November 4th, 2010
03:24 PM ET
8 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. Video Guy

    I use a cell phone and do not have a land line so like alot of people we are not getting called. So here is my input. Please stop reporting on this lady for the love of country, flag (which she disfaces) and God. This woman and her girl friend michele must go. Please

    November 4, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I've got a location she can visit....HELL.

    November 4, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. keepstufingthis

    Another wonderful Palin story by CNN, everyday we have one, Thank you so much CNN. It drives the left wing nuts even more crazy and of course the Ticker, lets them vent, otherwise they would be more of a menace to society than they already are. 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.

    November 4, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. jeff, alabama

    Why would I even consider voting for a woman who isn't a lesbian and athiest ?
    Who needs a Beaver Cleaver type Mom working within our government ?
    She's not even a meth or cocaine head. I don't even think she's got a drinking
    problem. As far as I know she doesn't run around on her husband.
    Why would a NEW PROGRESSIVE AMERICAN even consider someone who is not
    a twisted person as a member of our great government ?
    Would someone please tell this nice pretty lady to just go away. What happened
    to mine and Michael Moore's country ?

    November 4, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Dave

    You ave to realize the education level of each of the states giving Palin an approval level. Some states have a poor education system.

    November 4, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. S. In California

    ANOTHER palin story.

    She DOES NOT OWN US either in California and WE DON'T care what she says.

    November 4, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Emil Nitrate

    Only serving to reinforce the perception of the South as "The Ignorant Belt".

    November 4, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Irma in North Carolina

    I can see where the south has a more favor rating for her, because this is where most of the the racits live. And the bibbest part of the republicans live. What is it that all these people fall for her hate and lies. We must be the laughing stock of the worid by the way republicans are puttng down this country. The republicans cant stand a half and half white person for president. But then they voted for Steel who is Black, BLack to head their party. And how on earth could Sarah give up her big money now, for only Just 400,000. Guess she will have to get on Welfare to make it then.

    November 4, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Chipster

    Palin is cute and has good performance instincts but she isn't well-educated or particularly curious. She has preconceived ideas with no intention of allowing facts to change them. Her "mama grizzly" comment got a great response because of delivery, not content. Mama grizzlies do take care of their cubs but don't care if their cubs can get medical treatment when their sick. They will abandon or kill them in lean times and can actually self-abort as a survival instinct. OK, that isn't clever, funny, or cute. It's just true. Palin and her supporters don't seem to care about what's true, just what's popular.

    November 4, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. vic nashville tn

    Tennessee, Florida, Louisiana ,Arkansas, Alabama, New Mexico ,Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas South Carolina, Georgia G.W Bush won 2000 and he won the primary

    Go girl

    November 4, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Cosmo

    STOP THE POLLS! CNN, stop trying to create news and try reporting it, accurately. It's less than 48 hours after the election, give it a rest.

    November 4, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    CNN + a FETISH = PALIN!!!!! NOT going to HAPPEN!!!
    If you want to know who the NEXT true leaders are – take a LQQK at Kamala Harris of CA. Father: Jamaican; Mother: Immigrant from India; she represents herself as being Black!

    Even though I am NOT a GOP-lover, I still look @ that side to see if anyone is WORTH looking into. I will be watching Nikki Haley and observe how she handles policies. Nikki Haley was born under a name of Nimarata Randhawa (she should not have changed her name – I like it). Her parents were both India-descents from Amritsar, India. I have no idea what she considers herself as far as Nationality and I wish she goes back to her ROOTS.

    America better become aware of what’s happening!! It’s not about Whites anymore and the NEW leaders all seem to be coming from the mid-EAST, Africa, etc. Both of these women are women of COLOR and they are MORE intelligent than the women we see coming from the FAR-RIGHT!!

    Everyone has an American dream – it’s not just ‘boo-hoo-boehner’ or the PA’IN in the neck!!! An evolution is occurring and it’s NOT all about the Tea Party or PALIN – or DuhMINT – or O’Donnell – or Angle!!! CNN needs to STOP pushing an issue that would most likely NEVER materialize!! It’s getting SICKENING and really shows the WORLD what America is about – “Making it seem ONLY Airhead Women have a chance in America!!!

    T’SAH – Out of Campaign MODE and N2 MOVING AMERICA FORWARD with our current president – President Barack Obama!!!

    November 4, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Jaywing

    Let's get real - Palin is a loser across the board. She lies, makes stuff up ("death panels" comes to mind), is bigoted, is a quitter, is long on babbling senseless sound-bites but comes up horribly short on substance, will not talk to any independent or mainstream journalists who don't already agree with her (FOX being neither independent nor journalism), is clueless about the Constitution, backs rich white wing-nut bigots for public office, and her voice would make a rabid weasel take cover. I can see her ad channelling Christine Odonnel, "I'm not a moron. I'm not like anything you've heard. I'm worse!"

    November 4, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. Scottsdale Sue

    I cannot stand this woman always constantly praising herself. She thinks she is the only person who can save Amreica.
    Give her a broom and let her fly back to Alaska, first dude and the rest of her family.

    November 4, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. pc

    trust me CNN, i live in the south and i cannot stand the white-trash woman. i don't know of a soul that would vote for this ignorant race-baiting moran. she is making the south look like everyone already thinks about the south.....dumb,uneducated hicks! SHE WILL NEVER BE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

    November 4, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Not-so-Young Republican

    This female person is a genuinely worthless waste of space. She is incredible ignorant and shockingly intolerant. We can do so much better than this. Where are the great leaders of our future? Why does she end up in the news all the freakin' time?

    November 4, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Lynne

    Looks like $arah is laying the groundwork for a run for the Presidency. She's the Queen of the Tea Party right now.

    November 4, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Duncan Shweetness

    Sadly, Ms. Palin has become somewhat of a GOP lightning rod. She is as qualified as any candidate out there but has been targeted by the liberals as some sort of nut-job.

    November 4, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Clwyd

    How can anyone approve of this moron?

    November 4, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. Expat American

    Palin…Palin…Palin….24 hours a day….and the world abroad continues to laugh and point at the United States; and at Republicans for embracing this bumblin’ bigot as their leader.
    There’s like-minded people like her everywhere…doesn’t matter where she goes…as long as she has access to Facebook and Twitter.
    Thank you John McCain for bringing forth this plague upon our nation.

    November 4, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. John

    Saran Palin is till Unqualified to run for President or any other Public office. She couldn't even win Alaska. No like a Quitter.

    November 4, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Expat American

    Wherever she relocates to south of the Mason Dixon line; this will do nothing to improve often times false perceptions and stereotypes of the American South.

    November 4, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Duck Fallas

    Road kill eaters and cousin boinkers favor Palin.

    November 4, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. Jen Randle MO

    @Duncan....she is "qualified"? Really? I'm a moderate and can be conservative on some issues, more liberal on others, but to say Palin is qualified, c'mon! She appeals to the angry mobs and horny men, or the uneducated who tend to look at her as one of them and are happy to throw out the big bucks to listen to her rants. You don't become president on ideals alone; especially ones like hers. She has no plans whatsoever; just divisive empty-headed chatter. Get real.

    November 4, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. onlysanetexanleft

    What ever happened to Issue Number 1? All CNN does is talk about stupid polls about races 2 years out and other stuff that is senseless. Who about talking about the fact that Joe "BP" Barton has come out and is pushing to be the top guy on the energy committee? That's news. What's not news is how Palin polls in various parts of the country. She's not running. She has to keep the guessing game going so you can have her at the top of your politcal ticker every day.

    November 4, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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