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.

Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Emi

    You're right, her decision hasn't changed this mind either: She is as brainless as before. I feel sorry for her! When she was born God forgot to give her a brain.

    July 7, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Markus

    It's sad to see that people don't hold her accountable for her responsibilities.

    July 7, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. jenifer from alabama

    Awwww Palin. Did the big, bad David Letterman scare you? Go away. Just go away and stay away. Think of some new "folksy" sayings and then KEEP THEM TO YOURSELF.

    July 7, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. George

    Her resignation does not change my opinion either. She should go ahead with her book. Is it a coloring book or comic book, I'm not sure.

    July 7, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. Lee in TN

    Her decision doesn't change my mind at all. She was a terribly inexperienced and ill informed choice for vice president and would be an even more dangerous choice for president.

    July 7, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt - Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed (1SPMI) of the gospel, for it is (3SPAI) the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (PAPMSD), to the Jew first & also to the Greek

    Girlfriend, I love you, but unfortunately, three years from now, Obama will be officially crown, King. He'll have his training wheels off and you'd be a ROAD KILL. Obama is needed to pave the way for the Anti-Christ. You will not win.

    July 7, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. witch

    I really have a problem with her stepping down. Her term wasn't finished, she left before her job was done. What would happen it she was elected Pres. If she can't handle the media and other things going on in her state how can she handle being the Pres. It is just common sense that the job of Pres would be much harder and stressful than being a gov. Please think about it.

    July 7, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. sandy

    God help all of us if this woman ever gets to be President. I cannot believe there are so many stupid republicans in Washington. this woman is no more ready to be president than I am. She was enbarrassing to watch when she was on the ticket with McCain and she is still embarrassing to watch. The republlicans better stick to someone who has half a brain.

    July 7, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Necie in OKC

    Uhm.....so. Why are you still reporting on her? Can't we just let her fade into the Alaskan sunsest?? Please?

    July 7, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. hal

    I think the fundamentalists like Palin because she speaks in tongue.

    Can anyone other than the chosen few understand what the heck she is saying?

    July 7, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Mark

    Who cares? She's a twit!

    July 7, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Susan in NC

    As if Silly Sarah was not enough of an embarrassment to Americans and wasn't carrying even more political garbage, all we need is a "quitter" for President! No Way, No How, No Sarah!

    July 7, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I can't imagine any educated person EVER voting for this drama queen. Her whole family need to be on Jerry Springer. They are tabloid magic, but that's about it.

    July 7, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. John M in NoHo, CA

    Of course it has no effect on people's opinions. Those who love her and those who don't respect her will require earth-shattering events to change their minds... and even then we all probably won't.

    July 7, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. PAUL W.

    wow 7 in 10 GOP would vote for a person who boasts about her ignorance. That should give us some idea about the overall intelligence of the average person claiming to be a member of the GOP. Good luck with that folks.

    July 7, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. TCM


    Another Keating Holland, highly biased, information-lacking, poll....
    Asking 1000 people out of a country of millions....isn't a poll, it's like a spec of dust on the moon...When will CNN get serious and ditch these ill-advised and highly slanted, bogus results that Holland spews out on a regular basis?

    Here Holland, here's the truth. Palin's an aggressive conservative who has the right ideas about how this country should run; unlike OBama. The liberals continue to smear her name because they know she's a major threat to the incompetence in the white house right now....so, your trite little polls will only strengthen the conservative movement against liberalism. America is seeing, first hand, what radical liberalism is about....fiscal irresponsibility, hiring tax cheats, nontransparency...you name it, the OBama administration has gone back on their word countless times, and strive to pander to the lazy minority slackers.....Palin, if she runs, will clean OBama's clock...why? Because he's screwing the country up so bad, that he can no longer blame it on Bush, and the people are starting to see the lack of competence for themselves....even the MSM are turning...

    July 7, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. Scott, FL

    Just because 7 out of 10 American's Opinions of Sarah Palin hasn't changed, doesn't mean those were good opinions;

    Look at the proof. She isn't a quitter. Shes a fighter. To prove this point, SHE QUIT!

    This will never be forgotten. She needs to find a new career path. The going gets tough and she Quits!

    July 7, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    Of course! We believe in Sarah Palin because of her unique grasp of the role of government in America. It's basic and it is strong. Government is to support the country, not the other way around. Government should be accountable for the taxpayer money it spends. She gets it and she knows how to make it work.

    July 7, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. Frank, Las Vegas

    Palin left office because her poll numbers in Alaska have dropped close to 50% since the 2008 election when her Alaska poll numbers were close to 80%. She knew she had a very good chance of not being re-elected, so instead she quit. According to her twisted logic, any one who is not up for re-election is a lame duck. The term lame duck is applied to the time between the election until a new person takes office. But of course knowing her as we do, would anyone expect her to know that? Just one more basic bit of knowledge about government that escapes her. Yet the republicans seem to overlook anything Palin. That's why their numbers are around 20% of America and deservingly so.

    July 7, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. C.K.

    I never liked Palin, and her stepping down goes to show that she can't handle pressure. I hope she doesn't run in 2012, it would be a waste of people's time and lots of money. If she does think she's somehow qualified to run the United States (but couldn't run the state of Alaska), then everyone better be afraid.

    July 7, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. katnick

    Seven of ten Republicans would really vote for Sarah Palin for the presidency? Is Sarah Palin really the best person that Republicans can come up with to lead their party? Her qualifications are and were always nominal and it does appear that she can't take the scrutiny to which all politicians are subject. She should have remained governor, demonstrated her leadership capabilities and showed her abilities to get her state moving forward. Or perhaps run for Senate and embrace an opportunity to learn and experience issues that face all of America.

    As Americans, our standards should be higher. It makes it very difficult to take the Republican party seriously.

    July 7, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. Gracie, MD

    Sarah Palin is not Presidential material. Bottom line. She claims to be a "fighter" but a fighter NEVER quits. Her quitting is a CLEAR warning flag. Americans better wake up and smell the hogwash she's dishing out.

    Republicans are so blinded to the fact that this female journalist turned Governor is not qualified to lead if she's so quick to quit her job as Governor because it got tough.

    WHAT makes you folks think she won't quit as President?

    If she thought being a lame duck Governor was TOUGH, she has NO CLUE what being President is like. It's the TOUGHEST JOB in America, not a job for quitters. Bottom line.

    She won't be getting my vote that's for sure. When someone quits because the job got tough, is a clear warning sign for me.

    July 7, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. Christina

    How she can justify quitting her job by simply saying she is "not running for a 2nd term" is bonkers. She's QUITTING HER JOB a year and a half early.

    I would never consider voting for a woman as duplicitous as Sarah Palin.

    July 7, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. bill

    We need less politicians in government and more people who actually have a brain and care about people. Palin is such a person, Obama and most others in all parties are not. Obama is just another corrupt politician. I would bet my life that if most politician were put under a microscope like Sarah Palin was they would not even come close to be clean... Palin got that treatment and comes out virtually clean as a whistle. Obama will be out in 2012, no doubt about it, he is a one term President.... hopefully the democrats dont push this country over a cliff with all their crazy plans, the republicans didnt do any better when they had the power. ( pss, a little secret- they are almost all corrupt )

    July 7, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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