July 16th, 2010
12:04 PM ET
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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. ATL Guy

    She's an idiot.

    July 16, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. carlos

    White House for that TARD??????? better place would be for latrine detail FOREVER and in alaska, nowhere near the 48 states........I am sure the tea tards will be disssssssapointed

    July 16, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. JR

    Actually, I don't think it possible for Palin to get the GOP nomination, Baggers aside, way to many republicans realize how unqualified she is and are as fearful of her in office as democrats are. No, my hope is that her ego will be such that she runs as an independent and sucks the far right wing out of any influence over the election, that should guarantee an Obama win, YOU GO GIRL, You Betcha Wink Wink

    July 16, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. glarn skleebleman

    Her high standing among Republicans is a greater indictment of the party members than it is a benchmark of her suitability to hold any public office – however briefly it might hold her attention before her inevitable resignation.

    July 16, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. jeff jackson, alabama

    What a crock that poll is. If you took any democratic
    candidate they would poll high among democrats
    and low among other parties. The same is true with
    Palin. No liberal or independent likes her just as no
    conservative or independent would like Pelosi, Reid,
    or Biden.
    Sarah Palin will be a power to be reckoned with in 2012.
    Pull your boot strings up and tighten your belts because
    she's a fighter and has more guts than any Republican or
    democratic front runner out there now.
    All you libs had better sharpen up on your vulgar, hateful,
    bigoted, intolerant rant skills because you are gonna
    need 'em all ........YOU BETCHA ......WINK !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 16, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. brad

    Screw the polls!!! Run Sarah, run!! Romney, too cocky, Gingrich, had his day, Huckabee, maybe. Mr. O is taking this country straight to hell. Was a huge Hillary supporter, but feel that she sold out and am not truly in favor of her challenging Obama in 2012. Perhaps Bill should run again............................... Oh, and can we please send Pelosi and Reid to the asylum now?

    July 16, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. conoclast

    When people consider Palin to be a viable presidential candidate what on earth are they thinking?! Do they even wonder about her obvious wretched ignorance of world affairs - or do they, like her, take pride in that ignorance? If this country is indeed collectively stupid enough to actually elect her I would submit that as of then the American Experiment is a failure, that in this country superstition trumps reason. I'm past retirement but I'm thinking it's time to renew my passport!

    July 16, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. republicans hate america

    so what this poll shows id=s that 44 percent of Americans are retards

    July 16, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. The Smart One

    Oh please, Sarah. Run Run Run in 2012. You're like the gift that keeps on giving!! What this story tells me (which I already knew), is Republicans are dumb. Anyone that supports this completely incompetent moron is just that....a moron. Dems and Independents can clearly see it.....but not the GOP!

    July 16, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. PoliticalOne

    The same Sarah Palin who can see Russia from Alaska or they are over their in our air space. The same Sarah Palin when asked how many magazines she read regarding political news and her response was "all of them". Say what? And she could not name one. A quitter who wasn't competent to govern Alaska. Then, there was her book book "Going Rouge." The definition of rouge is:

    1. An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal.
    2. One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp.
    3. A wandering beggar; a vagrant.
    4. A vicious and solitary animal, especially an elephant that has separated itself from its herd.
    5. An organism, especially a plant, that shows an undesirable variation from a standard.

    Good choice Republicans. Need I say more.

    July 16, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Monica

    Sarah Palin is a gift to the Democrats that just keeps on giving! I wish her much success in the Republican primaries lol.... Between her and the Tea Party nuts, the Democrats should have no problems in 2012.

    July 16, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. sssimon

    Run Sara Run!

    July 16, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. anthony

    Others may dismiss Palin's chances for the Republican nomination in 2012, but I am not so sure. The way the Republican Party is going, by 2012 she might be the smartest person left in the party.

    July 16, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Not All Docs Play Golf

    Polling Republicans on Palin is like asking people who think the earth is flat to say where they think the edge is.

    The fact that Palin is so popular with Republicans is really such a poor reflection on that party. What a mindset she represents, along with Bachmann and Angle. I mean, Angle says she advocates no abortions even for rape victoms? Seems like a pretty extreme view. Thus Republicans will continue to alienate the middle if they keep being so extreme.

    July 16, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Not Surprising

    I hope she goes for it and wins the republican nomination for president.

    That would be... hilarious.

    July 16, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Gary

    C'mon this isn't news. Just common knowledge for 90+% of the us population.

    July 16, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Dave

    God, please make it stop!!!!!! Can we not have one day without a Palin or Palin kid story? Is that too much to ask?

    Palin's credibility is about as high as earthworm dodo. Why do we keep hearing about her?

    July 16, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. MR AMERICA

    Wow...so only 76 percent of Rebulicans are stupid enough to like this whacko?

    Shocking...I thought it would be higher.

    July 16, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. liz

    Try telling your tea-party relatives that contrary to want they all believe, the Democrats don't fear a Palin prsidential run in 2012, they are giidy over the mere propect of such a circus.

    July 16, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. works for me

    "... hot amongst Republicans" ... gee imagine that. What a bunch of (!)

    July 16, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. MR AMERICA

    Wow...so only 76 percent of Republicans are stupid enough to like this whacko?

    Shocking...I thought it would be higher.

    July 16, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Jim

    The 76% of Republicians who have a favorable opinion of Palin need to have their heads examined. Why on earth would you vote for someone who quit their position as Govenor or who is as dumb as a box of rocks? Actually the box of rocks would have more brains then this fruit loop.
    What would Palin do if she somehow ran and won the election which could happen (Gore vs Bush) quit when the going got tough. She is nothing but a pimple deep in the annals of human suffering. Palin should go away and do what she does best, nothing...

    July 16, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. rick

    76% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Sarah Palin? My God, is there no limit to the stupidity of Republicans?

    July 16, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Shmeckell

    “Favorable view” is not the same as “would vote for”. The majority of republicans said that they would not vote for her when CNN did their last poll. Earth to liberal media outlets and liberal talk show hosts “YOUR HATRED IS WHAT KEEPS HER NAME IN THE HEADLINES NOT CONSERVATIVES”. She might be a nice lady, but she is no leader.

    July 16, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. chad

    i dont think she will run because she will have to answer to the voters when she makes mistakes.
    right now she has the total freedom to do and say what she wants with zero accountability.
    on top of that she is making millions that she wont want to give up.
    i pray she will run.
    obama would be relected for sure.

    July 16, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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