September 9th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Poll: Women and men don't see eye-to-eye on Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A new poll shows a gender gap when it comes to Palin."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - When it comes to support for Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, a new national poll suggests men and women don’t see eye-to-eye.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey out Tuesday morning indicates that 62 percent of men questioned have a favorable opinion of the Alaska governor, nine points higher than women. In the poll, conducted Friday through Sunday - entirely after then end of the Republican convention, 23 percent of men have an unfavorable view of John McCain’s running mate, seven points lower than women.

The gender gap is also apparent when it comes to whether Palin is qualified to serve as president if needed. Fifty-seven percent of male respondents in the poll said Palin was qualified, 14 points higher than women. A majority of females polled, 55 percent, said that Palin is not qualified to serve as president.

Half of all respondents think Palin is qualified to serve as president, twenty points lower than Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

Earlier: CNN poll: Convention bounces cancel each other out

Is it fair to raise questions about her experience?

“A majority of women say yes, but it's close; men are slightly less likely to see those questions as fair game,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

Overall, 50 percent of those polled say criticism of Palin is fair, with 45 percent saying it’s only because she is a woman. In 1984, when Democratic Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York became the first woman running mate on a major party ticket, only 27 percent said such criticism was fair.

Overall, 57 percent of those polled had a favorable opinion of Palin, six points higher than Biden.

What would happen if Americans could cast two separate votes for president and vice president?

“Palin would win the second slot by a 53 to 44 percent margin, based largely on the votes of men,” Holland said, adding that “in a hypothetical race with no running mates, Obama gets 49 percent and McCain gets 48 percent."

"In the real world, the McCain/Palin ticket and the Obama/Biden ticket are tied at 48 percent apiece, indicating that the running mates bring virtually no votes to the ticket by themselves," Holland also said.

The survey questioned 1,022 people and carries a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Breck

    Good to see women aren't falling for McCain's gimmick.

    September 9, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. VET HER

    Hell yes it's fair!!! VET HER!!!! What are you guys talking about? She does not get a free ride and why should she...Dont play games MEDIA!!! THE COST IS TOO GREAT!!!

    September 9, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. Alicia, TX

    Palin is MORE experienced on the executive level than Obama and Biden put together! Do your homework folks, get informed.

    As a college educated hispanic female who is pro-choice and a Republican, I will be casting my vote for McCain/Palin.

    Palin is an excellent choice and the right choice, she is the future, not the same old washington that Obama's ticket represents, Obama/Biden are not the agents of change.

    McCain/Palin '08/12!!

    September 9, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. MN2000

    That's because men think with the wrong part of their body... and everyone knows that women are smarter than men!

    Plus, I think that we should be able to ask her whatever we want to ask her (within reason). If I want to know what she eats for breakfast every day, I have a right to know. My country and my family could live or die based upon this woman's decisions. WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW!!!

    September 9, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. Allen

    every single republican male I know, brings up that she is a MILF, in describing why they are voting for her.

    as rush said our guy is hot.

    I wonder why Men in the GOP have no problem with her

    September 9, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  6. Survival of the Fittest

    Palin is far worse thanBush. Men like her simply because she is a hunter. And guess what? Women are smarter than men by far: women look at issues why men consume themselves with gun rights and single issues like that. Did I mention that I am a man too?

    September 9, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. FactCheck

    As a man with a wife and a daughter let me state the very obvious... women are far smarter than us chumps and they have the ability to see through all kinds of charades.

    September 9, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. Goodson

    We must not vet her like the men, she is running for Miss America beauty peagent, so why ask her questions? just look at her dressing, I bet her charm would surely disarm the likes of Putin and win us friends from around the world, What better can we ask for?

    September 9, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  9. Remi N.

    Men, think she looks good that's all. They have more balls than brain.
    Women are realistic. Palin is not qualified, very clear and what kind of voice she has? ohh I cannot stand her voice!!!

    September 9, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. James

    It is completely legitimate to question Sarah Palin's lack of experience in any issue but drilling for oil and running for Miss Alaska. This woman is so much in her little bubble that she seems to have no idea about economy, national security, education, science, ....the list is just too long to trust her!

    She thinks Iraq is God's war, wanted to ban books, voted against the bridge to nowhere after she was for it.....
    She was a bunch of red meat thrown to the conservative base that has been running things for the last 8 years, and we've got to expose her for what she is.Christian Ayatollah number 2 coming to a state near you.

    September 9, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. rachel

    that's cause women are smarter than men lol. They know a viper when they see one. They see through palin's lies while the men are drooling. Obama made a mistake by not picking Hill, but palin can't compare. Palin is a blowhard just like dick cheny. I also think th at the GOP was hoping Hillary would come out swinging instead of keeping to the issues, then they could come up with their digusting accusations of Hillary beign jealous cause people think Palin is pretty and she got the vp nod. Hillary an't bitting!

    September 9, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. Jenn St Louis

    For me as a woman. It is partly based on experience and part on her extreme views.

    Everyone should be created equal. She talks about woman's rights and equality but what about her views on gay issues. She vetoed a bill for couples of same sex marriages to receive benefits. That also included people in goverment, in her own cabinet!

    I don't knock her for her religious views. Everyone has a right to pray to whom they wish. When it crosses the line of racism that's where I have a problem.

    I just don't feel the McCain campaign has been honest about Palin. They try to cover up everything and they won't even let her speak to the press. What in the world are they hiding? Why? If she is up front as they claim then why isn't she speaking to us apart from prewritten speeches? She says she won't speak unless she is being treated fairly. She needs to clear the air that way all these "rumors" will be answered and stopped.

    September 9, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |

    Why did Palin cut her budget on Special Needs chidren? Why does she tell so many lies? Why does Palin have a spokesperson? Why can't she talk? Why did Palin charges the residents in Alaska for her personal trips? Why was Palin for the "Bridge to Nowhere? Why did Palin take lobbist money?

    Vote Obama/Biden

    The ones that tell the truth and the ones that can help American get back on her feet. The same old politics can't change anything.

    September 9, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
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