CNN Poll: Palin unfavorable rating at all time high
January 19th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: Palin unfavorable rating at all time high

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that 56 percent of all Americans have an unfavorable view of Sarah Palin, an all-time high for the former Alaska governor. That 56 percent unfavorable figure is up seven points from just before the midterm elections, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday morning.

Thirty-eight percent of people questioned in the poll say they have a favorable view of the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, down two points from October.

The poll was conducted following a difficult two week stretch for Palin, who is considering a run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Palin was in the spotlight following the Jan. 8 shootings at a "Congress on Your Corner" event at a Tucson, Arizona supermarket, which left six people dead and 13 wounded. Authorities believe Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously wounded as the target of the mass shootings. A 22-year-old suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, is in custody.

Following the shootings critics suggested Palin's at-times charged political rhetoric and use of a graphic featuring crosshairs may have contributed to the shooter's motivations. The graphic was part of a website that Palin put up last year, during the divisive debate over health care reform, to highlight 20 congressional districts won by Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election, where Democratic representatives were voting in favor of the legislation.

According to the survey, Palin's unfavorable rating is up 10 points among women, compared to just three points among men, and among independent voters, her unfavorable rating has grown a whopping 14 points.

Does the dip in Palin's favorable ratings have anything to do with her website?

"Probably not directly, but the public may have been turned off by her reaction to the controversy surrounding that website," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Poll results released earlier this week show that most Americans do not blame her website for the shootings in Arizona. But women and independents - two groups that tend to prefer civility and bipartisanship - may have disliked her combative reaction to suggestions that the website was involved."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Jan. 14-16, with 1,014 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Check out CNN's new Polling Center, which provides the most comprehensive polling data of any news organization in the political landscape.


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soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. David

    In the early 1930's, the German citizenry did not show a particular hatred toward the Jews. The vile rhetoric of the Nazi Party, however, changed all that.

    Sarah Palin's hateful rhetoric IS detrimental to American society as a whole.

    January 19, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. Ex-Republican

    So what, she still deserves to be our '12 Candidate. Can't wait.

    January 19, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  3. RobertL

    So sad. This is the sound of the world's tiniest violin...

    January 19, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  4. joe blow

    simple sister sarah - sing with me - sees it slip, slip, slipping away. i am conflicted about how i would have answered the poll. while palin is a racist divider and clearly intellectually- and morally-challenged and therefore not qualified to hold public office, i think she has tremendous potential do make additional money with a career in interracial porn.

    January 19, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  5. Michael - Portage

    We, the electorate, need to do a much better job of picking our leaders. We need to forget blind ideology of the left and right and actually pick leaders who can represent ALL Americans.....not just some narrow base. I'm afraid Ms. Palin does not meet this litmus test.

    January 19, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. In New Mexico

    I wish this woman would just go away – and I am a registered republican (please hold the comments).

    January 19, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. Jack in Florida

    Now that you know this Sarah, shut up and please go away.

    January 19, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  8. Dan

    More than her popularity seems to be sagging. Gravity will do that as people age.

    January 19, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    This woman needs to stay out of the spotlight,and stay in Alaska~and keep quiet! I believe the majority of us are more than extremely tired of her.The day John McCain picked her[and I am sure he knows it now]was a day of bad change for America.The more she talks,or trys to,the more a person learns how very uneducated she is.Certinly not a person you would want running anything at all.I have always remembered what several congress people,who met her during 2008,said.Many~and Repubs all~that they just could not believe how much she didnt know about almost anything. I think that sums it up,and we need to move far away from her.She could not be President for heavens sake~neither could I~but I am smart enough to know it!

    January 19, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  10. The Bodacious

    lol. She will be a great president. BTW, how is this news? Didn't we know this already?

    January 19, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  11. Marco

    Maybe if the media just stopped giving this woman so much attention her "popularity" would sink to about 20%, which is approximately the percentage of lunatic voters in this country.

    January 19, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  12. AEJ

    56 percent of all Americans have an unfavorable view of Sarah Palin. Only 56%? Most politicians when their time ended go on to universities to teach. Sarah CANNOT do this asshe doesn't have any education. Attending 6 universities to get a degree in Journalism????? Lack of her intellectual abilities/lack of education reflects in her erractic behaviour.

    Comparing Sarah to Obama is like comparing day and night. THIS SHOULD BE STOPPED!!!! Doing this allows her her to think she is in the same league with the President.

    January 19, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  13. Kevin

    How can anyone say the shooting wasn't political when the shooter walked up to the Congresswoman and shot her in the head from 3 feet away? Whatever the nature of his mental impairment, the target was deliberately chosen, and was a political target. It will be interesting to hear what fears or delusions affected the shooter, but it seems likely that he was influenced by the "if ballots don't work, bullets will", "second ammendment solution", rhetoric of the far right. Words have power. Otherwise, why do corporations spend billions of dollars on advertising? What we hear repeatedly affects our perception of truth.

    January 19, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  14. purnellmeagrejr

    Sara can now take her place next to Dan Quayle as historical footnotes; if she keeps talking she'll wind up next to David Dukes – and if she still keeps talking after that she'll end up as Daisy Dukes.

    January 19, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  15. Elaine

    I really wish this annoying woman would just shut up. She seems to have a desperate need to constantly be in the news.

    January 19, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  16. demogal

    Keep digging that hole, Sarah–every time you open your mouth!

    January 19, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  17. Squiggs

    The fact that 38% of Americans see this waste of human flesh in a positive light speaks volumns more than 56 % not liking her. Are 38% of Americans that dumb?

    January 19, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  18. MaryAnne

    I sure hope more people will come to their senses and see her for what she really is. STUPID

    January 19, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  19. German,IrishAmerican

    The MSM's goal of destroying Palin is finally working. Never mind that most of the articles about Palin from CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC are out and out lies, their message of hate is taking effect. NONE of these socalled "news" organizations ever reported that the Infamous "map" of Palin's was used exclusively by Democrats before Palin, or the Joe Manchin ad with him loading a rifle and shooting a hole through the cap and tax bill, or the Arizona DEMOCRAT that put his Republican opponents head in rifle crosshairs in a TV ad. Why not? The hatred the MSM has for Palin and conservatives is disgusting, but they are finally getting their message of hate to influence people.

    January 19, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  20. JC

    Typical, charges and criticisms without any regard to the facts or opposing viewpoints. Is it any wonder that her numbers are down? Associating her with the tragedy in Arizona despite her having nothing to do with it – check. Presenting her and the right by extension as the ones with charged political rhetoric without any regard to the vitriol spewed to varying degrees by pundits and politicians on both sides, yes the left does it a lot too folks – check. Lending credence to the ignorant suggestion that a political graphic somehow contributed and not pointing out that Dems used a similar graphic with bulls-eye targets placed on districts – check. Highlighting a supposed combative reaction to unsubstatiated and blantantly false charges being levied against her rather than allowing herself to be dragged through the mud like the author is doing in this article – check. A relatively small polling number and no information provided as to the political make-up of the participants – check. Oh I forgot, standing up for yourself or others and pointing out bias is just whining and playing the victim card – my apologizes. CNN is a joke, just like the rest of the "news" oultets, right or left.

    January 19, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  21. opbilly

    your fifteen minutes are up... now just go away

    January 19, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  22. morpunkt

    This is precisely why I believe she's a mere decoy for the GOP. She can't be a contender.
    I think the Rep Party will eventually nominate Mitt Romney, in the end.
    It's about the economy and everybody knows it.

    January 19, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  23. diridi

    she is stupid....o.k, why you are bragging....

    January 19, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  24. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    SP milks the "fake outrage" thing as tirelessly as any celebrity can. And given the choice between holding back or going too far, she will always choose the latter. Can't help herself. Here's the formula: Say something outrageous and irresponsible, wait for the lamestream media attack, then go sit among the friends at FOX and express shock, horror and flip the finger. Pretty soon, she will retreat to the following position: Don't be hard on the ears, just be easy on the eyes. Just show off the killer T&A and pretty face and shut up. Enough people will still support her to keep her rich.

    January 19, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  25. sara

    Now Ms. Palin can stop "pretending" about her political ambitions and straight-up and "join the hate club of America"...Rush, Beck, Hannity and her other Co-workers at Fox. She has "suckered" people for her own self gains for too long. She's NOT even Funny anymore.

    January 19, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
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