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. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We should prefer our leaders to have a solid understanding of the world (more than just looking out their door or what boarders their state). Given she has shown that there is little other than ideology in her head, it isn't a huge surprise that many Americans view her negatively. There is little positive about her.

    July 16, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. MB Seattle

    Run baby run

    July 16, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Dee

    Let her run. This just proves again that the GOP hasn't a clue and she's the best chance they have. Comical actually. She's got a snowball's chance...

    July 16, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. LibbyinTexas

    Oh please run Sarah run. Your supporters need you, us liberals need you, your ego needs you. Run Sarah Run!

    July 16, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. GL

    She is the best thing that could happen for the Dems. We are all hoping on the Tea Baggers to select her and lose like Sharron Angle is going to lost. Once Sara Palin starting during real interviews, which she will have too running of President, she is really going to turn even the Republicans voters that find her popular just like Sharron Angle. Sharron Angle own words and views is what cost her to tank in poll only 4 months for the elections.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) holds a seven point lead over Republican challenger Sharron Angle in a poll released Friday.

    This is just what will happen to Sara Palin once she start tell people her far to the right views.

    July 16, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Frenchbuggler

    If dummies in this country vote this nurd in after the lacks of Shrub and Obozo, then this country deserves nothing but to roast in Hell! I will definitely leave this country if this woman is elected...!

    July 16, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. ILoveTheUSofA

    I challenge ANYONE to say this with a straight face:

    "President Palin. President Palin. President Palin."

    – Can YOU do it? I don't think so!

    July 16, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. John B. From New Hampshire

    Pretty Sure Gov. George Wallace would have been the first to sign up with the Tea Partiers!! Birds of a feather, don't ya know?!

    July 16, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. The day reason lost the battle

    I will leave the United States if Sarah Palin is ever the president. No joke. I'm gone.

    July 16, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Arun

    We would love to have Sarah as the party of NO's candidate. The woman has no idea how to debate a single issue besides, Hey I can see Russia from my house, therefore I know what I am talking about in regards to foreign policy. The woman is and will always be an 'IDIOT'!!

    July 16, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Former Republican - Now Independent

    I would prefer not to vote for Barack Obama in 2012.

    However, should the Republicans nominate extremists such as Palin, Paul, Huckabee, or moral degenerates like Gingrich ... I WILL vote Democratic in the 2012 presidential election.

    July 16, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. karma6338

    Run Sarah Run......pretty please.

    July 16, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. dave_in_altmar

    Caribou Barbie has no intention of ever running for office – ANY office – EVER. She's all about money now, and every action she takes is to maximize her revenues.

    Of course, the media – and the Rethuglicans – have yet to figure this out...

    July 16, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    I cannot believe this woman has credibility within any party that does not involve a keg!
    What do these people that say they would support her see in her? What credentials can they possibly see in this woman? She is a wlaking mess who sounds more like a standup comic than a serious politician.
    Wake up Republicans, you 2 drink minimum has been met.

    July 16, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. JFS

    There are FAR too many qualified GOP women that will attract all voters. Truely she is a waste of time and MONEY. Sorry, this moderate GOPer will not vote Republican until my party can do better.

    July 16, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Charlie in Maine

    Oh come on, is this really news?? Evene her supporters know that she is a hate filled sniper . Thats why they love her so. She hates the same things they do. Including about 1/2 of America. The rest is simple math:
    She has the stog support of about 20% of the electorate. This will get you two things ! a Killer audience share for radio or TV andm 2. Victories in the GOP primaries.

    As far as a national audience? Her 20% will only be a majority is fewer than 1/2 the people vote. So Dems Independants and thinking Republicans: Get out and VOTE!

    July 16, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Romney-Palin in 2012!

    July 16, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. The Dude

    OMG, please, please, please, Sarah, run for president. The comedic value alone of you going up against Obama in a debate would be enough to make it all worth it. Please run Sarah, so you can finally be exposed as the intellectual midget you are.

    July 16, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Eric

    I see Harry Reid is "surging" in polls against the media described "crazy" Angle.

    Notice the choice of words here, folks?
    Do you really think everyone to the right of Marx himself is quote unquote "batsh!t crazy?"

    Why is it, whenever a conservative rises up to national standing and legitimately challenges the socialist establishment, the standard media template is "Why, this person is EVIL incarnate!" or "batsh!t crazy" or "wants to steal grandpa's Alpo and knock grandma from her walker."

    Liberals and their sycophant buddies in the media have run this play so often (along with the race card), those words have completely lost their meaning.

    Please, by all means, call us constitutional conservatives "crazy." It will just make the stunned dumbfounded look on your faces Nov 2 even more delicious. Hey, hippies... enjoy your time in power today, because you start a forced 40-year-march in the wilderness in January. I'd look for some comfy shoes, because it's going to be a lengthy trip.

    July 16, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Fred L. Fraud

    She has not added one intelligent idea to any issue.

    July 16, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. DJ in TX

    I'm still trying to figure out why Mrs. Palin is popular with people. The one thing people need to understand – She quit on the people of Alaska. When the going got tough, she quit. Plain and simple. I don't care about ethics allegations or whatever. She was the governor, what did she expect. Again, I say, Bush went through hell from the public (and I'm no fan of Bush). People still say he lied to the public. He didn't quit. Clinton was actually impeached (but not removed). He didn't quit. Obama is going through hell, he's not quitting. People even still belive he's not American. Look at Governor Sanford. He didn't quit. But Mrs. Palin quit on the state of Alaska, and now goes around making millions. She quits on Alaska, but people want her as President???? Public officials should expect opposition and efforts form the minority party (although some of her ethics allegations came from the GOP). You deal with it, govern by your principles and keep moving. But she quit. To write a book.............Enough said.

    July 16, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. Angie

    This Independent says Palin is a rambling buffoon.

    July 16, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Ed

    Barry Goldwater is rolling over in his grave and Ronald Reagan's hair just turned white with disbelief!

    July 16, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. vic

    Less than 30% of Americans identify themselves as republicans
    Smart republicans reject Sarah Palin
    So nearly 25 % of Americans like Palin and Tea Party then why these people noise so loud because they were getting free ride from media and these people don’t work just gossips they don’t contribute economy but they talk about economy

    July 16, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Walter

    The only problems that President Obama would run in an election against half-governor Palin would be avoiding over confidence and figuring out how to debate her without being accused of making her look like a fool.

    July 16, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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