December 7th, 2009
02:30 PM ET
11 months ago

CNN Poll: Palin's popularity on the rise

Sarah Palin has erased her drop in the polls that followed her resignation as Alaska governor, according to to new CNN poll out Monday.
Sarah Palin has erased her drop in the polls that followed her resignation as Alaska governor, according to to new CNN poll out Monday.

Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin has erased her drop in the polls that followed her resignation as Alaska governor, according to new national survey.

But when it comes to opinions of Palin, a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday suggests a partisan divide and a gender gap.

The survey indicates that Americans are split on Palin, with 46 percent saying they have a favorable opinion of her and an equal amount saying they have an unfavorable view of last year's Republican vice presidential nominee.

Full results (pdf)

Palin resigned as Alaska governor in July, with a year and a half left in her first term. She attributed the decision to tremendous pressure, time and the financial burden of a litany of ethics complaints in the past several months, complaints Palin said were without merit and took away from the job she wanted to do for Alaskans.

Related video: Public split on Palin

Following her resignation, Palin's favorable rating dropped to 39 percent in CNN polling, but her popularity is now back to the same level it was before she stepped down. The former governor is in the middle of a national tour for her best selling book, "Going Rogue: An American Life."

Eight out of ten Republicans questioned the survey have a favorable opinion of Palin, with more than seven in ten Democrats view her unfavorably. Independents are evenly divided on Palin. According to the poll, 51 percent of men see her in a positive light, with an nearly equal amount of women view Palin in a negative way.

"The gender gap on Palin is not simply a function of the fact that women tend to identify with the Democratic party more than men do," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Even within GOP circles, Republican men like Palin more than Republican women do. John McCain put Palin on his ticket in 2008 to appeal to female voters, but it looks like men are a natural constituency for her."

How does the first female vice-presidential major party candidate in more than two decades compare to recent vice presidents?

"Palin is still not as popular Al Gore and remains more unpopular than Joe Biden, but her favorable rating is much higher than Dick Cheney's," adds Holland.

Palin's book tour brought her to Iowa on Sunday. With the former Alaska governor considered a possible contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, attention has been sparked by her visit to Iowa, site of the first event on the presidential calendar. Long lines of people have waited hours to see Palin during many stops of her nearly month long book tour.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted December 2-3, with 1,041 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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  1. GGofigure

    "McCain/Palin ....do you have regrets yet...."

    I wonder how McCain and Palin can do better?

    Only in America somebody like Palin can be considered as a potential head of state.... Let's not make the mistake we make 9 years ago...

    December 7, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. DALE

    Sara Palin-THE best friend a Democrat can have. You go girl. Just keep talkin'.

    December 7, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Palin Schmalin

    Ooooooohhhhhhh.....Sheeeeee's popular!!! Golly Gee Whiz!!!

    Minnie Mouse and that green M&M are popular, too.

    MINNIE MOUSE / GREEN M&M in 2012.

    December 7, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. RickM

    Howard Dean said last week that the race in 2008 was between whether capitalism or socialism would prevail and that socialism won.

    Well 2012 will be the revenge of the capitalists. Go Sarah Go!

    December 7, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. ed

    Scary article!

    December 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Debby

    Palin is almost as popular as Obama. You have to love it. Obama has done absolutely zip for our country in almost a year he has been in office. If government run healthcare passes more and more small buisness's will fold and the number will continue to grow at the unemployment line.

    December 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Cat, Holt, Mo

    Anyone who puts their faith in this moron, should just stick their head between their legs and kiss their butt, good bye. To old and stupid to know any better.

    December 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. adrift in canada

    During the Bush years, I used to hear some Americans say they were thinking of moving to Canada. Well, if Palin is ever elected president, this Canadian would have to think about moving to Australia. Palin as president would prove that Canada is sharing North America with a bunch of complete loons. A new continent would look good at that point. The fact that so many Americans have a favourable opinion of Palin is puzzling, shocking, funny, amazing, disturbing, unbelievable, terrifying, etc. etc. Have you people even listened to what she says?

    December 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Dorothy

    The CNN article states that Sarah Palin quit as Governor of Alaska because she was under tremendous pressure, time and the financial burden of a litany of ethics complaints in the past several months and she didn't want that to take away from the job she was doing for the people of Alaska.

    So let me get this straight; to reward the people of Alaska who entrusted her with the Governorship. she up and quit because she was under tremendous pressure.

    We know that the President of the United States is always under tremendous pressure so I guess that means, if elected, she would reward us by quitting too.

    Isn't it amazing that she wrote a book "Going Rogue" and one definition of rogue is " a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel " ....
    of course the people of Alaska must already know that first-hand !!!!

    December 7, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Darren in Texas

    It's all in the wording. Look at the questions asked. "A favorable opinion" is different than "would you want this woman running your country?". I would suggest that the numbers would be significantly lower for Mrs. Palin in the second scenario.

    She had better buy lots of botox and watch her weight because 3 more years will have her a little older and not quite as attractive and then people may actually look past the pretty face and the ample bosom and listen past the platitudes to what she hasn't got to say. Then her numbers will plummet.

    Hey ... who am I kidding ... when will the American people ever listen past the platitudes ... from either side!?!?!

    December 7, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Cat, Holt, Mo

    Beauty????????? The moron is mean and says ugly things. And that is just when she is not telling lies.

    December 7, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Roscoe Chait

    I guess it's true that the American people would elect a ham sandwich if they thought it would get them jobs. And Palin is a very white ham sandwich, a poorly educated, ignorant, divisive, arrogant, narcisistic, lying ham sandwich. Well, I'm hungry.

    December 7, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Cat, Holt, Mo

    Beauty????????? The moron is mean and says ugly things. And that is just when she is not telling lies. You sound rather like a bigot to me. I am sure the third grade actor has alot more education than you.

    December 7, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Andrew

    Ick – why are we still talking about her?

    December 7, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Bill

    A very sad commentary on what I had always thought our country valued....and I've been around for quite a long time.

    December 7, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Victim of reading other Victim's posts

    One thing is for certain: The willfully ignorant adore her.

    December 7, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. John from Texas

    Please... Have we not suffered enough under George W. Bush? Sarah Palin's supporters like her because she lives up to their own Fundamentalist Christianity doctrine. But for the rest of us, and probably the rest of the world as well, she stands for a symbol of American mediocrity and ignorance.

    December 7, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Republicanssuckbigtime

    Let me see, "ooooohhhh, Sarah Palin is the second coming of Christ." Where have we heard those words before? Oh yeah, when George W. Bush ran for President. How did that work out for Conservatives? Arguably the worst President ever to have been elected by the Supreme Court.

    Conservatives don't mention George W. Bush EVER. If Palin became their nominee and God help us, President, she would be the downfall of our country. The woman is an idiot.

    December 7, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Johnny B

    Palin supporters are fantastic, they support a quitter! A sucker born every minute!!!!

    December 7, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Reggie

    Rock Star Sarah Palin!!!

    December 7, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Shucks

    Republican men like Palin more than republican women. What an incredible revelation. Those moral republican men like her because she is so intelligent, an inspiration, a Maverick, a thinker? Sorry I couldn't stop laughing for a minute. More likely they like her because she looks like someone that they consider a sexual conquest, beauty queen, and easy.

    December 7, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I was watching a political focus group on the local cable network. They had about 12 participants evenly split between Dems and Reps. They were doing word association with various political names. Only one person said "Leader" in regards to her, several used the term "whack-job". NO ONE but that one person had anything positive to say about her. So my question is and will remain: WHO ARE YOU POLLING? AND WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO KID?

    December 7, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. parlor cat

    There is no way the republician party will vote in Palin as their running choice to run against Obama in 2012. They can't be that dumb. Surely they saw that Palin cost McCain his bid. I cannot believe that McCain picked such an airhead.

    December 7, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Elaine

    You go lady!!! We need a conservative and rightous leader in the USA. I hope you run for Pres.in 2012.

    December 7, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. mjm

    It better be – She is our Darling!!

    December 7, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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