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. MARK

    She's more poplular than Obama.

    December 7, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. JOMO

    Wow, get a load of all the American Gothic bible thumper dingbats posting here. I'll bet God talks to you all personally, says all folks unlike you are going to hell. Oh well, as they say in shrink school, schizo's believe in castles in the sky, psycho's live in them. Must be something in the water...

    December 7, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    I just read a wonderful article about Dr. Carol Greider, the 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

    An intelligent, hard-working single mother of two, who has a passion for her work and her family, thrilled about winning this prestigious prize, but also aware of the value of being there for her children, making sure they do well in school and wanting to make sure her experience of winning is positive for her children.

    Now SHE'S

    December 7, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Brendolyn

    I sincerely hope this woman goes no further in politics because she is a menace to the well-being of this country. There is no way she is equipped. or has the experience, to become President or even VP. Anyone with such extremist views as she has would alienate virtually every other country and force the loss of our allies. We would be better served by her leaving politics altogether and fading into the sunset.

    December 7, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Mike Coster

    That only means that 46% of the people in this country are seriously retarded. I am a conservative and cannot stand Obama much. However, I cannot ever vote for Palin, even if she were the last conservative on the planet.

    Come on folks, this is a matter of basic competency. This looney tunes queen is nothing more than a good looking charlatan.

    December 7, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Jean

    I cannot imagine that anyone could seriously believe this woman is capable of holding a national office. I am absolutely appalled that people are standing in line to buy her book. If it is just because she is a celebrity, that's one thing, but if they feel she is capable of leading this country they are sadly mistaken. Are there that many uneducated, ignorant people around who are intimidated by well-informed, intelligent people? We have serious problems and we need serious leaders. The future of this great nation depends on people making intelligent, well thought out decisions when they chose our leaders.

    December 7, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. John Long

    CNN and other left leaning media outlets, good work, keep it up ! The more you try to discredit her the more liked she becomes. That really says something about your repeating.... oh I mean reporting.

    December 7, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. George Sales

    This woman is clearly out of her league. Yes, she appeals to the right wing base and their (same old tired)social issues, but presidential she is not!!! To start with, her communication skills are awful. She reminds me of a Dan Quale or GWB in a skirt. Just remember people, you get the government you deserve.

    December 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. CA

    Palin is not an elected official. She is not running for a political position. She is a woman trying to make a fortune out of a book deal and a promotional tour for this book. Why is CNN acting as her management?

    December 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. abu anas

    I don;t think Palin would win, because already make sabotage our hero.
    never

    December 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. JonDie

    She's dumber than dirt, but many Americans have a high opinion of dirt as well.

    December 7, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. cindy

    they did not ask me, she is horrible!!!

    December 7, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Independent voter

    The comments on this forum about CNN's continued coverage of Mrs Palin shows a basic lack of understanding of how the media works.

    The media will build, and build and build and build her up.

    It suits everyone's interests for her to become the "inevitable" GOP nominee. Because if Mrs Palin is the GOP nominee, when the Obama political machinery, and his magnificient oratory gets into high gear for a second term, he will win a by a landslide.

    December 7, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. john

    The only reason her popularity went up is because the media is in love with her. They talk about her all the time. She's like Paris Hilton. Everyone wants to see what she's doing and nobody knows why. How will she capitalize this fame empty fame to become the next president will be a completely different ballgame.

    Her life story has so many blemishes that when the campaign begins she will not know what happened when all this fame goes away.

    December 7, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. CA

    Anyone promoting their book who got two free headlines on CNN every day for several months would get a boost in popularity if they were as impopular as Palin. Is this news? (Sorry for the rhetorical question.)

    December 7, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Ron W.

    I am as conservative as you can get and don't like Sarah Palin. I am a Christian but don't find her to be tolerant or able to lead by example. I also don't find her attractive or very intelligent. The Republican Party is being destroyed by outspoken people who are poorly informed and offer little more than criticism. I read part of her book at Borders Books this weekend and it was like reading a letter from the Summer Camp for Entitled Teenagers.

    December 7, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. JanieTee

    People! There is no substance here. She gives women a bad name.

    December 7, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Gary

    The poll says all those people favor her. Try asking how many want think she could be president. Those numbers drop drastically.
    I know there's not that many stupid people out there.

    December 7, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Tom

    This just keeps getting funnier everyday.

    December 7, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Michael

    I have nothing against this lady. I don't know her or profess to fully understand her position. She talks in vey simple terms and perhaps that is what many folks are excited about.

    I am very concerned about her national standing and her ability to be president with her lack of experience and knowledge.

    December 7, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Davy Lubz

    I wonder if she will be able to handle the trememdous pressure Obama has had to deal with. Good on her the economy will be good in 2012, and Obama will have mopped all the war mess Bush left him with!

    December 7, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. jayindenver

    That hat looks Russian to me. Why won't she show us her birth certificate? What is she hiding? I think she's a Commie plant who was carefully groomed to be a beauty queen, attend five colleges, and quit a governorship in order to get elected President of the United States. Or maybe not. But I still want to see that birth certificate, and no phony "Certificate of Live Birth" either!

    December 7, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Inquiremind

    CNN who are those you polled?
    What area of the country did you do your polling from?

    December 7, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Norm

    Carl Denham found King Kong on Skull Island and brought him to New York. John McCain found Sarah Palin in Alaska and brought her to the GOP Convention.

    December 7, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Bob of Lompoc

    Mickey and Minnie Mouse get a "Favorable" rating. So what.

    You CNN people – you are just dying to have this dimwit be a candidate for President, knowing you can take financial advantage of the circus that will follow. People like to watch this person for the same resaon they watch a train wreck. And you are pushing her, and providing free publicity, which assist her in her quest to be THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Where is your professionalism, and most of all, where is your honor? A thousand "shames" to you.

    December 7, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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