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. joanna

    Thank you for this. I am glad to see the GOP hasn't completly lost there mind. Can't they pick someone who supports there ideology and be intellegent?

    July 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Torch

    Well, I don't think Obama is qualified for president, so what's the point? So far he hasn't let me down.

    July 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. DAVID

    Sorry why does CNN get it wrong agin REP. will vote for her.

    July 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    She may have the brain power - but it has not been shown to be trained or disciplined. Maybe a few more years of "learning" serve her well before she starts trying to lead people who are more trained and disciplined.

    Enuff said.

    July 14, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. John Black Hills/SD

    Palin doesn't have the academic qualities, and personality qualities to manage a city, county, state, or nation. She couldn't manage her household with a knocked up daughter who was still in high school. It wouldn't make a lot of difference if she didn't claim herself to be this holy roller who decides the values of Americans. Republicans will do themselves a favor if they close the door on her as their representative voice on morals. She's a disaster, a quitter, and ultimately an under educated American without a clue.

    July 14, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. TangledThorns

    I'm sure most thought of the same regarding Obama and yet, sadly, he was still elected.

    July 14, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Perhaps, just perhaps, there is hope for the GoP.

    Ms. Palin, you have to understand that you were just a cheap poltical tool in 2008. The tool did not perform, so it is discarded like other useless tools.

    The GoP was using you. They never really respected you. For the sake of your family, don't stake your future on the GoP supporting you. I believe you will quickly find yourself politically lonely.

    July 14, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Lisa in FL

    I don't think this poll will affect Sarah's plans. She already has a new job title: "Executive in Charge of Obama Bashing"

    July 14, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Reality

    Yet another bit of evidence that we Republicans think for ourselves and don't follow the party line.

    July 14, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. republicans hate america

    and yet 70 percent of them would vote for her. what does that say about their judgment?

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

    LOL if that woman runs for Prez, she's more stupid than I originally thought! As for the media.... if they didn't have a reason to attack her, they would have a hard time finding ways to do so (BIDEN). I don't believe the media unfairly goes after her... she invites negative press just to keep her name out there.

    July 14, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Patti

    I"d love to know who they poll in these things... just last week didn't we see an article that said 7 out of 10 Republicans would still vote for her, after she announced her plans to step down as governor? Its not a big deal, though, even if she ran for Prez, and heaven forbid actually WON - within just a couple days she would see how much actual work the job entails, decide not to run for a second term, and quit.

    July 14, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Sandi

    Why would anyone in their right mind consider this woman for president? What if she had been voted for vice president and decided to walk off the job after a couple of months. She does not have the knowledge to become president and I personally wouldn't trust anything she wanted to do after seeing her interviews. I do believe in women's rights, but she needs to stop dragging her baby around and take care of him. He needs her far more than the American people do. My favorite word for her is "ditzy" because she often appears to not have a brain in her head. Where was McCain's head when he chose her over so many other qualified women to run for VP? Whether you like Hillary or not, Sarah doesn't hold a candle to the capabilities of Hillary. There is absolutely no comparison in intelligence and experience. Actually I hope the Republicans choose her to run, then I know for sure that Obama will continue on for a second term!! Actually I don't think there is a Republican that can beat him anyway.

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

    I am shocked that ANYONE thinks Palin has the ability to serve effectively as President. Yet 33% of Republicans do.

    The GOP is utterly bankrupt – morally, intellectually and looking at the economy, financially.

    July 14, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. ItIsMe

    Palin without her good looks = irrelevance...

    July 14, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. DP

    Of course she is not qualified. She can not reason herself out of a fishing boat.

    Finally the Republicans see reality...!

    July 14, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Republican

    The fact that 33% of us would still consider her a candidate shows just how far our party has lost its mind. We've allowed the talking heads to set our agenda and direct our opinions. Palin in the spotlight is a gold mine for the democrats, cutting her term short to improve her financial position shows the world that we are hypocrytes. We need to go back to electing politicians who will work for the people with some level of commitment instead of seeking out the paycheck....duh the lobbyists have ruined the middle class with their agenda...and this is no different.

    July 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Mariann Pepitone

    I don't give many of the republican senator's credit for turning against Palin because that makes the Democrats happy. The Democrats fear Palin will run against Obama in 2012 and I am all for it. Some of those republicans will never be chosen as a VP plus many of them did not back up McCain when he was running for the presidency. Now they are crying and they are lucky to have Michael Steele for chairman. He likes Palin and republican candidates should be glad to have her campaign for them. She is a drawing card. This was the worst underhanded corrupt Democrat election in America's history. And Obama didn't choose some adequate people for his administration. Holder and Emanuel both should step down. I don't know what he was thinking when he appointed them. Obama didn't take Hillary with him because the fear of her outshining him with the world leaders. If he doesn't have enough confidence in himself he shouldn't run again.

    July 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Shingo

    Palin was vetted in 2008. The evangelicals loved her but Palin did not have that same support of the GOP at large. The GOP would be wise to not spend their resources on someone who has already been vetted and the results of the outcome are obvious.

    July 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Jim in Indinana

    Could the republican party be dumb enough to nominate this woman for president? Let's hope so.

    July 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Betty

    You guys are not on point. Sarah didn't quit to take care of her children. She quit because First dude couldn't sit with her any longer during the meetings at the capitol in Ak and he couldn't be "cc'd" on anymore emails.

    I would love to see Sarah give another inteview talking politics vs. press conferences and we need the media to ask questions with details......I need a laugh today!

    July 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Georgian

    God–could repubs be getting a clue?

    July 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Richard L

    Republicans are finally catching on.

    July 14, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. AlwaysThinking

    For those who think the media has been unfair to Palin, take a long, honest look at everything that's been said to and about Hilary Clinton. She's had to put up with much, much more than Palin – and has handled it with far better intelligence and grace.

    Palin is a whiner and a quitter and a me-first opportunist.
    THAT's the reason why her popularity is sinking with Republicans.

    When I've talked to Republican friends and family, they are extremely disappointed in Palin, thinking that when she made her debut on the national stage she would bring some fresh ideas to their party (because they recognized they were stuck with a bunch of tried-and-failed policies).

    All she brought was embarrassment.

    July 14, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Charlie in Maine

    Okay I realize that I see everything through a center-left prism but I have to question the reasoning of Republicans. Yesterday I read that 7 in 10 Republicans would vote for her and today I read that a majority of Republicans don't feel she is qualified. So they are they willing to vote for someone they know is un-qulified just to annoy us liberals? Wow, even in the darkest days of the "W" Bush Error I never wiould have voted for someone I felt was unqualifed just to get rid of him.

    July 14, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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