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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soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. Pete

    During the debate: Palin statement she was for it...now the Ghost writer says she's against. This is norm for Palin and please stop reporting on this idiot.

    Quitting to take care of family? Guess Levi was telling the truth after all...... She doesn't care about the family.... She quit because it came to light that Todd was behind her success... He can't rec. emails or join her in meetings anymore.

    Everything about Palin is a lie.... Sick of hearing about the soon-to-be gov.

    July 14, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Linda

    But wasn't there JUST a poll that showed that 70% (or something like that) of Republicans would vote for her??? So, they would vote for someone even though they didn't think that person was qualified???? Morons.

    July 14, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Minnesotan

    It's not just Republicans who think she's unfit for office.... it's pretty much everyone. Why is this dingbat still getting any press? Perhaps she should team up with fellow psychotic, Michelle Bachmann from Minnesota, and take their delusional views of the world on the road.... or they could just get real jobs as greeters at Wal-Mart.

    July 14, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Cerena

    "....36 percent indicating the move is to advance her political career..." WHAT POLITICAL CAREER...this woman is not interested in politics or serving people, she is in it for self. She got exposed to the "not real" parts of America and love it and now she wants to go to Hollywood!

    July 14, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. videodrome

    Who would want to vote for a quitter??
    Not to mention a woman with all these family squabbles. Is this suppose to be an example of a happy conservative family?? Backstabbing, money and attention, this is all this Palin is concerned about.

    July 14, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Beth

    Palin needs to put her wading boots back on and go fishing. She doesn't have the fortitude to complete her 4 years as governor that the people of Alaska elected her to do. We can't afford a president that quits when the going gets tough.

    July 14, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Bill

    If Rush Limbaugh tells Republicans to vote for Palin, they will do it. He is their BOSS!

    July 14, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. CR

    It is a scary thought that any reasonable person could think Sarah Palin is fit to serve in any higher office of government (her "title"). No end in sight to the Republican meltdown. If that number were single digits instead of 33% they might have shot at a comeback, but don't hold your breath.

    July 14, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. In-Lite-Ted

    I'm part of the 67%
    Sarah, Please "GO AWAY"

    July 14, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Shane

    She's too angry to be president... angry about things that matter only to the wealthy minority and ignorant masses.

    July 14, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Bethie in TX

    It's good to see that there are some smart Republicans out there who see that Palin is just not qualified to run for Pres... She just quits when the going gets tough. If she wanted to have any credibility, she should've stayed the course as governor of Alaska.

    She says her probs with being governer started last Aug. 29, when she was announced as McCain's running mate. Hello! She could've said NO. (GOPPies are usually good at that.) Instead, she says she "didn't blink." Well, she should've given a little more thought to how running for VP would affect her current job and especially her family. She had to know that being in the national spotlight would put her family, including her pregnant 17-year-old daughter, under the microscope. And then to whine about it!

    Righties–we don't hate Palin. We don't fear her. We just don't respect her.

    July 14, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Obama

    well DUH!!! This is y we are in the mess we are in is because Republicans are a bit slow to come to their senses!!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Mike

    If you can't say anyhting nice about someone, don't say anything at all. Well, she is attractive.

    July 14, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. JM

    How soon til she appears on a reality show or writes a tell-all for millions of dollars? Character will tell.

    July 14, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Cindy- St. Louis

    Of course Sarah Palin is NOT qualified to be President!

    She turned out to be NOT qualified to be a Governor, either!

    Beauty Queen looks and wacky views can only take someone so far.

    Thank God.

    July 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. SMP

    Sarah Palin is a gift from God to the Democratic party.

    July 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Tom

    As a quitter, Palin has proven she isn't even qualified to be a governor of a tiny little state, let alone any higher office. Can you imagine her as president, trying to handle her first crisis? She'd hide in her room. And that's just over the first state dinner menu.

    July 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. ATR

    Why does the press even entertain the idea that Palin is qualified for any public office much less the presidency? She proved during the campaign that she is very shallow, proudly ignorant and incapable of defining much less defending her positions. Now, add to that list that she quit her elected position because she: 1) wants to make money; 2)couldn't stand the heat; and/or 3) is expecting a major scandal to breach. Any of these options only amplifies her incompetence.

    July 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. Sharon Kitchen

    I know that I am NOT enterested in a wolf pup killer.
    I know that I am not enterested in buying her clothes.....can't afford mine.
    I know I am not enetested in someone who is enterested only in her energy.......getting back on the Energy Commission(pipe -line).
    I am not enterested in her making money for herself.
    I am not enterested in her wadders/shotting ability/her dead fish flotting down stream, theroy.
    I am sure NOT enterested in a person who thinks voters are to be dismissed as "chattering class".
    The constitution gives us chatter boxes the right to chat. If she does not want to go with the flow of the constitution.....she needs to join her husbands group that wants to succeed .......please leave.

    July 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. FLP

    Yeah, but neither was or is Obama qualified and look at the mess he's creating. She could do a better job than Obama is doing, atleast she has run a state, all Obama did was community organizer and vote present while he was JUNIOR senator. I'll take Palin over this mess we have in office any day!

    July 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. it's our turn

    Well this a relief that most of the country isn't stupid.

    July 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Yossi Gestetner

    Sure she stepped down for political reasonh: she is in politics. Is she not? I mean, what is wrong with stepping down for political reasons?

    July 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Jeff in Virginia

    The OpEd in today's Washington Post was obviously not written by Palin.

    That issue and many other are forcing Republicans to join ranks with sane citizens all across the country. This anti-science and anti-intellectual shtick of Palin's actually goes beyond mere politics, and has actually entered a dangerous realm.

    To characterize those who would seek more knowledge than a 5-college 6-year graduate of a 4-year journalism degree as anti-american or "elite" just reeks of the sense of entitlement that so many people abhor. She didn't do the work, and is angry that other people did.

    July 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. John M.

    Come on. Even if she convinces Republican primary voters to support her, it would be unrealistic to think that the "necessary to win" Independents and 5-10% of Democrats would support her. BUT, I am very happy to hear that Republicans are wising up. They are entitled to their point of view, and I am sure they can find someone way more competent than Palin.

    July 14, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Daivie

    I guess republican voters are sane after all.

    July 14, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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