Palin support fading, says poll
March 16th, 2011
08:42 AM ET
3 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. donkey party

    It takes the right-wingers 10 times longer to see Palin as the fraud she is.

    March 16, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. jeff george

    It's still shocking that so MANY people still give her good marks, considering she's a quitter who ran away from public service because she couldn't handle the pressure, she can't handle the easiest of interview questions (and therefore will only submit to Sean Hannity and the like), and she responds peevishly to any perceived slights. She comments on things where she obviously has no expertise, and in general is far too negative a personality.

    March 16, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Beverly

    CNN this is not news anymore. In fact, the media (CNN and Fox) is partially to blame for the downfall of America. Why focus on irrelevant Republicans who only care about their riches? Ted Turner should have never sold this once great organization to Tabloid minded broadcasters.

    March 16, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. D Riggs

    Ms Palin , I have to give it to you for your tenacity. You remind me of a junk yard dog that doesn't let go, with respect. Your a woman in what they believe is a man's game. I am not in line with most of your positions, but I like to call like it is (to me), Your going for it and when you gain something you usually lose something, well all do, I think your gutsy! One for your husband, too. He is evolved enough to let you have your dream also!
    Though I can not vote your positions...just have to love America it's what makes it great...freedom of speech!

    March 16, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Seriously?

    Finally! People are waking up out of their stupid coma. This woman never was and never will be qualified to hold any elected office.

    March 16, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Bassman

    Thank you CNN for teeing this one up for me. The reason Palin's poll numbers fall are easy to figure out. Here is just one of many reasons.

    Sarah Palin criticized Obama for referencing Sputnik during the State of the Union, because she believes that Sputnik brought down communism. She said, “Yeah, they won, but they also incurred so much debt at the time, that it resulted in the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union.”

    Our media bashed her for this. What our media failed to tell us was that Peter Schweizer, who has written extensively about the fall the the soviet empire, agrees with Palin.

    March 16, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. John Walsh

    I Pray you republicans run this IDIOT !

    March 16, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    People are as tired of this pasty faced troll now as Im sure her neighbors are in Alaska.

    March 16, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Radtech01

    I really hope she doesn't get the nod for the 2012 GOP candidate. She is too polarizing. People either love her or hate her and that is not the type of person the GOP needs right now. That and I don't think she would lead our country in the right direction at all. She is too reactionary.

    March 16, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. outsidetheasylum

    see you next tuesday, sarah.

    March 16, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Brad 5013

    Why would Sarah want to run for Prez when she can make millions just by playing the fool that she has proven to be?

    March 16, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. ja

    palin hever had any sound support, her methods will not thrive in America, and it is a capitalist venture for her, due to her divisive ideaology, reality tv is a fit for palin

    March 16, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. deb

    Hallelulah! Finally people (repubs) are seeing the light! This woman is toxic, not to mention a complete idiot!

    March 16, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. AndyG

    The knives are out. Palin was the GOP's weapon of choice for whipping up faux-populist anger in the health care debate and the mid-terms, but now the Republicans actually have to field someone against Obama, she's no use to them any more. This article is just one of the drip-drip stream of articles that have been coming out since last November focusing on her poor public image and low approval ratings. Most of them have originated from the GOP hierarchy.

    The sad thing thing about this is that the media – and I'm looking at you , CNN – let themselves get played by the GOP. Any journalist with half a brain could have looked at Palin's favorable/unfavorable or approve/disapprove ratings from the start of 2009 and realized that she had very negative approval ratings that have gradually worsened over the last 24 months. Instead, they happily treated her as a viable presidential candidate, covering her every Tweet and Facebook page update in a completely uncritical way.

    Here's a piece of advice for folks in the media. Commission opinion polls and report on their findings, not the recycled received wisdom of your overpaid pundits. You might find several startling conclusions, such as:

    1. Sarah Palin has been unpopular since the 2008 election.
    2. Most US voters don't care about the deficit but do want Congress to help create jobs
    3. Most US voters do not want Congress to mess with Social Security
    4. Most US voters like unions.

    You wouldn't guess any of these from watching CNN.

    March 16, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Sam I Am

    With every percentage point drop in Palin's support from conservatives and Republicans, I gain a percentage point in respect for them. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a conservative (or a liberal) in this country. it is a natural tension upon which our political system of checks and balances is built. The idea is that two sides of the discussion will check and balance each other, and generally come out with something workable that's in the center somewhere. Palin and her supporters clearly do not understand that simple concept, nor do they understand dozens of other political concepts (the main one being the Constitution). Having a marginally-educated, xenophobic (that means fearful of other countries and cultures to you Tea Partiers), and self-righteous president proved to be a disaster of literally global impact not too long ago. Let's not repeat it (and I am a Republican, by the way, but a Republican who recongnizes a fool when he sees one.

    March 16, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Kevin

    I feel like there is a new "Bad news for Palin" post every day.

    March 16, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Jeff

    Good. So with a 2012 race for her unlikely, she will have time to take som geography classes.

    March 16, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Melissa

    It's no surprise. All she does is whine and complain. Look at the headlines: "Palin blasts this..." Her retorts have the tone of a junior high school girl, an immature one at that. She comes up with nothing. The only thing she is adept at is firing up people who think like she does and making money off of them.. I defected from the Republican Party because they are increasingly turning to "figures" like this (Bachmann, O'Donnell). Note I didn't say "leaders" because they are far from it.

    March 16, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Martha in CF

    Glad to hear that CNN finally get the status of Palin. She is not news. Please get that..........

    March 16, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess that some people are finally understanding that this woman has no place in politics because she has little understanding of what is really going on.

    March 16, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. Robin

    There is a God. I'm so tired of hearing about this idiot. The time for her to slink away and disappear in a cloud of chagrin is LONG overdue.

    March 16, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. The unsub

    you think? It was only a matter of time!

    March 16, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. Dennis

    What a sharp contrast between how the Japanese culture handles itself in a crisis and how we treat each other on a day to day basis. This woman (self-proclaimed Christian) is mean-spirited, polarizing and loves to stir up hate and discontent. This is not what a true leader does. While the American people obviously loves a great soap opera (just look at all the crap on TV) we draw the line when it comes to leadership. The Republican Party has nobody right now who even comes close to being able to pretend to be a leader in today's world. We the American people are looking for FAIR and HONEST leadership. We will not stand for Corporate American to run this country any longer.

    March 16, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. CNN The Masters of Spin

    The Masters of Spin are at it again; this is the 68th time CNN Ticker has headed an article with their "negative spin" towad Palin...."Bad News For Palin....or as today Bad Sign for Palin".......there has been more money spent by the DMC and the Liberal Media along with ink, to slander and demean Sarah Palin and her family than anyone in history......proving that they are absolutely SCARED TO DEATH of a Palin 2012 run for President.....it makes no diffence who runs against Obambi in 2012, the Conservative3 canidate will win hands down.....thei empty suit Prez has no clue as to what he is dong!

    March 16, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. DIANA

    I bet they feel stupid realizing what the rest of the country already knows. Sarah, the gravy train is coming to an end and you're going to have to deal with obscurity again.

    March 16, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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