August 30th, 2010
08:26 AM ET
4 years ago

Clear majority says Palin not qualified to be president

 A new poll shows only 1 in 4 Americans believe Sarah Palin is qualified to be president.
A new poll shows only 1 in 4 Americans believe Sarah Palin is qualified to be president.

(CNN) - Two days after Sarah Palin fired up a large crowd at Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally in Washington, a newly released survey suggests a clear majority of Americans don't think the former vice presidential nominee has the right credentials to be president.

According to the new survey from Vanity Fair and CBS News' 60 Minutes, only 1 in 4 of all adults thinks Palin is qualified to be commander-in-chief while 60 percent say she is not.

By a narrow 47-40 percent margin however, Republicans do feel Palin has the right stuff to be president. But self identified conservatives – constituting the segment of the GOP largely thought to most favor the former Alaska governor – are essentially split 41-40 percent on her abilities to govern the country.

What may also be troubling for the former Alaska governor if she finds herself in a general election matchup, 3 in 5 independent voters don't think Palin is qualified while only 21 percent do. Among moderates, the numbers are even worse with 70 percent reporting they lack confidence in Palin.

Predictably, the numbers are most dire for the former vice presidential nominee among self-identified Democrats: 3 in 4 say Palin isn't up to the responsibilities of the Oval Office.

The survey, conducted by CBS News between August 3-5, surveyed 847 U.S. adults by telephone.


Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Larry West Texas

    You socialists keep holding on to your false gods,
    in November your world will come to a merciful end!

    Larry

    August 30, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Dave

    Just who are the 40 percent of republicans who think this lady is qualified to do anything but get up in the morning? This is what is wrong with the republican party and why they have so much trouble recruiting independents like myself. Yes, I am disgusted with the way the country is right now. Do I think Obama is a fault? Probably not. I think he is trying. I think congress and their lack of cooperation between parties has most to do with it.

    Palin (and the 40 percent that see her as the second coming) can't see the forest from the trees. They want to blame the "other" guy. They don't want to help your fellow american when he or she is down (except if that help eventually helps them). Palin standing there with Beck this weekend talking about healing America to a 99% white crowd disgusted me (and I am white). You can't heal when on Saturday and Sunday you talk about coming together and Monday you talk about division and hate.

    August 30, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Sarah is a comedy act and people who actually support her are stooges!

    August 30, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    This woman is not qualified to be Mayor of Wasilia, let alone President!

    August 30, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. Chris

    "By a narrow 47-40 percent margin however, Republicans do feel Palin has the right stuff to be president."

    LOL no wonder these folks ran the USA into the ground.

    August 30, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. IndianaGreg

    And she's running for.....what again? I don't remember. Can someone please refresh my memory? What office did Palin announce she was running for?

    August 30, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. JDQ

    Palin for President? You're joking, right? I'M more qualified than she is, and so is my dog.

    August 30, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. Neil

    Run Sarah run.Should be an easy victory for Obama.

    August 30, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. acura2010

    Her ignorance and divisive rhetoric does not represent America intelligence.

    August 30, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. musician

    This poll confirms my suspicion that about 25% of the country has lost their minds.

    August 30, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. John

    Dumb as a box of rocks, but plays well to the whacko right!

    August 30, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. Indy

    Anyone that thinks Palin is qualified for the Whitehouse has serious judgement skills. Every Republican that believes she is qualified, should obviously not be in any posotion of power and needs to be voted out of their office.Sarah should be applauded for making millions off of absolutley nothing ,but anyone with an ounce of intellegence knows she is not qualified for any office, she could not even get elected for high office again in her home state of Alaska, which tells me that Alaska has much more intellegence then many other states. If Republicans continue to support her it tells us they are not to be trusted with important decisions. Anyone that thinks Palin is qualified for the Whitehouse, has zero credibility in my eyes and all voters need to take that into consideration when they vote.

    August 30, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Cfrench

    It just goes to show how stupid some people in this coutry really are.

    August 30, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Sebastian

    Palin, like the rest of her kind, are only good at bashing and making accusations – that's not leadership. It does get headlines but only because that is what the media focuses on. Sarah Palin is out to make as much money as fast as she can and she will say whatever it takes to stay in the limelight. As president, she has the potential to do irreversable harm to this nation. She appeals to those with low IQs because she can communicate on their level.

    August 30, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. Deedles

    Unqualified is an understatement. She's a disaster.

    August 30, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. Maurice

    Please let her run!! Easy victory of the Democrats

    August 30, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. Tony in Maine

    Which says something about Republicans in general and conservatives in particular. Palin was only barely qualified to be dog officer of Wasilla.

    August 30, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. Ancient Texan

    Ho-Hum, Another liberal, pro-Obama biased "News Source" takes a poll and Palin comes in on the short end. Is that a surprise? Take a real poll by a neutral polling entity; now THAT might surprise you!

    August 30, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. AGeek

    She's qualified?!?! Based on what?! An unfinished governor's term!? The mayor of a small town?! ..or just being a bobblehead?! And people wonder why we look at the GOP like they have three eyes...

    August 30, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. Vote for the Conservatives!!!!

    "According to the new survey from Vanity Fair and CBS News' 60 Minutes, ....." Gee, wonder why the "survey" was not favorable toward Sarah Palin??! Hmmmm...........

    Sarah has the liberals scared....that's why CNN talks about her EVERY DAY.

    August 30, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Lynne

    The 47% who think she is qualified to be President are most likely the same people who voted for George W. Bush, and you can see where 8 years of egotistic incompetence got us. Please, no more.

    August 30, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. Matt

    Sarah Palin couldn't handle being governor of Alaska and some people think she could be President? Also for the people who think she is so smart she could not even pronouce Sen Bidens name correctly when they were debating. Thats why she asked if she could call him Joe. And some people want her as President. We would be totally F'ed if she won.

    August 30, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. Mark in the Heartland

    She is not trying to run for president. She is out being the lightning rod – and doing a good job too. She is keeping the pressure on the Democrats, while not having to be concerned about being voted out of her own office. This is great strategy by the Republicans.

    August 30, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. Incredulous American

    The poll tries to make the point that Palin lacks support among voters. Unfortunately I see it the other way...(and cringe)
    25% DO think she is qualified to be President,
    47% of Republicans, 21% of independents,
    and ONLY 3 out of 4 Democrats say she ISN'T qualified.
    [sigh...]

    August 30, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. Kurt

    She is not qualified. How can anyone not see she does not have the sharp intellect to hold the nation's highest office. I know some people who are not educated can't see that.

    August 30, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12