Palin's intensity in Iowa fading, says poll
February 28th, 2011
08:44 AM ET
4 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.


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  1. Laurie in Spokane

    FINALLY! People are MAYBE coming out of their daze about Palin! It's only taken 2+ fyears for her to make clear she's not qualified for anything except to show how inept, incompetent, and incapable of rational thought she is.

    February 28, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. LinDee

    Palin's popularity is fading? Maybe there is a God after all or some of her previous worshipers have wised up to her real intentions. She doesn't want to be President (or governor or anything else with responsibility). She just wants to be rich.

    February 28, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Jaywing

    "Palin has solidified herself as a celebrity..." Really? A celebrity what? A celebrity idiot on par with Charlie Sheen? A celebrity liar like Glenn Beck? A celebrity "let's make crap up an see if it sticks" like Rush Lumbaugh? Really CNN? This is what you think of this quiter, loser, liar? You can't actually report reality? This woman is a disaster, from foot into mouth.

    February 28, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Michael in Houston

    Palin is a special kind of stupid. Anyone who votes for her or supports this egomaniac is profoundly irresponsible

    February 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. The unsub

    folks are starting to realize that she is not serious.

    February 28, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Casual Citizen

    Because she keeps talking! Are we to be surprised? But, it is some proof to what many of us knew, and now more KNOW!!

    Where are the smart women in leadership? They are not in politics because they ARE smart women, I get that, but, we really need them now more than ever. The knucklehead side keeps throwing real winners our way.

    At least I'm young enough to see an episode of "Where Are They Now?" on Sarah Palin. And, oh, it is coming.....and it will be priceless I'm very sure. Maybe a cult leader? Talk show host, like Jerry Springer style, Brothel owner, Professional Hobo on the rails........who knows.

    February 28, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Scottie

    I do hope that S.P. does very well in Iowa and gains her party's Presidential nomination... that will insure the Rupublicants loss in 2012.

    February 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. chuck

    Yes contrary to what the right thinks, Liberals do not view SP as a threat-no way no how. She's more like a BOIL ON THE NECK OF AMERICA.

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

    Sarah Palin shouldn't be President, but she shouldn't be demonized either.

    February 28, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. zb

    Palin would be at the bottom of the list of Republican candidates that I would even think about voting for except that I would not even consider voting for any of the Republican candidates. Its hard to imagine that the party that gave us tax cuts to the rich during two wars and the economic meltdown has anyone that would vote for them which says even worse about the american people who did.

    February 28, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Nick San Diego

    So, who's surprised at this news ?
    Next time she opens her mouth, she;ll be down a few more points.

    February 28, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Please God No

    People in Iowa are not stupid. I find it really hard to believe that support for Palin among GOP voters would be even as strong as this article/poll states.

    February 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Texas Democrat

    keep on speaking Palin, let your voice be heard so more and more people can dismiss your dribble. We are tired of ya!

    February 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Marie MD

    Darn it!!!! I was hoping that she had really fallen and she couldn't get up. Either way I am glad to hear that her over used 15 minutes of fame might actually be almost over!

    February 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. A female in Wyoming

    Palin is nothing more than a huge joke in the political arena. She is kept around for the entertainment value only.

    February 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. erob

    The fact that anyone considers this moron a serious presidential candidate makes me extremely sad.

    February 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, maybe she will actually do some studying of policy and history so that she could actually be relevant to the major political discussions. People in Iowa must be deciding that they don't want to hear ideologically driven crap any more. Until she learns and learns to accept learning and being an intellectual isn't bad, she will continually fail.

    February 28, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. sarahtwit

    All things Palin are finally grinding to a halt.

    February 28, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Ernie

    Sarha Palin should forget about runing for President or even think about being a Vice Presidenta runing mate. All Sarah Pailin should do is just be a thorn in Obama side now and until election day. She would serve the "Republician Party" best in that way.

    February 28, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Emerson

    Say goodbye Princess Sarah. we hope that you were able to glom as much money as you could during your short reign over the Land of Ignorance.

    February 28, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. Chas in Iowa

    The poll states that the 65% of GOP voters asked had a favorable view. It did not state she was a viable candidate for POTUS.
    If they would ask the specific question they would find less than 10% of GOP voters would actually vote for her (and none of the Democratic voters).

    February 28, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Debbie from Arizona

    The more she talks, the more people actually listen to her idiotic drivel, the lower her ratings. Gives me hope for our country.

    February 28, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. FindsThisFUNNY

    I think it's hilarious that 'PALIN 2012' is one of the top worst on TwoTwistedFates dot com... restores my faith in humanity : )

    February 28, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. ThinkAgain

    What's unique about the Iowa caucuses is it gives the people of Iowa lots of opportunities to see, listen to and interact with the candidates. People are liking Palin less and less because her lack of intellect and common sense are becoming more and more apparent as she tweets her scripted "thoughts" and doesn't take interviews except from her babysitters at Fox.

    It'll be interesting to see what phrase Palin comes up with to describe Iowans' rejection of her ...

    February 28, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Liz the First

    This is a glimmer of hope for the improving intelligence of the American heartland. polls show the middle of the country and the south to be strong conservative states. that shows where education sorely needs improvement. intelligent, well-educated people tend to see thru the 'right's; BS and don't get suckered into voting against their own self-interest to put the robber barons in power.

    February 28, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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