January 19th, 2010
03:22 PM ET
4 years ago

New poll shows majorities don't want Palin to run

 A new survey suggests an overwhelming number of Americans don't want the former Alaska governor to run for president.
A new survey suggests an overwhelming number of Americans don't want the former Alaska governor to run for president.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin attracted huge crowds across the country last fall as she promoted her best-selling memoir, but a new survey suggests an overwhelming number of Americans don't want the former Alaska governor to run for president.

According to a new CBS News poll out Tuesday, 71 percent are against the former Republican vice presidential candidate launching her own bid for the White House in two years while 21 percent are in favor of a potential run.

Broken down by party, 56 percent of Republicans are against a potential Palin presidential campaign while 30 percent are for it. Meanwhile, the vast majority of Democrats, 88 percent, are not in favor of a Palin presidential run.

The survey also finds significantly more people view Palin negatively than positively: 41 percent negative compared to 26 percent positive.

Both those numbers have increased since Palin's high-profile book tour late last year and since becoming a Fox News contributor last week. In November, 38 percent held an unfavorable view of Palin while 23 percent held a positive view of her.

Among Republicans in the latest poll, 43 percent hold a positive view of Palin while 30 percent of independents do. Meanwhile, just under a half of conservatives view Palin favorably while only 16 percent of liberals do.

Meanwhile, a majority of conservatives, 58 percent say Palin should run for president in 2012.


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  1. Robert in CT

    Anybody but Obama!!!!. At least Sarah knew we have 50 States (Obama visited all 57) and that Canada has a Prime Minister (Obama said talked with the President of Canada) And given a guess, she wouldn't be bowing to foreign dignitaries either. The man is a joke.

    January 19, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Big Ed

    Ya think???

    January 19, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Jeff, Sarasota, FL

    This is the problem with this country, instead of focusing on important issues like the economy and health care, the media throws out this irrelivent stuff... And considering how so many people seem to have so much of an insite to all the off the cuff things it is obvious the media uses these things as a distraction from the real issues...

    The real facts are that the people and the media included should be less concerned with the Palins of the country right now, and more concerned with the betterment of the country for the people that actually keep it going...

    I keep saying people are sheep and would rather be lead, and everythime I see a article like this and see how fast the comments fill up it proves that point even more...

    January 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Dave

    Palin will run, she will win, and the liberal socialists will hopefully move to their mother ship- cuba.

    January 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Carol

    This woman is not qualified to run. Some people say "she has been this or that, or she has been a governor." Just because you have been a governor does not mean you did a good job. She made a circus out of that office. Since she quit, Alaska is being run like it should, and Alaska is fortunate to be rid of her. She certainly did not gain any knowledge of what it takes to be a governor! She speaks, but adds nothing of substance and has no clear-cut solutions of things she criticizes.

    January 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. John independent from NY

    I generally don't appreciate being represented by a fruitcake, pom pom swinging moron. I suggest making her queen of an Aleutian island .

    January 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Yes!!!!

    Wow! For once I agree with the majority of Republicans! Let her run!!!
    It'll only guarantee a win for the democrats!

    January 19, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. On the DL

    PLEASE Sarah run for president!!!! I want to see more of Tina Fey on SNL!!! But in all seriousness, I am a registered Republican and I voted for Obama in the last election.... Why??? Sarah Palin, plain and simple, she struck me as being such a void that whoever picked her as a running mate must be a complete basehead and not fit to be the leader of the free world. If we are looking for a female President or VP for that matter or any position of power, we need someone with a proven applicable record. Not a hockey mom that got lucky. In fact, if the GOP ever wants me to vote for them again, they'll stop with the publicity stunts like Palin and back Bobby Jindal or better yet Ron Paul in 2012.

    January 19, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    Put some tea bags in her hair so I can write a song just for her.

    January 19, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. mac

    Even the most die hard conservative should have serious reservations about Palin as a presidential candidate. This is the most important job on the planet. Being an "idiot" is not a good resume qualification.

    January 19, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Flo

    Its just scary to think there are still THAT many half-wits in this country who support this twit.

    January 19, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Darby

    Why should anyone be surprised at the results of this poll? Even McCain's aides called her a 'diva' just after the clubbing their ticket took at the polls. As a person who usually votes for Democrats, I hope the lame Republican party does run her in 2012. They can get another one of their All Stars to run with her–someone like Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. Yes, that would be a perfect ticket!!

    January 19, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Joe

    Look there are 308,512,000 people in the U.S. Now of that large number there are some pretty intelligent people out there, but Sarah Palin is not one of those people. I personably believe that the position of President of the United States of America is an important enough position to warrant us finding someone intelligent to hold that position.

    January 19, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. We the People/FormerGOP

    UMMMM! And CNN is shocked why! She is an idiot!

    January 19, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Reny

    Please run so I can sit back and laugh at all the Repulsivecans as they suffer under your reign of terror!!!

    January 19, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. George Washington

    Pat Robertson and Sarah Palin in 2012!

    Now that should be winning ticket

    January 19, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Mark

    Did she learn that Africa is not a country yet?

    January 19, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Ed

    She's a quitter so I can't vote for her.

    January 19, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Annie, Atlanta

    S – please tell me, do you mean decent, as in good, or descent, as in coming from? And tell me what is decent about holding hate rallies? What is decent about using your pregnant teenage daughter as a campaign prop because you didn't tell your running mate or he didn't ask or both? How about quitting the job you were elected to do for access to the big bucks? And that's just the tip of the iceburg. Need I go on? We liberals don't see anything decent here – not even close. We see a greedy phony and a sociopath who is divisive and hateful, and uses religion to hide it. And those are the best traits we can find.

    January 19, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. madenew

    Sarah Palin is what the Mayan calendar is pointing to in 2012 – the END.

    January 19, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. kyle from ohio

    Sarah palin pointing out the corruption in Goverment, is that what she is doing. Being charged with corruption and quitting is what she has done. But hey if American elect Sarah, she would get the same treatment that the current president is getting! Because we do not elect Kings, just servants for a maximum of 8 years.

    And really do you all think that once Republican are in power again that the nasty politic will go away. you can bet on it not, but just reversing on who's getting their point of view slammed, even if it is not for the good of the country. So the minority in power today should at least consider what happens if i say no no no, now will that come back and bit me!!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Trader Vic

    Run Sarah Run!
    Please, Run Sarah Run.

    January 19, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Chris

    What a surprise the Democrats are against Palin running! (sic) The Dems quiver in their jeans at the very thought of having to combat a candidate that has real charisma.

    January 19, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Armando

    I don't vote Republican and I don't vote for QUITTERS. Can finish her term as Governor and she want's to be our next President. Soccer Mom stay home. Can't even sell her book at full price.

    January 19, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. KateMae

    I think she should run - that way, the Democrats will certainly take the election!

    January 19, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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