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. Mi Poo

    Give the American people a day or two and they'll forget all the controversy surrounding Palin's response to the Tucson shooting. We Americans have an attention span of right around 1 week. After that, everything's forgotten.

    January 19, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well I can only say that Sarah is doing something right. People need to know the Cold Hard Facts of Life. The Liberal Democrats aren't going to tell you. They just pass the Buck to the next generation until the whole country collapses.

    For 75 years the Liberal's sold us a Bill of Goods that they cound fix all the Social Ills of the Nation. So why are we no better than 75 years ago. They forget to tell you about the 14 Trillion Dollar debt. Good luck with that fantasy.

    January 19, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    "..Palin's unfavorable rating is up 10 points among women..."

    It takes a WOMAN to know a WOMAN and WOMEN knows BEST!!!

    The MEN are easily blind by her so-called beauty-pageant LQQK and cannot see past that. Take Pat Buchannan, Hannity, O'Reilly, and John McCain – to name a few – are STUCK on her looks!! Every time they speak about her they DROOL!!!

    A WOMAN can detect a "beautiful woman" but they judge that LAST. It's what's in the BRAINS that count with us. So once you see a DROP in a woman's support – YOU ARE THROUGH.........Period!!! We are also "flexible" and can bend and will forgive but it will take a LOT to convince us once we crossed over and stopped supporting a person.

    This article is right – it was NOT the website that turned heads, even though MOST thought it was a direct connection!! It was her REACTION and the way she handled her defense. Eventually, she will SHUT UP!!!

    What I would have done – FORGET the media – I would have travelled to AZ and visited Gaby and her husband "privately". I am sure that meeting would have gone well. Afterwards, explain partially to the media as to what went on in the meeting and then apologize for her "insensitivity" of posting Crosshairs on a map and then MOVE ON!!!

    I think Sarah is allowing her KIDS to tell her how to handle situations. It's like Tit for Tat and she lavishes in it. She needs fire whoever is giving her advice. If it is Todd, she needs to divorce him (LOL).

    Off of this subject and let's continue to support our current leader, President Obama, as he MOVES AMERICA FORWARD in a positive direction!!!

    January 19, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Chad from Tampa

    So the media accuses Palin of being an accesory to murder, then Palin defends herself, then the media criticizes her response? Seriously?

    January 19, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. donutman

    Bad news for Palin, good news for mankind

    January 19, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Adalbert

    Finally, the American people are beginning to realize that this bimbo is nothing but a violent opportunist interested in making money only.

    January 19, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Chad from Tampa

    CNN, your obsession with destroying Palin is getting a little old.

    January 19, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    If she had said something like, "I am sorry that you interpreted my map graphic as an invitation to physically attack these individuals. Such was not my intention. This was a sick individual who acted on his own." then she would have come out better. As it is, like with "the Fonz" it is impossible for her to admit she may have made an error in judgment. For mere mortals like you and I, that means owning up to mistakes you make.
    I would also be willing to bet she never found out what "blood libel" meant until after the firestorm she created by saying it. I also believe she was simply reading off a teleprompter for this speech. Given her normal speech patterns, there was no way this was not scripted and displayed while she was speaking. Had she given a more casual speech, the reaction would have been more favorable to her. As it is, she has all the credibility of Captain Renault in Casablanca expressing shock that there was gambling going on in "Rick's" while collecting his winnings.

    January 19, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Baloney!

    Governor Palin is one of the finest Americans we have ever produced. Forget it, CNN - you can't disparage her, despite your constant efforts - she'll reclaim her favorable position.

    January 19, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. John Ellis

    Oh well, back to shooting defenseless animals from helicopters.

    January 19, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Sarah Palin had nothing to do with the shooting in Tucson can't blame her for someone else action, Arizona supermarket but the graphic crosshairs target back in 2008 may have contributed to the shooter's motivations. Look how people still go after President Obama,I know the FBI and CIA have screen a lot hate mail for him.

    January 19, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Rosslaw

    The same 38% who like Palin also think the world is flat, that Adam and Eve rode dinasaurs to church and that quitting her position as governor is a profile in courage.

    January 19, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. DJ in TX

    Yawn..........Why do you continue to cover Ms. Palin? She is losing any relevance on the political scene. In my view, and yes Idisagree with her, she lost relevance when she QUIT on the state of Alaska. People think Liberals are the only ones who talk about her. If she runs for the GOP nomination, those guys are going to eat her alive. They will all key on the fact that she QUIT on the State of Alaska. You won't be able to blame liberals at that point.

    January 19, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Bobbie

    "56% of ALL Americans"? I dont remember taking such a poll...for the record I do think she is an idiot! There...poll taken!

    January 19, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. Crazy Harry

    Is this news? This delusional character has an acute case of foot in mouth disease.

    January 19, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. M. Night

    Me! Me! It's all about me.

    January 19, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. susan

    I think if people would just ignore her, we might be lucky and she'll just fade away. I think your poll is wrong and the % is much higher for those who understand she is not capable of leading a country.I wish she'd just stay in Alaska and go fish.

    January 19, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. Squigman

    Unfortunately, what is evident from the polls will be looked upon as a liberal media plot, to rob Mrs. Palin, of her constitutionally granted rights called freedom of expression. Also, there will be a concerted effort on her part, as well as her advisors to make her look like the victim, not the aggressor. The public will be whip sawed back and forth because the ensuing circus atmosphere will be a boon for advertising minutes, and viewer share of marketable air time. Hopefully the people will see through much of the smoke and realize that regardless, her picture, her opinions, and her brand of ignorance will be thrust upon them (the public), as long as the revenues keep coming forward. The only fix for this mistake (brought forth by McCain), is a complete boycott of all products, or services advertised by the Media outlet that keeps granting air time to this kind of reporting, that serves no purpose except to confuse or distort the facts. Noise, is not news.

    January 19, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. twiddly

    Keep talking, Sarah. The more you open your mouth, the more people see how stupid and eminently unqualified you are.

    Yes, you and the other rabid hate-mongers like Beck and Limbaugh have blood on your hands.

    January 19, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. rs

    I am surprised that after Ms. Plain compared having her inflammatory rhetoric and gun site Democratic enemies map criticised and comparing that to the deaths of thousands if not millions of Jews that her unfavorability rate is only 56%. I guess she still has a few fans. Scary thought that they might vote!

    January 19, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. Sam

    I am no Palin fan (in fact if anything the opposite)...But unfortunately, 1014 people survey doesn't represent the views of about 300 million. take a bigger sample next time to get a better sense of the stats

    January 19, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. CBR

    I think it is time to stop polling. This only adds to the hype. Sarah Palin will do what she wishes and rightfully so. Her supporters will stay with her as they did last summer. Those who do not appreciate her political style will not be swayed.
    Can we just focus on the issues facing us today. CNN needs to find another way to talk about Ms. Palin. This controversy just gives her more free publicity.

    January 19, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. Jack

    There will always be 30% or so of Americans who will support anyone, no matter how much of a moron they may be. Bush had a 30 something percent rating fro a while and I was mystified that he had that many people who supported him. I wouldn't be surprised that, in this country, you could get 30 percent of the people to say they might support lobotomies. This is a vaslty ill-educated, misinformed populace.

    January 19, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. CORetiree

    You know, if CNN hadn't wasted space on three Sarah Palin stories today, there would be room on the Political Ticker for real political news.

    January 19, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. truth

    Just as the cowboy said in the western, " Evils kills itself." CNN will be next to experience a hugh drop in the poll. Years ago, CNN reported real news. Now they make excuses for Republicans (Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, Beck, etc.) behavior and demonize the other party by not telling the truth about the Republicans. People if you want the truth and nothing but the truth, turn to MSNBC during the p.m. hours.

    January 19, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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