November 4th, 2010
03:24 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll: Location, location, location for Palin

(CNN) - If Sarah Palin decides to run for the Republican presidential nomination, geography could be decisive, as a new national poll indicates that voters in the south have a more positive opinion of the former Alaska governor than those living in the northeast.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday, 45 percent of people in the south have a favorable opinion of the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, with 45 percent holding an unfavorable view. But her favorable rating drops to 33 percent in the northeast, where 54 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Palin. Her favorable rating stands at 42 percent in the midwest and 40 percent in the west.

Fifty-five percent of rural Americans have a favorable opinion of Palin, but that drops to 42 percent in the suburbs and down to 27 percent in urban areas.

"It's difficult to handicap the GOP primaries before we know who will be on the ballot, but this is an early indication of the kind of states that Palin might win," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "South Carolina, in particular, could act as a 'firewall' for her, as it has for previous candidates, if she does poorly in a northeastern state like New Hampshire which has several big urban areas."

South Carolina is scheduled to go fourth in the 2012 GOP primary process, following Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Overall, four out of ten say they see Palin in a positive light, with 49 percent saying they hold an unfavorable view.

The survey also indicates a generational divide, with those 50 and older equally divided at 46 percent on their view of Palin, but her favorable rating drops ten points to 36 percent among those under 50, while her unfavorable rating rises to 52 percent.

According to the poll, there's also a slight gender gap, with 42 percent of men and 39 percent of women having a favorable opinion of Palin. Forty-seven percent of men and 51 percent of women have an unfavorable opinion of Palin.

More than eight of out ten Democrats, as expected, have an unfavorable opinion of Palin, and with nearly three-quarters of Republicans having a favorable view. By a 45 to 38 percent margin, independents say they see her in an unfavorable light.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    That's just a view of the blue vs. red states, and no real info at all......you know?

    November 4, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Jon S.

    "I was never a big Palin fan, but when you see how nuts the lefties go at the mere mention of her name, you gotta think, there must some some real there, there."

    Thus spoke a person who exemplifies why our country is in big trouble. I did not know that putting forward nutty views makes one a viable candidate for serious consideration, much less the presidency.

    November 4, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. NC

    I live in th eSouth and Palin is an idiot.

    November 4, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Parker

    Palin would only get Kentucky, Mississippi and South Carolina and some parts of Alabama.

    November 4, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Ryan

    This article misses the whole point. Who cares how she polls with all voters for the purposes of a republican primary. She may have terrible overall support in New England, but still be the most liked of all the republican candidates among registered republicans in those states. I'm pretty sure most primaries are still closed to party members and even if they are open rarely attract non-party interest. CNN really needs to get it together with their reporting.

    November 4, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. liberalsin12

    Jeff from Alabama are you serious? Get your head out of Sarah Palin's butt and get real. The only reason you idiot conservatives like her is because she is "supposedly good looking" You know absolutely nothing about politics, but what would you expect from some hillbilly trailer park person from Alabama.

    November 4, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. democratic mom

    Once again a scummy display of lust from Jeff from Alabama. This woman has the brains of a ant. You might as well climb up out of your mother's basement , oh yeah I forgot its probably a single wide you trailer trash piece of crap.

    November 4, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Women out there please continue to educate yourselves, your children as well as encourage others to do so, it's the only way to be competitive Worldwide. My child has one degree, makes over $60/year and is working on another degree while still employed, she did all of this before marriage and children, why, because I instilled in her education first. She's beautiful as well as intelligent and thinks Palin is lazy and is teaching her children poor family values because she has none.

    November 4, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    It must be nice to have plenty of money for those new veneers. Even though we live in the "south" because we live in MD except for the east and west most of us in the middle of the state are educated and smarter than to vote for this woman.
    The south of the US, on the other hand, not so much.
    I do not exaggerate, my friends, co workers and family members (both democrats and republicans) hate this woman. The Democrats would never vote for her and the republicans would rather not vote than vote for this woman. They are still upset with mcnasty for bringing her as an unvetted vp candidate because they couldn't vote for him. As my cousin told me. It would have been as if he had sold his soul to the devil just like mcnasty did.
    I am always intrigued as to these people are that are polled. Is it the same people who keep giving the same dumb answers?
    Is that a wig again? It looks too full and the hair is darker. She is either going bald (as was reported a few months ago) from stress or the gray hair is coming out in droves.

    November 4, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Maybe if she didn't call the East and West coasts "fake America" then maybe they'd be more favorable to her.

    November 4, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. soccer mom, nebraska

    Hey Jeff from Alabama, you really know how to stir the liberals up.
    I think you do it partly because you like Palin. But I think you do it mostly because
    you can. Keep up the good work.
    I'm another hillbilly but not from the south who likes her.

    November 4, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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