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. AP in Illinois

    This is bad news...if you are Democrat. It means that the Republican Party is finally coming to it's collective senses and will likely put up a candidate with working brain cells in the next Presidential election.

    July 14, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Danny E. Gonzalez

    the majority of republicans... Count me in... oh hold on; I'm sorry; don't count me in, I'm not a republican. (smile). I like Gov. Palin; I do think she is doing a di-service to herself and her family. I hope she raises millions and that she can become prepared to run... it would be something to see... (I do think she is not qualified yet to be president)

    July 14, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. richard

    What took the Republicans so long to get this?

    July 14, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. tedious898

    This proves americans respect academic prowess and not right wing rhetoric and hate speech.

    July 14, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. John McCain

    A majority of Republicans did not think Obama was qualified to be president either.

    July 14, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Hugo

    I honestly do not think experience matters anymore, does anyone really think Obama was ready and experienced for the position either. The condition of our economy, our foreign policy and the idea of total government control in every aspect of our life is just further enforcement of my belief. Please someone call me when we get our country back in order, hopefully in 2012...

    July 14, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. history repeats

    its funny the same people i was talking to last year that were saying they like palin and she would be a good vice president and president if mccain dies are now saying shes not very smart and she wouldnt make a good president lol. republicans are straight from 1984. they throw their old opinions in the memory hole like they never existed and pretend they've always thought their new opinions. we invaded iraq because they were a threat with nuclear weapons? NO we invaded iraq to "spread democracy". right right .

    July 14, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Player Player

    SHE CAN NOT DEAL WITH ALL THE PRESSURE THE PRESIDENACY REQUIRES.....stop trying so hard gop. The bottom line is this: Your party only pander to the Rich and well to do in society. No empaty. It appears that the GOP don't care about the regular hard working family. The GOP also seems to be War happy.

    July 14, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. AUSTIN,TX

    She's not smart enough to be prez or v-prez.

    July 14, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. not republican, not democrat, just american

    Has anyone given it any thought to let her make her decisions like we let everyone else do it. Do we question everything every other political individual does? No we don't. Why is that? Maybe if we did we would not be in the state we are in right now. She may fail and then again she may not. We need to give it a break for a while and see where this goes. I am for anyone doing the right thing to get the United States of America back to where we should be. Acutally right now we are not very united. The right against the left. The left against the right. Kind of like in the 1860's. We need to get pass this and get back to being united or we will not be here to be united.

    July 14, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. RahmAxleRod SuperTroopers

    I think Palin will be the next Oprah or Katie Couric... She will get paid...

    July 14, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. tess

    Sarah Palin woowed them in the past week and will continue to
    do so. We do believe your poll is wrong and should be done again.

    By the way we can also tell you that since OBAMA got in and
    personally 'wrecked the economy' , he has done nothing to help
    the economy. HIs constant trips (how many in just six months???),
    are costly and he gained nothing for our country.

    A great story would be to read about how much those trips to
    Europe and the Middle East have cost this country. Please keep in
    mind that Michelle and the kiddies cost money to tour the world in
    their grand style. Why she even brought her mother and her
    make-up entourage. Between all of these "hanger ons" and the
    staff of Secret Service to watch over them .....WHAT DID IT COST??

    July 14, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Deb

    It is good to hear the Republicans have not totally lost their minds or that they are following Rush's lead.

    July 14, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. John Tellman

    Wha';s funny with this whole line of "is she qualified" is the fact that Obama could not have been vetted as a Vp candidate. with degenerates as childhood role models, raised by communists, unrepentant domestic terrorists as friends, put into politics by Chicago slumlords and maybe he was maybe he wasn't born in the U.S to focus on Palin';s qualifications is simply an obfuscation of the real issue-how did a dufus like Obama and his idiot sidekick Joe Biden who is unqualified to think let alone serve in office get elected?

    July 14, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. watching

    Why won’t the Louisiana governor and other top Republicans denounce the Young Republicans’ new chairman, Audra Shay, who's accused of spreading racial hate on Facebook? check TDB

    July 14, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. dzl

    Curious that a recent poll showed that three quarters of Republicans said that they would vote for her as president, anyway (although also showing her losing to other Republican candidates).

    Perhaps this is just evidence of exactly how thin the Republican leadership is these days.

    July 14, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Pegasus

    That's not good news for Palin at all. She may as well hang it up now if she's thinking about running for president in 2012. There's no way in hell will she win and especially more so after quitting in her first term as governor. She not only would need her base for support but she would need everyone's else support and most everyone else doesn't like her. She does not have a large following behind her like Obama did and she can't just win off the "white" votes. She needs every other race, creed, and nationality to pull it off and it ain't happening. So Sarah, save your money, time, effort, and energy and not put it into a presidential campaign for 2012, because it will all be for nothing.

    July 14, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. john

    thank god repubs have some sense i see

    July 14, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. FLP

    She's more qualified than the clueless community organizer that is bankrupting our country.

    July 14, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. SR Bricco

    As an independant I would be drawn AWAY from someone whom didn't have to clout to run a government. Sarah Palin with her resigning fromoffice as Governor makes a hugh difference, especially with her own words. Wasn't she the one whom pressed the Obama-Biden ticket about not running a government. Enough said, when the next election comes and Ms palin desides to run for office she doesn't have my vote.

    July 14, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Phillip Bunn

    They're creepy and they're spooky,
    mysterious and kooky,
    they're altogether ooky,
    The Palin Family.

    July 14, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Walsh

    I am definitely one Republican who thinks she is not qualified to be President. Unfortunately Obama is even more unqualified than Palin.
    His inexperience is not what the country needs right now and the economy, unemployment and his foriegn policy of sucking up to our enemies and insulting our friends is not much help either.

    July 14, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. cecilia

    if 33% of Republicans think Sarah Palin has the ability to serve as President of the United States – the proof is in – 33% of Republicans are dumber than dirt

    July 14, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Peoples Voice

    She's not qualified for Prez?? Really?? Go figure.

    July 14, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Irma in North Carolina

    Well it looks like some of the republicans are finnally waking up and realizing that this woman is like. 33 percent isnt going to get this woman into the white house. But let her run it will be a fun to watch her in her first debate. Unless Meg is the person asking the questions. That is the only way she could win a debate.

    July 14, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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