubts about Palin. She is a very unintelligent, attention-needy woman who has nothing to offer but her lies, extremist views, and a resume of failures left in her wake. She's an American annoyance we wish we go home and stay there. She's an embarassment to intelligent women in this nation.

    November 23, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Steve in Ct

    People calling Palin a dummy are the actual dummies for not recognizing her genius. This is how her plans are going. Step out of state ploitics. Publish book. use book proceeds to live on and for political agenda. Get air time. use next 2 years to develop alliences on national stage gaining strength within party and to develop what's lacking to be POTUS to become qualified. Run for POTUS. The other Republicans now in view need to tweek themselves now as she is developing herself. Contenders........ Huckabee needs to promote himself as a leader of everyone, not just Christians. Gingrich needs to distance himself from the GOP of yesteryear. Romney should stay home as he's another OBAMA in a Republican costume. With who's in the frey right now the best team would be Huckabee/Palin.

    November 23, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. j

    I like her 'mouthyness"--She writes lite reading, but running our Gov`t?--- you can`t be serious. When the going got tough, she`d be GONE.

    November 23, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hmm... If President Obama should prove to be as bad a president as the GOP would like the rest of us to believe he is, I can totally understand why the GOP would want an even less experienced person than Obama as president!

    I guess if eight years of Bush & Friends hasn't taught the GOP the disaster of conservatism in this country, I say let them all vote for Palin!
    If she wins the presidency, so be it. She'll bring complete ruination to the GOP, which would no doubt be very *entertaining* to witness first hand...

    I, of coarse, will continue to support our current President.

    November 23, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. kate

    Sarah Palin cannot respond to a simple queston on what she would do on certain issues. She has no substance, therefore isn't qualified to be President of U.S. It is all about her and what everyone else is doing wrong or how everyone else is treating her. She blames people of her own party for trashing her. She trashed herself. I don't think I would want her representing America to any foreign leader.
    She has no idea on what to do with health care, foreign policy, economy issues. etc.. It is just a broad answer anyone could give.
    No way is she ready to be a leader of our country!! She couldn't even stick with being governor and finish a term. And I didn't buy the book.

    November 23, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    Obama= thoughtful leadership , The only one in that crowd that comes close to Obama thinking power is Gingrich but he is using his powers for the dark-side.

    November 23, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Kyle-The Independent

    It seems like some conservatives want Palin to run, and some liberal just want her to go away. I'm telling you now, it should be reverse...

    November 23, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. John

    Palin elected in 2012? Confirmation that the end of the world is near.

    November 23, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. CBR

    Wow! 2012 polling already. The media just can't wait to poll. They would like to run the country by polls. How amhy of you get polled and really get a chance to express your opinions?

    How about pushing those in Washington to do their jobs and get this country moving? The polling can wait.

    Just a hint: Just because she wrote a book and has been on a book tour does make her a viable candidate. Does anyone really listen to what she says? Her interview with Oprah does not make her a candidate.

    November 23, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Jeff

    I think it's very telling that all four potential candidates listed are noted as FORMER governor/speaker. Maybe the GOP should focus on candidates that were actually able to win their last elections.

    November 23, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. PeterS

    This really is ludicrous...the GOP considering Palin as a viable candidate! Give me a break, what are they trying to do, guarantee a Dem victory! Please CNN, let this ari head float away.

    November 23, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Chas in Iowa

    This fails to recognise that the GOP suffered terrible losses of registered voters during the 2008 elections.
    So if she were to garner 50% of the GOP vote she would have just below 25% of the popular vote in Iowa.

    Maybe she could declare Grassley her vice candidate so we could get rid of him too. They both have that right wingnut view of things (death panels and such).

    November 23, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Loup Garou 782

    Right from the start of this book tour we are treated to the racist ramblings of LZ Granderson of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He and others like him should be prohibited from being anywhere within a thousand yards of Mrs. Palin. Those people are dangerous. And I am well aware that this message paints me as the racist, so, I'll wear the title with pride.

    November 23, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Tom in FL

    It's funny that Republicans never consider re-electing George W. Bush or Dick Chaney, since they claim to admire them so much. Possibly they don't want to remind people what a disaster the last Republican administration was. Also, what about the "intellectuals" of the party, Rush Limbaugh and that other shouting guy on Fox News? So much talent going to waste . . .

    November 23, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. LacrosseMom

    Palin is a personality, she is a 'cheerleader' of sorts for the GOP. Not presidential material. There are plenty of accomplished women in both parties that could be president. Palin is not one of them.

    November 23, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Ross Atwater

    So how exactly is Ms. Palin's book tour helping the great state of Alaska? After all, that is why she claims to have removed herself from the governorship in the middle of her term. I remember something along the lines of, "I could be doing other things to be helping our great state rather than being governor right now." I didn't know that meant making a book tour and taking temperature surveys around the country for her possible candidacy in 2012.

    November 23, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Trish

    I think what the media or polititions doesn't get is....few people care about the republicans or democrates anymore, its about taking our country back, people fill that she is honest and real and with common sense that lacks in Washington. I believe she's a wake-up call to Washington and far left liberials..... people are fed up with politics as usual and I think she will bring back what we've lack for many years.

    November 23, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Steve

    Please Sarah, run for President of the United States of America. We can't take another round of Republicans in the White House.

    November 23, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. I am the flacid and powerless wizard of Rush

    Sarah is so self-centered that she will go down in history as the single most important reason for the destruction of the party of Lincoln and the rise of the conservative ReBirther Tea Party.

    November 23, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Ted from Calif.

    This just goes to prove how stupid many Republicans are. The continue to offer the same old failed ideas and policies and expect different results. They cannot grasp that the American voters rejected their failed policies and failed ideas at the last election.

    November 23, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. LA in WYO

    That is incredibly scary to think that an ignorant, extremely inexperienced quitter like Palin could rank this way. It's terrifying to see what this country is becoming. Canada, here I come!

    November 23, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. single mom

    CNN, give your readers/watchers an early present – manage to go one week without putting a Palin article at the top of the Ticker. She's on a book tour. I don't remember seeing anyone else on a book tour getting this much publicity! Not even the Clintons.

    November 23, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. michael

    For the state of Iowa, in the poll taken by people who can't wait to read her 'book', yes. She would have a good chance.

    November 23, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Palin/Bachmann 2012

    Sarah is the future of the Republican party. Go Sarah!

    November 23, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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