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. Audrey in VA

    I dont blame the Dems for exploiting Palin's resignation for political gain. They're hoping to create a sideshow so we won't notice that stocks are plummeting and unemployment is soaring despite the $700 billion porkulus bill.

    July 7, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. rvaliant

    Thanks, CNN, for being part o the circus.

    July 7, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Kelly in Chicago, IL.

    Wow, so she might get 70% of the Republican vote? There's, what, about 482 Republicans left in the country now? Boy, yeah, everybody stand back. She'll be taking the country by storm.

    "Many Americans have deeply-held opinions about Palin" is code for "More than half the country already says there's no way in hell they'd ever vote for her so it doesn't matter whether she resigned."

    July 7, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. tcook S Jersey

    Palin doesn't make women look good. We are all not cry babies, but strong in times of a storm. I wish she hurries up and get out the spot light.

    July 7, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Get a Life !!

    7 out of 10 Republicans are that stupid????

    July 7, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. montag24

    "More than seven in 10 Republicans said they would be likely to vote for Palin for the presidency."

    If that polling number is accurate, then Republicans are even stupider than I thought.

    July 7, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Carl

    You're polling data discussion is misleading. You imlyl that the 70% number is strong for Palin when:

    (1) That's 70% of less than 30% of registered voters who idenfity themselves as republicans.
    (2) 17% of democrats - OK that's maybe 40+% of the electorate - that doesn't help.
    (3) 1/3 of the remaining 30% or so - OK, a little interesting.

    So if nothing moving in the electorate as a result of her QUITTING, that's not very good. The implication that her resignation is a '+' - not really true.

    Not to mention the state by state demographics for R's and D's aren't very favorable for the R's.

    Bottom line: Let her run in 2012 because SHE LOSES .

    You've got to have the numbers if you play the politics of fear and polarization.

    July 7, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Aaron in Atlanta

    So we're all about personal responsibility and accountability unless it applies to one of our messianic political idols. People would still vote for her, even though she left office before her term was up? I'm pretty sure I'd be fired if I didn't see a night at work through. The Republican mantra of hard work, family values, and personal responsibility is displaying itself more and more to be a blatant hypocrisy these days, and it sucks that the values of fiscal conservatism and responsibility are so closely tied to right-wing religious fanaticism. Her support has nothing to do with her political prowess, intelligence, or ability to negotiate or finish a job; these people support her solely on moral/religious grounds, and not only is that dangerous, it's in direct conflict with other core Republican values. And they wonder why they can't seem to garner much support these days...

    Can't believe I'm the first one to comment. Perhaps those of you who will follow after me that are twice my age can keep your spelling and grammar above a third-grade level.

    July 7, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. maria in east l.a.

    Wow, 7 of 10 Republicans would vote for her. Moronity lives on.

    July 7, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. Todd

    This is not surprising. She could gun down the last polar bear from a helicopter and wingnuts would still love her. My deeply negative opinion of the Wicked Witch of Wasilla was fixed after the first few times I heard her incoherent utterances. And she has not gone off script since. No doubt she will continue to throw rotting red meat to the hordes of rabid wingnuts as a Faux News commentator or start her own talk radio program.

    July 7, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. Garry Bell (KY)

    My opinion of this bimbo has not changed one iota. She is still the dim-witted savior for that far right fringe of the Repuklican party. She could do not wrong by them.

    July 7, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. cg

    Scaaaarrrry. Among the Republicans, anyway. But meaningful.

    July 7, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. bobbie tray

    It shows how clueless Republicans are and the confusion within the party as a whole.

    July 7, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. makesUwonder

    If it was between her and Obama you better believe I'd for Gov. Palin. At this point ANYONE would be better than what we have now!

    July 7, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |

    At least America may come back with Palin, but with Obama, all he wants to do is take his family on tax payer dollars and destroy America so he can push his black muslim agenda

    July 7, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Bludgeon

    What is 70% of 25%? I hope she runs. With Sanford as VP.

    July 7, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. Hannah Stevens

    I agree, I have not changed my mind about her. I thought she was a ditz before this debacle and I still think she is a scatterbrain and unfit for public office. But that's why this country is in such bad shpe right ow. Because we had a ditz in the name of bush at the helm for 8 long nightmarish years.

    July 7, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    The title of this article should not read "7 in 10 Republicans would vote for Palin, but "7 of the remaining 10 Republicans would vote or Palin"

    July 7, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. Ed in Arizona


    Dang it, I KNEW that would happen. Get a mop.

    July 7, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. David in Houston

    7 in 10 republicans would vote for her?

    That doesn't speak well for the party.

    July 7, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. raptor

    And.... this is why the republican party is doomed.

    July 7, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. DMWhipp

    So 70% of the 21% of voters who identify themselves as Republican would vote for her...

    And as long as she stays in the news and keeps talking word salad, the percentages among independents and Democrats is likely to drop.

    July 7, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Of seven in ten Republicans would vote for this bimbo, it really truly worries me about the mentality of someone who is a conservative today.

    July 7, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. jim

    7 in 10.....boy is that party in sad shape

    July 7, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. RMC

    Ignorance is as ignorance does.

    July 7, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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