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. LC B

    I just wish this person would cease and desist her dramatic, histrionic displays of crass female behaviors. McCain has hopefully learned a lesson through his association with this previously 'unknown' politician...may they both continue to manifest clearly the norm these days, of our political leader 'wanna bees'.

    January 19, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. cm

    Can any of you people look at this women, and tell me she is normal. please just take a few seconds thats all it should take. look at this women. she looks no different than the shooter in AZ.

    January 19, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. The unsub

    she's got about 3 minutes remaining of her 15 minutes of fame....tick, tock, .......

    January 19, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Rob in Det

    Is anyone surprised? this woman is a divisive influence in american soceity. who needs to go away.

    January 19, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People

    "According to the survey, Palin's unfavorable rating is up 10 points among women, compared to just three points among men"

    The "polls" are higher among males?

    So, now we understand who is missy's base and why!

    January 19, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Rob_in_MN

    Why this woman was ever elected to a public office is beyond me. Everytime she opens her mouth it just makes my skin crawl. It appears I am not alone.

    January 19, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. McMurdo

    She said on Hannity that "if it weren't for double standards those on the left would have no standards at all." I'm beyond angry that other than John Stewart not one pundit, politician or media outlet called her on this. This was a direct insult to Gabby and everyone who was injured or died execising their right to meet with their Representative. Since they have no standards I guess their lives were meaningless. So glad she can hold the high standrds of Bristol up for every teenager to follow. Stewart was right on labeling her PETTY WOMAN. She's disgusting.

    January 19, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Liz the First

    ONLY 56%!!!!!!!!!!!! wow. that doesn't say too much for the intelligence of the American people. it should be close to 100%! this woman has nothing constructive to add to the national dialogue and the quicker she fades from the scene, the better off the country will be.

    January 19, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    Certainly Obama and Harry Reid will continue to do whatever is necessary to remind Americans why Sarah Palin's ideas about federal government in America are so powerful.

    January 19, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. ThinkAgain

    What's to like? She's nasty, whiny, a quitter, runs from her responsibilities, uneducated, self-righteous, with a huge sense of entitlement.

    Oh, and did I mention she lies?

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    January 19, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. mesamick

    Hey CNN...Do us all a favor and please put your "stories" – aka media manipulations – about Sister Sarah in the entertainment section from now on. Thanks...

    January 19, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. once upon a horse

    I don't know who her agent is or who is giving her advice, but I DO think this is due to one main thing..OVEREXPOSURE! Even some (not many though I'm sure) Palin supporters must be tired of her. Reality shows, book tours, FoxNews commentator, and since now even some of her fellow Republicans are taking her to task for some of her comments this was bound to happen. I recall in 2008 how McCain/Palin poked fun at then candidate Obama calling him a rock star and using folks like Paris Hilton to compare him to. Then lo and behold she comes out and does the same thing even worse, her own daughter on DWTS and being offered a talk show in Phoenix. Sarah Palin has already said what her circle was, people like Limbaugh, Beck, Savage, Levin and that's a real loveable group. I guess she still feels like they are the REAL AMERICANS.

    January 19, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Mr DemocratMan

    Nice pic CNN. Trying your best to sway opinion huh? Just like the news is supposed to do. Hmmmmmm?

    January 19, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Jaywing

    Give it a couple more weeks and it wil be over 60%. In spite of the strident frothings of her devoted sheep, the majority of Americans have awakened to the fact that Palin lies and fabricates almost daily, is unwilling to face the hard questions from a free and honest press, and has shown over and over again that she is totally out of touch with the realities of everyday life.

    January 19, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Former Republican, but never again!

    John McCain's legacy will be that he introduced America to this moron.

    January 19, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    The poll numbers show that Palin cannot attract voters outside her base of extremely conservative voters. She detracts from other GOP presidential candidates by her continual domination of the news media's attention.

    January 19, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Christine

    Sure her poll numbers are down with all the lies being said about her and others. I do have to ask CNN if it's helping your ratings by helping spreading the lies?

    January 19, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. betterdays

    The events of the past two weeks have killed any chance, oops, I mean "eliminated," oops, I mean... she will not be the Republican nominee. No way, no how. She probably wouldn't have stood a chance anyway, but this is great news. Now we can nominate someone electable.

    January 19, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. A disgusted former Republican

    Maybe little "Miss all about me" will shut up for a while. Oh I forgot, we are talking about Sarah Palin.

    January 19, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. marie, MD.

    This delightful, loving, honest lady is the direct opposite of the vulgar minded,
    sarcastic, hatefilled athiest who bombard her with vile remarks persistently.
    If you disagree with someone, try to be a little more human and mature about it.

    January 19, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Charlie from the North

    Hey she put the "crosshair" on her website. There is no way she could have know what would happen but now that it has an a little humility is in order there is none forthcoming. The question is not why has she lost support? But why does she still have any at all?

    January 19, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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