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. PalinWillKillGOP

    Ironic how the people who hate Obama the most will happily gift wrap his second term by voting for Palin in the Republican primary. Did I say ironic? I meant retarded. (Sorry Sarah. I know you are touchy about that word, but if the shoe fits...)

    July 16, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Senator

    As much as I love America I'd leave the country if she became the President, along with the other 299 million people that would most likely move

    July 16, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. sine

    Because everyone besides republicans recognize she's a dummy!!! Maybe everyone else is just too educated and too elite.

    July 16, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Specialist G

    Run, Quitbull, Run! I can't wait to see more hilarious "In what respect, Charlie?" and "All of them!" interviews. I'm sure more illegitimate grandkids will be on the way by 2012.

    July 16, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Adam

    I'm continually amazed at how the mainstream media ignores Ron Paul.

    July 16, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. ST

    I do not see the reason Sarah can give to satisfy people why she will be running for President. If it is about money, she has made a lot. And if it is about serving people, she was not able to serve those in Alaska, how can she manage to serve the rest of the nation!

    July 16, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. dAvid, CA

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PUUUULEASE RUN SISTER SARAH!

    In order to win, the dems are gonna need you and the lunatic fringe to keep on jibber jabbering like you do so well.

    July 16, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Jimbo (The Real One)

    People that think that Sarah Palin wants to be President don't understand her. She is embracing the American dream by making as much money as she can while a segment of the American public still finds her newsworthy and I say this with much admiration. Do you really think she wants to be "exposed" on national televison trying to debate issues with President Obama? Why do you think she avoids all mainstream media and only talks to people like Hannity on Fox? That all goes away if she decides to run for office. No reason to risk that while the "gravy train" is still rolling. Just keep taking all that conservative tea party monry to the bank. YOU GO SARAH!!!

    July 16, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Greg Smith

    Run Sarah Run!

    July 16, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. snow

    The liberal lame brained media made Governor Palin out to be less intelligent that she is. They made nobummer out to be next to Einstein and look where he has taken this country. I still say the Republicans could run a ham sandwich to beat the clown in the White House.

    July 16, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Ric

    Love her!
    I’d vote for Sarah over this Marxist traitor we have now. Obama and his radical progressive polices have done so much harm in only two short years. Obama has spent more in two years then the entire cost of the Iraq and Afghan wars during the ENTIRE presidency of GWB. He is a racist who orders his pathetic AG to not prosecute black on white crimes and attacks his own people (AZ) for trying to defend themselves.
    Barry is OUT in 2102 and I will welcome anyone, even Sarah, to replace this disgrace you liberal trolls here on CNN actually consider a president.

    Oh, its Thursday.. time for DominicanMama4Obama to go cash her welfare check and stock up on 40 OZ Colt 45 double malt.

    July 16, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Liz the First

    Of course she's not so much among others. if you're not swilling the right-wing Kool-Aide, you see her for the moron she is. the woman needs to go back to her trailer park and leave the civilized, thinking world alone!

    July 16, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Donnatella

    The only people that would be stupid enough to vote for this idiot would be extreme right wing teabaggers, please run her it will guarantee 4 more years for president Obama.

    July 16, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. jethro palin

    RUN SARAH RUN she is a dems dream come true and yet she is arrogant enough to do it

    July 16, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. TurkeyBuzzard

    Best polly news I've read all year. So, this means there's actually HOPE.

    July 16, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. D Wood

    if 75% of Republicans have a favorable view of Sarah Palin as a Presidential candidate, they need look no further as to how far the Party has regressed.. I'm not talking about Sarah Palin as a woman.. I make no judgment about that.. but how any sane, rational and logical thinking person could not be terrified of the thought of that woman being President is inconceivable.

    July 16, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Rob Johnson

    I'm not one to quote President Bush, but I think I speak for all Democrats when it comes to a Palin/Obama matchup in 2012...

    Bring it on!

    July 16, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    to "doug" who has posted some disturbing posts (always mentiones Bin Laden)

    You are a projecting psychopath, the only one talking about death, killing and shooting is you. You see evil all around you, when in reality you are the only "evil" thing in your proximity.

    Don't you ever dare project what you are thinking on to the Democrats, or anyone else for that matter, when I talk about people being crazy, mentally crazy, I'm talking about you. I'd say seek help, but that would be a waste.

    All I have to say to you is that the Democrats are coming to get you, so make sure you arm yourself to the teeth, barricade yourself in your house and cause a standoff with a swat team...

    ...blaze of glory man, blaze of glory...

    July 16, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. nvorr

    Please God NO!

    July 16, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. LibertarianMe

    That's because the GOP don't care whether their women are intelligent...they just want them hot. The rest of the country at least wants someone who reads.

    July 16, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. obamahasbigears

    Please God let there be Palin-Gingrich 2012!...Or a Huckabee 2012!... Or a Romney 2012!

    Is this really the field they plan on rolling out? Barack could go on vacation for the next 2 years and still hammer anyone of them.

    The only one who could win (Romney) isn't Chrisitian enough for the Right...I love it!

    Oh I forgot Jindal...he will get big votes from whites in the south to be sure.

    Here's to an easy victory for Barack in '12.

    July 16, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. jerseylou

    Yepper..... Skunks are cute but they still stink ! I will donate $20,000 to her personally if she runs for the POTUS on one condition she don't quit. This thing you call Palin will always be in a10 ft. hole asking for a shovel.

    July 16, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. guest

    What has this country come to when the idiotic likes of Sarah Palin can get more than a .001 favorable rating in this country?

    July 16, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. softdude

    I would just love to see Palin get the nomination. I think that whatever republican does will have such a narrow base of support that they will lose. The Tea Party is going to further erode their support.

    July 16, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    "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."

    Nine percent don't have an opinion about this imbecile? What else do they need to know about the non intellectual bimbo?
    This is why I don't believe polls. I don't know one single person who thinks this woman is worthy of holding office much less being anyone of any importance except to herself and her hillbilly family.

    July 16, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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