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. Kylene

    It is beyond belief that someone in the GOP doesn't just tell her to get lost, her and Bachman, I mean really. Bachman doesn't know what state she is in and failin palin can see Russia from her house and she can't read. frightening to think that either of them actually think they could be President, come on Republicans straighten these two out.

    March 16, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Gary

    Say it isn't so....: (.....The Democratic Party is praying for her to win the nomination....GO SARAH!!

    March 16, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Tam

    She IS a bad sign. Let's hope Americans are smart enough to have figured her and Bachman and the rest of them out by now.

    March 16, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. jmsent

    I expect absolutely nothing from this woman, as she has provided absolutely nothing since day 1. As the next election cycle comes and goes, she will fade further and further away, and many will be asking themselves "What was that all about?"

    March 16, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. pprty

    I liked it better when she wasn't in the news!

    March 16, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Ken in NC

    If she can read, I hope she reads the Wall Street Journal. LOL If not then I pray someone tells her she is on the down hill side of a loser and sliding faster than the loser.

    March 16, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. jerri f

    why is this news.palin came onto the scene,made a big splash,got the right wing base up and energized,and now it matters that she is not polling well.come on,give me a break,she is making millions off of prejudice,fears,bias and hatred that many in our society harbor on a daily basis,and the gop establishment used her popular persona to get their base out.tit for tat,nothing new here.there all opprotunists,one politician no different than the next,just members of opposite political parties.

    March 16, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. NVa Native

    Too bad ~ she's such a genuine spokesperson for the lunatic fringe that is the tea-bagger wing of the GOP. But there's always another wacko moving up through the herd – Bawkman comes to mind.

    March 16, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. sharon

    and .....................who cares about this?

    March 16, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Har

    Palin never had a plan to run for president. She's just keeping the door open for more endorsements. All she cares about is money, not this country

    March 16, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Laxer

    Pretty sure Palin is unaware of a Wall Street Journal/ABCNews poll since she doesn't read newspapers or get info from anywhere but the friendly confines of Fox News.

    March 16, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. TheTraveler

    And anyone is surprised? Sarah Palin lost any credibility she might have had 'way back when she quit her post as governor of Alaska IMHO. Despite the last two years of gaffes, misinformation and other "circus events" surrounding this woman, one thing remains clear: You don't give up and abandon your constituents. You go into politics with your eyes wide open and you stick it out for your term of service.

    March 16, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. donald

    For the love of God, all the republicans are just as smart as her, except for Ron and Rand Paul. I guess the "look she's pretty" crowd finally heard her speak. When are the uneducated blind sheep who vote republican going to realize that the majority of republicans have no plan, all they do is criticize. Any of them, again excluding the Paul's will be like having W in the office all over, just this time it'll be Libya and Iran that we invade.

    March 16, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Florida Joe

    What is truely newsworthy is that ANYONE could have a positive view of this money grabbing quitter from Alaska. Anyone that supports this moron must not be listening to the CRAZY things she says

    March 16, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. jerseylou

    Fantastic....soon this Imbecile will be off the Radar.Now we can start working on the other Maniac from Minnesota.

    March 16, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I do not understand it, she still has her wink and her catchy mottos. I blame billionaires for her drop in favorability. If it weren't for the billionaire Kochs naming Mittens as the candidate they want to run for president, Sarah would not be treated as just a wet spot of republican family values. Wait, maybe it has to with Michelle Bachmann showing a little more leg and cleavage.

    March 16, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hopefully she'll fade into oblivion right alongside her polls.

    March 16, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Tony

    She keeps talking and she'll lose more support.

    March 16, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. Terry - Indiana

    I have a sign for Palin, "Loser".

    March 16, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    That's because she's been too busy running to the bank making deposits into her account.
    When the paying $peaking engagements wind down, she'll find the time.

    March 16, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Do you think it might have something to do with Sarah calling upon her union brothers and sisters to give up collective bargaining?

    March 16, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe she can be president of the NRA, and take over for cartoon character, PePe LaPierre.

    March 16, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Eric

    Half-term Governor Palin IS a bad sign.

    March 16, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. lynn

    Read your palm, your have no future in politics. Go back to fishing and hunting in Alaska.

    March 16, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. kcl

    Tick, tick, tick.....time is running out.
    Better hurry with another book Sarah, we all know there is no intention on running for president.
    It's all about the $$$$$$.

    March 16, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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