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


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  1. Expat American

    Besides being an unread, unintelligent and untraveled bigot, Palin is simply a clown. Her empty patriotic rhetoric appeals only to the lowest common denominator dregs of American society. She is proof that you can have a million dollars and still be poor white trash.

    February 28, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin didn't bother to think about the Americans on the ground in Libya, who could have faced death/hostage before President Obama got them out, Palin in her ignorance of foreign policy wanted a no fly zone in place. This woman has been advised she needs to study but she and her family have taken the easy way out by pandering for wealth.

    February 28, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. James

    Palin should have won a Oscar for being the best JOKE , ever.

    February 28, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    For her to drop to 65% approval for the GOP in Iowa, means that Iowa republicants have gotten their marching orders from the Kochs. It will be Mittens who will lead the GOP attack on working Americans.

    February 28, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Geoff

    Ho-hum. CBS has Charlie Sheen and GOP has Sarah Palin. Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.

    February 28, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. K. in Florida

    This woman is nothing more than a attention seeking Egomaniac...

    She pathetic, she will never be President of Anything..!

    February 28, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. NVa Native

    Her state of mind has been slipping so far there's no more edge for her to worry about. She's gone.

    February 28, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Larry

    I don't find it strange at all that people "like" other people with the same backward views they have. Nowhere, however, does the poll report how many consider her qualified to be President.

    Funny, the only state whose name is an acronym would have such a high favorability raing for the Wasilla Imbecilla. then again, no it's not. I.o.w.a.: Idiots outside walking around.

    February 28, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. José M. Pulido

    I am glad many people of Iowa are realizing that the U.S. presidential elections are not a Mrs. America-like contest. Sarah Palin does not have the political diplomacy to deal with any domestic leader much less with world leaders. If every time she is going to retaliate with an undiplomatic, petuland and arrogant verbal comment when someone points her out the truth about an issue as she usually responds, that is not a good virtue neither a useful trait of our highest national leader, much less of a world leader. No one can stop her from running for president but I do not believe she has the financial backing to pay for the campaign anyway.

    February 28, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Abe

    The people in Iowa no matter how conservative they are they must be behind in politics to support Sara Who. The Republicans in Iowa should by now learn that they do not have a formidable candidate to run for the presidency. If they think Sara is the choice/ ticket they better think twice. At this point in time our country is not thinking conservatism, liberalism, Republican, Democrat or Tea Party. What it needs is to fix the economy by the way that was dumped on our laps by the previous Republican president. If Iowa picks a good candidate I advice them it is not Sara because we will be buried economically, politically and internationally. I am a Democrat I do not care who they pick but I am giving them an advice open there eyes/ minds and ask themselves Sara Who.

    February 28, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Cat

    They finally figured out she is a moron.

    February 28, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Qi

    President Palin will be the best thing that ever happened to this country. She will make sure our right to own any type of weapon and carry it anywhere we want is restored. Fight back, Arm America, support the NRA

    February 28, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Bob Dog

    This is very bad news for America. If Sarah "The Circus Monkey" Palin continues to fall, it will become significantly more difficult for her to destroy republican chances in 2012.

    "Run, Sarah, Run!!!"

    February 28, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Hotdog

    This is good news. Who in their right mind would want her for POTUS. She is divisive and unqualified to hold that position. Divisive politics is slowly becoming a thing of the pass. People want elected officials that are going to solve problems not officials that continue to dividie populace.

    February 28, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. don

    Sounds like Sister Sarah needs a few more visits (and winks) to the Iowa GOP voters. Remember it will only take about 5% of the vote to win iowa if everyone runs.

    February 28, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. thesewist

    Her rating is still 65%! Tells you a lot about the great state of Iowa doesn't it?

    February 28, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Sheila Drake

    Sarah Palin makes as much sense as and is as intense as cow manure.

    February 28, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. Tony

    I lived in Iowa for a couple of years. At that time, the people of Iowa didn't seem that stupid to me. A 65% endorsement rating? Six percent would be questionable. The woman is just stupid and that's the sum and substance. Writing books when she'd be out of her depth writing a letter to Santa. Can we get a little help here?

    February 28, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. Jimbo (The Real One)

    I don't think it is just in Iowa that this self serving, hypocritical, vicious and hateful human being's star is fading...

    February 28, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Charlotte

    Someone we would have forgotten about years ago but for Fox News and the love she gets from CNN. So little substance from this felon Sarah. Not interested. She just doesn't get enough publicity I suppose. Needs to be a Nevada hooker before that profession is illegal. On a positive note it could be something she is good at. But realistically she would **** at that too.

    February 28, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. FM

    My fellow citizens in Iowa. You are missing one point. There is liking a person and there is assigning a person you like a remarkable job if he/she is capable to do it. Myself I like my little dog "pretty" but I can not assign her to do anything for me!

    February 28, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. once upon a horse

    this is very dissapointing because I REALLY hoped Sarah Palin would make a serious run at the WH so she could be attacked by her own on the right who will also be trying to make a run at it. It appears that only certain media circles still think Palin is a possible candidate for POTUS while others are seeing the light. I don't think she is going to run personally because I am sure her people see the polling numbers and one thing Palin can not seem to deal with is rejection and someone being critical of her. Besides she seems to be having fun touring the country being critical of EVERYTHING President Obama and even Mrs. Obama does and especially since she can do that without fear of facing them.

    February 28, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. EffortPA

    I wonder why it is that the more people hear of Palin, the less they like her. He popularity peaked when McCain first introduced her and it has been going down ever since. Every month is lower than the month before. You would think she would start getting the message, but she isn't. I really believe she is simply too stupid to comprehend how stupid she really is.

    February 28, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. Tam

    She has nothing to "slip" from. This delusional dumb egotistical narcissistic excuse for a human being has no right to even be in the public eye. She cannot run for anything. What has America become that she and her equally delusional and dumb followers think she can be a leader. Doesn't think for herself, had not had a clear practical thought, does not speak in coherent English (someone thinks and writes the complete sentences for her)is totally ignorant of history, politics, and everyday anything, is afraid of the general media, and complains about the most inane things. God help us. And thanks, McCain and co., for foisting her on us and now she won't go away. Waiting for her to implode or explode.

    February 28, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. DJ in TX

    Who cares. Most GOP politicians are scared to say anything negatively about her. Not personal attacks which are wrong, but political awareness is really lacking. It's easy for her to say all these things from the sidelines, but as we all know, when in office it is a total different thing. I'm totally suprised that people like her foreign policy over Huckabee and Romney according to a recent poll. A person who hadn't visited any foreign leader, appears to not study our allies or enemies, and just spouts out at the mouth whenver a something goes on. Anyway, I hope people don't really see her as a viable candidate. That would be bad.

    February 28, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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