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. Peter

    Let's be honest folks, the only reason why Palin was picked as VP running mate for McCain was that she is one great cheer-leader!

    Palin cheered alright, look at the crowds that came to see the "CLOWN " performing like a little monkey....yet knowing that she would soon be back in her cage in Alaska.

    The McCain camp needed a cheer-leader and that's what they got in Palin; a bubbling head bobbing, winking, smiling CLOWN.

    Unfortunately, Palin made America the laughing stock in the world.

    July 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Fla.

    Palin will be releasing a statement shortly blaming Levi, the media, RNC, "librals," cons, & the world over these shortcomings. You betcha.

    Palin quits to be a fighter....er, I mean fights to be a quitter. What a joke.

    At least the majority from all affiliations can now see through this charade. Please, enough.

    July 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. reggie

    Why is she still talking? She quit on the people of Alaska. Left them to tackle their problems on their own. Critisizes everyone that dosen't agree with her. She can't control her own daughter. I thought the republicans were so morrally upright. She allowed her daughter to become pregnant by some loser and we are expected to let Sarah run our country. I do beleive that some of us are too stupid to make logical decisions or be trusted with guarding our way of life. She should be paired with that adulterous governor from South Carolina.He split and she quit. We'll call them the splitter and the quitter. So you quit being gov. so quit running your mouth Sarah...no one wants to follow a quitter.

    July 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Harold

    like this is a surprise; she should now use her time to study government, foreign policy,etc. come time for debates, other Republicans candidates will try to expose her lack of knowledge; who knows, if she prepares, she might have a chance;

    July 14, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Lissa in Houston

    She doesn't know how to handle critics.

    She doesn't keep her personal life separate.

    She can't handle pressure.

    She doesn't make sense when she talks.

    She's thin-skinned and easily offended.

    She knows little or nothing about world politics.

    She is narrowminded and has a narrow world view.

    She's shrill and verbose, without having a point.

    I'm pretty sure she is the anti-christ. She would be perfect to rise from the ashes of the rapture and lead the ones left behind. They would definitely be clueless enough to follow her when the world ends.

    July 14, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Mike K

    That is a big duh!!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. jm

    Wow CNN, more reporting on non properly sampled polls.

    July 14, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Greg Ballantyne

    While there is more than enough stupidity in this country, there will never be enough of it to elect an ignorant uneducated mush mouth like Sarah Palin to the presidency. I believe any successful candidate will have to be able to complete a coherent sentence, both reading and speaking.

    July 14, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Son of G-dubb

    She wants to be paid like Rush Limbaugh but wihtout all the hassle.

    July 14, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Beverly in NC

    Republicans are JUST now realizing this woman is a complete incompetent fool??

    The rest of the nation knew it within a week of McCain making the ridiculous decision to choose her as his running mate. Intelligent women all over America were insulted by this laughable counter to Hillary Clinton.

    Republicans are proving to be very slower learners when it comes to important issues facing America. McCain just figured out this past week that we are in an economic crisis.

    When are they going to realize we also have a healthcare crisis being worsened every day by the greed-based insurance company monopoly that literally decides who lives or dies based on their profit margins?

    CNN- Palin is old news and America is so ready to not ever hear her name or her incoherent babbling again. And NO, Republicans, no one is afraid of her. All that's scary about Palin is how obviously deficient our education system is based on her stupidiity.

    July 14, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Michael

    This woman is not qualified to run a pay toilet.

    July 14, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Goddess

    Well she isn't qualified. People just like her because they think she is "regular folk". I personally don't want "regular folk" running the country.

    July 14, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. xargaw

    Frankly, I fail to understand why this woman is getting so much attention. She humiliated herself in the Presidential Campaign with her stunning lack of knowledge about the most basic issues in our government. She diminished the process by repeating false claims long after they were debunked.

    Now, she is quitting her state office in the midst of her first term after being hammered with one ethics compliant after another. She is the Brittany Spears of politics and an embarrassment to herself and her state. The only thing more demeaning to this scenario is the press following her around clinging to every word from her mouth with little, or no crtitical analysis, pretending there is some value to be extracted from her delusions of adequacy.

    July 14, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Nick

    I hope she does run for prez in 12. It would be the perfect addition to the circus act the GOP has become. Under the big top with Sarah, Rush, and Newt...

    July 14, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. David

    Not even a kid gonna think she is fit to be anything. She has to go back to school to learn something. What does she really knows about economy?

    July 14, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Former Republican St Louis MO

    dang it

    She is very well qualified. I hope she wins the primaries. Come on you neo cons show your hate and support her please 🙂

    Obama/Biden easy win 2012 🙂 ya betcha

    July 14, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Mike

    Republicans number about 22 percent of the population, liberals are 18 percent and conservatives are about 40 percent. Almost all conservatives think Governor Palin is qualified and if a third of the Republicans think she is qualified, that sounds like good numbers to me especially with the way obamas numbers are falling.

    July 14, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. RAG

    At this rate, Republicans will return to sanity (over Palin at least) before the end of the year.

    July 14, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. stevetall

    This is the first smart thing I've heard from any group of Republicans in a long time. Sarah Palin is a dangerous, half-smart person who thinks that her lack of intelligence is some kind of an honor. It's this kind of thinking that got GWB elected to 2 terms as president, long enough to screw up the economy and our foreign policy but good.

    What we need is less Palin and more smarts.

    July 14, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. YtownSports

    She's not qualified. She'll be able to deliver only the far right base of the GOP. The Republican rebound will rely on someone who does not get caught up in the hardline debates about abortion, gun control, and religious fundamentalism.
    Have a plan to create jobs, lower taxes, give people better opportunities to rely on themselves instead of the government; that's what will win the White House and Congress back for the Republicans. Sarah Palin can't do any of that.

    July 14, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. AntonioSosa

    Most Republicans no longer trust the mainstream media, which has become corrupt and totally unreliable. The Republicans that would waste their time with CBS are those that are not really Republican.

    Among REAL republicans, support for Palin is close to 100%. They are happy to see her free herself from her post as Governor, which she could not perform properly because of constant attacks from U.S. enemies.

    Honest and patriotic Republicans and Democrats are elated to have Palin speak out for them on the many areas in which Americans need to be defended from Obama, among them Obama's Cap and Trade, a Ponzy scheme that would destroy the U. S. economy.

    July 14, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. beth

    Yeah!!!!! I have faith once again in the Republican Party.

    July 14, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Janice

    Most people in this country don't think Obama is qualified to be president either.

    July 14, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Ann

    Who thought Obama was qualified for 'prez' 2 years ago? Actually he is not .. but you elected him.

    July 14, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Laughing

    No, No, No!!! The GOP needs Palin – she is their best chance for 2012!!!


    July 14, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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