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

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  1. Carle

    Stereo-typical beauty queen bimbo....sorry....but certain stereo-types have the origins in a certain amount of truth. Nobody cares 'bout Sarah Palin more than Sarah Palin.

    July 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. citizenjane

    71 % thought she was ready to be president in 2008. 33% think she is ready to become president now.

    Country first when it mattered the most, right GOP?

    July 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Expat American

    You could have fooled me. For months Palin has been showboating as the Joan of Arc of the Republican Party, the Savior Victim Queen of the 'Christian' Conservatives, the 'Christian’ religious bigots, and the 'Christian' racists. She represents the 'America' that excludes anyone who is not one of 'us' or 'her supporters'; frankly, I hope she sticks around a while. She is quite possibly the best poison and the best cancer within the GOP than has ever been known.

    Stay strong Palin…Please destroy the GOP!

    July 14, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Right Trash

    Finally! Party establishment recognizes her for what she is.

    Sure, she can help them at their hootenannies and get the "real Americans" all riled up but beyond that, no higher office for her.

    July 14, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. phoenix86

    After Obama, qualifications no longer matter. We just elected the most unqualified individual for office. However, after a Four Year Obama Disaster, we may learn a lesson.

    July 14, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Jon

    Good. This ought to put an end to her career.

    A poll like this also makes her appear to be ballot box poison for any candidate. Anyone would be wise to stay away from her.

    She'll eventually end up on Fox News with some insane show like the rest of the crew there. She'll rack up nice numbers for a tv show, and she'll be a wild success for the 3 or so million who are suckers enough to watch her.

    July 14, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Pete

    Sarah's political career is over. She loves the limelight, but can't stand the heat all the light brings. She doesn't know the issues, carries around a big chip on her shoulder, and always says the most ignorant, inane things when questioned on issues. Sorry, Sarah, you're done at the national level. Quitting the job as governor of Alaska only shows that she can't handle duties of office, and that she gives up when challenged. Don't need that, folks. She is going to be relegated to the position of yapping dog.

    July 14, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Limbaugh is a liberal

    33% thinks she can be president? Is that the same 33% who think Bush Jr. was a good president?

    July 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Peter E

    For the love of God, please stop posting stories about Palin! She's a pathetic loser who should be ignored! I don't even want to see her name anywhere on CNN!

    July 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Emma

    Some individuals manage to get themselves in highly vulnerable positions when they accept a bid for an elected position that they are not even marginally qualified. They become vulnerable to many opinions. Sarah Palin is one of them. Sarah decries "partisan" ways as though she is not partisan. That is another example of how she sees herself differently than the public views her.

    July 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Laurene

    Sarah is delusional. She would go away if the media would ignore her.

    July 14, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. George Synan

    She isn't qualified and proved that during as the Republican vice presidential candidate.

    We went too far right under Bush. We might go to far left under Obama. I hope not. I hope we start applying sensible policies or start shrinking the federal government. It is too large.

    July 14, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. CNN even the dummy ROP is recognizing it

    stop covering her

    July 14, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Doug Neumann

    Change that to "Majority of Americans don't think Sarah Palin is qualified for dog catcher."

    July 14, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. wfu2013

    If her own party does not feel she is qualified, she has no chance of winning the election.

    July 14, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Meanwhile, 10 American lives have been lost in combat in Afghanistan in the past week.

    WHY isn't this being covered????

    When Bush was in office, we got a daily dose of it on the evening news. Not even a mention now that Obama's in office.

    July 14, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. single mom

    Governor Palin will make an excellent fundraiser. She has the opportunity to mold the future of the party. But due to several reasons – family distractions (Levi Johnston included – poor Bristol!), the usual ethics charges levied at all politicians, and the fact that she is from Alaska which is geographically isolated – She should not run for President.
    Resigning created an image, rightly or wrongly, that she can't handle the rough and tumble idiocy of politics today. She fits the 'political celebrity' that the press love. Too bad she's from the 'wrong' party.
    I like Governor Palin – as a woman who worked her way up, has a normal family, and many good ideas – but I don't think she should run for President. And I'm a Republican.

    July 14, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. jeremy

    really? wow that is a shocker......

    July 14, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. FAYE, NV

    Anyone would know that Sara is not qualified to be President of this USA. She's a trash talker and incites hatred. When she talks of her own it makes no sense at all, meaning she can read a script, but unable to make a complete sentence.

    John will never admit this but he knows his pick for VP was an insult to Rep Party. Sara need educations and when she used to term "I used to have a Journalist degree", that really did it, once you earn a degree you always have it.

    The curiousity is how can a dumb person make it big and become to pick for USA VP that behooves me.

    July 14, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Cynthia

    For once I agree with the majority of the Republicans.

    July 14, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Obamalism

    for the same reason that Obama wasn't qualified... and he's proving it everyday.

    July 14, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. John

    The Poll is not an authority on this matter. Obama has less Executive experience than Palin. Would they say Obama is not qualified to be President. It is the voters who will determine their candidate and not a tiny sample of Americans. Anti-Palin elements may pretend to be Republican just to input their negative response in the Poll.

    July 14, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Ric in NY

    A CBS Poll?? Like that’s really an ACCURATE poll.. LOL… no way.

    July 14, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Scott, Tucson

    Maybe, maybe not but she sure the heck can't do any worst than the one we have in the WH right now. At least Palin would have came in with some legislative experience whereas Obama got in due to the color of his skin.

    July 14, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. CMG

    Anyone with an IQ in excess of 8 would know that Sarah is not Prez material.

    July 14, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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