December 7th, 2009
02:30 PM ET
8 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. CNN do you job right

    Democrats are sure afraid of her!! Afraid that the country will go in full swing from a huge deficit created by Obama to an actual surplus, like she did it with Alaska. Simple, cut spending that's not necessary. Hannity listed about 200 of them so far.

    December 7, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Sandra, Atlanta

    She still lies well and creates havoc. Can't see anything that's changed other than the media gives her so much attention. The people who are on the right fringes will think she's wonderful. I personally do not think she's extraordinary at all. I still would not vote for her for public office.

    December 7, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. JoeBama

    I look forward to debates between Obama and Palin if she gets the nomination. The bloodbath will give SNL quite a few extremely funny episodes.
    As someone said earlier, after this country elected and reelected George Bush, anything is possible. The idea of a Palin campaign for Presidential is rich with comedic genius.

    December 7, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Indy

    All the poll suggests is people like celebreties, more then a true politician or someone that cares about real issues. She has offered absolutley nothing to solve any problems and could not possibly offer any credible soultions that would offer hope to anyone. I would not get too excited about this poll, as she is very likely to be tied up in court for the next several years for her frauds and will not have time to make a run for any office. Since she is most well known for being a liar, she could not get a job at a bank or anyplace that has anything to do with finances so hard to believe she could get anywhere near the Whitehouse.

    December 7, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Christie

    Please stop wasting valuable news time by writing about this woman. The news media is making this woman a fortune by writing about her every single day. Stop wasting and killing tree by writing about this no reading has been. Let her get on with her life out of the lime light!

    December 7, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Shawn

    It's still not a huge gap.

    December 7, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. jane

    It's good to see that CNN is still getting mileage from Palin's meaningless activities and that Palin is benefitiing from CNN's advertising. But please be careful, CNN, that she doesn't outsmart you. To have this woman in any substantial public office again would be very sad.

    December 7, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Sal

    CNN is obsessed with Palin just Nora O'Donnell on MSNBC, There is no way that 46% of Americas would vote this racist,crazed women. Please Sarah give them the interview to they can stop making you seem important. CNN if you want some truth go to other websites that may be partially stating the truth. But get off it already !!!!

    December 7, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Jerry

    I wish that all of the liberal harpies with their misinformed and slanderous comments about Sarah Palin would just back off. The false image of an uninformed and uncaring Palin is all you seem to want to embrace. Sorry, but I prefer the truth instead.

    December 7, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Joe

    The idiot quit Alaska to make money, period. Typical American, going for the big bucks.

    December 7, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Nater

    Popularity with whom? Get real, Palin is a flake!

    December 7, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Jokes aside!

    Who cares what this woman is doing or saying?. Can someone tell her to go back to school and at least learn something because whenever she opens up her baggy mouth! Its apparent for all to see how intellectually challenged she really is!!!

    December 7, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. John

    please...............this woman is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.............please tell me people can see this....

    December 7, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Pragmatic

    The next time this woman talks about "death squads" I will repeatedly point out that they are already here: My 88 year old Dad – in fine condition otherwise – had to hunt for someone to do a triple bypass ... by the way – was very successful – thanks to a surgeon who was willing to take the risk ... now the question is "rehab" and the first question asked is "will his insurance company pay for it?"

    No dire warnings needed: rationed health care is here – up close and very personal.

    December 7, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. jeanne

    I know as of today, I'd vote for her instead of Obama again....sorry, one year later and I have seen no change, no part of the stimulous plan, and no help in sight for the average hard working american. This administration is doing the same old politics as always, protecting their own, becoming more wealthier and screwing the average american...I'd rather take a chance on her then 4 four more of smiling lies.....

    December 7, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. suresh

    Eight out of 10 Republicans think she is capable of leading this nation and the world. What has happeneed to the Republicans? Have they all become stupid? I am sure there are better candidates than Sarah in Linclon's Party. Or the real Republicans have left the Party and now only the Tea Baggers are left. If that is the case then 8 out of 10 supporting Palin is not surprizing.

    December 7, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. carlos, THAT one

    she thought Ruppert was Santa's helper......and then the publisher was told to take her to all the hick towns and act like one so they could buy her book and to take her hick secessionist husband along......impressed?????

    December 7, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Average guy in Kansas

    C'mon, folks! Let's give this joke a rest! Ms. Palin has been and always will be a punchline to a bad GOP joke. Why don't we give her an opportunity to live on the street or in a homeless shelter or go without health insurance and see how "rogue" she'll go.

    And, it ain't much of a claim to say she has a higher approval rating than Dick Cheney.

    This is one "socder mom" who is obviously unencumbered by rational thought!

    December 7, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. russell

    CNN says her popularity is on the rise , but if you read the comments , there's many on here , who totally reinforce what most Americans think and know, that she is nowhere near qualified to run for president , it looks like maybe 2 or 3 comments in favorf of Palin , and many many against her , now that's a good pole .....

    December 7, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Superstitious

    Sarah Palin's means the End Times are coming and that we will experience The Rapture, even in the country of Africa.

    December 7, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Jim

    This woman doesn't relate to me, and she doesn't speak to or for me. She is the anti-american. She spreads hatred and exclusivity, and that's not what America is about. But, if she gets elected president, then God help us all...

    December 7, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. cecilia

    The Democrats LOVE Palin, she will ensure a strong democratic presence at all levels of government. Why? Because Palin personifies the worst of the Republican stereotypes: Superficial, uneducated, simple minded, intolerant, inflexible, and not too bright. I'm not saying that this is true of all Republicans, of course it's not, but Palin's presence keeps these negative stereotypes front and center....I predict we don't see a Republican in the white house for generations. Thanks Mc Cain.

    December 7, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Peggy

    I pray everyday that our country will survive as a free country. Obama and his administration is working overtime to destroy our freedom. Wake up USA.

    December 7, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. www.circleparkforum.com

    We. Really. Don't. Care.

    CNN's own polling shows that she's got less than a 50% favorable rating, even now that it's back up "to the same level it was before" she quit.

    Please put these stories in the entertainment section where we all know they belong.

    December 7, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. mike

    it just go's to show that in todays polities that its not about your
    experience or your education but about how you can spin the crap
    and palin is great at doing just that we will be a third world country if we
    keep listening to people like her

    December 7, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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