July 14th, 2009
07:12 PM ET
12 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


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soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. Paul

    She is a female Bush, hard to believe there are so many Republicans out there that are dumb enough to buy her wacko, idiotic blabbering...

    July 14, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Frank

    Where oh Where are the Palin defenders? It must hurt when repubs say she isn't qualified.

    July 14, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Ben in Texas

    33 percent of a dwindling minority party, the GOP, think Sarah Palin is qualified to be president. That's probably the same percentage (and same people) who believe in Santa Claus.

    A better question would have been, "Is there a single Republican with a national reputation who would be qualified to be president?"

    Or maybe, "Name a Republican who is not so completely compromised by his/her lobbyist connections and hate group allegiances that he/she could be president and actually do some good for the country, rather than lead it further down the path to ruin."

    July 14, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Peter (CA)

    Oh the right wing wackos will blame Obama and a liberal conspiracy. Yesterday's LA Times had a nice article on all of the Republican hierarchy who want her to go away. Even they know that this country will not elect an ideologue with limited intellect who thinks that the earth is 6000 years old and man walked with the dinosaurs. Someone want to tell her "The Flintstones" was not a documentary?

    It's a good story and apparently gets ratings but there comes a time to be serious so whine all you want right wingers. In fact, take over the party and nominate her for President. Those of us with some sanity left will be very pleased.

    July 14, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. American Voice

    Majority fo Americans believe she doesnt qualify to be even a governor anymore.

    July 14, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. LIP

    Here we go wiith another poll using about 1,000 people to determine an outcome...not.
    Lets digress a bit and talk about the cap and trade. I noticed the usual women, Republican and Palin haters with no knowledge about cap and trade spilling their usual hatred. Just for starters, everyone will pay through the nose with taxes. In the agricultural states, you will find Democrats against it, simply because every farmer that turns the soil and releases carbon into the atmosphere will pay taxes and guess what folks; we are downstream and will eventually pay for increases in all produce that comes out of that soil. Then there are the industrial states that will likewise pay high=er taxes and again, we are downstream and will eventually pay those as well and the list goes on and on. We don't need cap and trade or if we do, it needs to be more subtle and take longer to implement.

    July 14, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Open Your 3rd Eye

    We don't need a poll for that question, CNN.

    I mean seriously, could you imagine?

    July 14, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Tired in SC

    I am not buying that. It is just more of CNN's dirty policy to kick the dog whn he is down. Sarah Palin will make a great president and many Republicans I know and se on the blogs think the same way. What the problem is that the ones who do not feel she would make a good prez is the male chavanist who feel thei own manliness will be threatened. If an male Republican wants to run be sure you do not have skeletons in your closet or live in a glass house becasue never fear your smallest secret will be aired. CNN gigs deep and hard and will find it if it is there. Leave Palin alone. she is not afraind to speak her mind and stands behind her words.

    July 14, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Melissa

    Wow, they do have brains. I'm shocked.

    July 14, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. kim

    Give credit were credit is do! God did give those Republicans some brains, he new with this flake running around that they would need HELP. He always comes thru for us!

    July 14, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. virginia for obama

    THANK GOD FOR THOSE REPUBLICANS WITH SOME SENSE! . . .There are a lot of QUALIFIED women in the republican party way more than Palin I'm sure. Palin only energizes the BASE with their OLD AND WORN OUT VIEWS because they don't want to accept the fact that the COUNTY HAS CHANGED. We are diversed now and even more in the coming future. THAT SCARES THE HECK OUT OF THEM because they no longer CONTROL people with FEAR. (ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG PEOPLE) They are not buying it. THEY WANT TO MOVE FORWARD and express their FREEDOM,VISIONS AND IDEAS because THEY ARE THE NEXT GENERATION.

    We are in the days of the JETSONS not the FLINTSTONES. Get over it!!

    July 14, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Dave

    As a right-leaning independent, I can say there is no way I'd vote for her. Not when that party has much more qualified candidates than her. Of course, there are better alternatives than the two-party charade going on anyway.

    July 14, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. KirksNoseHair

    In other news, it has been reported by several sources that "Water Is Wet" and "Fire Is Hot"

    July 14, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. ladymary

    The majority of Americans agree she's not Presidential or VP material.

    July 14, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. s

    So often Sarah Palin answer questions with a question and the rhetoric in which she articulates her thoughts are very confusing, not easily understood, also without accuracy but, when it comes to taking aim at our President Obama, everybody believes it is the final word.

    July 14, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. katiec

    It does not take a rocket scientist to know that Palin stepped down for financial gain. To give her any credibility in the political aspect is totally irresponsible.
    By quitting she has left her state of Alaska in total chaos. By quitting she has admitted she cannot handle tough situations. Her popularity in Alaska has diminished substantially.
    And, as the unintelligent egomaniac she is, she fails to realize her 15 minutes of fame is over, except for the few misguided ones who continue to support her.
    A person so full of hate, anger, disrespect, honor has no place in leadership or making decisions about our country.
    Cannot understand, CNN, why you continue to constantly headline her.

    July 14, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Here it comes......PALIN !!

    Last week Rassuesen polled 70% of Republicans Would vote for her. What gives with these bogus polls just to get the Palin name on your headline?

    July 14, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Mike Dallas

    Yes, but that 33% are limbaugh lemmings and will shout down the republican moderates and withhold donations, so the moderates will be forced to support her, and she will be the nominee if republican leader Lush says it will be so!

    The 67% of you republicans that have now said she is not qualified, better hope the poll results are kept secret or the lemmings will kick you out of the party!

    July 14, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Dennis

    I don't think the coverage on Palin has been any harder than any other similarly situated politician has received. She was the Republican's candidate for Vice President. On top of that, she was designated as the pitbull that was to go after Obama and Biden. She then gave some bad interviews and answered questions poorly. She gets the coverage she deserves.

    July 14, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. We Love Sarah

    Sarah Palin for Potus......What?!, she quite already!

    How can she run the country when she is busy cashing in?

    July 14, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Thank the Lord we Americans have freedom FROM speech with the media.

    At first many will want to hear what Sarah has to shreek er, say, then they will shy away from any broadcast that features Sarah.

    So for the media, if they want to be credible, they will need to keep track of who watches her shows and who doesn't.

    July 14, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Chester Drawers

    She couldn't run a yard sale.

    July 14, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. kevin

    Finally, Finally the Rethuglican are waking us to what the Dems already knew that Sarah Palin is and always will be a Joke.

    This woman gives speeches and never give you any answer to what she is complaining about. Vintage Rethuglican, talk about something even if it is anything. She QUIT her job as Governer and not because she can't it from the media she is QUITTING because america found out the she is not ready for the job that she has.

    This woman is what we can an opporturnist just like R. Guiliani, he did nothing on 9/11 yet he think in his own mind that he a hero.
    So to with this woman, she done nothing and just because John McInsane pick this idiot to be his running mate (that's is why he lost the election, because of you Sarah Palin) she thinks she is a hero.

    This woman has done one thing that iwll have people sit up and listen, accept read a newspaper, she couldn't even answer that question.

    July 14, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Michael Carr

    Whether Sarah Palin be a credible candidate for the GOP nomination in 2012 remains to be seen, and I reserve judgement. But it should be pointed out that this poll contradicts most other polls, including Rasmussan, Gallup, Pew, PPP. Even a blind man can see that there are desparate attempts being made to kill her off. Palin is free to fight without her hands tied behind her back. We ain't seen nothing yet.

    July 14, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Details Please

    CNN: When Sarah sends something in or want a press conference. Please ignore unless she has backup details. She's a mess and those children need a parent to raise them. She's the dumb attack dog – that's it and this is the reason why the numbers are not the same as the fall numbers....

    We need serious interview with her on politics and not her speaking gibberish about her prop up children and attacks....

    July 14, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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