July 8th, 2009
07:55 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Palin decision doesn't change minds

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/06/art.palinclap0706.gi.jpg caption="Seven in 10 Americans said Sarah Palin's decision to resign had no impact on their opinion of her, according to a new poll."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - It was a stunning announcement that caught many across the country completely by surprise.

Now, four days after Sarah Palin announced that she will step down later this month as governor of Alaska, a new national poll by USA Today/Gallup indicates that seven in 10 Americans say Palin's decision had no affect on their opinion of her.

The survey also suggests a wide partisan split over whether respondents would likely vote for Palin if she decides to run for the White House in 2012. More than seven in 10 Republicans said they would be likely to vote for Palin for the presidency. That number drops to 34 percent among independents and to 17 percent among Democrats.

"Many Americans have deeply-held opinions about Palin as a result of the national campaign in 2008," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Assuming Palin decides to run for the White House in 2012, public opinion is less likely to be affected by her resignation, and more likely to be swayed by what she does once she leaves office."

CNN radio reports on the public response to Palin's move:

The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted Monday, three days after Palin announced that she would resign as governor, with 1,000 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. tigerakabj

    And I can see why the party is quickly going into the dustbin of history. She will be unelected soon, and yet they still want to get behind her. No Colonel Rush Limbaugh runs the party, another unelected motormouth.

    We'll see how long those poll numbers last when the real reason for her quitting surfaces (i.e. sportscomplex corruption, one of her many ethic complaints). She also had the "highest poll numbers" of any governor in the U.S. at one time. What happened to those?

    It's also any wonder since now 20% of people now are willing to call themselves Republicans. That doesn't win anybody a general election for the presidency. Oh well. They've got issues. Stuff happens.

    July 7, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. newt

    We GOPers need more like her and Bush: Too dumb to do anything behind our 70-IQ backs! Go baracooda!!!

    July 7, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. Scott

    7 out of 10? So that means 70% of their 30% voting base?? So 21% of registered voters would vote for this buffoon no matter what? Scary.....but fortunately, not enough to win an election. As long as the idiots currently running the Republican party are in charge....I will NEVER vote Republican again. I am a moderate Independent who chooses not to vote for vastly underqualified people who push far right wing agendas. Nothing I have seen, heard or read about this woman tells me she is prepared for the Presidency. How many interviews has she screwed up? I mean she can't do an interview or give a prepared speech....and someone wants her to be President? Insanity! Wake up America.

    July 7, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. Jerome

    I know you won't post this but at least whoever reads this will know what I think.

    This lady is very weird and given her behavior over the last while one would have to question her stability.

    That so many Americans can't see through her ignorance...I see Russia and Putin from my back porch...simply befogs my mind.

    You would think that after the incompetent Bush brought down the USA and caused so much strife in the world Americans would finally wake up.

    Come on folks check this lady's depth out and I assure you won't find any.

    July 7, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. Richard L

    It won't change Republican minds. It's the party of Mark Sanford, Newt Gingrich, John Ensign, and David Vitters and they are forgiven and forgotten..

    July 7, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. Alaskan

    Please don't print survey result like this. Seven out of Ten would vote for her, this will give her hope that she could be President. She has an excuse for everything, nothing is her fault, and this is not the first job she has quit. Alaskan's voted for her, gave her the job, and she failed to fullfil her contract. But alas, it is not her fault. It is all of the complaints, the negative hype etc, etc,. She said she is a figther, well fighters stand their ground, chose their weapon and fight. Quitting, not sure which battle plan that is.

    July 7, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. S.B.

    I hope she just fades into the woodwork. She's certainly not qualified to be president.

    July 7, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. Susan

    thats not strange........
    10 in 10 republicans will vote for a crow, if it is a Republican nominee.....
    there is nothing like "country first" for republicans, only "party first"...

    but this attitude does not scare me because the party membership is going down and will reduce to 20 millions (Limbaugh listeners only).

    July 7, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. decent american

    your elitist views will not allow you to understand. that will be your undoing.

    July 7, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. Mike

    Sarah Palin strikes me as a wind-up doll on Red Bull; incapable of original thought, she strings together one cliche' after another into unintelligible sentences with just the right buzz words to get ignorant, Right-wing zealots shaking their heads like lemmings going off a cliff.

    Regardless of Party affiliation, the idea of Sarah Palin as head of anything, other than a beauty salon, should strike fear into any red blooded American.

    Sarah Palin as Commander-in Chief? A Puppet could provide better leadership. Then again,.....well, you get the point.

    July 7, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. David Jones

    7 out of 10 Republicans would vote for Palin? No wonder this is the party wondering in the wilderness for years on end.

    July 7, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. Ray

    Just shows how pathetic the average republican is. Didn't they learn with the last simple minded, science hating, war mongering evangelical?

    She is not qualified to be president. She has cut and run because the press was "unfair" to her. She is thin skinned and narcissistic. What the heck is she going to do if Putin or some other world leader is "mean" to her? She would either quit or start world war III.

    July 7, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. Champly

    If the Dems, Begala, CNN, etc. are in a lather over this she must have done the correct thing. She has a wonderful chance of ousting Obama in 2012 unless he attempts to extend his term without elections, which appears to be increasingly possible based on his support of Castro, Ortega and other assorted Marxist thugs.

    OK Obamots, time to start spewing your hate.

    July 7, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  14. It's all Sarah in 2012....

    Obama has no clue how to fix the economy, curb unemployment, and stem foreclosures....

    Further he has no credibility with Iran, N. Korea, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, China, or even Honduras.

    Further he's spending the U.S. into bankruptcy.....

    We don't need him...we need Sarah....

    July 7, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. Indy in PA

    Nope, doesn't change my mind at all. Palin is still unfit for office. Now, can we hear some real news?

    July 7, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. abo

    WOW.....Im really disappointed. I think I heard a clunk as I do believe we have hit the bottom of the barrel.

    July 7, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. Phlashlite

    My God... what are they THINKING?? =8-o Now this is getting insane and really scary. This woman clearly, and I mean clearly has neither the intelligence nor the fortitude to be president, and 7 out of 10 Republicans still can't wait to vote for her? It's bizarre how allegiance can make so many people blind. Isn't this how things started with George W. Bush (who??) with the Republicans? We just had eight years of one dolt. Good grief they'd better be careful! It's like tabloid mentality. They don't care about the quality of the candidate. The just want it to be a Republican for the sake of it. "Wow, she's pretty, and spunky and kind of like a soccer mom... she's great and I have to vote for her for president!" Egad!!!

    July 7, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  18. Mickie

    I find this almost impossible to imagine. Who in their right mind would want this uneducated, inarticulate, unethical quitter as President of the United States? Seriously??

    July 7, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. Bob

    Of course 7 of 10 Republicans would vote for her. She's about the only Republican who hasn't gotten her hands caught in the cookie jar. Oh, yeah – Rush Limbaugh too. Either way, it looks like 8 years of Barack Obama!

    July 7, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. Gracious

    God forbid that this narcisist runs for president! Talk about unqualified! The negative response to her campaign should convince Republicans that she is the kiss of death.

    July 7, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  21. jw

    Is it any wonder why our country is such a mess?

    July 7, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  22. Results not Rhetoric

    It is amazing how the polling of independents usually reveals the outcome in a general election.

    If she is self centered enough to run, the Republicans will lose 66% to 34%.

    July 7, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  23. Scott

    The ultimate statement on Republican voters.

    July 7, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. azpete

    The poll results indicate a number of troubling things about potential voters: 1. 7/10 Republicans would vote for her. So ability to do the job is secondary to party affiliation. 2. The fact that she quit 2/3 through her term, showing she is not willing to complete the job, does not seem to bother a lot of people. 3. The fact that she would rather quit the duties she swore to take on and campaigned for than be a "lame duck", is not a problem for many. Hard to fathom.

    July 7, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. annie for Palin

    Right on Sarah – Gov. Palin is the only candidate out there that would even have a chance at saving our country. It is a dam# shame the demon-crats did everything they could in Alaska to discredit her – the only thing they hurt was Alaska! Evidently Alaskan demon-crats do not care anything for their state!!!

    July 7, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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