CNN Poll: Palin unfavorable rating at all time high
January 19th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
3 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. HMS

    She's an ignorant dumb fool; what does she expect.

    January 19, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. 226178

    The simple truth is that policos rise and fall by the coincidences of external events and their rhetoric. With a change in polical tone, Sarah's heuristical rhetoric is seen as an anachromism. As unfair as the comparison might be, ads of Sarah shooting a moose just don't play well against images of a coffin containing the remains of an innocent 9-yo girl. Nor are the ratings for TV shows celebrating such behavior. I believe that Sarah and her reality show are doing the absotelute right think right now. Lie low, don't engage, and pray that eristics soon become acceptable again.

    January 19, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. psmail2

    She knows she will not be the GOP candidate, she just needs a few million dollars more before Nov 2012.

    January 19, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. walter

    And today's Palinticalticker article is.....Just think if CNN actually talked about people who were in politicals.

    January 19, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. Kahuna

    America, please stop paying any attention to Palin. She's only in it for herself. Put her political career in the trash heap.

    January 19, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  6. Mike

    I hate you John McCain. This is now your legacy.

    January 19, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  7. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Maybe she should just stick to her lame reality show and just fade away. But then again, news outlets like CNN just won't let that happen.

    January 19, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  8. REG in AZ

    Palin, "I'm not going to shut up"; and maybe the best response is "and we are not going to listen"!

    January 19, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  9. Brownstain

    Puleeze, just go away, Barbie.
    No more screeching diatribes, or reality shows. No more trailer trash inbreeder pretenders to the presidency.

    January 19, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. PP - Illinois

    Finally right-wing Americans are beginning to see $arah Palin for what she is – an egotistical airhead!

    January 19, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. Barking Alien

    The question is what do the 38% of people who had a favorable opinion see in this dufus.

    January 19, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  12. sickofitall

    mission accomplished CNN! I may have missed one but has there been a day where CNN didn't have a "Bad news for Palin" headline? Or a quote from some talking head trashing her? I wouldn't vote for her if she was the only person running but the assault on that woman and her family from the left/mainstream media has been nothing short of pathetic. And people wonder why only the losers run for office.. you get the kind and quality of representation you deserve.

    January 19, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. GI Joe

    Not even the most vile person wants to hear MMMMMMMEEEEEEEE ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME every single day. AND the hate is getting really old. LIES have been disproven – she and her buds have lost their credibility – finally.

    January 19, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. Elaine

    Slowly but surely becoming Ms HasBeen!

    January 19, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  15. NoBama

    The Lefts H A T E for Sarah Palin is very telling. They just can't stand her popularity and will resort to A N Y T H I N G to diminish her message. I'm not a huge Sara Palin fan but if I had to choose between a socialist and a capitalist, I'll go with the capitalist. It seems the left always has to veil their agenda with propaganda and lies to try to fool Americans and Palin ruins that for them. They wear their hate on their sleeves.

    January 19, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  16. jim

    CNN is OBSESSED with Sarah Palin. Enough already, it's embarrassing.

    January 19, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  17. Chris

    Her ratings will continue to drop the more people find out what a shallow, divisive person she really is. It all about me, me, me, look at me. The hell with everyone else.

    January 19, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  18. bob

    Most of us that read saw her demise coming months ago. She brings herself down every time she opens her mouth. I still would love to see her run for the republican nomination if only to watch her own party eat her alive. What fun it would be to see her have to face off with the entire world media. Then we could watch her slink back to the woods, never be heard again!

    January 19, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  19. gus

    She is a total idiot and more people are realizing that. How they missed that before is a puzzle.

    January 19, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  20. jack

    maybe, just maybe, more people are finally realizing that Palin offers absolutely nothing positive and is a liability to this country. she is the proverbal mosquito that keeps buzzing around one's face. please, go home.

    January 19, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  21. Palmetto

    I'm frankly surprised that there is 38% favorable rating for this bimbo. This idiot is a festering sore of humanity.

    January 19, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  22. PTNY

    6,490 results on "Palin Slams" search on Fox news!
    1,200,000 results on "Palin Slams" on Google!
    Palin has slammed just about everyone that gets in her way! The First Lady for starters all the way back to her brother in law, Levi, go look at a few, amazing! . She's got violence running thru her veins.

    January 19, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  23. Anonymous

    McCain needs to come up and clean after himself, with all due respect.

    January 19, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  24. Connie

    Sarah. your words are intemperate, incendiary, and irresponsible. You gun imagery has no place in civil discourse. This is not blood libel perpetrated by the media. It is your own cheap tricks. You will forever be linked to this tragedy; on that basis, your national political career is also over. What you sow, so shall you reap.

    January 19, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  25. Tom

    She is finally being exposed to a segment of the population that believe she actually has anything to offer this country for what she is; an attention grabbing, money grubbing media hound. She needs to be filed in the same category as Rush and Keith, and nothing more. Reputable media need to stop filing her under "politics" and put her where she belongs, "entertainment".

    January 19, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
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