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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  1. Kingtech

    P.T. Barnum had it right – “There's a sucker born every minute” Just replace the synonym "sucker" with "conservative" and it applies to today's neo-con mentality.

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

    First of all – Palin is not a horrible person. Therefore, one might have a favorable opinion of her as a mother, book writer, etc. However, that does not translate into Palin can run a country!!! NOT IN THE LEAST. Not finishing a tough term as governor and writing a book that is simply one complaint after another of how poor palin was treated does not qualify you to run (and ruin) this amazing country.

    December 7, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. seebofubar

    So, her favorable rating is tied with our Failure in Chief....interesting.

    December 7, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. anna

    Obviously, the men all voted with their lower brain. To the discerning eye, she is nothing more than Paris Hilton with political aspirations.

    "Normal everyday," "a real American'" ??? – she's fooled all the sheep writing in here who adore her. She is anything but normal and everyday – how many women do you Palin-followers know who have written a best-seller and get paid to speak?

    Wake up – she's exploiting all of you who for her own gain and need for attention & power – too bad you don't have enough savvy and street smarts to realize it.

    December 7, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. All the news that's fit to omit

    The genius liberal "Brett" who posted this gem right on this very site says it all for the ignorant and dumb as a stump liberal sheep and I quote:

    "She makes GW look like a brain surgeoon", wow Brett, you must be a product of the fine liberal establishment school system.

    NONE of you are as accomplished as PALIN, NONE.

    December 7, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Inquiremind

    She is rising, if you poll only the mindless ignorant fools.

    December 7, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. ANGIE

    still dumb as a stump!

    December 7, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Maria from VT

    CNN please stop reporting on Sarah Palin!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 7, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Tom In Bethesda

    The 51 percent of men saying they viewed her favorably were talking with their pants..........go back and ask them if she's qualified to run anything other than Wasilla, AK? If any of them say "Yes"....God help us.......

    December 7, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Tim

    All I can say is that it will be another landslide Democratic victory if she is the Republican candidate. Palin would be the best weapon possible for the Democratic Party. I know everyone in the Democratic Party is praying that the Republican Party is dumb enough to nominate Palin.

    December 7, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Clint

    We must resist clicking on the Palin story. It's news because we're buyin'.
    If Elmo got this much attention, CNN's next article would be "Elmo's Popularity on the Rise".
    We just keep taking the bait. I'm going to be strong next time, this time I'm serious.

    December 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. section9

    The great liberal unraveling begins.

    Palin's resignation from her governorship will be looked back on as her most brilliant stroke-her Crossing of the Rubicon.

    Squirm ye progressives, and be sore afraid!

    December 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Mark in Atlanta

    Keep up the good work, Sarah! The American people need you to stay on the scene until 2012 to ensure a second term for our excellent President.

    December 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Craig

    God help us. An idiot is on the rise.

    December 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. fielding mellish

    Like Mencken said, "no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."

    December 7, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Rachel

    As a female independent voter, I find Palin to be a strong, positive role model for women. I hope she continues to succeed. I don't always agree with her but I have a lot of respect for her and i think it's sad that the left continues to make their sexist remarks.

    December 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Tony

    Help me! Help me! Somebody puh-leeez help me!

    What lies have been put forth about Sarah?

    December 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. A real progressive

    Right-wing America, honestly, is the person qualified to be a national leader? Would you be proud, as an American, of such a person decisions in which the future of the country and the world are at stake? Honestly? Republicans, Conservatives, Populists, you can do much, much better than Mr Obama .... like Sarah Palin

    December 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. aa in michigan

    When will this total zero fade away like a bad smell in the wind?

    Why does the press continue to report on her? Other than making herself the poster child of small town America, she has done nothing and clearly based on her interviews and ghost written book knows nothing relevant for higher office.

    December 7, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Tom in FL

    And now she's a 'birther', too. Next it will be the impending 'government takeover' of Medicare. She has become the Madonna of the Morons.

    December 7, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. aneanderthal

    Thats nice but, any word yet on how the ethics investigations of Charlie Rangel and the other Congressman are going? Is CNN going to cover all of those leaked e-mails about climate change? Fox has the climate change story, but Pelosi is being real quiet about the Rangel investigation (It has been going on for over a year now).

    December 7, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. carol

    Well now, one can surely tell that SOME PEOPLE are afraid of her.

    December 7, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. bar m chopper

    She's still the poster child for American ignorance. I pledge allegience . . .

    December 7, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Michael

    It boggles the mind that anyone can consider this person qualified for any public office. She is not qualified by any measure.

    December 7, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. cdarch

    I was hoping for at least one Palin free week in the media. I guess the temptation to succumb to the sensationalism is just too much for CNN to resist.

    December 7, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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