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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  1. Justin

    Please, the GOP is a good ole boy network where you serve your time before you get the nod. Romney served his time last year and is incredibly popular amongst the GOP elite. He's good looking, white, and conservative. He's going to be the nominee.

    July 16, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. RT

    Please no more news about Palin. I don't want to hear about her anymore.

    July 16, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Alfred E Newman

    This not good news for Tina Fey!!!!!

    July 16, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. old white lady in the middle of the country

    Well, there ya go! See here is the deal, she is pretty and she winks well, and she is "woman here me roar" to the ladies in her base. However, the ladies in her base are not enough. Honest folks, don't we want the president to be smart, educated, and have had some type of "real" job. The right complained that Obama was not qualified, only a community organizer and then a state Senator and then a US Senator. Geez Louise, a US Senator vs. a half term governor and a PTA lady of a VERY small town. Somebody please explain why that is okay for the right????? but not for the left. She quit her governor job to make herself rich. Darn the very thing the right complains about, them rich elitist folks. Why do they complain when the left does this and love when the right does it? NO WAY is she qualified to lead the best country in the world! PLEASE Sister Sarah, keep winking on down the road and bringing in your millions and talking sideways and acting like you know something, your base believes you, but the rest of us DO NOT!

    July 16, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Voice Crying in the Wilderness

    Well, at least 20% of the Republicans are wise sensible people.

    July 16, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. gate

    She quit after half a term as Governor and 80% of Republicans think she is qualified to be President?!!?!? Insanity.

    July 16, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Duck Fallas

    Shew should wait til she marries off all her young'uns first. 44% of Americans are stupid enough to fill that role. That's a lot of dopey strangies.

    July 16, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Terry from West Texas

    I'm a Liberal, but I support Palin for the Republican nomination 100%. She is the perfect person to lead the nation's Conservatives.

    I support Newt Gingrich to be her VP.

    Go, Sarah, go!

    July 16, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. NYT:"during this election cycle big oil has paid 12.8 million in contributions, 71% to Republicans"!

    Oh, Princess, you know how the "lamestream" media is so biased towards us "libtards" that this poll could NOT possibly contain a modicum(Google it Sweetie, don't worry that pretty little head with big words or cause any extra lines to your money maker) of truth.

    Keep fighting the good fight Cupcake, for all of us "real 'Mericuns" down here in the "flyover" states and just ignore those "ivory tower elitists".

    Such prattle, stay strong Honey and ignore these lying "Obozo" lemmings!

    Run, Sarah Run! And watch the party of GObP follow her off the cliff!

    Oops!(Methinks I just blew my cover).

    Palin/Bachmann 2012 and beyond!

    July 16, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Californian

    Let's see a no educated, ignorant, hillybilly or a Harvard grad, eloquent speaking, current President.. this is a no brainer! Palin is a show piece with no brains...

    She quit on Alaska to make Money..

    She's a perfect Republican..misinform people to get their vote. "Death panels" remember. .

    THIS WOMAN IS AN IDIOT!!! IF YOU THINK SHE SHOULD BE PRESIDENT, YOU'RE AN IDIOT TOO! USE COMMON SENSE OR FIND SOMEONE WHO DOES TO EXPLAIN IT TO YOU!

    July 16, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. dem in wi

    Gee I am so surprised people do not view Palin in a positive light – NOT!

    July 16, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Erich Hugunin

    Who on earth could vote for this radical right wing puppet. People really need to start using there heads, or else we will end up with another disaster similar to George Bush in the White House for 8 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 16, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    There is a segment of our society that has the intelligence and knowledge of a gnat, and they can vote. I wonder just how much lower we're going to be dragged down, and if our country can survive it.

    July 16, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Mariann Pepitone

    I am not sure about the presidency but I am positive about her becoming the VP. She has the experience in the political field however, I am not sure whichever one becomes the candidate that they would choose her because of the McCain loss. But, I believe McCain got swindled out of a lot votes by Acorn and several states just like Hillary Clinton was swindled out of her superdelegates and her delegates in Michigan and Florida by Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi. There is no doubt in my mind that Hillary really won the nomination. The republicans are on a roll and will win many seats this November. Gibbs was correct and the democrates should take notice of what he said and wake up to reality.

    July 16, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. ruty

    This is scary. When are americans going to wake up and start acting like responsible adults? I think people have been taking stupid pills. This woman running this country would certainly plunge this country into hell. It is time to act responsibly-stop acting like spoiled brats-get your head out of your a– and start acting like adults. Our kids must think we have gone nuts. Republicans and democrats both need to grow up. Stop your silly antics. You are acting like fools.

    July 16, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Jack Kegley

    For Democrats not to take Palin seriously is a grave mistake. Her base is active, focused and willing to work for her for the long term. with a personal fortune now estimated in excess of 10 million dollars and growing, her involvement in any race, either as a supporter or as a candidate will have a serious impact. The challenge for Democrats is to find a means of getting her off of the sound bite "hows that hopy changy thing goin" and demand that she put forth thought and constructive proposals for the future of America. If she wants to cut spending, where specifically, by what means, if she want less government involvement, where specifically and how will she accomplish it. The Democrats have a view of America and are taking action they feel are necessary to turn around the economy, make the world safer and provide services for those most in need. If Ms Palin has a plan that is different, it is her responsibility to the American people to expand on her statements and outline what and how she will accomplish her goals

    July 16, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Voter#1

    Im a registered voter and I would vote for Sarah Palin hell I'd vote for anyone. I think we need some of that hanky panky stuff in the White House, yaw get my drift. Hell I would have voted for Gary Coleman when he was running, What cha talking bout Willis

    July 16, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Alicia

    Who the hell cares for one and what idiots would ever vote for this pathetic woman? She couldnt even finish out her position as Governor for GODS sakes!!!!

    July 16, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. tcaros

    Republican supporters, tea partyers, and the like have the mentality of a 5-year old. They have strong likes and dislikes, like candy, vegatables, and naps. They're willing to be petulent little children and beileve and spread lies. Thus, Palin is very popular with them.

    July 16, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. hillcrester

    A serious Palin candidacy would be the gift-that-keeps-on-giving for the Dems. It would lock into place the "Party of No" theme and show that GOPhers prefer marketable dumbness over thoughtful intelligence. As Bush-lite once boasted, "Bring it [Her] On."

    July 16, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Pat Casterline

    All this media attention is making her life a joke and people with this kind of drama just don't go to the White House. Sara, keep your family life to yourself. Tell your kids to shut up.

    July 16, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Mark Jeffery Koch

    If the Republicans choose Sarah Palin as their 2012 standard bearer Barack Obama will win in a landslide. Obama will run on Health care reform, financial reform, and before 2012 there will also be an immigration bill passed which will mean the last President who accomplished as much their first term in office will have been Franklin Roosevelt. Sarah Palin is not very bright and the electorate is well aware of this fact. If the Republicans were smart they would choose a moderate or worst case, center right politician with some achievements on their record and some smarts, both of which Sarah Palin lacks in a very substantial way.

    July 16, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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