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. Thin is in?

    Real simple, this person HAS run a business, a city and a state and she was totally NOT ready to be President if something happened to McCain. FACT

    The person who was selected and elected by the media, was only a short time Senator who gutlessly voted present over a 150 times and his claim to fame was a community organizer and had ties too many shady characters and was NOT ready to be President.

    Again FACT.

    I would have taken Hillary or McCain over this fraud in uh, uh, uh chief who can only "think" when he reads script from a teleprompter and he is more inept than his predecessor and who thought that was possible?

    Palin is a nice story and a good women, President, not a chance, but you Liberals are afraid of her for a reason, she can steal votes and raise money and draw crowds JUST LIKE BARRY.

    They are both nothing but celebrities.

    July 14, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Chris

    I probably wouldn't vote for her, but it's difficult to deem her unqualified when you compare her resume to that of the current president.

    July 14, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. MSH, Miami, FL

    It's good that Republicans are now seeing Sarah Palin for what she is, or more importantly, for what she is NOT.....and she is NOT qualified to hold ANY public office, much less the highest office in the land.

    July 14, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Bev

    The light dawns......finally.

    July 14, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. puhleeze

    Sarah Palin clearly can't run her own household, she bailed on the state of Alaska, she overreacts to every single thing written or said about her, yet she wants to be taken seriously. Gimme a break.This woman's ego knows no bounds. The best thing she can do for all of us is to slink back into the backwoods of anonymity from which she came. Thanks, McCain, for having the serious lack of judgment which foisted this scourge on us.

    July 14, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. jIM

    She's done, leave it alone, but I'm sure she'll continue to make a mockery of our republican party.

    July 14, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Doug, New Jersey

    There are many better choices than Sarah palin to be comander in chief, however Sarah Palin would be a major improvement over our current president who has his policies shaped by far left extremists and wants to criple our nation to the point where he can obtain the kind of control National Socialsts before him used to inflict their harm on their people. For far left liberals like Obama and the current DNC, it is all about power over the people. Our current rights, freedoms, and wealth stand in the way of Obama's vision for our nation and people, which is why he is hell bent on destroying them.

    July 14, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Are the Republicans finally starting to see through this moron of a woman?? I laughed at the earlier article about her 700 word commentary on Obama's energy policy. Let's be honest, she couldn't write 700 coherent words by herself no matter what. She is just a new (and probably about to be HIGHLY PAID) puppet for the extreme right. She just reads what they hand her. If someone asked her about "cap & trade" related to energy, she wouldn't have a clue what they were talking about. She is the biggest "it's all about me, me, me" narcisstic moron I've ever seen.

    July 14, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Audrey Flynn

    Sarah Palin is not fit to run her own household, never mind the USA! I hope she runs for Prez in 2012...another four years guaranteed for Obama if she is the GOP Candidate

    July 14, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Mariann Pepitone

    In my opinion I believe that the Republicans fear her because she says what she means and means what she says. There also has been a lot of jealousy towards her, She is well experienced in politics better than Obama who is busy on a vacation tour while telling the public it is business. You don't take your wife and children on a business triip. And he will never balance the deficit or fix the economy. He is too busy in his own little world. I grade Palin smarter than Obama plus she ran her state better than he is running this country.

    July 14, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Rob

    Not qualified for Governor... not qualified for Prez.... and certainly not qualified to be spouting off criticizing our very intelligent President who she can't hold a candle to. Now PLEASE shut the pie hole. Maybe go bake a pie hun hun. Take care of the family.

    July 14, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Jim in San Mateo

    This article further supports the notion that Ms. Palin is delusional. She somehow thinks that someone cares?

    July 14, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Common Sense 09

    Well I disagree with the media portion...the media gave Obama hell when things turned sour for ranging from church to the pastor problems but he turned his negatives into positives, whereas Sarah has not done that. She gets worse with almost every decision she makes...It's hard to follow a quitter and then listen to them criticize others about what they're doing...

    July 14, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Henry Miller

    No one who takes religion seriously is qualified to be President. Childish fairy tales featuring a vindictive invisible god? People who believe in that kind of nonsense in the year 2009 just aren't thinking clearly and are probably deluded or crazy in other ways as well.

    I guess it wouldn't be so bad if people suffering from the delusions of religion could refrain from trying to impose that religion on other people. There's something about at least Western religions that seems to justify in the minds of their adherents a self-righteous determination to make other people live in accordance with the rules of their silly religions.

    July 14, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Robin

    Comments on her Cap and Trade/Energy story are blocked, but this one is open for some good old fashioned bashing.

    Got to love those libs.

    July 14, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. John Helm

    It doesn't matter what people think, or what politicians think. The Constitution states the qualifications to be President, "PERIOD".

    July 14, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. John Tiller in Dallas Texas

    She doesn't! It would be good for her to run though because it would cement another democrat for office!

    July 14, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Grahame

    Look Lets get real. This woman in no way shape or form can even come close. Try comparing her with Nancy Pelosi who you may not like but intellectualy Palin can't hold a candle to her. Try Sonia Sotomayor for smarts over Palin and there is no contest. Obviously the GOP is dead in the water and liable to remain so. Palin isn't even good enough for Jerry Springer never mind any political post. The only thing Palin has is some remote girlish looks. Just wait till they fade and she becomes older, fatter and more stupid. If the GOP want to vote for a Homer Simpson in a dress then best of luck. Sarah Palin is a joke which just underscores the average intelligence of the GOP anyway. God Help you all.

    July 14, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. Don W

    PLEASE . . . This person DOES NOT deserve one more minute of the American public's precious time. ENOUGH ALREADY!

    July 14, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Chris Hauck

    Now that she is unemployed, proven that she doesn't even know how far Russia is from Juno and isn't a serious contender for president, can we please stop talking about her? Please......

    July 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Nick

    Let's put Obama under the same scrutiny as Palin and see how effective he is. On resume alone Palin is more qualified, though I don't believe she was ready to lead the country. That just makes Obama an even poorer choice. Let's take away his media bandwagon, put him under numerous false ethics charges and then see how well he plays the game.

    July 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Change in America

    Palin would never be president she is all about the money....

    NO NO NO Presidency for Palin

    Stay in Alaska and look goofy

    July 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. marvinj

    You don't have to believe this but my 14 year old giggles at her word usage almost everytimes he happens to here her on something.

    So if this is what the republican party wants to put out front so be it . Just get ready to rewrite the dictionary.

    Repubs. maybe she will take the money and run she seems like the type that might want some get back. The way the republican establishment has treated her and her family. Boy would that split the party even more.....my fingers are crossed.

    July 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. Diane

    If she couldn't handle the scrutiny and pressure while being governor, and we know she couldn't because she QUIT, she would never be able to handle the job as President.

    July 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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