November 12th, 2008
12:14 PM ET
14 years ago

Views of Palin deteriorate as GOP looks ahead

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="New polls suggest just under half the American public have an unfavorable opinion of Palin."]
(CNN) - Just a week after this year’s presidential election, 2012 buzz may already be swirling around Sarah Palin – but a new national poll suggests just under half the American public holds a favorable opinion of the Alaska governor, with nearly as many viewing her unfavorably.

Forty-nine percent of those questioned in the survey released Wednesday have a favorable opinion of the woman John McCain picked as his running mate. Forty-three percent view her unfavorably.

And perceptions of Palin seem to be dropping.

"In early September, just after the GOP convention, her favorable rating among registered voters was 57 percent, and only a quarter of all registered voters had an unfavorable view of her," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. Now, Palin is less popular than vice president-elect Joe Biden, with a 64 percent favorable rating, or ticket-mate John McCain, who is seen favorably by 61 percent of the public

The poll also suggests that men may have a slightly more positive view of Palin than women, with 51 percent of males viewing her favorably, compared to 48 percent of female respondents. Forty-one percent of males questioned in the survey have an unfavorable opinion of Palin, as do 44 percent of women.

"With fairly high negatives and lower support among women, who should be a natural constituency for Palin, she's not starting off from a position of strength," says Holland. "The question is no longer whether Palin was a drag on the McCain ticket, but whether her unfavorables could be a drag on a future Palin ticket."

Among Republicans. Palin's rating remains high, with 86 percent of Republicans questioned in the poll holding a favorable opinion of her. That number drops to 48 percent among Independents, and down to 27 percent among Democrats.

Palin is attending the Republican Governors Association conference in Miami, Florida today and tomorrow – the first major gathering of GOP leaders since the party lost the White House, along with additional seats in both the House and the Senate.

There's been speculation that Palin – along with other incumbent governors at the conference like Charlie Crist of Florida, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota - could have designs on running down the road for the Republican presidential nomination in the next race for the White House. All three governors were on John McCain's list of possible running mates, before the Arizona senator named Palin as his running mate.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted November 6-9, with 1,246 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The poll comes as Palin sits down for a one-on-one interview today with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, which can be seen on the Situation Room starting at 4 pm ET. Palin is also speaking with CNN's Larry King: that interview can be seen on Larry King Live at 9 pm ET, and again at 9 pm PT.

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  1. John

    All I can say is she is a TRAIN WRECK, and I'm darn glad she is the GOP's train wreck!

    November 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. ME

    I see CNN attracts mostly ignorant Palin-bashers to their political ticker, they must all spend the morning at MSNBC, Huff Po, and MoveOn...then come here to spend the rest of their hate-filled day.....

    November 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Ray O'Vac

    She's has about as much substance as an inflatable doll, and about as much brains.

    November 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Rorschach

    Sarah Palin is the future. Only she can lead the GOP out of the incoming darkness.

    November 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Rockford

    Crist .... 2012....

    Only 50 Months to go for the POTUS
    and 26 Months to go and get Congress back...

    Will be a landslide after the socialist taxes start, and people hit 12% un-employment...

    PS: Palin won't get the nomination... Crist/Jindal

    November 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Jumbo Joe From NYC !!!!!!

    American People knows that ASKIMOS don't have brain...they're just frozen meat head.

    As for silly sarah......keep on dancing you are not going any where. oh yah stay in alaska maybe president sarkozy will call you again for Nallin Palin. so get ready for it. i can see your house from NYC..........god please bless her with common sense. and don't ever come in to NYC.

    November 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. ken

    Every time this women opens her mouth she sounds a little more worthless than before. Why does she deserve any airtime at all. Exactly what does she have to offer being so far removed from anything American.

    November 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Anna, USVI

    Wolf hurry up on interview her so she can GO AWAAAAAAAAAAAAY.

    Sarah your fifteen minutes ended 11 p.m. eastern on 11/04/08.

    November 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Helena

    As a woman and a mother I find Sarah Palin offensive in so many ways. All the women & mothers I know who voted for Hillary Clinton in the primaries voted for Barack Obama for President.

    November 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Sandra

    After she finishes this week of interviews, she should get out of the spot light for a while and concentrate on Alaska's serious election problems (Sen. Ted Stevens). She's starting to look more like a sore loser who can't let go than a politician. She should also stop doing interviews in her kitchen and with her baby in her arms all the time. Sexism works both ways and you never see a male politician doing interviews that way. We get it, your a women, a mother, a Governor, and just like the average person, don't oversell yourself.

    November 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Sue T

    If the Republicans have learned anything this election, I hope it is how badly Palin hurt their ticket......if they want to get anywhere in our next elections they better ditch Palin........we haven't forgotten her tactic's this time around and we will remember everything she said and they best let her stay in Alaska

    November 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Rob

    How about Biden, chuckles? Even though he is known to say stupid things, they are verbal slip-ups not attributed to a lack of knowledge or understanding. As much as he likes to talk he is bound to make mistakes.

    Palin, on the other hand, demonstrated a lack of knowledge and understanding in several key areas. The simple questions that she bombed in the Couric interview clearly showed it.

    November 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Jeff, OR

    Maybe if she would stop agreeing to interviews about her days at RNC Highschool, people would have a more favorable opinion of her. She's asking for the spot light, but apparently has a hard time saying no (see $150,000 wardrobe).

    The only thing she has brought this country so far is laughter and drama.

    November 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. zoe

    why are we still talking about this premature speculation? take a poll on how many people want to keep reading about this loser.

    November 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. g ontario

    when ever i see her i change the channel

    November 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Fred Evil

    LOL! PLEASE keep her around!

    The Dems could use a LOCK on the Presidency for the next 50 years!

    Scary? You betcha! She makes Bush look bush-league in his incompetence and ignorance!

    November 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. BM

    She needs to stay in Alaska and keep her opinions to herself. As a female and working mother in America, I found it extremely offensive that the McCain campaign chose this hateful person thinking that the mere fact that she was female was enough reason for me to vote for her.

    November 12, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. claudia dick

    what about biden ,he earns is respect but even though palin still dont know to give a propper interview she keeps talking and talking like there is no tomorrow.she is like the gife that keeps on giving.

    November 12, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. J S Ragman

    The right-wingers continue to say the press has been unfairly critical of Palin. Stop and think about a couple of things before continuing that argument. (1) What if Barack Obama had a daughter that was pregnant out of wedlock? The pregnant daughter and that winner of a future son-in-law wasn't even discussed during the campaign. I am going to go out on a limb and say it would have been in the news continually on Fox News, on Limbaugh's radio show, and every other born-without-a-brain talk show if the was Biden's or O'Bama's child. We all know why too! (2) Isn't she supposed to be Governor of Alaska and the mother of several kids in addition to planning a wedding for the aforementioned pregnant out of wedlock daughter? (3) I don't know which is more shameful of the following: Parading her Downe-Syndrome child around or the way John McCain loved to speak of his time as a POW as if he was the only Vet that ever went through a tough time during Vietnam or any other war for that matter. Luckily the public was smart enough to see through all of this phony pandering.

    November 12, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Bob Stephens

    She is a moron....

    November 12, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. jULIET


    November 12, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Lynn in NM

    Hillary wasn't well liked, either. Still isn't, by half the people, or a little more. Give Sarah a chance. She has a lot of common sense going for her. Oh, wait, that is not valued in DC.

    November 12, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Obama Thought Police

    How can anyone trust a media that has someone like Keith Olbermann listing others as the WORST PERSONS IN THE WORLD?

    And not include himself?


    November 12, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. paul (staunch Moderate)

    She SMILED when people at her rallies were calling President-Elect Obama a terrorist. She SMILED when they yelled out "Kill him!" She ENJOYED inciting the division of a country.

    She represents everything that is WRONG with the republican party today. I would never give her a favorable rating or trust her, let alone vote for her.

    November 12, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Independent but Leaning

    If you adopt another's style, tactics, policies, and agenda, you invite comparison.

    Newsweek editors said Obama has a "slightly creepy cult of personality" and that he is "a deeply manipulative man." If these staements don't immediately make you think of Hitler and Stalin, you are ignorant to history.

    November 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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