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. Matt

    Oh, this is BEAUTIFUL! Palin would win primaries in a landslide but could not possibly win the general election based on voting inclinations of independents and moderates. I wish the Republican primaries started tomorrow!! I used to think Obama had to turn the economy around or prevent a terrorist attack to ensure re-election. Now it appears he may not even have to do that! Obama in 2012 – guaranteed!

    July 7, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Brian

    Good luck Sarah.

    She quit her job as city councilwoman to run for mayor of Wasilla. She quit her job as mayor of Wasilla to run for lieutenant governor. She quit her job as the head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to run for governor. And now she's quitting her job as governor to ... be a private citizen? Right.

    Part of the GOP's problem is that conservatism has been discredited by George W. Bush and the Republicans who controlled Congress for most of his presidency. Fiscal restraint, once a hallmark of the GOP, is history. It was Bill Clinton who balanced the budget, and Republicans who ran up trillions in debt. National security, a GOP strength since Vietnam, has been squandered.

    July 7, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. KizzyMae

    Serioulsy, were they only polling people in the deep south or rural areas?

    July 7, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. James - St. Paul, MN

    I am saddened to read this. If this poll is accurate and was not a "push-poll" format, the results say quite a bit about the lack of serious thought most Americans give to the background, experience, and character that we require for those who aspire to the office of the Presidency--much more than it says anything whatsoever about Ms. Palin. This poll means we have finally (sadly, but not surprisingly) reached a point where image completely outweighs substance. We have reached a point where Americans have become so illiterate, inarticulate, and anti-intellectual that they actually prefer and feel more comfortable with an illiterate, inarticulate and anti-intellectual leader. Only one thing is clear about the next President: we will get precisely the level of leadership and quality that we demand, regardless of party or affiliation. This does not bode well.......

    July 7, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Joe

    I would rather vote for a lizard. Oh wait......

    July 7, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Vickie

    I don't believe in polls they are not an accurate assessment of the people's view. However; I will say that if anyone could vote for someone for President in 2012 that never finished their governorship. I'm an Alaskan and these women sold out Alaskan's on what most of us voted her in on. I vow to never drop another dime into her pockets if she decides to write some book she does not deserve wealth the same way so many others have obtained it.

    July 7, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Richie

    You may as well just make the headline 7 in 10 republicans are morons.

    July 7, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Skeeve

    I would love to know how they define "republicans" because if 7 out of 10 *registered* republicans want to vote for one of the most ignorant politicians ever produced by this land then this party is gone so far that intellectual capabilities of its leaders are clearly irrelevant to its constituency. This is sad... to put thing in perspective I suggest watching "Idiocracy". If GOP backers want this for this country then I am very affraid of future USA.

    July 7, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    I hope Palin runs in 2012 as the GOP candidate. There will be more opportunities to test her knowledge. Maybe she should get tutored on foreign policy and indeed USA outside Alaska.

    July 7, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. Dennis, Millbrae, CA

    70% of the 26% of Americans who still believe in the Republican Party equals–let's see, that's about the total population of the State of Alaska or my home town. Sarah ain't gonna win any Presidential races with those kind of numbers.

    July 7, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Don in Albuquerque

    Guess more than seven in ten are mentally challenged.

    July 7, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Nick - Kentucky

    I would vote for her. She is real, not another puffed up suit. NOt cold and out of touch like our current president. I'm not sure that she will be seeking the republican nomination. Personally I think she should start a true grassroots movement, and start a Freedom Party.

    July 7, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Dylan from MN

    The example that now shows that Republicans have completely stop using your brains. Good thing there's such a thing as evolution because you're the next to go. 🙂

    July 7, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. Richard

    These numbers reflect a disturbing current of anti-intellectualism in the Republican party. It is now politically virtuous, apparently, to have difficulty expressing oneself clearly, not to be well-read, and to be ignorant of world affairs.

    This is no comment on education. Lincoln had a grand total of 18 months of formal education, but was extremely intelligent and a voracious reader. He was admitted to the bar. He crafted the Gettysburg Address. (Need I say more?) Lincoln saved the Union.

    Palin can see Russia from her house, allegedly, and crafted the trainwreck of a resignation statement available on her official website.

    I rest my case.

    Male or female, we need another Lincoln in the White House. Not someone of the intellectual caliber of Ms. Palin.

    July 7, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. angrysob in VA

    I'd vote for simply because she's not a typical politician. Obama's never created a job in his life (obvious from the lame stimulus and his underestimating) and neither has his dingbat VP. We need people in the White House who know how to create jobs.

    July 7, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. LJL

    7 in 10 republicans are sorely misguided souls, clueless about life and what is really going on in the world. It's no surprise an inarticulate fool like her looks good..

    July 7, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. Paris Jackson

    those 7 out of 10 repubs are the STUPID MACHINE that keeps this country at war with the rest of the world. the only other stupid skank is elisabeth hasselbeck, the blonde war monger from The View.

    July 7, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. Charlie in Maine

    Aren't statistics a funny thing? I would have to say that I would be among the 70% you quote as saying that their opinion of her has not changed (due to her most recent act of reckless stupidity) but if you take that as a sign that I like her or would ever vote for her then you would be way off base. She earned my contempt during the campaign and has not done anything since that would change my opinion.

    July 7, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. RB NH

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    July 7, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. D. Tree

    Palin is an extremist and will only attract the fringe votes. She does not represent mainstream American Values. America has become a progressive majority.

    July 7, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    I polled 20 people at the local bar, and 20 of 20 will never vote for her -even if she's the only person running.

    They (and I) can't stand her "poor little victim that incites hate toward others" attitude. That won't stop. Our minds won't be changed.

    July 7, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. texassam

    This goes to show why the Republican Party is in the shape it is these days.

    July 7, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. Royster

    70% of Republicans would vote for her? Evidently the lessons of the last election are being ignored by those who still call themselves Republican.

    If this is the best candidate the GOP can come up with, it is a SAD statement about the GOP. Perhaps they should use something besides looks as a barometer...all Palin ever had were her looks, the debates and interviews proved that.

    Or..why don't we all wait until her "book" comes out before anyone gives her any sort of "blanket" endorsement......
    *(First things first)**

    July 7, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. zip

    If you are wondering why the GOP lost the election and you are still in the haze phase of your thinking get your head out of the darkness of your posterior.Twenty years ago the GOP was a strong and respectable party,but has now fallen into the wrong leader's control.Get rid of the nit wits and bring back the Grand Ole Party ,and that is not including Palin.

    July 7, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Right wing talking point

    So, 1/3 of Voters would still vote for her, 1/3 wont, and 1/3 may or may not...

    Thank you For the non information CNN

    My opinion of her does not change, it just gets reinforced. Liar, quitter, religious bigot, narrow minded, narciscistic. A perfect Republican!

    July 7, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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