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. Ruthie

    76 percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Palin. To be President of the USA? This is beyond absurd. Woe is the USA.

    July 16, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Still not a viable candidate for President.

    July 16, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Pam

    Sarah Palin is an affront to intelligent women everywhere!
    I find it deplorable that she is forcing her daughter to get married as a polical ploy to improve her own image.
    She is not a politician, but simply a celebrity!

    July 16, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. doug

    The polls show that she would narrowly defeat Obama if the election were held today, but keep in mind that if she did run, she would be able to prove all the lib lies for what they are, and her ability to show Democrats for who they truly are would make it a landslide.

    Then again the Unions, SEIU, the new acorn, black panthers and every other DEMOCRAT group will certainly rig the election and if it is close like Franken and Coleman, they will succeed at once again supressing Democrasy, our votes, and our freedom.

    There is no excuse for any honest decent person to ever vote Democrat, they defy all that is good, decent, and fair, they despise honesty, morals, and decency in every aspect of their lives.

    July 16, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Tony in Maine

    Palin vs. Obama would probably make history as the dirtiest campaign ever. She has played the role of attack dog far too long to be able to change.

    July 16, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. The next and first....

    In the Nov/2008 election more than 59million Americans voted for the
    McCain/Palin ticket an indication that the American voters are not only ready to embrace Sarah Palin as their 45th President but make history to finally have the first Woman in the White House..........!

    July 16, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Run, Sarah! Run! Remind the rest of the country that you are totally clueless about current events, historical trends, the economy, foreign relations (betcha can't find Slovenia on a globe), proper applications of military force or how to get congress to do what you need when the other party is in the majority (check with Bubba AND W on that one).

    July 16, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    Sarah Palin will NEVER be President. Americans would not put her in the White House EVER. Can you imagine her having a conversation with a foreign diplomat? She has handlers now trying to make her look her best, they tell her what to say, what to think, what to wear, what to do to get what looks like more knowledge. She is not leadership material, and although she may be amusing to some, say what others want to hear, we are way to smart to believe she can lead our country. She is not doing too good a job with her family. She will be less popular in 2012, trust me. And good bye Sarah!

    July 16, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Marissa

    What is wrong with Republicans? Do they hear this woman talk? Shes not bright enough to be president. I will not have this woman as my president .... If she ever gets elected ( and would be on celebrity) I will leave the US

    July 16, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    "latest dust-up between the conservative grass-roots"
    There is nothing grassroots about teabaggers, they are funded and organized by corporate lobbyists and fox media celebrities and were developed to be a propaganda machine for right wing extremist ideology.

    "which began with the NAACP passing a resolution asking the Tea Party movement to condemn racist behavior within its ranks".
    It began with racist remarks and propaganda coming from some teabaggers.

    "Several leaders of national Tea Party groups, including Williams, responded by denying the NAACP's accusation"
    NAACP didn't accuse anything! They passed a resolution condemning the racism that is a part of some of the teabagger propaganda and displayed at their gatherings. All of which is an undeniable fact – just look at the pictures.

    All these mis-representations from CNN (Corporate News Network) makes it real clear what the agenda is – give this minority of angry white and old teabaggers more status and notoriety than they deserve.

    July 16, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Bob(Illinois)

    It's amazing how much attention the media give this twit. She is playing you folks like a guitar.

    July 16, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Florida Joe

    the Repubs must REALLY be Desperate to think Palin is their best bet!! Thanks Grampy McInsane for giving America this moron............

    July 16, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Lynn

    Run baby run.

    July 16, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Incompetent-DICTATOR

    She's more of a man than Obozo! She's also more in touch with the average American citizen than any other politician. And she isn't some stinking rich lawyer that's gamed the system all their life and in politics to line her pockets.

    July 16, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    But she's an idiot!

    It was bad enough that we had stupid Bush in there for 8 years and look at the mess we're in. If Palin ever made it to the White House - and that would mean we were all instantly transported to some Bizarro world - you could say goodbye to the US of A.

    July 16, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Oregon Calling

    Say it ain't so Joe................ lol

    Peace :-)

    July 16, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. bcdbcd

    It is my mission in life to meet a black person who ISN'T embarrassed by the NAACP. In almost 35 years, I have yet to have any luck in doing so.

    July 16, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Dano

    Hmmmmm what does this say about the intelligence of the GOP base? You can draw your own conclusions.

    July 16, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. The Other Micheal in Houston

    There is not a GOP member right now that could win against President Obama, especially Sarah. You all thought McCain got his butt handed to him in 2008, it would be the biggest margin of loss in the history of the United States if Sarah ran. Now I know all you middle aged guys are all infatuated with Sarah, but you better start looking for a real candidate to compete in 2012 or else you will have to spend another 4 years being disgruntled sore losers. The only way President Obama will not win in 2012 is if he chooses not to run, then we will make Hillary Clinton President. Either way, us 70 million will make sure the GOP will lose again. My advice to you Rebuplican Jihadist is to start thinking about how you will squirm your way back into the White House in 2016 because it is not happening in 2012. That is a fact!

    July 16, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    Problem with the Republicans is that they are just plain crazy, seriously crazy.

    One of the Republicans I work with made a statement that the Canadian, British and German conservatives are about the same as the US liberals...

    ...at which point I said "what does that tell you about how far to the right the US has gone?"

    Only a crazy man looks at the whole world as crazy, when in reality HE is the crazy one...

    ...a sociopath doesn't know he's a psychopath, the rest of us have at least a speck of compassion and apathy...

    Do you psychopaths on the right get my drift???

    ...(whispering) shhh, but you are the crazy ones...

    July 16, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. RemainCalm

    If this is the best the Republican Party can do, then we currently have ourselves a two-term President.

    July 16, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Papasan in AZ

    inbreeding is common among the GOP...

    July 16, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Tom

    Have you ever noticed that Republicans take a liking to really dumb political figues? You think it has anything to do with the fact that the person republicans elected to office doesn't really have much control on what they do? I guess if you want Rush, Beck and other morons to actually run things you need a dope they can push around and threaten! Can anyone say "George Bush" was a shape cookie?

    July 16, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. John

    For 76% of Republican have a favorable view of Sarah Palin just go to show how dumb the republican party is. She be the last one to have to run because she will lose, and big time. And you will put a Democrats back in the white house.

    July 16, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Peace

    If Republicans did not learn anything of what happened in 2008 election, then they better forget it. Sarah was not prepared that time and she is not prepared now either. This is the main reason most of people did not vote for her and will still do the same if she runs again in 2012.

    July 16, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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