December 7th, 2009
02:30 PM ET
3 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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. ObamaWillPayMyBills

    Love that picture with the snow falling. You can see the beauty from within flowing from her. What an amazing woman to be standing there like that after the lamestream media trashed and lied about her to put that clueless one month senator in the WH.

    How is that third grade actor with the teleprompter as his leading lady working out for the country, lamestream media?

    December 7, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Darlene Handley

    Rating higher than Dick Cheney, what an achievement!? I don't know who's being polled here, but apparently it's the same people over and over again. This late 30's, white woman, thinks she needs to go away, NOW.

    December 7, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Mike

    So let me get this right she wrote a book in under 5 minutes and now she's popular? Let me write a book also let's rewrite Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall!!!!

    December 7, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Mark

    Like P.T. Barnum said, there's one born every minute. Going Rogue, what a joke. Let her go rogue in a homeless shelter without health insurance and then see how rogue she really is.

    December 7, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Joe citizen abroad

    Has Sarah Palin bought sponsorships on all the US media channels? Keep covering her every time she sneezes, and she'll be back on her feet in no time. The more people see her in non-substantive situations that don't challenge her or the public, the more palatable she'll seem, simply through sheer volume and familiarity. And don't forget her book, "Going Rogue: An American Life," available at booksellers nationwide. Is there anyone left in North America that doesn't know she's on a book tour promoting her book/self? I guess it's working.

    December 7, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Sarah Palin's popularity will only increase as her message, ideas and strength of character becomes known. Americans are starting to understand what government should be doing by seeing the failures that occur when it gets caught up in things it shouldn't be doing. Take another look at Sarah Palin's ideas. They stand up to the test of time.

    December 7, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Obama 2.0

    Not with those of us that do diligent research on our candidates :)

    December 7, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Steph

    I approve of her being a private citizen but not an elected official. There are many strong, smart women in politics....she's just not one of them.

    December 7, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Bill R in Oakland

    "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".

    Pond scum has a favorable rating much higher than Dick Cheney's.

    December 7, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Sandi

    Pleeeeeeease enough of Palin already! Move on. Incredibly, half of the US voting population is just nuts enough to vote for her! My shattering nerves.

    December 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Robert J 1

    It seems Palins constiuency is rich, paranoid women without a clue of reality. Palin is so mindless and transparent it's amazing she was ever elected to anything. Doesn't say much for the calibre of people availble in Alaska. Can someone / anyone just identify something of value this woman has brought to the table since John Mc"whatever" unleashed her on the public. To everyone who thinks we have trouble now or even when Bush and CO were floundering araound can you possibly imagine MC "whatever" and Palin trying to steer the ship today? God help us!

    December 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Mac

    CNN, do America a favor and quit asking poll questions about this political interloper, and let her fade back into obscurity where she belongs.

    December 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Fan of Common Sense

    I'm a former supporter of Sarah's, but when she abandoned her post as governor, she chose "celebrity" over "leadership." She chose to go on Oprah and book tour over fulfilling her committment to the Alaskan people. I have bad news for her. It doesn't get easier when you get to Washington. If she can't handle being governor of Alaska, I can't imagine why anyone would support her for anything higher. Stick with fishing Sarah.

    December 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Poll counter

    Slow news day CNN?
    You have to run a Palin story to make sure you get your 300 comments on the ticker?

    With that said, here come all the left winf and liberals saying polls do not count. And tossing out onliner slander comments about Palin

    But yet, when the polls show Obamas approval falling, they all will come out and say,,,they must be polling the right wing extreme. Not all americans.

    If you want polls, then you have to take it both way liberals. Palin is climbing, Obama is falling.

    December 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. true daughter of the american revolution

    this is manipulated. no one i know considers Palin any more than they do the nearest rock.
    why do you think men like Palin more than women?
    women see through her cutesie little game.
    men are still led by their lower half.
    pretty basic.
    anyone who QUITS as governor to make more money selling her book is bogus in my book.
    she's a quitter, a sham, a moron.

    December 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Deborah

    Who were the respondents of this poll? Ignorant, far right wing, narrow minded zealots? I cannot imagine sane, responsible, intelligent individuals doing anything more than CONTINUING to dismiss Sarah Palin as an embarrassment to women and this country. The poll results should be:

    Favorable: 0
    Unfavorable: 100%

    December 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. S.Clarke

    Obviously, you did not poll every American. Just the people
    you felt would have a favorable opinion.
    So she running for president. Ask all Americans if she would
    be a capable president.
    The insane would say yes and the intellectual ones would respond
    NO.

    December 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. Jane/Seattle

    HURRY! QUICK! Let's do something about the United States educational system before this silly woman ever gets elected again! Calling all reformers NOW!

    December 7, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Jess

    Great, just what America needs, another idiot proud to be an idiot. Well she's just like a majority of her constituents.

    December 7, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Cute picture

    Love the picture CNN.

    Too bad more women in politicas can not take a lead from Sarah and present themselves as normal everyday people and not some high dollar tax paid socialite.

    December 7, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Laurie

    Short memories serve these type of people well. Write a book, travel around the country, sign books(it doesn't matter what's in the book), and blog on Facebook. The American people are easily swayed by media coverage and we follow like lemmings the propaganda of the hour. Real sad and more than sad, real scary.

    December 7, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. ez

    Is she the next president?

    December 7, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Bob in VA

    We're still waiting for her to appear on a serious news show. Facebook postings won't cut it forever.

    December 7, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    I'm telling you Palin haters that you are contributing to Sarah Palin's polularitiy. If the best you can do is make insults and name call, then you're becoming part of the partisan gibberish that most people will tune out. Calling Sarah Palin names just makes people think you have nothing constructive to say and should be ignored.

    December 7, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Not bad for a hillbilly with the IQ of a box of rocks. Please run for president in 2012, it would be good for the Democrats.

    December 7, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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