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. Joris

    Civility is important in the end–not because of itself, but because it speaks of a certain character trait of respect for others; for all of her charm, ease in front of cameras and deeply-held convictions, I think Sarah Palin is so enamored of her connection with her God that she has forgotten to respect others, those who, children and worshipers oof the same God, disagree with her on political issues. I am deliberating alluding to Abraham Lincoln here.

    January 19, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. Jimmy

    I think most are beginning to relaize Sarah Palin is not concerned about what is best for America, but what is best for Sarah Palin. Distorting the truth, fearmongering, offering no solutions, displaying, at best quational judgement, and projecting a mean spirited, anti-intellectual ignorance, this Woman is no leader. There are varied opinions as to what constitutes the essentials of loeadership, but here are a few: integrity, humility, dedication, magnanimity, fairness, assertiveness, and a sense of humor. Judge and leader next to these qualities, some do well some do not. Sarah Palin? IMHO, she fails on multiple counts.

    January 19, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. Chas in Iowa

    Just let her keep talking and I'm sure she can improve on those numbers. She's alienated the Jewish community, the elderly, parents of disabled children and anyone with long term health problems. I'm sure she can select a few more groups to throw to the curb before 2012.

    January 19, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. PublicEnemy

    Palin is toast in 2012!!

    January 19, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Geoz

    It is really the weakest of 1000 reasons not to support SP, but whatever works.

    January 19, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. Anonymous

    38% like her, this country is in deep trouble, 3.8% I would understand.

    January 19, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. tstorm

    Palin and the Fox News conservatives represent the very "worst" of America.

    January 19, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. emma zinkiewicz

    She is no good to any generation..

    January 19, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. Tam

    You mean Americans are finally getting smart? What was there to support this "candidate"? A pretty face with total emptiness inside? Someone who is so dumb she doesn't realize she's dumb? How many dumb Americans are there?

    January 19, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. Ilia Orkin

    Gee, what a surprise this is

    January 19, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  11. Joe

    Mama Grizzly never apologizes, she blames others as she has done in the past. She says her words have no consequences and yet she blames others that their words do have consequences. Huh? What? Where is the logic here?

    January 19, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  12. scribe3s

    The fact that this woman has popularity at all is ridiculous, and getting advice, ANY advice, from Newt Gingrich pretty much sums up the entire politico asylum!

    January 19, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. kd

    inevitable. She's as empty upstairs as both Reagan and Bush 2. The difference is that Reagan and Bush had people handling them and using their cardboard cut-out personas. Palin's imbecility isn't filtered out out by the people in power controlling her.

    January 19, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. rker321

    Maybe, as the time passes, the American public, will begin to understand and see what this woman is all about. As a Republican, she embarrassed me. I wish she would have been different, but unfortunately, she hasn't grown any more than when she stated that she could see Russia from her home. And the implication of what that phrase meant. I am not attacking her in her morality, or in her parenting skills, I am pretty sure that she is wonderful in those aspects. But, as a politician, or even a person that I should follow or listen. I am afraid not.

    January 19, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. JWN

    Mean, mean to the core. Civil people reject her on so many levels.

    January 19, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. Ellid

    Good. Maybe she'll spare us all the agony of watching her make a fool of herself pandering to the lunatic fringe.

    January 19, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  17. PTNY

    Palin slams Family guy, American Idol, Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown, the media, dumpster diving students, poor Levi, Republican Elites, Arizona Immigration, both parties, Katie Couric, Gosselin ratings, feminist, climate change, Rove, etc, etc.
    She's on a rampage!

    January 19, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  18. John

    I love Sarah, because the Liberals hate her. Shes a great example of an American women. Not some little women the men walk on like Hillary.

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

    Looks like this mama grizzly is going to have to eat her cubs and start over!

    January 19, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Marie

    Hey, Sarah Palin, how’s that hatey, killy, reloady, chrosshairsy thing working out for ya?

    January 19, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. Ferret out the B.S.

    Maybe people are finding out that it's "all about her". Even after the shooting of Representative Giffords and the other victims, it was still "all about her" and how she couldn't have any contribution. The words, the images, the ideas she expouse did contribute. Everything we, as humans do, have a cause and effect relationship and she should understand that.

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

    not surprised...she does not represent me at all...she is more like an attack dog...

    January 19, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. Jim

    The 38% who like Palin seriously need to have their heads examined! I don't blame her for the shootings but that was stupid to put crosshairs over districts. I am surprised the FBI didn't speak to her about it. If it was a regular person who posted something like that on a personal website you can be sure the FBI would have came calling. Palin is nothing more then a dim witted loser who needs to go back to the rock she climbed out from. She can take John Senile McCain with her as well.

    January 19, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. Shannon

    Thank god more Americans are starting to see what a crass, and classless woman $arah real is. She is shrill and excels at being the victim, even trying to overshadow the real victims on the day of their memorial. Contrast her behavior to the behavior of Congresswoman Giffords, and you will see the difference between compassion and hate, leadership and selfishness, intelligence and just plain stupidity. It's time for $arah to fade away.

    January 19, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. Shari from Madison

    Finally, people are waking up and really seeing that she is not fit to lead our country. She is too quick to speak and she doesn't think how her words affect people. I do feel, however, that she is not responsible for the tragedy in Tucson as the suspect is mentally il.

    January 19, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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