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. Greg

    I'm glad to hear she is doing so well... it validates here place among other Republicans.

    December 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. W Spivey

    Oh yes, we really need to consider this idiot for President. She will fit right in with the rest of the clowns.

    December 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Slappy White

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    Is there anything we can do short of a total boycott to keep CNN from running two stories a day on its website about this dingbat?

    Somebody please throw me a bone, here..
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    .

    December 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. yuri

    In our opinion, that harbingers hazards both to the herds of GOP, and heroes in the real world. Her radical views and quarter-baked ideas and methods also may spell sinister doom. We are sincerely and really worried!

    December 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Todd

    Shows the IQ of this sad nation.

    December 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Dave, the Truthteller

    I would not vote for her against a more qualified individual like Newt G, but I like her. I really like the way she drives the lib monkeys into a frenzy. Read comments to follow as an example....

    December 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Stephen Falk

    If that truly is the case, God help us all if this idiot ever amasses any
    real power..

    December 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Jane

    Only in America can a person help lose a Presidential election and then not even complete 1 term in an elected office where the voters gave her their trust make millions off a book that I understand has errors in it. Americans need to start thinking for themselves – it's really sad.

    December 7, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. RN

    Leave Palin alone – really.
    We DO NOT want to hear any more about this quitter.
    Charles Manson has a better rating than Cheney – that is nothing to brag about. Actaully, what does she actually have to brag about? Pretty much all she claims to have done is (a) not true or (b) an exaggeration.
    Let's move on and not get so stuck in the past.

    December 7, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. We the People/FormerGOP

    It is on the rises with the hicks and the hillbillies.
    The non-educated.

    December 7, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Gary P

    One problem with this poll is the methodology. CNN used a sample of "Adults" That's the LEAST reliable way to sample.

    Ask the SAME question of "Registered voters", as others do, and Palin's numbers are higher, much higher. But even "Registered Voters" is not the best sampling.

    Rasmussen, which samples "LIKELY VOTERS," which is the most accurate, has Sarah Palin polling higher than Obama. Her favorable/unfavorable are considerably better than Obama's.

    Obviously she's top's in the GOP, but she also does very well with independents, most would vote for her, as well as a pretty decent amount of democrats.

    CNN's poll is good, but it would be better if they polled "Likely Voters."

    December 7, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Alana

    There isn't much of a gender gap if "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."

    I mean 51 negative men, and nearly 51 negative women? And that's a gap?

    December 7, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. dick delson

    I've got my eyes, ears, nose and toes crossed that the GOP makes her its candidate in 2012. She gives STUPID a whole new meaning.

    December 7, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Oh, where is the press during these book signings? I thought that she would welcome members of the press so that she could tell them what she is thinking. Oh, that's right... She doesn't want to deal with "Gotcha Journalism." Apparently she doesn't want to be corrected with needless facts that prove her wrong.

    December 7, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Palin Power

    It is clear that she is making her ascendancy to the White House in 2012. She will inevitably become America's next and greatest President of All Times for it is the Word and Will of GOD herself!

    Palin/Bachmann 2013-2021

    December 7, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Bill

    You've got to be kidding! This country has some very serious problems.

    December 7, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Phil

    Remember, we elected George W. Bush as President not once but twice. Nothing surprises me now about the electorate.

    But God help us if this women is elected!

    December 7, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. S M R

    Only in America can a bimbo be a star.

    December 7, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. katiec

    All I can say, CNN, is that your poll had to be taken only from the radical religious right and the tea baggers. No intelligent American would support this ridiculous woman.
    Course, CNN, am sure your love affair with her, constantly giving her the headlines, even going to facebook so you can quote her has helped. No one, except Fox, gives her the attention you do.

    December 7, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. a progressive

    Right-wing America, honestly, is this person qualified to be a national leader? Would you be proud, as an American, of a person like this making 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 her.

    December 7, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Gale

    Gosh, after all those hateful, spiteful comments made by the Democrats, some people actually still like Ms. Palin. Democrats wrong??? Go figure. Go Sarah!!!

    December 7, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. jules sand-perkins

    Palin's rise had to happen. Aside from the fact that most men become a little happier whenever her picture appears anywhere, there is now distance from her unprepared Couric interviews. Her conservative views are more clearly expressed.

    I believe that the most important factor in Palin's rise is the widespread disappointment in President Obama.
    When he campaigned, the press and buzz were appropriate for the Coming of a Messiah, ot at least another Prophet Mohammed.
    We have now experienced Obama as a man. Under his presidency, we do not dwell in Paradise, and we cannot even view it from afar.

    December 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Florence

    Is American people’s IQ dropping daily? May be someone has contaminated our drinking water again just like 2000 & 2004 when Bush was elected!

    December 7, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Tania

    Please - what IS her "message"?!?!?!

    December 7, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. steve

    Initially, I had a positive attitude about Ms. Palin, but that was quickly erased once she was "out there" and tripping over her own words. Any lingering respect was truly erased in her self-serving resignation from the Governor's office. True, she has a following. Question is where are they following her to. The presidency? Not likely.

    December 7, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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