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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. sheppard

    She really should have understood the word "rogue' before using it in the title of her book.

    rogue (verb): to cheat; to uproot or destroy

    on second thought – never mind....

    December 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Jake V

    Governor Sarah Palin is the real hope in these dark days of obsene budget deficits and governmental intrusion on the private sector and private lives of individuals.

    The radical left, the atheists, islamists, and the pro-abortion groups might hate her, and spew venom on her, but this doesn't take anything away from the fact that she's a decent woman who rose to political prominence by herself and not because of patronage and outside financial support.

    She relates to every American, no matter her political or personal views, because she IS a true American.

    December 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. brad

    Related story: Average intelligence of Americans decrease.

    December 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Dan

    As a liberal, I couldn't be happier: the Dingbat Wing of the Republican Party is apparently gonna hijack the rest of the GOP, and give the moderate Republicans the last good reason they need to work WITH the rest of Congress –

    December 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Susan

    Why the uptick? Stupidity of some people's part.

    December 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Enough

    She's the only person out there with an ounce of common sense.....which is why Liberals fear her so much. As they continue to bankrupt this country her approval rises. I would much rather have Palin as president than the unqualified tax and spend dithering Liberal the gimme crowd put into office.

    December 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. wolfgangpitbullingtonIII!

    Anybody but Obama! Palin is a real American, Obama is not!

    December 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Florida Resident

    Just let her think this is a free pass to run for office again. When those who "love" her start hearing her trash talking, nasty comments, with the broken, halting delivery and they will get back to the 39% favorable rating or less! This woman is not competent to do anything other than shoot moose or catch fish. Sarah go away! You are unimportant but do provide GOP-comic relief.

    December 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. yuyu

    If this is true, I can't believe how ignorant people in this country can be. Don't complaint later.

    December 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. john

    Sarah is not worth bothering with.

    December 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Will

    She's a complete embarrassment!!! She'll never become anything more than the ignorant country hick that she is. And those who follow her fall into the same category.

    December 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    A question for CNN ... why do you continue to promote this woman as if she somehow deserves political attention?

    She is a private citizen who to my knowledge hasn't discussed any political issues or given any indication that she has any grasp of the real issues our country faces. Her Facebook mutterings nothwithstanding, this media grabbing tour to self promote her book is not a political campaign.

    If CNN must continue Palin coverage nonstop, either include her political views on the issues, or put her in the entertainment section, where, until she is willing to be interviewed on her political standing and discuss her political views, she belongs.

    December 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Follow the Money and learn the Truth

    She makes April Fools Day a holiday.

    December 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Willow

    Who cares? No one really, because she is no more than a loud mouth who
    has nothing worthwhile or substantial to contribute to legislation or policy which impacts on the lives of Americans.

    Being a foolish big mouth does not give one credibility, and she doesn't have anything to bring to national politics.

    December 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. hello!

    Palin 2012 :)

    December 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Kris

    I can not imagine anyone wanting to see more of this woman. She is always so confused and puzzled. She also complains about everyone beating her up, when she is the first person to throw a stone. I can now wait until the day that the likes of the crazy woman are gone. I find it hard to believe that she is still even a story.

    December 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Christian

    If the media would stop constantly printing articles about this idiot then she'd go away. The election was over a long time ago...This is the woman who couldn't handle even being a governor so she quit...she's the worst America has to offer...

    December 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    This episode of Nincompoop Theater was brought to you by the letter "N."

    December 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Brett

    OK FOR THE 5TH TIME, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP COVERING HER!! She makes GW look like a brain surgeoon and we are still paying for the great job he did as president. Although I have to say watching her get eatin alive in a debate with Obama would be fun.

    December 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Sgt. USMC

    "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."

    Sounds like someone wouldn't be able to handle the White House if you ask me. She's a loser.

    December 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. gl, From Pittsburgh

    She is wearing the wrong type of hat for her outfit, but she is not smart enough to realize that.

    December 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. suzy

    who cares???!!!!
    she will never ever be more than she is right now...

    December 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. st

    Why Palin is in CNN again????

    December 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There are reasons why her popularity is on the rise. There could be a dumbing down of the population. I guess people aren't looking at what she has said in the past and why she quit being governor of Alaska - the book deal! I don't like her because she hasn't shown to me that she understands many things. To me, she is a female Dan Quayle; looked good and made some really stupid statements showing that there was little upstairs. I prefer thinkers that can show that they know what is going rather than unthinking ideologues that only seem to advocate something that may not work (ever)!

    December 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Jim

    Why is CNN paying for all this polling for Sarah Palin? I can't recall a single case of "new" organizations polling the popularity of another vice presidential candidate one year after they lost an election. Was Dan Quayle still being polled in 1994 or was Joe Lieberman in 2002? CNN should be hiring real reporters to dig up real news.

    December 7, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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