November 12th, 2010
03:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin's unfavorables reach all time high

(CNN) - She's coming off a successful midterm election season, is on the heels of releasing a second book, and about to star in an adventure-packed reality television show, but Sarah Palin's poll numbers are going in the wrong direction.

A new survey by Gallup suggests more than half of all Americans (52 percent) now hold a negative view of the former Alaska governor, the highest unfavorable rating Palin has ever registered in the organization's polling. Her 40 percent favorable rating meanwhile ties her lowest score in Gallup history, registered in the fall of 2009 shortly after she quit her post as governor.

Palin also registered a 40 percent favorable rating in CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll conducted just before the midterm elections. According to the CNN survey, 49 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of Palin.

The Gallup poll indicates that Palin seems to have lost her biggest chunk of support among independent voters – the voting bloc that was crucial in handing Republicans control of the House on Election Day. Her favorability among those voters has dropped 8 points since the summer, according to the poll, from 43 percent to 35 percent.

But as independents appear to be growing wary of Palin, more Republican voters are entering her fold. Her favorability among the GOP rank and file has climbed five points since July to a sky-high 80 percent – a rating that any aspiring GOP White House aspirant would love to claim.

Meanwhile, as has always been the case, few Democrats give Palin high marks – 15 percent now compared to 18 percent in July.

The survey, conducted from November 4-7, surveyed 1,021 adults and carries a sampling error of 4 percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Polls • Sarah Palin
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Tom Braider

    What is all over her hand? Looks like she scribbled all over it with a Bic pen.

    November 12, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Expat American

    Palin is the reason why the rest of the world looks down on much of America. She is nothing more than an unread, untraveled, and unintelligent bigot. It’s pathetic how there are many strong, successful, intelligent women in politics, yet the real time media fawns over this simpleton; as if she isn’t what you would find attached to a $20 if you dragged it through a trailer park.

    If angry old racist whites stop giving her money then maybe she’ll go away.

    November 12, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Truth in Reporting, Texas

    'SUCCESSFUL ELECTION"???????? If you deduct the losses, and the slam dunks (those who would win without her) the
    success rate is ELEVEN PERCENT! Now she is going to print a book full of other people's writings and make money off
    of them. And you keep drooling after this nincompoop as if she were somebody important. I really feel sorry for you.
    By the way, when did Faux News buy CNN?

    November 12, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Steve (the real one)

    I like her but could not vote her for President. The more I read about the high unfavorables, the more I am reminded of Hillary Clinton! She had very high unfavorables when she ran for President! The results... She lost! I really don't see Palin as the GOP nominee unless something drastically changes between now and Election Day 2012, IMHO

    November 12, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Are these the same leftist pollsters that predicted the DEMOcRATS would retain control of the House before the Nov. 2nd election? Yeah, I thought so....

    November 12, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Duck Fallas

    I don't think she cares. Go for it, honey. The "real" America, the America you can't see from your porch, still loves you.

    November 12, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Oh dear! the Shrieking Cow's numbers are dipping. Have a nice day!

    November 12, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Larry

    What surprises me is that people who support her can actually answer a phone.

    November 12, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Tommy Boy

    All I gotta say is "Thanks John McCain".

    November 12, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. SammyD

    CNN at it again. Have to post Palin's poll numbers yet again, Obama is a -20 on Rasmussen, your obsession for Palin is sick. If you guys had done your job on Obama like you do Palin maybe we would have had a leader that was veeted. Don't you guys get it the love affair with obama is over! Start reporting what really matters, and really Palin's number is the least of our problems at this time.

    November 12, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    You'd get about the same breakdown with [R]s, [I]s, and [D]s if you ask the question: is the earth flat? You'd think that such blasted stupidity would have to pay at the poles...instead it has been rewarded in 2010. Although the [D]s, and apparently the American voting IQ, made gains in 2006 and 2008, we should have known that a stupidity so ingrained in the population that it would freely elect the likes of G. Bush to the presidency, not once, but twice, would not be so easily denied.

    November 12, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    Wonder how much Rove had to pay Gallup for this bit of information to force her from running in the primaries? King Rove has spent a great deal of money trying to build Romney's resume, and Palin posses a very real threat of toppling Rove's newest presidential ambitions before they can take hold within the GOP. Will be fun to watch Palin struggle against the GOPer elite.

    November 12, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. rs

    Gee, could her unfavorable ratings come from her complete inability to say anything that is true?

    November 12, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    She is a dispicable human being. That's even if she is a human being and not Lucifer in drag.

    November 12, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Kevin

    I just don't get why anyone would like this woman. She is a total gold digger. She abandons the governor's job in the State of Alaska so she can ride her fame to a big payday. She preaches family values but her teenage daughter ends up pregnant. Her voice is like nails on a chalkboard and the message is always the same spewing of hate. Please people I beg you to wake up and see the GOP for Fascist Pigs they are. They don't care about the middle class. They care about corporations and their need for greed over all. Screw the environment, worker's jobs and our future...make sure the stockholders can sit by the pool and rake in the cash!

    November 12, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Rose

    Why should anyone have a favorable rating for a quitter who is all complaints and no solutions?

    November 12, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Jacob

    hopefully she won't read this (of course, i mean i hope her advisors don't read this for her)....the comedy world needs her to run in 2012, America needs more laughs!

    November 12, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Tony

    Oh dear! Her numbers are as bad as Obama's now!

    November 12, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Darth Cheney

    Is that a pentacle on her palm?

    November 12, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Squiggs

    Thats because there's noting to like about this woman. This woman was thrust on the rest of us by that dimwitted Mccain and now we can't get rid of her. Every night you turn on the news and there she is with that stupid smile and that dumb voice making silly comments or arguing with someone about anything and everything. Imagine her as President every night the focus of the news and our nightmares.

    November 12, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. HB

    And does she care? No. She is laughing all the way to the bank as her "15 minutes" of fame refuses to go quitely into that good night. Quit covering every assinine thing she does and she will eventually go away.

    November 12, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. AZ DEM

    This is going to turn into an interesting 2012 GOP Presidential primary situation. IF Sarah chooses to run...a part of me hopes she does...she may take the primary from the rest of the field considering very "Conservative" voters who show up in the primaries tend to like Sarah Palin. She may be a very forceful threat in primaries throughout the country even if she doesnt get the nod she'll certainly continue to shake the Republicans up.

    November 12, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It should never have taken this long for families to sit around the kitchen table and figure out they've been giving freebies out to Palin and her family, they both quit their jobs. No man wants to take care of anothers man's family especially whether he's a working man or not and Palin and her husband are out just to separate you from your money, you know, the old con game.

    November 12, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Jeff

    Not to nitpick, but the first sentence of this post - coming off a successful election season - ummm, what office did she run for? Okay, not to be jerky, but it's a pet peeve of mine how this new meme seems to be developing that Palin wins elections by proxy. I look at the amount of candidates she supported even in primaries and then the election results of all the races put together and I don't see any evidence that Palin's endorsement makes any difference in a race.

    November 12, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Chipster

    Why is CNN so infatuated with this dimwitted woman? The bloom is off this pathetic rose. She's too old to pull off the "beauty-pagent" act anymore. Can't we all just say "over-exposure" and move on?

    November 12, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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