July 16th, 2010
12:04 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Palin hot amongst Republicans, others not so much

According to a new poll, 76 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Sarah Palin.
According to a new poll, 76 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Sarah Palin.

Washington (CNN) – For many Democrats in Washington, a Sarah Palin presidential run would be a dream come true.

As their thinking goes, Palin's popularity among Republican base voters in early primary states would be enough to swamp the rest of the 2012 field and vault the conservative firebrand to the GOP nomination.

But in a general election, her standing among independent and swing voters, which began to crater in the closing weeks of the 2008 presidential race, might be too much to overcome.

New (admittedly early) polling data suggests that very scenario could play out if she decides to seek the White House.

According to a new Gallup survey, 76 percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Palin - the highest rating among any of the presumed presidential candidates. The former Alaska governor also maintains the strongest name recognition of any potential candidate, while only 20 percent of Republicans view her unfavorably.

Palin is trailed by Mike Huckabee (a 65 percent favorable rating), Newt Gingrich (64 percent) and Mitt Romney (54 percent). Bobby Jindal, who has yet to signal any serious 2012 intentions, had 45 percent favorable rating among Republicans.

Among all Americans, though, Palin's numbers are upside down. More Americans view her in a negative light (47 percent) than a positive one (44 percent). What's more, only nine percent of Americans haven't formed an opinion of the former Alaska governor, making it difficult for her to correct that deficit.

Romney, meanwhile, appears to have repaired his image among Americans since the height of the contentious Republican primary battle in February 2008, when his unfavorable rating was at 46 percent. Now, 36 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Romney, with 28 percent having an unfavorable view.

The Gallup poll surveyed 1,020 adults between July 8-11 and has a sampling error of +/- 4 percentage points. Several potential candidates, namely Tim Pawlenty, were not included in the survey.


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soundoff (322 Responses)
  1. Jay in Mesa, AZ

    It's amazing how the Communist News Network makes such an effort to manipulate the public by manipulating polls, data and information, especially their constant NON reporting of ALL of the information. Their is no truth or integrity in this organization.

    July 16, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. Carol

    I cannot begin to understand why Republicans support this woman. But that shows how weak-minded they are!

    July 16, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Ted T.

    She's a Brand without Brains.

    July 16, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Bassman

    I don't buy CNN's "spin"on this poll. I think the polls are trending in her favor. CBS's poll taken in april show this: Twenty-four percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Sarah Palin, while 38 percent view her unfavorably, according to the poll, conducted March 29 through April 1. In April she was at 38% unfavorable, 29% favorable. Now she is at 47-44. Another poll out now has her tied with Pres. Obama at 46%

    July 16, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. exrepublican

    "Bring her on" That the majority of Republicans view her favorably shows how dangerous the mindless conservative movement is to the well being of this nation.

    July 16, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. RG

    Puh-leeze! We have already found out that the US is too childish and immature to take a black president seriously, lets not experiment again with a woman president.

    July 16, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Elizabeth

    A total bunch of losers!

    July 16, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. charlie from the North

    According to a new Gallup survey, 76 percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Palin

    Which should go a long way in creating an un-favorable view of the GOP..

    Wah ha ha!

    July 16, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. B.H.

    The fact that name recognition or media-darling status alone would qualify someone to be president who is not otherwise fit to be president or would subject that person to serious consideration for the presidency says a lot about the terrifically sad state of affairs in this country. We have sunk lower than low. Pathetic. Why don't we just nominate a cute high school cheerleader for president?

    July 16, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. sally

    The idea of that idiot as president is enough to make a person's
    blood run cold. Heaven help our country if we have stooped as low
    as that.

    July 16, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. johnRJ08

    If I were a Republican, I would be embarrassed that this mental midget is admired by so many people in my party.

    July 16, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    Please run, Sara.....i'll gladly peel off some of my dirty Hollywood money to contribute to your campaign.

    July 16, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Mike from Seattle

    America will someday be ready for a woman President, unfortunately for some hopefuls, they'll never be ready for a bimbo.

    July 16, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. normajean

    This woman has no substance at all, and I think people are beginning to realize.it. Most of us already knew it but just sat back and watched to see what she would do. Actually she has done nothing. She is all show. Glib talker, cherry smile, sound bites,one after another to make it sound like she knows what she's talking about, a little "down home humor" to catch the crowd. Basically NOTHING. Really, what has she accomplished except making herself a much talked about oddity? I do believe that the clock is ticking and that her 15 minutes are almost over..

    July 16, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. JP

    Have we not learned our lesson that Palin's name is a sure way to lose an election.

    Because of her we now have the worst president the U.S. has ever had.

    July 16, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Palin is a flash in the pan.

    July 16, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Proud member of Global Zero

    I was reared with, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all".

    So....

    July 16, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. marlene

    I will not believe that the good ole boys of the GObP would let Sarah Palin be the standard bearer for the 2012 Presidential election.

    July 16, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. EmCee

    As a life long Republican ...... will not and/or would not EVER vote for Palin. But then, would not ever vote for the incompetent in the WH now.

    July 16, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. KK

    Sounds about right. America is not as divided as Ann Colter Jr. thinks they are. The truth is that most people are some where in the middle. All we really want is the honest truth, a strong economy and a functioning government. The politics of hate and isolationism that she and her tea party buddies promote (though they claim they are not the ones being divisive) will not bring these things. Please Mrs. Palin, explain to me how we increase government services AND lower taxes. Oh, that's right, you don't actually have any sort of plan for any thing, you just like to jump on band wagons. Her suggestion of decreasing government spending while increasing military spending reminds me of another country, NORTH KOREA!

    Where is Ann Colter any ways?

    July 16, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Ennie

    "76 percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Palin " – No, you kidding me. (just joking)

    July 16, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. FRANK THOMAS

    If only palin would run, as a democrat I would even contribute to her gettin the nomination, she could pick The first dude Todd as her running mate, Put the girls and Levi on her election committee, the 2o12 election would be one for the books and great entertainment.

    July 16, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Are you kidding me?

    The fact that she is hot among republicans and not others is so very telling!!! I'll let you guys figure that out.... The way you describe what would be a Palin run is exactly the way it would pan out. Could we be so lucky as to have it happend that way? I personally would simply love the pure entertainment of such a run. We are blessed enough to have President Obama, I guess we shouldn't go overboard and ask for a Palin run also! Hope you and your family enjoy your time off Mr. President.....

    July 16, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Colorado Liberal

    Sarah Palin is absolutely unqualified to be President of the United States. Is she truly the best the increasingly strange, corrupt, and fundamentally unAmerican Republican Party can do?

    Scary...

    July 16, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Mr. Man

    McCain created this Frankenstein. He shares in the blame for this creation that won't go away.

    July 16, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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