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. A Kickin Donkey

    So What else is new ???

    Honestly, you guys in the media work way to hard to mention this woman's name as often as you can.

    July 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Beverly - NYC

    Did we really need a poll to tell us that she energizes only the Viagra set of the Republican party who think she's a hot chick! As a Democrat I'm keeping my fingers crossed that her big ego and God tell her to run. Watching the Republican big boys eat her up will be comical. They will trash her good, just like her former running mate's camp did after they lost. The Democrats won't have to do a thing. She was Obama's biggest fund raiser before and she will be again, especially when the Tea Party sheet wearers come out to rally around their poster girl.

    July 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. OhPleaseNotAgain

    So sick of hearing "Palin".... won't she ever go away?

    July 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Dan

    This woman is an idiot (proven time and time again in her rhetoric and total lack of knowledge on an array of topics), a liar (check politifact.com & the worst thing about her lies are even when debunked on a national stage she continues to tell them (death panels) because she knows the republican base only watches FoxNews so most of them will never know she is lying half the time anyway. She says she is an expert on energy issues because she was gov. of Alaska (a job she quit by the way, a big screw you to anyone who voted for her), do a little research on her and what the people in Alaska think of her energy expertise. It seems in this country all you have to do is spout religious rhetoric and a ton of lies about your opponents policies and you will be a rising star in the Repub party. Wow, what a joke. Wake up America. Research people you think are aligned with you, don’t take THIER word for it, don’t just go to FoxNews and gobble up their lies (do a little research about that organization and you will see all the lies they have been caught in) learn about them from all possible outlets, see what the majority of the talk is about them and then form your own INFORMED opinion. Stop bowing to the cult of personality and make up your own minds!!!!!!!!!!

    July 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Sooze

    Sarah apeals to the old white Republicans. Gee I wonder why??
    They must see her in her underware.
    What is it?
    Because it can't be for her accomplishments: like running out of the people of Alaska, code of conduct violations (like making the tax payers of Alaska pay for her family travels!), her reading skills (if she can read), her family as an example of what not to do. Her shallow religous views.
    What else can it be? Sexy ting I guess.

    July 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Jerry

    Only at CNN could a poll showing Palin tied with Obama be "bad news" LOL, at least you are consistent!!

    July 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. dick delson

    This woman is beyond stupid. It took her 6 years to get through 4 colleges. She quit as governor and she thinks killing wildlife is fun. I'm lighting candles in the hope that she does get the nominatiion

    July 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. edgerjf08

    Shh! Don't tell the Republicans this stuff. They might wise up and nominate a real contender.

    July 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Tam

    Below the lowest common denominator. [she wouldn't know what that means, anyway]

    July 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. KImberly

    I am PRAYING she is the pick! It would be AWESOME! BUT then again, some of the other koo koos that are throwing their hat in there from the right wouldnt be a challange either. HOWEVER, having her be the nominee would free up he POTUS to do less campainging and more running the country, because he would NOT need to be agressive with her at all. She is not a threat. I truly truly hope that she takes this to the end. OH HAPPY DAY for the Dems...

    July 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Johnny Five

    No one wants her. The beast system gave us Obama, now it wants to give us the "woman in scarlet sitting on a throne".

    We want Ron Paul, anyone else will lose.

    July 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. hobart

    I hope Democrats don't rue the day they anointed Rush and Sarah the heads of the Republican Party. Be careful what you wish for.

    It's pretty clear that Republicans will stoop to anything to regain power, and by embracing Sarah and the Tea Party, they've embraced willful stupidity, hate speech, secession, and incitements to violence and treason. She gives real mama grizzlies a bad name.

    Why did Republicans abandon the Party of Lincoln? Why do today's Republicans hate America?

    July 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. oy vey az

    I just love to hear the sounds of Palin's bad news. Like the squawk of a goose just as you bag dinner. Yum, deep fried bad news. I love it.

    July 16, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Starter

    Its a joke. If this racist, brain-dead bimbo runs, then Obama will win all 50 states – guaranteed. The Big Boss Don is probably licking his chops and praying she makes it through the GOP nomination. YIKES...what FUN IT WOULD BE!

    Pls run, sarah, pls run. Republicans are hilariouos. No wonder they got crushed like bugs in 2008.

    July 16, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Sam Arosa

    For God sake's just go home and take care of your kin. This person is dreaming, she will never, ever be president of the United States. I guarantee it. She's going around the country scamming all these fools and making money hand over fist. Her followers, most of them don't have a pot to piss in, while she's raking in the cash. I don't understand how stupid people are! Wake up America! She's made millions off of you, is she going to help you pay your bills?

    July 16, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Mike in Chicago

    I don't think Palin will trade in her freedom and access to riches for any long-term commitment to a real job. Witness her abdication of the Alaska governship as soon as it was clear that job was going to get in the way of her desire to cavort around the country, make lots of money and be adored by the ultra-conservative fringe. She'd rather stay on the sidelines and pretend to be a king (or queen) maker. I do enjoy the humor she brings, though. I can laugh at her all day knowing she can't really accomplish anything.

    July 16, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. space

    Its still better than Barry's numbers

    July 16, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. David, CA

    Palin, Huckabee, Newt, Romney... Is this the BEST the GOP has to offer? 2 extremists, a scumbag, and a Ken Doll?

    July 16, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. valwayne

    Why say its bad news for Palin? It would only be bad news if she wanted to run for President, and so far she hasn't said she's even interested! CNN...your bias is showing!!!

    July 16, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. PBerg

    It is with bewildermint that I see the various articles about Palin running for President! I do not know why anyone is even giving her credance, just because her ego makes her think she might even have a chance! THIS is why the forefathers put in the electoral college-so SHOULD some extremist radical ever try a run--the wiser States would override a few misled, religious kookie states!
    PLEASE Media, stop following Palin's silly facebook and youtube selections! Gawd-to me this woman is no more than a joke! Thinks she could ACTUALLY become President of this country, the CIC, or Leader of the Free world. Can you picture her in her biker jackets greeting dignataries at the WH? gag...........

    July 16, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Edwin

    If Palin ran, I think a lot of republicans would see her as unelectable and therefore vote for someone else. I would bet Romney would win the primary, but there might be a lot of disgruntled fans.

    It would be sort of like when democrats picked Kerry - they thought he could win against Bush, whom they hated. But it is hard for a candidate to win when their principle charm is that they are 'electable'...

    July 16, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. David in Houston

    "76 percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Palin"?

    I believe this should read..."76 percent of Republicans have completely lost their minds".

    It would certainly make more sense.

    July 16, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Walter

    Quick, we need to divert the electorate's attention from the fact that Democrats will be leaving in mass this November! I know, let's go back to the Palin well again. Wait, she's not even in any elected office right now. Who cares; she's polarizing, so people will comment on her instead of the horrible state of the economy thanks to Obama and his minions.

    July 16, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. urbantexan

    This twit is only popular because she is attractive, get it she appeals to White voters mainly horny men and women who can't think for themselves. This mama bear is dumber than
    my pet dog. She appeals to the joe six pack nation or the nascar
    group of voters why (complexion maybe) . She is to divisive and no one will join her under that great white sheet she keeps in her closet.

    July 16, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Laurie in Spokane

    OMG! I can't believe 76% of Republicans have a favorable view of Palin. But, then, on the other hand, since they have nothing to offer in ideas to help anything, it's a good fit.

    July 16, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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