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. Shirley

    We Democrats knew that she was not qualified from day one

    July 14, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Stu-Florida

    Either the GOP is getting smarter or just a little more honest. It would be nice IF it were both... Naaaaaaaaaa

    July 14, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. POEMAN

    Finally something from the Republicans that i can agree with.

    July 14, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Go Palin - No Seriously Go Away!

    How Come? I think she is the smartest lady in the world,, uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu becchhaaaaaa 😉

    July 14, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. mb

    Even the 31% of Republicans that say they POSSIBLY could support her sounds VERY high.

    The average female or male walking down the street has a better education than Palin. Millions of people have better job experiences. Millions of people did not quit their most qualifying job after several months because they were afraid of becoming a lame duck. What if all of the people's representatives QUIT their offices because being a lame duck was not cool?

    July 14, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. JPublic

    Who watches CBS anymore? Also to say Republicans would respond to CBS is very funny. Biased? You be the judge.

    July 14, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Don

    Correction CNN!!!! The "Majority" don't think Palin is qualified to be Prez.........

    July 14, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Gentwelve

    She let the Vice Presidential nomination go straight to her head and now believes she is on a devine quest to lead a new America. No longer a Republic based on democratic principles, rather a theocracy based on fascist ideals of a one party, military industrial based society, with little tolerance for dissent. This person is dangerous!

    July 14, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Chuck in CSG

    Yep, I'm a Republican (or as so many would prefer – Rethuglican) and no, I don't think she's qualified for any public office, especially the Presidency

    July 14, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Randolph Carter

    Let's face it. The majority of Americans (dems and repubs alike) are not that bright and have the attention span and patience of a gerbil on crank. That's the only reason people like Sara are able to rise to the national spotlight. Have a nice day!

    July 14, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Kent

    "they do not believe that Palin would be an effective president." Duh!

    July 14, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Vern

    Of course she's not!!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Heather in Seattle

    Thank god they are coming to their senses!

    July 14, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. James M. Holmes

    Ohh... PLEASE Republicans... PRETTY PLEASE run Palin in 2012 against Obama... PLEASE!

    It would be the only good thing you guys have done for Americans in years!

    July 14, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Husman

    Palin need to broaden her knowledge about issues and stop the shot-put-logjam inuendoes and sputtering gibberish of answers that she has patented for every question or issue she is asked about.
    Attending five colleges for a four year course in a university is showing its demerits in Palins misunderstanding of ideas versus issues.
    SHE NEED TO EDUCATE HERSELF.

    July 14, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. changing my screen name to see if it helps getting my comments posted

    Ok, so Republicans were all ready for Palin to be a 72-year old heart beat away from being president back in November but they now have changed their minds?

    One one hand that is good because they are seeing how bad she really would be. On the other hand it is bad because it shows how people are only interested in voting party lines. It really is sad how so many people in this country cannot think for themselves and only see things in black and white, Republican and Democrat, etc.

    July 14, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Puff the Magic Dragon

    A majority of the Republicans? How about a majority of the PEOPLE?

    July 14, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. bob in LA

    They're so to change, that's why they are conservatives, but even Republicans can come around to reality

    July 14, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    Well duh.....it's nice to see that there are only 33% of Repbublicans who are completely brain dead instead of 71% before. I guess they are actually paying attention to what this dimwit is saying and doing instead of blindly adoring her as the future standard bearer of the party. As to her criticism of the media, that's a major reason why she did the cut and run routine. The "poor innocent victim of the boogey man media" card didn't resonate before and it will only make her more unsympathetic in the future if she continues to play that. Way to go GOP. You are waking up. Purge yourself of the self-rigtheous bible thumpers and you might actually regain some relevance

    July 14, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Minnesotan

    Thank god the GOP is not so mindless to inflict harm on this great Nation by nominating a dimwitted mouthy opportunist to be our Prez. But, had they... or if they do, the Dem's will best her easily. She is no Prez and never should have been Gov.

    July 14, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. tom kingsley

    The poll results vindicate the view that the average American is clued in to what is mere political gamemanship on the part of Palin. A moron.

    July 14, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Sniffit

    wow...is the GOP perhaps done hitting the snooze button? we'll have to wait and see...

    July 14, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Grog in Ohio

    Sarah Palin appears to be reach George W. Bush approval ratings territory. That speaks highly of even Republicans.

    July 14, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Bubba

    She couldn't handle being dog catcher, much less governor.

    July 14, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. sue

    I don't think she has any plans to run for president, which is too bad because she would be a whole lot better than what we have now. By the way, was it alright for Obama to collect his Senate salary while running for President? No one seems to care about that or about the fact that he had no experience whatsoever.

    July 14, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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