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. james

    She is clearly the most polarizing figure since...hmmm...let me see...GEORGE W.
    Left to her own devices, she will outdo him in blunders as well.

    July 7, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Travis

    Of course it doesn't change their minds, they don't really have minds!!!

    July 7, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. BobbyD

    I'm one of the "three in ten" (Republicans) who thinks she tagged herself as a quitter. She's been out of her element, and she's not presidential, or even political material. That's actually a profound compliment, when you think about it.

    July 7, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. Mark

    Great, it proves what I have always thought, 7 in 10 Republicans are idiots.

    July 7, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. jimmadison

    7 in 10 Republicans would support Sarah Palin for the presidency!


    The Democratic leadership

    Run, Sarah, Run!

    Or quit. Or whatever you feel like today. Hey, if you do get to be president, you could quit that too if it stopped being fun. It's not like anybody would be looking to you for leadership in that sort of job.

    July 7, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Gilbert Davila

    I am among the seven in 10 who's opinion of Sarah has not changed since she resigned as governor. Frankly there's nothing she can do that will convince me that she is competent political figure. I just can't take her serious.

    July 7, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. NoCalCraig

    Excellent! The annihilation of the Republican Party is at hand! Let's go for 9 out of 10!

    July 7, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Larry

    7 in 10 still think she's an idiot ... unchanged by her quitting

    The other 3 in 10 voted for Bush, so they are still on her side

    July 7, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. Specialist G

    Please, please, please, let the GOP nominate this snowbilly grifter! She'll not only lose the general election by 30 points, but she'll tank everyone down ticket and turn the GOP into a rump party of uneducated rural bigots once and for all!

    July 7, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Cathy in AZ

    I am speechless that 7 out of 10 Republicans said they would vote for Gov. Palin. She is ill-informed, not well spoken unless she is reading from a prompter, not well read and left office with close to two years left on her term. Do not kid yourselves, she left to make MONEY. This was not for a "higher calling" it was not for "Alaska and it was NOT for "love of country". It was for money. I would have more respect for her if she just said that and quit blaming the media, David Letterman or any one else who disagrees with her for the mess she finds herself. She will end up on conservative talk radio, or hosting a conservative talk show which does not make her presidential material any more than it would makeLimbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, Malkin etc etc etc. She never was and never will be presidential material. I am hopeful Americans are smarter than that! Surely the GOP has SOMEONE will better credentials and leadership ability than Sarah Palin!

    July 7, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. Steve J, Michigan

    That's pretty amazing and scary. I don't see how anyone can take her seriously. Most of the people who post on here probably have a better handle on national and world affairs then Palin does.


    July 7, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. Jerry

    Has the Republican Party become the party of the clinically insane? Or just the incredibly stupid?

    July 7, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. chucky1169469

    and this is something we didn't know

    July 7, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Brian

    What is seven out-of-ten of a party that has almost lost half of its supporters. Not all the tea-bag nonsense, but the moderates and independents. She isn't a quitter but a fighter? I'm seven feet tall even though my true height is 5'8"....it doesn't make me 7 feet. If she runs and is elected...I hope for the country's sake she can live up to the oath on the national level because she couldn't at the state level. A pig with lipstick is still a pig....a Governor who quits (or resigns) before their term ends is a quitter...by definition. Open a dictionary and read. Furthermore politics in Alaska are like minor league baseball....can she hack it at the professional level? If she is the GOP's best chance at winning.......I wouldn't brag about being part of the GOP.

    July 7, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Bob H.

    Seven out of 10? Good Grief, this shows just how far the Party has slipped, and how uninformed and un-educated the GOP voters are. Neither Palin nor the Party have anything to offer up that is positive. The best they can do is slam the Dems and the President. That, friends, is a party that is totally bankrupt.

    And....it is my party! I worked with it, for it, and because of it. No longer; not now; not until is sheds the hang-mongers, the bad-mouthers, and the know-nothings...ala Limbaugh and company.

    For now, the GOP is in mothballs...and may be in its final days of life.

    Palin, a favorite? How sad, how horribly sad!


    July 7, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Ralph

    Excellent news!

    As a Democrat I've been quite worried the Republicans will put someone else up.

    July 7, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Big D

    And that's why there are fewer and fewer Republicans. Anyone who would vote for Palin is an unqualified idiot. There is simply no other way to put it.

    July 7, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. Tyler

    Ironically, those numbers precisely mirror the percentage of absolute morons in our country, who give no thought to reason or logic. God help us all.

    July 7, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. k

    I've been a registered republican for 25 years, and supported McCain financially in his 2000 bid.

    It is hard to understand how any thinking person could support an individual like Palin for the important job of Governor, let alone President.

    If she thinks the personal pressures are bad now, how soon would she quit under the constant criticism directed at the office of President?

    July 7, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. Brennan, Seattle

    Great!!!!! Republicans should make Palin their candidate. Then Barack won't even have to campaign, he can just show up in January for the inauguration of his 2nd term.

    Republicans really do love this country. So much that they would pick such an inept candidate in order to ensure that Barack can stay in office. Thanks be to them.

    July 7, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |

    We the people love you Sarah Palin. I've never seen the democratic party so scared in my life. All they've got is personal attacks against you. Because they know the American people are wising up to the destruction that the Obama adminstration and the liberal democratic party is up to. GO SARAH GO!!!! TEXAS SUPPORTS YOU gladly! YES WE CAN TAKE DOWN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY!!!

    July 7, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. calgary rob

    Good to know 7 out of 10 republicans are out of thouch with reality. As a Canadian I always found George W. to disturbing. Obama brings some common sense to the leadership in your country and by extension the western nations.

    July 7, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. Sharon

    I am a registered Republican, and I would never vote for Sarah Palin. My extensive research of her eliminated in last fall, and my feelings still have not changed. This lady lies too much for me. And I will never forget her smiling as she enticed crowd hate and rage to shout "kill him", "off with his head," "terrorist", etc. Yes, this was when she was accusing President Obama of palling around with terrorists. She also attacked media at rallies, and at least two newsmen were attacked as a result. Sarah Palin crossed the line with these speech format approaches. Even if John McCain staff wrote, she still consented and gave speeches. She made her choice. Enticing crowd rage that could/may result in bodily harm to another political oponent is inexcusable. She is adult, she knew what she was doing. FBI even brought in to control the rage of the crowds.

    July 7, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Curt

    If 70% of Republicans would vote for the DUMBEST politician in America, then that shows how really ignorant and stupid the Republicans are and how they really don't care about America!

    July 7, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Sean

    Really???? No, Really??? As an Alaskan and someone who has had to stomach her self-serving policies and fundamentalist approach to all social issues, can someone please explain to me how 7 out of 10 Republicans aren't smart enough to see this politician for what she is? I understand that she has a "likable at first glance" quality to her, but once you get past that and she has to actually perform in a policy-making fashion all of that likability melts away under the heat of incompetence. She has not been a good Gov by any stretch of the imagination and enjoyed her popularity in AK only because she was more likable than her arrogant predecessor.

    July 7, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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