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. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin will try very everything possible to stay in GOP politics. She smelled the power and got a taste of lifestyle that Alaska can't provide.

    GOP let this very nasty genie out of the bottle, it will be my pleasure to watch her destroying her party.
    I am a white middle-aged women and I was appalled that Republicans thought that women are so stupid, they will just trip over themselves to buy into Palin's myth

    November 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Melinda Charlotte, NC

    Many of the people writing on this blog are mean, spiteful, and hateful.As many purport to be Obama supporters, I would recommend you follow his advice and stop slamming Republicans and Governor Palin; this disrepect and spitefulness does not unity make. Sarah Palin is the governor of Alaska and was the GOP ticket's vice-presidential nominee. As such, she deserves, at minimum, a modicum of respect. She is not the idiot that many claim her to be. I have seen and read many interviews with her, and I do not get my news from Saturday Night Live. The one thing I do know for sure is that no sitting or former governor of a state deserves this type of treatment, and you should all be ashamed.
    Melinda in Charlotte, NC

    November 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Eugene

    Let's focus on thoughtful Republicans who can help pick up the pieces.

    November 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Steve

    clean up washington November 12th, 2008 12:26 pm ET
    Good luck to Palin. But going back to the comment by the Georgia congressman regarding marxist views etc, it seems time has come to demand all Congressmen take a course in: 1) U.S. Constitution 2) History of the United States; 3) European History; 4) Geography and 5) How to Keep quiet if in doubt of your abilities in the aforementioned areas.

    in response: careful what you wish for. if every voter was forced to take courses that you recommend, you dems would never be elected to any position in government.

    November 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. you what?

    It's curious to me that the same "gotcha" journalists that were being blasted as bullies—not even one month ago—are now being courted for interviews and "her side of the story" by this sorry excuse for a public figure. I guess memories really are that short.

    November 12, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. A Real Feminist

    Move on already! Is there no other news to report? It seems as though the media is just stuck on Palin to generate ratings because the election was so good to them. I'm over her. The race is over. Enough with the instigating. Enough with the free press for Palin. I don't recall any VP candidate getting so much attention after losing an election. Did Geraldine Ferraro get this much attention? MOVE ON!!

    November 12, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Lou

    This is the reason I no longer watch 24 hour news shows. I am sick, sick, sick of hearing anything about this woman. She is the worst kind of opportunist. Completely ignorant but a real marvel of double speak.. Which of her 4 or 5 colleges did she get that degree from? It's almost painful to listen to her go on and on but not say anything at all intelligent.

    November 12, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Soccer mom with lipstick AND intellect

    Sarah , can you spell Narcissist?

    November 12, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This woman is uneducated and ignorant and resorts to name calling to belittle others in an attempt to avoid people seeing through her. You lead by example and Palin has proven she is not ready to lead our children and the rest of the country forward. Palin can't relate to our childrens future in science and math when she nor her husband have aspired to attain higher education.

    November 12, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Kari

    Enough of Palin! She sits there and calls all these other people names and almost everything she says is also true about her.
    How many lies did she tell over and over on the campaign trail.
    I hope her ego and over exposure put an end to all this nonsense.
    She is truly a master politician.

    November 12, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Chandu

    Palin 09 for dog catcher! You betcha!

    November 12, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. john

    yes i sure you asked all dems who watch nothing but CNN. come on now, some people aren't that stupid enough to actually believe your garbage polls. CNN get a life. Hope you sleep well tonight there ted

    November 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Jim

    As Palin pals around with the press her unfavorable numbers will grow much worse. Beauty is only skin deep intellect goes to the heart of her problem....she is just another pretty face..."You Betcha!"

    November 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Lyndon,CA

    If you ever need a hunting/camping buddy, she is the one. I will make certain I only bring one sleeping bag.

    November 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Cindy, California

    President Elect Obama 'knows what he doesn't know.'

    Gov. opportunist Palin...well, she doesn't know what she needs to know. Ah shucks, golly gee... like you know the Constitution, or maybe the separation of church and state, or maybe how to structure a sentence, or the difference between a country vs. continent, or foreign policy, or that inspiring unity through conscious intelligence is greater than inciting divisiveness through fear and hate. You know, the simple things that make our nation great.

    Palin does exemplify or embody the character of a great leader. She's a politician thriving on the adrenaline rush of national media attention, and the hordes of adoring fans gathering at her hate rallies. But she'll never be qualified to lead this nation.

    And frankly, I welcome the day when the media gives us a rest from her tired story, that annoyingly shrill voice, as well as the idiocy and mediocrity of leadership being heralded as the future of the GOP.

    November 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Bush is the most incoherent, incompetent, babbling, imbecilic politician I have seen in my lifetime, with the exception of Palin. Let's hope we NEVER hear from these fools again!

    (I stole that from a previous poster, but changed the names)

    November 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Whiner

    After attending to the economic woes of the country, President-elect Obama’s next priority should be education. Ignorance and bigotry need to be suppressed. Palin has confidence but she is sorely lacking in certain disciplines. As to Congressman Broun – he needs to be handed a good dictionary and given proper Civics lessons so that he does not confuse, Marxism, Facism, Socialism, etc., then ultimately place them in one bag.

    November 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. CW

    I wish that the media would ask her tough questions to let her either put up or shut up. Asking the same questions about her critics or her clothes will never expose what she does or doesn't know about the real world. The public is being fed a steady diet of he-said she-said nonsense. Now that Palin no longer has campaign talking points and appears to want a lot of media attention, let her answer the tough stuff. As she said during the campaign–it's time to take the gloves off (or put the heels on, whatever). So I'm asking the media to PLEASE ask her the tough questions, the questions about foreign and domestic policy that she was supposed to know about in her run for VP. Let's hear what she has to say now that the muzzle is off.

    November 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Cathy

    Can't intelligent people see the red flags of mental instability in this woman?
    Sure she's got confidence, self esteem and good public speaking skills as a far as "selling herself" -not bad for a political aspirations, But she factually has a spotty education, limited experiences and does not come from a powerful family in which she might have gleened worldly exposure.
    She acts invincible, like Super Man! She looks to God for self justification!
    She is completely unaware of her own lack of articulation and connects only to those who are sadly, beneath her. If I had to guess, I'd say she's out of touch with her own capabilities and is on the thresh hold if personality or bi-polar disorder. SCARY!!!!

    November 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Alex

    I am truly truly afraid for her running in 2012 or even 2016... the extreme right wing of the party will take over this country. We will go back to 1000 years with no human rights... ignore everything except churches... burn anyone who says "america is bad"... that's what it comes down too...

    November 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |


    November 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. A Really Conservative Realist

    I get tickled at all the folks who voted left that call Palin dumb. Sure, she didn't come across as brilliant when interviewed by the main-stream. But if the main-stream media had a conservative bent, they could have just as easily made BO out to look flaky. I was in the minority of the country that voted for common sense, not welfare. Said another way, I would be more comfortable with a VP stacked up with common sense, than Biden, who is an "intellect."

    Finally, most of you hate her because you are married to someone who is not as attractive. But hey, Maddow is quite handsome.

    November 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. An interested voter

    I actually think Joe the (unlicensed, non-tax paying) plumber should be at the head of the ticket, with Palin as the VP. Maybe Tito the builder could be secretary of state, and Hank the angry, drunken dwarf could be the Chief of staff.

    November 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. teacher

    I hope America is smarter than that, but then again you people elected the moron TWO times – and let him run a war!!!!! Yeah I am sure all of those mothers of deceased servicemen and women want a moose skinner as prez. Go Obama, fix it please!!!!!

    November 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. kathy

    I'm surprised her favourable rating was even that high. She is NOT qualified and i doubt very much if she'd ever be!...she may now be talking w/the press but she's still the same airhead.

    November 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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