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. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    An overwhelming majority of the rest of the country doesn't think Palin is qualified to be President, either!

    July 14, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. finally

    Okay, the GOP might not be an irrelevant party after all. If they can admit their mistakes, there is hope yet. As an educated person, I couldn't vote for W a second time and I wouldn't vote for the McPalin ticket. Choose Ron Paul (anyone with a reasonable IQ) or don't expect my vote.

    July 14, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. NobodyReallyCares

    Palin who? The lady that couldn't govern Alaska but continues to criticize politicians who are actually trying to make a difference?

    July 14, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Is there anymore evidence needed? This broad is a worthless, right-wing dummy. Stop posting about her.

    July 14, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Leslie

    Hard rightwingers do not like Sarah Palin, she's not conservative enough for them; BUT independent voters and moderate republicans and democrats FAVORS Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is a new kind of politician, a no nonsense politician, saying things as is; easily understood even by a person selling hotdog in the corner. Ivy league education does not make a good President, COMMON SENSE IS! Which is lacking at the current administration. Sarah Palin will get my vote and I will campaign for her if she runs for President.

    If not of Sarah Palin, McCain would be eating dust in last years' election. Support for McCain increased 20% last year because of Sarah Palin; a governor from the 49th state, an unknown figure. I'm glad she resigned as governor because the GOP are silent with abuses and corruption of Obama and Democratic lead Congress and Senate. Governor Sarah Palin is now the VOICE of the AMERICAN PEOPLE regardless of their political affiliation or no affiliation at all.

    July 14, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. leapfrog

    Good luck with that.

    July 14, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Dave

    I won't hire a plumber to be my surgeon, and I won't hire a surgeon to be my plumber.

    July 14, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Ken in NC

    My thoughts are if she will resign after 2 years.

    July 14, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    SHE'S NOT EVEN QUALIFIED FOR "CHILD REARING"... She talks too much about NOTHING. Her VOICE is not even presidential – she whines and is too much involved in "Tit for Tat". I could see her now "whining" during a press conference and "betcha" by "golly" she would not be taken seriously. She IS NOT the "GREAT REPUB HOPE".

    July 14, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. LadyMac

    Just. Go. Away.

    July 14, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |

    She's a joke anyway!

    July 14, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. AntiRush

    If the national media stops covering her altogether, she won't have to worry about how they cover her.

    July 14, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Ann


    But the MSM keeps reporting on the dimwit.....and then a few bloggers try to compare her to O! She's not in the same league with him or HRC. Palin is a scattered brain. Period.

    July 14, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. phyllis

    Sarah Palin is gearing up for a talk show of her very own, if she wanted to be out of the public eye, like she said when she held her news conference on leaving public life behind, she is still running off at the mouth, she loves the limelight to much to leave it, as I have pointed out on this site many times, she is a camera hound, and she wants the money, she will be another Rush, JUST WAIT AND SEE. She needs to keep her mouth shut, about the policies of our President on anything, she needs to butt out, no one ask for her input, on any subject, just go away we do not need another Rush, or Dick CHENEY, you are a hate monger and war monger, just like all republicans, please go deep into the wilderness and get lost. thank you.

    July 14, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. turn Texas blue

    I hope she runs,Sarah and Rush are now are the co captains of a rudderless ship.

    July 14, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Wasilla Willie

    Our little Princess will probably state that the liberal media skewed the results of the poll.

    July 14, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Joey Fritts

    Palin really should stick to Alaska. She is steadily becoming a joke.

    July 14, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Obama is one step for World Peace

    None of the current mainstream GOP top dogs have any chance of ever leading.
    Limbaugh is too wacko
    Newt too right wing

    July 14, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. S Chek

    Sarah Palin – not qualified to be President? YA THINK?? What – being Miss Understood in the 1982 Miss Wasilla pageant, Mayor of aforementioned Wasilla and Governor of Alaska for 5 minutes (4 of which were spent running for VP) isn't enough?? What do you Liberals want??? There's just no pleasing you.

    July 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Bea

    The media is harder on her because she is stupid.

    July 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Mike Vaughn

    No one needs another Idiot In Office..........Sorry Sara we already have 8 years of bush and that was more than enough.............So will i Not vote for you?????? You Betcha!!!!!! I Wont

    July 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. MonRob

    Palin is just pretty nutty.

    July 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Shantal S. (A Dem)

    Finally..the Repubs get it! And I agree with them! And that never happens.

    July 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. James

    Those 33% are the smart ones.

    July 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Sarah Johnson

    Not only is Sarah Palin unqualified for the Presidency, she continues to embarass herself with opinions and criticism of the current administration on issues she knows very little about. I think she is absolutely SCARY!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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