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. lisa

    Omigosh Palin Power....
    I love this country, but if those two idiots were elected, I think I would have to move. What's with Bachmann's the gay husband by the way??? Why do some gay men go all right wing and religious (and then try to "cure" fellow gays) when it is OBVIOUS that they are in the closet? Ted Haggard....anyone...anyone???

    December 7, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Lisa

    My Goodness-and I thought the far right were the ones with the hate-talk. If you would all take a look all the way down this list of comments your eyes may be opened to just who is really full of hate and prejudice. This is a woman who is not afraid of what anyone will think by what she says in her freedom of speech and her beliefs. You are all just fine when you hear Obama talk about how America is arrogant and unfair to the rest of the world. I think it's refreshing to finally hear someone speak up about our true American values and tradition. We are a wonderful nation. God Blessed. And I think she's the one to finally pull us back to the TRUTH.

    December 7, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. HAWK IN TEXAS

    NEWS FLASH! CNN is trying to become the new faux news. just who in the cnn news room is in love with this alaskan loonie. god help america if people like her ever amass any real power.

    December 7, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Manner

    I thought Obama would be a one term president, but he fixed the financial mess, seems to have restored GM, and is fighting the right war now-plus helath care. But go ahead GOP have a Palin-Huckabee Ticket and let the good times roll. Why does the GOP give an automatic pass to a moral conservative who is not very educated and politically savy, surely there must numerous women, thousands in fact, who posses both competencies- they must be rolling their collective eyes.

    December 7, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Matt

    May she get the Republican nomination for President in 2012...it will only guarantee Obama is re-elected. I can't believe people who say "she's just like me." No offense,but I want somone smarter and more well-rounded than you running our country.

    December 7, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. lisa

    well, golly gee Andy....can we have Kim Kardashian, and Paris Hilton on the Repub ticket in 2012 too? They are just like Sarah.....

    December 7, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Overtaxed Patriot

    Well, we elected Bush...TWICE. Then we elected Obama who isn't bringing anything he said he would...looks good, sounds good but no substance and breaking most of his promises. Whether or not you voted for either of these let-downs is inconsequential. They "are" and there's nothing any of us can do at this point. OK, so why not Palin? She's not "owned" by either party in the senate or congress and she can't do us any more harm than where we're headed now. Maybe a "rouged-rogue" is exactly what we need.

    December 7, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. Scott, Mizzou

    so scary that this women gets any coverage for political issues. If she wants to be a "HIlls" star, and I'm sure she would be dramatically good, then let her, but politics? Come on America, haven't we had enough of low IQ people running the country?

    December 7, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Ruty

    I guess this means only one thing. It pays to be stupid in America.

    December 7, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Kitchen Police

    The lizard brains are on the march. To where is another chapter.

    December 7, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. mk

    If Palin can't handle the pressure of Gov. of Alaska how in the world can she possibly manage the pressures of President of the US??
    Am I missing something??

    December 7, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Independent1959

    Every percentage point Sarah gains is another percentage point of proof that Americans are easily led by partisan rhetoric. I haven't heard Sarah say anything intelligent. She depends on emotional response. Sarah reminds me of 'Lonesome Rhodes', the character played by Andy Griffith in the 1957 film 'A Face In The Crowd'.

    December 7, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. babs

    I'd comment but I don't know how to spell the sound of me vomiting on my shoes.

    December 7, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Wayne Messer

    NASCAR and WWE is popular what's your point.

    December 7, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Seawife

    Please do not count me in on this poll.

    She is not worthy of holding any kind of political office. She may be popular, but was not wholly blessed with any kind of brains.

    Missy Simple Sarah is nothing but a cartoon charactor and she relishes in this media frenzy. It is all about her and that's it. That's all that counts.

    December 7, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. Tiffany

    Ok Palin, who was the first president of the United States of America?
    Oh, you don't know "blame it on the media."

    December 7, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. David

    I wouldn't vote for this bimbo to be the president of the glee club...

    December 7, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. drewsie

    Her 15 minutes were up a long time ago.
    Let's move on to people of substance with the intelligence to address modern issues.

    December 7, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. TangledThorns

    Sarah Palin's polling is rising while Obama's is dropping. Finally, America sees a real leader in a future President Sarah Palin!!

    December 7, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. benvictor

    Sarah on the rise and Obama in free fall. As Hillary democrats, we naturally voted for John and Sarah. Loved Sarah's book that sets the record straight, and now the truth is knows. The liberal media cannot understand her rise, but attribute it to her common-sense, partriotic, humble approach to life. She is God fearing. Serving in various positions of public life in Alaska, she continually showed her governing skills and her compassion in working for all Alaska. And so, the American people will continue to support her as she tours and in any decision about her future.

    December 7, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Jack in Florida

    During her book tour, she has softened her appearance and is now a nice moron.............people forget that she is a quitter and a liar.......

    December 7, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Informed Voter

    Palin has a higher favorable rating than Dick Cheney. So does a sharp stick in the eye!

    December 7, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. carol

    What has she done to see a rise in the polls? Even if some people are unhappy with Obama, there are QUALIFIED people out there who can run for office. Palin is not one of them. If you want an uninformed whack job, vote for her.

    December 7, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Shawn

    "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?"
    -Alana

    Actually that would be 51% of men are positive about Palin. 49% of women are positive about Palin.

    December 7, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. MatthewDetroit

    HARRY REID IS A LIAR...

    It is the Democrats that opposed civil rights in the 60's.
    Republicans were the ones that fought for civil rights.
    Get your history correct Harry, you are starting to sound like Joe Biden.

    Reid Compares Opponents of Health Care Reform to Supporters of Slavery., Big Liar Harry.

    December 7, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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