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. Tony in Maine

    Palin and Sanford in 2012.

    July 7, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. JR

    And please, would someone explain to her what a "Lame Duck
    " is, resigning in the middle of your first term doesn't make you a lame duck, it just makes you lame.

    July 7, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Frisky

    Apparently 7 out of 10 people never learn.

    July 7, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Connecticut Yankee

    This is really scary stuff . that 70% of Republicans would vote for this incoherent, inconsistent, and strident person. Since as a group, Republicans are no dopes ... I would think there isn"t much a rRpublican field for the next presientila vote, else Palin would not be doing anywhere nearly as well. But still ... HER??

    July 7, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Jack

    What a sad, sad statistic. It is inconceivable to me that anyone would vote for that woman.

    July 7, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Limited neuron capability is a hallmark of the Republic party, so that 7 out of the 10 does not suprise me at all.

    July 7, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Mikey Boy Dayton OH

    This is amazing, as there are probably 1000 better Republicans to run against Obama. Why would people actually vote for her? She would definitely be cannon fodder for Democrats in any election.

    July 7, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. Staab

    Maybe all those Repub's can go to work in the Dept. of Law.

    July 7, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. ken

    what a bunch of idiots to still vote for palin. That is why the Rep are so lost will not change their ways for all the people and who is best to run a country. Keep doing yourself more damage and you wont see a Rep pres for a while....

    July 7, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    7 out of 10. Let's see since 21% of the electorate identifies themselves as a Republican, that translate to 14.7% of the vote. Woo woo, time to celebrate... for the Democrats.

    July 7, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Tracy

    So 1,000 adult Americans were polled, and ten of them were Republicans. Seven said they'd vote for Palin, right?

    July 7, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. Jim Olson

    If this doesn't speak more eloquently than anything a Democrat
    could say about the intelligence of the average Republican voter
    (or at least 7 out of 10 of them), I don't know what could.

    July 7, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. MJ

    That's amazing. Just goes to show you how much of America is just plain ignorant. No, I'm not a dem or a liberal. I just like leaders that are smarter than I am, which Palin plainly is not.

    July 7, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. Barrington

    This is a joke, right. Seventy Percent of Republicans would vote for Miss Congeniality for President? Gracie Lou Flatbush? Honestly, I think Sandra Bullock has more credentials than Ms. Palin for national office. Have you people actaully listened to her speak – actually listened? She can barely string together two coherent sentences! What are you voting for – a pretty face...an ideology....her religion? My goodness, can't you find someone with leadership qualities, experience, and a world view? Perhaps someone with wisdom and intelligence? This is the future of the Republican Party? All I can say is..Wow – Shocking.

    July 7, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. Russ

    7 out of 10 Republicants would vote for Palin? Are these people for real or are they just mocking the pollsters? Hopefully the latter. This woman has proved over and over she is incapable of leading her own state let alone a country. At least George Bush only sat there for seven minutes after we were attacked. Palin would hand in her resignation. Republicans need to get their heads out of their butts and find some real leadership, not some hockey mom with lipstick on her moose.

    July 7, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. Kyle

    You republicans can try and spin this as much as you like just like you did when she was running for VP but as we can see this was clearly not a good pick to begin with. To date I have not heard of a valid reason why she is giving up, everytime she say something she starts up a different topic in the same converation that has nothing to do with the question.

    July 7, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Sarah Palin is irrelevant. But, I'm terrified by the idea that 7 of 10 Republicans would vote for her.

    July 7, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Scot in Maricopa County

    I think that should read "seven OF THE 10 Republicans."

    July 7, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  19. Mark from Houston

    Mr. President, while you are there, please sign a treaty to make migrating to Russia easier. I might need to take my family to Siberia if Sarah Palin is elected president by these 7 out of 10 Republicans.

    July 7, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  20. Fuzzbee from California

    7 in 10 Republicans would vote for Sarah Palin? That might be the most frightening statistic I've read in years! At least they're doomed to failure, with a smart, effective, knowledgeable, qualified President in place (for once), though it's still a disconcerting thought that such obvious ignorance and lack of skills could have that wide of an appeal.

    July 7, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. JakeD

    Keep up the great work, Sarah Palin!!!

    July 7, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. MJ

    7 out of 10 republicans will vote for Palin? So she'll get about 14% of the vote...

    July 7, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  23. Jeff In Ohio

    70% of Republicans.
    Let's see, 20% of voting Americans identify themselves as Republicans. 70% of 20% is....

    July 7, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. Cassandra Washington

    We really need to invest more money in education in this country. Or, at least the GOP needs to do some education grants for their Party people.

    July 7, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. zippy29

    No way, no how.

    Three out of 10 wouldn't vote for her....vote for her for what...dog catcher.


    July 7, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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