Palin's intensity in Iowa fading, says poll
February 28th, 2011
08:44 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin's intensity in Iowa fading, says poll

(CNN) – As Sarah Palin mulls a presidential bid, the former Alaska governor is getting mixed news from Iowa, the state that traditionally kicks off the presidential primary season.

A newly released poll from the Des Moines Register suggests Palin is still liked by many GOP voters in the state, but perhaps not to the degree she once was.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee's favorability rating has slipped 6 points in the last year and a half among likely GOP caucus-goers in the state, a number that, while within the poll's sampling error, may suggest the excitement around Palin is beginning to dissipate as other likely presidential candidates have spent significantly more time there over the last 15 months.

According to the just-released survey, Palin's favorability rating among likely GOP voters in Iowa now stands at 65 percent, down from 71 percent in November 2009 when the ex-governor was traveling the country to promote her campaign memoir, Going Rogue.

Palin has solidified herself as a celebrity since that time, signing a contract with Fox News, starring in a reality show, and penning a second book. But the former vice presidential candidate has also visited Iowa only three times – twice to sell books and once to speak before at a Iowa Republican Party event - showing few signs she is interested in cultivating the voters whose support could significantly boost her presidential hopes.

And in another sign the intensity around Palin is fading in the Hawkeye State, support among GOP voters who say they view Palin "very favorably" has dropped 9 points, from 27 to 18 percent.

The Des Moines Register poll was conducted 13-16, with 800 Iowa adults, including 189 likely Republican voters, questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error for questions of likely Iowa Republican voters was plus or minus 7.1 percentage points.


Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. T'sah from Virginia

    "...Des Moines Register suggests Palin is still liked by many GOP voters in the state, but perhaps not to the degree she once was..."

    Does this mean that the LEFT is "smarter" than FIFTH GRADERS????? We've been saying this from DAY 1 – DAY 1 meaning when she first got chosen by McCain for the VP!!!!!

    February 28, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. Don

    Of course Sara Pain is not spending as much time in any state as she does not intend to run for any office.
    Why would she? How much has she earned since she told the people of Alaska to take their highest state elected office and shove it two years early.
    She is on TV and writing books. People still continue to pay her to speak at functions. Can you believe people would actually part with their hard earned money to listen to Sara Pain... Some people will buy just about anything.
    Let's get this bimbo out of the public eye, especially if it has anything to do with real life politics.
    I can see an end to Sara Pain from my front porch.

    February 28, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. streetsmart

    Palin never had a chance with Independents of Dems or GOP centralists. just conservative whack jobs and she knows it. She quit her job as Gov for the millions she would make giving speechs, and book tours for books that other people wrote for her. She knew she would never win and she didnt care, shes just laughing all the way to the bank at the very people that think she is for them. After her 15 mins are up dont be surprised ti find her in a Playboy pictorial. Just another skank on the right telling whack jobs what they want to hear, style over substance, a bimbo version of Dubya, nothing more.

    February 28, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. Alex

    Just wait until someone throws a bucket of water on her!

    February 28, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. GODZILLA1

    Don't listen to them Sarah – you OWN Iowa!

    February 28, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. diridi

    good for Iowa....o.k...just get rid of this witch from showing....

    February 28, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. Mattski

    First - CNN, can you find any whackier photos of Palin to use? Jeez, guys, I mean, she's whacked enough without your transparent and sophomoric effort to use the dumbest photos you can find. Second - Palin has no intention of running, and I believe she never did, same with Newt. They're just playing along with the speculation to keep the spotlight warm.

    February 28, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. Alex Santana

    What?? Are those corn shucking Iowans finally realize what a sham this woman is? First time I saw her and the fluff around her I pegged her for who she was...she liked the limelight and when it faded, she had a tantrum like a child and kicked and fumed, quit her job that she was elected to and sold herself to the devil for HER!! No one else, just HERSELF. Now people are realizing it is all sizzle and no substance! Now if we could get her to go away and get CNN to stop reporting every day on her activities.

    February 28, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Mike in Memphis

    It's nice to see conservative voters waking up, examining Palin more critically, and discovering she lacks the qualities a person needs to be able to lead this nation. I'd like to see a decent alternative to Obama in the next election, and Palin is just not it.

    February 28, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. Michael

    Even an intelligent fraud like Gingrich runs out of gullible fans after a while. For a multiple dropout who struggles to look smart even with her mouth shut, she has had a very good run.

    February 28, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. JPX

    Thankfully the Sarah Palin fad is fading away. I have hope for humanity now. Palin is nothing more than a fame-whore who ultimately has contempt for the very people who support her. Her vitrolic seems to be falling out of favor.

    February 28, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. TPF

    Finally, she's done, her voice will face as quick as the Palin name will. She's made a fool out of herself and her family but when all the hidden emails come out she will fade for sure if not wind up in jail.

    February 28, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. LA, LA, LA

    She should slide all the way down to the sewer, where she belongs.

    February 28, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. Diana

    'Going Rogue'.

    Additional meaning of the word rogue:

    a scoundrel, a thief

    February 28, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. sara

    This woman's intent was NEVER to Run for President. She Quit and Took the Money. If she couldn't govern the State of Alaska, how in the world would she govern the World! Palin's role in the republican party has been to keep up the division in this country based on race, hate and intelligent verses dumb. Palin's intention were Never about anyone else, but Palin and the monetary security of her family. She was chosen as a failed Vice-Presidential candidate to siphone the women votes from the current President, after the republicans "manufactured" unfairness based on "gender", Hillary Clinton. They forgot that the "rookie" was NO Hillary or any other " Mother" that women would identify with. What was Left? An opportunist that is Self-Serving. So, CNN stop this crap as Palin is no "mistery" ..... never was. The country has rendered her "noll" and we don't think that Ignorance is funny. We laugh because it was "shocking" that this amount of Ignorance is in our country.

    February 28, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Lori

    Good! The people of Iowa are smart and thoughtful and recognize a charlatan. Palin has an amazing capacity and energy to divert attention from any substantive issue and reframe any challenge with a glib answer. She said that she "...hated this damn job..." re the Alaska governorship when the politics became too rough and when she became bored. She does not have the intellect nor stamina to be a leader or digest complex, nuanced issues. She only likes wearing nice clothes, having her hair done, being a cheerleader, and smiling for the camera in the spotlight – that's more fun than thinking.

    February 28, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. pa jesseson

    may she keep on sliding down until she slides right off the map. maybe into Mexico, if they'll let her in.

    really, folks – the country is in real trouble, so let's get some real leadership. enough with this looka me self centered quitting former governor (yes, when an elected official quits in the middle of a term for no good reason, that is betrayal of the people, big time) and her celebrity. real problems need real solutions, as the ad says, not self glorifying slogans.

    February 28, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. Dave

    Why is anyone even bothering to track this clown? She's not a credible candidate, she's just a Paris Hilton figure - someone's who's famous for not really doing anything. People are just fascinated with her because she's so ignorant and her career's such a train-wreck, and yet has been pushed to the forefront of the media. It's a Beverly Hillbillies thing... people like seeing what happens when people who are completely unsuited for what's happening to them are suddenly dropped into a new environment. She's an entertaining disaster to watch, but that would never translate into votes in an election. The only people who'd vote for her are evangelicals who aren't interested in anything but her religious faith and don't care that she's not even remotely qualified... and they're seriously compromising their credibility by doing that.

    February 28, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. Kent

    Folks, she's only in it for the money.

    February 28, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. Jeff in TX

    Well, 65% is nothing to sneeze at. Still, I can foresee neighbor Michele Bachmann picking up momentum there, as she's done in SC. Same for Tim Pawlenty. Amazing! For all its media bluster, the Republican party is struggling to field bona fide candidates. Romney will sink under Huckabee's weight. Huckabee will withdraw. Gingrich will never get out of the starting blocks. Palin won't run. Bachmann is a disaster waiting to be discovered. Ron Paul, the only pure Republican candidate out there, has his limits.

    February 28, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Dennis B.

    This poll is simply another sign that even right wing Republicans are coming to the conclusion that Sarah Palin is simply unqualified to be considered as a Presidential candidate.

    February 28, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. rick

    "Palin's favorability rating among likely GOP voters in Iowa now stands at 65 percent"!!!! My God, what is the average IQ of likely GOP voters in Iowa? Obviously much lower than 65.

    February 28, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. lynn

    Please Iowans, tell me what they like about her? I'm just curious, besides having 5 kids and 1/2 term governor who couldn't hack the job, what did she do or say that is so meaningful that you feel she's qualified to be President of the U.S.?

    February 28, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. chef dugan

    America is tiring of Palin and by next year she will be shunned by anyone with an ounce of sense. What a complete zero!

    February 28, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  25. tstorm

    Oh please run, Sarah... politics needs a good laugh!

    February 28, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
1 2 3 4