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

Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. Todd (not the Alaska Separatist)

    This coincides with Quitter-Gov. Palin whining about Obama's energy policies. Maybe she could do something about this IF SHE WASN'T A QUITTER!

    July 14, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. people against BS gov't

    Funny how Palin quits when the road gets tuff and then wants to throw stones at people who are trying to do everything they can to build a better future for our country and our planet. Instead of being a bone head critic Palin, why don't you try to create a plan yourself and offer it to the public. Oh, I forgot they may be too difficult for you so you would probably quit before finishing it. Stick to finishing and pulling nets. Now that's easy.

    July 14, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Donna Mansfield

    Why is anyone even listening to this lady? Let's keep her off CNN, MSNBC, PBS and other rational news services. Let's listen instead to Amy Goodman, Rachel Maddow and Rick Sanchez (and some others) who know what the heck they are talking about. Get her off the air and out of the public!!!!!!

    July 14, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. J

    Well at least they are being honest about that fraud now.

    July 14, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Get Real

    Careful Repubs...Sarah will sue you for sure if you say anything negative. I sure she now plans to force CBS to reveal the names of everyone who did not support her in this poll so that she can begin to threaten!

    July 14, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Ken S.

    Her 15 minutes is officially over. She will never hold elected office again. I predict she'll have a show on Fox News within 6 months. The only question is whose time slot she'll get. I predict she'll get Hannity's slot, Hannity will be moved to Greta's slot, and Greta will be looking for work.

    July 14, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Ciera

    There is just no way that 71% of registered Republicans would have seriously considered unleashing this woman to preside over the United States government when even the best and the brightest are struggling to right this economic catastrophe.

    But then again, they would have supported and covered for her in an attempt to make her look good or try to convince us that she is the best thing since froot loops, because she's one of theirs.

    Makes you wonder whether Republicans took advantage of a clearance sale on lobotomies.


    July 14, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Ric

    i am a republican, i don't really like her and i don't think she is qualified to be prez. then again, neither is Obama. he sat next to Putin looking lost and frightened.

    July 14, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Erik S.

    Oh please with these polls already. it's 2009, no one is going to even start paying attention until 2011, and by then who knows what she will do? Please guys, find something to report on other than this woman, there's relevant news to report, like the how the stimulus is anything but, no other distractions with Palin please....

    July 14, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Gus The Willie

    The more the media plays up on Palin, the more I see her as being a car hop at a local drive-in on roller skates, and certainly not as a "Prez". A moose would probably fare much better as the governor of Alaska. What was Alaska thinking when they voted Palin into office? Was it the promise of two snow mobiles in every igloo?

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

    Regarding Palin "scolding" President Obama over his energy policy: I would like to scold Palin for her hypocrisy in saying "Country first" when her actions and words are all about "Me first".

    Her over-inflated ego and political ambition are transparent; only the desperate have the energy to maintain their delusions about this lightweight airhead ever being qualified for any elected office. (She could handle being mayor of a small town from a remote state, but couldn't even finish out her term as governor!)

    July 14, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Shay

    Sarah Palin is not qualified for President or Vice President or anything in the government. I'm glad there are some Republicans that have figured it out.

    She has proven to be very divisive and we don't need people like her in our government!

    Palin needs to stay in Alaska!

    July 14, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Another point

    The GOP right now is looking for direction to build on before 2010. Also they're looking for future candidates to lead. Let's listen in on a phone conservation between two sitting DC GOPrs. "Hi Jerry. This is BOB. I'm calling to let you know I'm looking at runnung for POTUS in '12 and am seeing who'd like to be with me at the top with me. I know this call is early but with Sarah out there now I don't want to chance someone making the mistake of aligning with her. For one thing she's not aware of how DC runs and would want to change things from how both partys have done business forever. You know we can't have that. And for another thing she's a GIRL for Gawds sake." Personally I disagree with Bobs two issues. How about you?

    July 14, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. JediMasterMatt - Bethlehem, PA

    And CNN considers this 'breaking news'?....we ALL already knew she was unfit when McCain chose her as his VP....THAT'S WHY THEY DIDN'T WIN THE LAST ELECTION!

    July 14, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. jayme

    Hopefully the "department of law" will disqualify her from running for any public office as she could be a danger to the american society. I think she is just trying to add a few more pages to her book, she should just take the money and shut up with all her incoherent nonsense.

    July 14, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Olumadunwa

    I don't think wasting money to conduct a poll was necessary before anyone could realize that Palin is absolutely NOT qualified to be prez. Those who try to imagine that she may be president in the next term are dreamers. Of course, she can be if she shuts her trap and quietly enrols in a night school to improve herself. I would've loved to like her politics, but she's just way too dumb – Sorry.

    July 14, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Steph

    It was about time to recognize that........ OMG

    July 14, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. Bryan

    Whether a majority of Republicans believe Palin should run for President makes little difference. But this headline, as most others with respect to Palin, shows the extreme liberal bias of the majority of the US media with respect to Palin. I feel very, very sorry for the intelligent woman that liberals and the majority of US media seem to enjoy destroying.

    July 14, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. Mariann Pepitone

    I believe Palin to be well qualified to run this country, better than Huckabee or Romney would. Obama isn't doing a fantastic job himself. All the promises he made in his campaig doe not exist. Change in Washington. What change. We have Clinton's administration along with a few new people. But when it comes down to it, he needed experienced people to teach him the game of politics which he didn't know. Obama ran for the presidency to show the public that a half black half white man can win and knowing he would be set financially for life. America needs to have a good wake up call in the next election and think before voting again.

    July 14, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Maximus

    As the saying goes, "nothing is free in America".The media is primarily responsible for making people famous. And whoever wishes to become famous and popular has no other way to achieve it but to offer him/herself to the media's spotlight to be stripped naked, scrutinized, and x-rayed from head to toes, inside- out, from birth to present and be exposed of all vices and virtues, ignorance and talents. That's the rule of the game, to accept ot to reject and that's the price to pay. That's what the media does for a living. So if one feels too ashamed of him/herself, and has too many skeletons hidden in their closets which they don't want to be exposed, don't be where the media's spotlight is projected. If you come to the media to be famous and you become famous, don't cheat the media out of their salary. The stories they get from and of you in exchange are theirs to publish to earn their living. As simple as that. This is in response to the comment that "Palin has been critical of her coverage in the national media."

    July 14, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. The Party of NO stood calmly by for 8 year while the shrub raped and pillaged America, so, why would we listen to you now?

    What I find disturbing is that when the McCain campaign determined she was not qualified, still they insisted she was qualified.

    In fact, the DMN a notable conservative rag, had a front page story yesterday that detailed the events and she appeared to have come close to a nervous breakdown. Just the kind of unstable twit we do NOT need as the VP, especially given that McCain was 72 and a hot-headed cowboy.

    The campaign advisors have admitted that missy was totally unqualified to be VP after working with her for 2 weeks. Lieberman said the same thing.

    Question: Why was the Party of NO willing to put the lives of 300 million Americans in jeopardy should she become VP?

    Answer: "Country First" was just a meaningless campaign phrase.

    July 14, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Greg in AR

    Give her a break, she just needs more time to explain her positions on National policies and how she would handle things like the economy, energy, polution, health care.

    She seems to be able to inject the "buzz words" into every statement she makes so give her all the air-time she needs to explain how she will fix everything she complains about and her poll numbers will surely rise to the point she will win in a landslide in 2012.

    July 14, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. Simmy

    It's insulting to the country to pose such a question, given the enormous McCain/Palin debacle of 2008...

    July 14, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. Sheryl

    Well she is not!!!! What is wrong with this country???? We just went though this!! What is it?. Do you not see the mess we are in?

    July 14, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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