December 7th, 2009
02:30 PM ET
10 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. Reny

    If she wins the only people who will benefit from it will be rich white people. The rest of us will suffer under her.

    December 7, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Military 24+ Years

    When will this embarassment to our country go away? She exemplifies everything that is wrong with this country and our political system and I ask when she will finally disappear from the news cycle and when will the news media stop trying to "create" news about her!??! No education in finances, international relations, political science and managed to slip into her position as Governor by playing up that she's just like the average citizen and not like her opponents who were serious about their potential respective roles as Governor. Scary that some would want average and familiar in our leaders; but then again, that would go a long way to explaining our countries continual slide economically and politically on the world stage and at home!

    December 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Jim, San Antonio

    I'm a 59 year-old, life-long male Republican and no one surveyed me. Here's my opinion: Sarah Palin is an idiot and I refuse to believe that Americans could possibly be dumb enough to elect her President!

    December 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. talanhugh

    All the attractive woman are conservative...no wonder the libs are so angry...

    December 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. idesign

    Obama falling, Sarah rising.
    Life is good!

    December 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Mitch

    3 cheers for the hottest politician in america.

    December 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. All the news that's fit to omit

    She has NO business being President though I do LIKE her immensely.

    She should build the resume a bit and do some good things and MAYBE run in 2016.

    You sheep on the other hand, voted for someone you liked as President based on "Hope, change and a teleprompter".

    Unlike the fraud in chief, she HAS run a business, balanced a budget, had hiring and firing power, created jobs and instead of voting present, made some tough decisions (NOT ALWAYS RIGHT, but she at least made them), ran a city, ran a state and all your hero can do is run his mouth (with a teleprompter uh, uh, uh, uh only..

    Hillary was superior, just like us non-sheep told you, and the rest of us have to suffer through "Carter II" each and every dithering day.

    One and done, experiment brutally failed.

    December 7, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. mjm

    Palin's at 46% and Biden's at 47%. I'd say that's a big deal.

    What was Obama the other day on Rasmussen? 46%? Hope and change…your mind maybe.

    Does anyone care what Al "save you from the sun" Gore approval rating is? The guy made millions of bogus stats on global warming.

    He wasn't 100% wrong though....Global warming is "man made....up".

    December 7, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. PAUL W.

    Nobody ever got poor underestimating the stupidity of Americans. Exactly what is there to find favorable about this person? That she was smart enough to have someone write a book about her? Please, she makes George W. Bush look like Steven Hawking.

    December 7, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. David

    She is back on the rise.Can she ever be POTUS?I do not think so,but she will have an impact on people running for office.I like her outspoken views,shes got guts to say what others avoid saying.You just have to admit she is anything but the typical conventional politician.A fiesty firecracker who calls it like she sees it.

    December 7, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. J

    There must be a correlation between her rise in popularity and a rise in illiteracy in the US

    She is a QUITTER and a MORON

    December 7, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Matt G

    Really? Forty-six percent of americans have a favorable view of her? Even if you put politics aside, she couldn't even finish out her term as governor without quitting.

    December 7, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Lamar in Dallas, TX

    The Sarah Palin phenomenon is just bizarre. If I recall, this women was on the LOSING team for the presidential election, yet one year later she is in the news more than Joe Biden, the guy who actually WON!

    Sarah Palin is attractive, witty, is good at firing up crowds, and she was smart enough to see that the millions of dollars dangling in her faceif she wrote that book was well worth the political cost of resigning as the governor of Alaska.

    However, she is so utterly unqualified to be President (or Vice-President) that it's hard to believe that people take her seriously.

    She as far more suited for her own show on FOX News! Are you listening Rupert Murdoch & Roger Ailes?

    December 7, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. marty

    Mrs. Palin, by her own admission of why she quit as Governor of a state, does not appear to be grounded.
    She has a pattern of quitting.....schools as well as other positions. It's surprising that she has stayed married to the same man this long.

    December 7, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. themoi

    "Show Me The Money" Sarah can't ride the popularity of a book into the sunset and the White House. If she can, then this country is doomed.

    December 7, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Cynthia

    This is soooo funny. The nit wit was not all over the ticker last week but of course CNN the losers you are have this moron back. Nobody wants to know a thing about this air head, give us a break.

    December 7, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. BenBear

    Palin's the political equivalent of a runaway train with no driver.
    No one's home, and you know it's going to end badly for everyone involved, but you just can’t look away.

    December 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. mary

    so what % of the pop have favorable or unfavorable opions of Obama?

    Betcha its the same-ish

    December 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. petena

    I am the numbers have improved and she decides to run. But she will NOT have my vote.

    December 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Kris

    Oh please dear God, let Sarah Palin be the GOP nomination for 2012, so we can see again just how dumb she is....again.

    December 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Michael-SC

    her rating is higher than Dick Cheneys.
    Whoa. Now that is an accomplishment.
    Who's rating is lower than Dick Cheneys?

    Have to give both of them, that they know how to make money.
    reckless and without ethics.

    December 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. graymi

    46% of the population is brain dead. Scary.

    December 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Todd

    I'd like her well enough if she wore and spoke a great deal less. As far as listening to her, or thinking she could manage any job more difficult than elementary school librarian...not a snowballs chance in her future home.

    December 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. John Christensen

    I have a favorable opinion of my golden retriever, but that does not qualify him to hold office. However, I would vote for my dog before voting for Palin. We can only hope she will continue to marginalize the republicans and split the vote. Go Sarah, go....no really keep going and get lost.

    December 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    Favorable opinion running into her at the grocery store or as the POTUS? Big difference. I have a favorable opinion of George Bush serving me a beer but he was a complete train wreck as our President. Similarly, Palin would work well in a revival tent, but not in an oval office.

    December 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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