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. Big John

    Most thinkling people would have doubts about a quitter, liar and a hypocryte.

    November 23, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Dave

    Palin's high heels are going to stomp the socialist from chicago in 2012 (provided obama has not been impeached by then). Without the main stream media filtering her words, her populatiry is going to continue to rise as obama's sinks.

    November 23, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. That's a winning ticket

    Tweedle-Bee and Tweedle-Dumb

    November 23, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. H-Town

    Afghanistan is far more important than Palin and her stupid book! Plus, I can't stand her screachy voice!

    November 23, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. KK

    It is a long time to 2012, If Palin runs for the highest office in America and wins, she would probably quit after two years as she did as governor. Stable she is NOT.

    November 23, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. shirley-atl

    If somehow the GOP were able to run quittin, failin, palin, and somehow she got elected, I doubt if she would stay in the position for long. It is just not in her M O to see most things through, which is what I have concluded. Iowa and the GOP should think about some of the other potential candidates more seriously than this narcissistic diva.

    November 23, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Jon

    Great! Let her go all the way!!!!

    Hope she wins. She's so totally unqualified, she'll assure a democratic sweep in 2012.

    November 23, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Michael

    I do like her, even though she has made some mistakes when she ran for vice-president. I would like to vote for her however, I have serious doubts she could win a general election due the amount of negative feed back she gets. I believe the democratic party along with her mistakes have made her a vary polarizing figure. You either like her or you do not. It will be very difficult to get her elected due to this.

    November 23, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. lookit

    this is tooo funny. How anyone can take Sarah Palin seriously as anything but a talk show host is beyond me. if she is elected to national office, then America deserves what it gets. Hopefully the lessons of 8 awful years of GWB aren't forgotten already...

    November 23, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Texas Doc

    Go Sarah! You and Glenn Beck 2012! Teabaggers Untie!

    November 23, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Gary

    Let's see a choice between Palin and Huchabee ... hummmm .. I'll take Satan

    November 23, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Jose

    Someone who can't hold a job, has really not fact based opinions and incites riots (aka campaign rallies) along with posing in quesitonable attire for a photo shoot and then getting made when others use the photos.

    Yep, I guess she's qualified to be another moron republican politician!

    November 23, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Nick

    I have doubts about her too. She's a complete joke, she is not qualified to be president anytime soon. When the going gets tough, she'll just go out and quit on the country? I don't want a quitter in the Oval Office. She likes to blame the media, some of it was unfair but it's not Katie Couric's fault that Palin had trouble answering questions, Palin just isn't knowledgeable in foreign policy and virtually all aspects of the #2 or #1 job.

    November 23, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. New Age Independent

    Liberal Democrats have placed Palin on a pedestal with their obsessive attacks on this woman. For my own opinion, I don't think she is qualified any more than Obama was qualified to be President. Obama has done a horrendous job so far and I've regretted voting for him more than any other vote in my life. I can't see Palin as the best alternative either. Frankly, the way Democrats have unfairly characterized Palin and the lies they have spread about her, I can't understand why there are any women in the Democratic party. They climb to power on the backs of minorities in exchange for petty favors and monetary positions.

    November 23, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. sherry

    Repug's are just looking for a pawn and or puppet they can use just as Cheney did to Bush.
    Why does Sarah always have her mouth open in all pictures like that?
    She needs to put a cork in it.

    November 23, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. suzy

    I can't believe the people of this country would even consider her...
    seriously. We have become a scary country.

    November 23, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Tom

    Originally from Iowa, I can't image the support will last long, once the corn liquore wears off.

    November 23, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    Goodness there's that super cute photo as a lounge singer. More her style. We just spent the last three years campaining. Let it rest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    November 23, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. Tim

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    November 23, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Terry - Indiana

    Frankly, Iowa does not speak for me, or for the majority of America. When you have these types of press releases and claims of triumph three years before an election, it must be a very slow news day out in Iowa. By the way, has anyone seen the $50,000 cancelled check for the vetting bill from the McCain Camp?

    November 23, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Josh

    Just lost all respect for Iowa.

    November 23, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Reny

    I wont vote for her.

    November 23, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. Paulee

    I like Sarah, BUT...we need the best leader ever to bring us out of this horrible left turn this administration has taken us..My hope is that people see the good work and speeches given by Mitt this last year. He is right on. More like Reagan than anyone...his DNA spells President in my minds eye...We need a secure, turnaround ,economy expert, morally sound, and one who loves this country and is a doer. Mitt Romney is a good man, not a sniper and does not turn on his own....He has created in his own life the American Dream and remember He said, "WASHINGTON IS BROKEN!" Well, it is rapidly getting more broken..Mr Fix it ...is what we will need... Romney 2012...go to: freeandstrongamericapac to see and hear Mitt's great words for these times...You MUST.........thanks

    November 23, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Royster

    Sarah Palin's fantasy is that she will be 'summoned' to be the dark horse rogue candidate for the GOP in 2012, and will ride sweeping grassroots support all the way to the White House, in spite of her ineptness, in spite of her self centered attitude.

    AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN SARAH!!
    While some downhome middle of the country small state may see you in a favorable light, see what happens when you get to California or New York, or any state with a population larger than......Alaska.

    November 23, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. wait a minute

    If 2012 were a beauty contest, Palin would have a good chance.

    November 23, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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