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. ConsiderThis

    The 38% that have a favorable opinion of Sara Palan should all move to Alaska so that they can worship, in person, their cartoon character – Sarah-The-Mindless-Butthead. Sarah Palin hasn't had anything positive to say in 2 years. She's a source of negativity, hate, absurdness and self absorbment. She has absolutely no credibility, knowledge, sense or care. She only enjoys killing, stealing and destroying – sounds like the devil's child to me. You judge a tree by the fruit that it bears. You tell me, what kind of fruit do you see on the Palin tree? I assure you, it ain't good fruit.

    January 19, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Seattle Sue

    My unfavorable view of Palin is close to 110 percent. When ever I see a cross hair I think of Palin.

    January 19, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Michael

    Wow. Go figure. I can't believe this person is even news, or ever was considered news.

    January 19, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. Alex Santana

    Why should Sarah Palin's poll numbers be a surprise? Every time she opens her mouth, she puts her big moose foot in it. This is a classic example of a woman who was pulled out of obscurity into the limelight...and when it was turned off by the loss of the GOP in 2008, she found out she liked to hear the sound of her own voice as obnoxious as it is. This woman has no business telling anyone what is right or wrong about America. She walked away from a job that she was elected to, she has very little real practical experience except being mayor of Wasilla....I have been to Wasilla...I can be mayor there..no big "real" issues...I think most Americans are sick to death of her...she is obviously scared to meet with the real media, go to book signings in real cities and confront the real America, not the lame, numb-minded few who think she is a savior..

    January 19, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Laurie

    Finally, a reality check on who this lady is. Mean spirited, juvenile, strange woman. Hopefully the news media can quit covering this woman as she becomes increasingly irrelevant. She is not worthy of news coverage, good or bad. It is feeding her self centered frenzy. This person is not capable of understanding any issue that is not related to her own ego. She has demonstrated a true lack of the human trait called empathy.

    January 19, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Deco

    It was about time !!

    January 19, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Patrick Bailey

    The most scary thing is 38% still have a favorable opinion of this nut-job. Close to the same percentage of people (43%) who think gun magazines like the one used in the Tucson massacre should still be legal in today's CNN poll. I'll bet my bottom dollar most of these are the same people. Boy this country is getting scary. Close to half of the people are completely insane!

    January 19, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. JJM

    Thats a shock. The woman is a home grown terrorist. It's about time that those polled recognize this!

    January 19, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. Bob

    Let's think about this: we have a President, a Vice-President, 100 Senators, and 50 Governors who are all responsible for billions of dollars and their decisions affect all of us. Why do we care about Sarah Palin?

    Oh, I think I know why.......she is delusional to think she can compete with these elected politicians who have not QUIT their jobs!

    January 19, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. Bob Dog

    This is bad news for all America. If her approval continues to plummit, it may be more difficult for Palin to destroy the republican party in 2012, with a self-serving run at the presidency.

    Wait, what am I saying. If her approval rating drops to three people – herself, Todd, and Sean Hannity, she will run anyway!

    "Run, Sarah, Run!"

    January 19, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  11. steeve-o

    I like how Palin said that it was unfair to politicize this tragedy in Tucson, then went ahead and said the shooter was "probably left leaning". You think he was for social services, universal health care and helping the immigrant population, Sarah? Really?! And then he'd go out and shoot a Democrat? What a joke she is, unfortunately it's not a funny joke.

    January 19, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Livin' the good life

    Could it be a sign?! Maybe what she calls the "lamestream" media should quit covering her. I await the time her name disappears..."Palin WHO?"...Beau Colby

    January 19, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. MommaM

    I did not find any warmth or compassion in her response. The reaction of they did it also so it make it ok leaves me cold. As my mother used to say "if they jumped off a bridge – would you follow." As a supposed leader, her decisions should stand on their own. In today's world of instant communication those in the political arena need to be aware of how far their heated words can travel. We all need to pray for those who were killed and wounded and rethink our own words and actions.

    January 19, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. knucklehead61

    Time for her to step down. Oh wait, she already did...

    January 19, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  15. joetheplumer@yahoo.com

    Wow what a shocker. Sarah Loser Failing is falling in ratings. I will now do the Bart Simpson and say " HA HA" loser.. She is a bing failure and loser.. Hey John Macaint thanks for unleashing this hell on us and bring this Anti-Christ upon us.

    January 19, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. todd

    Palin was never popular among democrats and independents. A better poll question would be how do registered republicans think of her?

    I am a democrat, but I would not be very surprised if Palin won the republican nomination. I think she has no chance of beating Obama, but none of the other republican candidates have as much as a fan base as she does.

    January 19, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Bob

    CNN, you are obsessed with Palin. Maybe if you stop giving her time from your network she will go away.

    January 19, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. Chad from Tampa

    CNN, you make me sick. The fact that she even gets polled is amazing. Why do you people drag her into the Arizona shootings? She had nothing to do with it! Journalism is dead. Your hateful obsession of Palin is sad.

    January 19, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. C Smith

    This is the moment we have all been waiting for. Palin, your 15 minutes of fame are fleeting. Ba-bye.

    January 19, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. AEK

    It"s all the lamestream media's fault for inaccurately reporting on her constantly. What? Just quoting directly from her Facebook and Twitter pages, replaying verbatim video from her Facebook postings and her appearances on Faux News? Oooppps, sorry...never mind.

    January 19, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. ST

    Though I promised last week (after her "blood libel" insult), that I will not continue commenting on her, but today after reading her approval rating falling down in a good speed, I am glad to say; "She is now getting what she asked for". When one asks for salt, never give them sugar!

    January 19, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. Kenneth the VI

    $arah Palin has a strong following and she speaks for the Tea Party, but I believe she has overplayed her reverence. She may become a liability for the Republican Party, but many Republicans are afraid to criticize her. Her delivery style is not of a polished, clean politician, but of a "hot jock" radio talk show host.

    January 19, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. Chad from Tampa

    So let me get this straight. Hours after the shootings the media blames Palin. Palin defends herself. Now the media is criticizing Palin for her response to the media's false accusations. Something doesn't seem right here.

    January 19, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. chris

    Republicans and special interest...... avoid sarah palin like the plague.

    January 19, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. conoclast

    I used to enjoy just looking at Palin; she IS a fox, let's face it! But lately the eyes have hardened and all attractiveness has gone out of them, replaced by something almost scary. Maybe it's that her blind, naive ambition was part of her beauty. Whatever it was it's gone now, replaced by anger and grim determination as her fawning base evaporates. Hopefully she's a lesson we're in the process of learning.

    January 19, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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