July 14th, 2009
07:12 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll: Majority of Republicans don't think Palin's qualified for prez

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/06/art.palinclap0706.gi.jpg caption="According to a new poll, 33 percent of Republicans believe Sarah Palin has the ability to serve effectively as president."](CNN) - A majority of Americans think Sarah Palin is stepping down as Alaska's governor for political reasons, according to a new national poll, with a majority of Republicans now saying that they do not believe that Palin would be an effective president.

Only 33 percent of Republicans questioned in a CBS News survey released Monday night say that Palin would have the ability to serve effectively as president. Last fall, 71 percent of registered Republicans felt that way.

"It's unclear whether the change in Republicans' view of Palin is the result of her decision to step down as governor, or whether the GOP rank-and-file felt they had to defend their party's vice-presidential nominee during the campaign but don't feel the same tug of party loyalty today," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Either way, this is bad news for Palin, whose first task in 2012, if she runs for the White House, will be to convince Republican primary voters to support her."

Fifty-two percent of all respondents in the CBS survey said that Palin is resigning because she thinks its better for her political career, with one in four agreeing with Palin's comments that her resignation would benefit Alaska. Most Democrats and independents feel Palin's resignation is politically motivated, while Republicans appear divided, with 36 percent indicating the move is to advance her political career and 31 percent agreeing with Palin's explanation.

"That's another indication that Palin may face a skeptical GOP primary audience if she chooses to run for president," Holland says.

Americans appear divided on whether Palin will run for the White House in 2012, with 43 percent feeling Palin will make a bid for the presidency, 39 percent indicating she will not run, and 18 percent unsure.

Palin has been critical of her coverage in the national media. Nearly half of those questioned, 46 percent, say the media's been harder on Palin compared to other political figures, with only seven percent saying the media's been easier on her than other politicians. Forty-four percent say her treatment's been about the same.

The CBS News poll was conducted July 9-12, with 944 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    How about this: Keep Palin out of your headlines, and see what happens...........

    July 14, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. windfall

    Why are we even asking people about a half-term governor running for president? I don't care who she is. She doesn't have the resume for the job.

    July 14, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. LisaSterls

    I think she is. I'm a regerstered Democrate. She has my vote and support.

    July 14, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Lynne - Seattle

    Wow! I rarely agree with Republicans...but this time I do! I do not think she is at all qualified or able to be President

    July 14, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. yuri

    You see what we are talkin' about. Palin needs to pour over some books of GKCA (general knowledge and current affairs). She mutters a manifold melange of incongruous mumbles, that need a lot of manipulation. Katie Couric interview is a case in point.

    July 14, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    ..."31 percent agreeing with Palin's explanation". The 31 percent that agree with her explanation should be set up in the intelligence community as codebreakers I guess because her rambling and bizarre speech made no sense at all to me. The only explanation is that it is some sort of GOP code that we need to understand.

    July 14, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Larry

    This is interesting.

    As screwed up as the Republican party is I figured they'd consider Palin their Goddess!

    July 14, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. white supremacist = al qaeda =hamas = terrorism

    She needs to go to school first, and i will vote for her after

    July 14, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. citizenjane

    Not surprising at all. Good news all around.

    July 14, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. the southern progressive

    like i said yesterday in another post.. even though her following is as loyal as they get.. they are just not enough to even get her the republican nomination... but i hope she has a great life in the beautiful state of Alaska...(please dont rape the land of its natural resources, there are some things that nature just cannot come back from)

    July 14, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |

    I agree, she is not qualified for the presidency, just like obama was not qualified.

    July 14, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. teacheng

    Thank goodness. You know, I hear a lot from the far right that 'libs' fear Palin. That is nonsense – she'd get creamed in a general election. What we fear is the dumbing down of American discourse. Get some real candidates in there, please, so we can have an actual disagreement about policy and our nation's direction.

    July 14, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    And never will be... she is too ignorant to realize this fact. (oh yeah, God told sister Sarah of her "higher calling)

    July 14, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Frank

    The really shocking statistic is not that two-thirds of Republicans (with no election pending) doubt Palin's qualifications for the Presidency.

    The real news is that one-third of Republicans genuinely believe that this sorry excuse for a human being actually does belong in the Oval Office.

    July 14, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Majority of Americans doesn't think she's qualified. When you're a divisive politician like Sarah Palin, it's hard to do damage control. She alienated so many people with her remarks last year on the campaign trail about "real" Americans. Not only that, she didn't denounce the racial slurs at her rallies which will definitely not get her any of the African American vote.

    July 14, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. tee

    She is not qualified to be President on any level PERIOD.

    July 14, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. melia-orlando fl

    Finally! Whew...I was getting worried, man it took them this long to realize she not anything closed to even being a Governor much less President. .

    July 14, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. Ex-Repug Gal

    I can't believe 33% think she could be president. Scary.

    July 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Tim

    Poll: Majority of Republicans don't think Palin's qualified to be president. Let's see what Rush Limpball has to say about this. Even McCain won't endorse her. That tell you that he only picked her for two reasons. First the men would fall head over heels lusting for her and he hoped that the women who were angry about Hillary Clinton would flock to her. She needs to just go away.

    July 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Ron L

    WHY DOES ANYONE CARE?? SHE IS A QUITTER!!! After mouthing off and being EXTREMELY negative while on the campaign with Senator McCann. SHE force more attention to be brought upon herself. SHE paraded her family with her everywhere. SHE answered questioned in a manner that made her sound ridiculous. And then when she returns to Alaska she finds some people are hostile toward her, the PRESSURE builds, and SHE QUITS!!! If it were a man the reaction would be TOTALLY NEGATIVE and no one would be making excuses for him...
    SHE'S A QUITTER!!! let me say it again...SHE'S A QUITTER and what she says or does should no longer matter!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Disgusted reader

    Interesting to say the least....can you imagine a "You Betcha" as president of the United States? I believe Sarah will continue to be a pain in our side for some time to come. She is on a "higher mission" so we won't be free of this nuisance for a while. "Thank you", John McCain for inflicting this on the rest of the country!!! Thankfully , it sounds like people are waking up to the reality of this person's inability to lead! Her strengths lie in dividing people...not unifying people!

    July 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. brian

    Wow two stories about Palin already this morning. CNN is disgustingly obsessed.

    She's no longer an elected official, republicans don't want her to be president, democrats hate her...the son of her grandchild won't vote for her...I mean what else do you need to convince you she's not worth covering anymore? Think of Palin like Paris Hilton...maybe one or two stories a year would suffice.

    July 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. Duck Fallas

    Palin-Bachmann 2012

    July 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. MJM

    OH BOY!!! Here comes the fireworks!!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. Frank

    What will the rebups say now that the most of the rebups polled believe like all us Dems knew last Nov that she is not qualified. It's funny how most of her supporters say she was demonized because she was a woman. I say to you no she was criticized because she didn't know what the job of the Vice President was, or she didn't know what newspaper she read, or she didn't know what the Bush Doctrine was, or besides Roe V Wade what Supreme Court descicion she didn't agree with, and last she couldn't give an example of a time when her running mate called for strict regulations on anything.

    July 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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