Palin support fading, says poll
March 16th, 2011
08:42 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin support fading, says poll

(CNN) - Sarah Palin's favorability rating among Republicans continues to slide as the former vice presidential nominee mulls a White House bid, according to a new survey.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Wednesday indicates 58 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents give Palin high marks, a 30-point drop from her favorability rating among the same group in the weeks leading up to the 2008 presidential election. It also marks a 12-point drop from a Washington Post/ABC News poll last fall when the former Alaska governor traveled the country on behalf of a string of congressional candidates.

In what could be another ominous sign, Palin's unfavorable rating is at 37 percent in the new survey, an all time high in Washington Post/ABC News polling and a number that far surpasses that of other potential presidential candidates including Newt Gingrich (26 percent), Mitt Romney (21 percent), and Mike Huckabee (18 percent).

The former Alaska governor has said she has made no decision about a potential run for the White House and will mount a campaign if she sees a path to victory. But Palin has engaged in few behind-the-scenes maneuvers, traveled to virtually none of the key early-voting states, and has skipped high-profile conservative forums that some other potential 2012 candidates lined up to attend.

Meanwhile, a recent survey of likely Iowa caucus-goers suggested Palin's support is slipping in that key state as well: A Des Moines Register poll three weeks ago found the former Republican vice presidential nominee's favorables had slipped 6 points in the last year and a half, a number that may indicate the excitement around the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee is beginning to dissipate as other likely presidential candidates have spent significantly more time there.

This Washington Post/ABC News poll was conducted March 10-13 and interviewed 414 Republicans and Republican-leaners by telephone. It carries a sampling error is five percentage points.


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soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. WatchDawg

    GREAT!!
    Unfortunately Bachmann has picked up the burnt out torch and now is attempting to lower the bar even more.

    March 16, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Alyssa

    Her support is fading because the media is ridiculous. The more lies the media tells about this woman, the more people they convince that she is such a stupid person when really she is extremely intelligent and knows what our country needs.

    March 16, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. carlos

    and the same fate will follow to the other witch from Minn........talking about a pair of nincompoops

    March 16, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. BeverlyNC

    What a shock – a hateful, self-serving media hound who has been an embarrassment from the day McCain announced her to run with him is now unpopular?? How about the suprememly unqualified Michele Bachmann who goes around showing how stupid she is about the most basic facts of American history? Who elected this tea bagger grandstander who knows nothing about our government? Do the Republicans have ANYONE who can lead or be honest? Boehner is even a total failure as Speaker. They have wasted so much time falsely criticizing Democrats, they no longer can lead or come up with a single solution to America's main problems. So where are the JOBS Boehner?

    March 16, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Bob Dog

    This is terrible news for America.

    Now, with Newt, Trump, Barbour, Bachman, and Huckabee, republican voters have a wide variety of cheap, hypocritical, morally bankrupt, self-serving, pompous, and hateful idiots from which to chose, besides Sarah "The Circus Clown" Palin.

    Without "The Circus Clown," there is a greater chance an actual person of substance will arise out of the republican soup to actually challenge Obama.

    March 16, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. bee

    thank God, disappear please into the abyss....

    March 16, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. Madtown

    Personally, I give $arah Palin high marks and high favorability, for being an empty-headed buffoon who makes me laugh out loud frequently.

    March 16, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. voteno4palin

    It's been soooooooo nice not hearing any trash talking from Palin for the past couple of days. She will have to make up for it on March 19th in India with her version of America. Palin also recently put down First Lady Obama on breastfeeding. Me thinks Palin has guilt because she couldn't or wouldn't do it with her youngest child. Why not???? Because she was never home and would have had to pump and fedex it.

    March 16, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. buckhippo@ymail.com

    This should come as a surprise to no one. She is a media hound and is lining her pockets while she has her 15 minutes of fame...which CNN has made into 15 months actually...and counting.

    March 16, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Half-term QUITTER hides behind Facebook and Twitter

    Yeah but, but, but....all the libs are soooooo scared of her the few remaining mouth-breathing supporters claim. Just the opposite. I'm going to vote in the R primary and vote for Sarah to help make sure that Obama is in for another 4 years to keep fighting for the working class instead of the rich and big business.
    Hopefully the Wasilla Shrilla will be on the same ticket as Looney Tunes Bachmann. Education and facts are the mortal enemy of the tea potty darlings.

    March 16, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. PC

    Every time CNN puts a Palin related headline up, there is a word or phrase that has a negative connotation. I mean every single time. It therefore cannot be by accident. It's always "bad news for Palin", "bad sign", "Palin attacks critics", "Palin lashes out", "Palin support fading", "Palin remark raises concerns", "Palin stumbles in poll", "Palin falls in poll". To all you liberals, I'm sorry she didn't have an abortion to stamp her women's right credentials with your crowd, but take it easy, she is a fine, upstanding, smart, beautiful woman who is very unlikely to run for President.

    March 16, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. Irma in North Carolina

    She needs to hit rock bottom, but even then she still wont go away. There are enough dumb, uneducated, racist people that would still vote for her. Even if she doesn't run she will have people out there paying her to further destroy our country by pumping lies and hate out of her mouth.

    March 16, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. Honestly!

    So....she sure has been silent since Japan's unfortunate situation. She is usually telling President Obama how he should be handling things. Oh...that's right....this is a huge crisis for Japan that will ultimately have global impact. She knows nothing about those sorts of things...yet wants to run the country....and thinks she could win! Finally Americans are wising up! *phew* I knew my faith in the intelligent America was not ill placed! Happy trails Sarah! It's hasn't been real....it's been totally wrong!

    March 16, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Bill in VA

    CNN and the left's obsession with Palin never ceases to amaze me. What the heck is everyone afraid of (fear is the only reason that seems to account for this irrational over coverage) if she is so stupid as everyone says? There are a heck of a lot more important things to be reporting on than Sarah Palin who has about as much of a chance of being elected as I do. Of course, four years ago I felt the same way about the empty suit currently occupying the White House. But really, CNN, you need to devote your resources to something more serious like Donald Trump maybe.

    March 16, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. Longsack the Clown

    This woman is not going to run for POTUS. First of all she wouldn't be able to make the money she's making now, (which seems to be her first love) and second, she would actually have to come up with workable solutions instead of just criticizing everything and everyone. To sit back and rile people up is much easier for her than to have to be responsible to the nation. She doesn't take criticism very well and I could see her implode if in that position. She is right where she wants to be, making a ton of money and taking shots at everybody that doesn't agree with her warped way of thinking.

    March 16, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Clyde

    Its scary that 58% of republicans give this piece of human garbage the thumbs up. Exactly how stupid is the republican electorate?

    March 16, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. GSMITH

    Bad News for President Obama his approval polls are going down hill. The changes of him being reelected are slim. Once Sarah Palin announces that she is running for President and participates in the Republican Debates her approval ratings will begin to rise overtaken President Obama. In January 2013 a Republican will be inaugurated as our next President. Help is on the way, just have to wait till 2013.

    March 16, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. rusty155

    It because people are seeing just how UNQUALIFIED Saran Palin really Is. And maybe even just how dumb she Is.

    March 16, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. Monster Zero

    Ahhhhh yes, the daily CNN Palin bash...please Libtard's continue to focus on Sara.
    Remember the question posed by Billary as to who do you want answering the 3:00AM phone call in the Whitehouse?
    Well they've been calling about some budget deficits and it has gone unanswered, apparently the Big Screen TV was turned up to loud...
    Change the Change 2012!

    March 16, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. Becca

    I hope Palin does not run for president. She is going to loose anyways so the fool might sa well stay in ALASKA and save the wild life.
    I am going to vote for TRUMP!

    March 16, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. WatchDawg

    Great!!
    Just in time for Bachmann to pick up the burnt-out torch and attempt to lower the bar even further!

    March 16, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. Taioseach

    I would love to know the amount and the kind of pressure she has come under of late. Compared to her usual media wh0ring, she has been none existent on the national stage.

    Whoever has gotten to her is a force to be reckoned with and feared. But honestly, they've wasted their time. Her over extended 15 minutes would have wained on it's on.

    Good-bye Sarah! Slan Abhaile

    March 16, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. Northdakatax

    Alexander... buddy... here's a news flash.... she ISN'T RUNNING!!!

    March 16, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. ralph

    This idiot could not get elected dog catcher.You made your money now PLEASE go away.

    March 16, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. Taioseach

    "has skipped high-profile conservative forums that some other potential 2012 candidates lined up to attend." She has skipped these events, because she can't supply scripted question to answer.

    March 16, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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