July 24th, 2009
08:04 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Majority don't approve of Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/06/art.palinclap0706.gi.jpg caption=" A new poll shows a majority of Americans don't approve of Palin."](CNN) - Two days before Sarah Palin steps down from office, a new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans have an unfavorable view of the outgoing Alaska governor. But the ABC News/Washington Post survey released Friday also suggests that seven out of 10 Republican voters maintain a positive opinion of last year's GOP Vice Presidential nominee.

Fifty-three percent of those questioned in the poll view Palin negatively, with four in 10 holding a positive view of her. The survey is the second this week, following a Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll released Thursday, to find more than half of all Americans viewing Palin in an unfavorable light.

The ABC News/Washington Post survey suggests that there is doubt about Palin's leadership skills and her understanding of intricate issues. Fifty-seven percent say they don't think Palin understands complex issues, and 54 percent do not feel she is a strong leader. The poll finds that Americans are split on whether Palin shares their values and understands the problems most people face. A slim majority of people questioned in the poll say Palin is honest and trustworthy, with four in 10 disagreeing.

Palin is set to resign Sunday as Alaska governor, with a year and a half remaining in her term, and hand over power to Lt. Governor Sean Parnell, a fellow Republican. Palin says she intends to campaign across the country for candidates whose ideas she supports, raising speculation that Palin may make a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Seventy percent of Republicans questioned view Palin favorably, with just one in four holding a negative opinion. The favorable view drops to 51 percent among independent voters and to 20 percent among Democrats.

In a hypothetical race for the next GOP presidential nomination, the poll suggests 19 percent of Republican voters would back Palin, with one in four supporting former Arkansas governor and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and 21 percent backing former Massachusetts governor and 2008 White House hopeful Mitt Romney.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted July 15-18, with 1,001 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for all Americans, and plus or minus 5 percentage points for the question on the Republican presidential nomination.

Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. JM

    I have not been overly impressed by President Obama and I don't know if I would vote for him again in 2012, but I can guarantee you one thing. No matter what, if the Republicans nominate Sarah Palin I will absolutely vote for Obama.

    July 24, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. JC

    Well, duh...

    July 24, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Save America

    Everytime obama opens those big,ugly purple lips he lies.'IMPEACH HIM!

    July 24, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. CNN Bashes Palin again. Color me surprised!

    What is it with the infactuation CNN has with Palin.

    I'll bet obama is getting negative press and they need another distraction. Let me guess, Cheney's in their news too.

    You know when obama's getting bad news and his polls are dropping by which Republicans are getting headline Ticker news from CNN. When they have Palin and Cheney on the same day, you know obama's screwing something up and people are noticing.

    Quick CNN – we need more smoke, more mirrors. The people are learning the truth about your pres.

    July 24, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin is a boob and not to be trusted.

    July 24, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. Expat American

    Take a look at those who love her.

    Then take a look at why they love her.

    It's a sad reflection on the United States, that in 2009, an intellectual leper who is nothing than a simpleton bigot can be adored by so many.

    July 24, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Obama Victim

    well.......she and Obozo finally have something in common

    July 24, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Tom St. Paul

    Duh! Oh, and neocons, don't try to equate "not approving" with "fearing". Most Americans are no more "afraid" of Sarah Palin than we are of Bozo the Clown. Only if she got into power would she be feared, but as these numbers show, that'll never happen. The American voter is too smart to let that happen.

    July 24, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The headline should read "Majority of Americans Can't Stand Palin." 53% compared to 10%. She's supposed to be the future of the GOP?!?! What a joke. Sunday can't get hear fast enough.

    July 24, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. katiec

    With her ego, lack of intelligence, quest for the spot light, unacceptable campaign tactics, she will SELF DESTRUCT!!

    July 24, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Matt B

    What a shocker, cnn would post the results of the unemployed Sarah Palin, but did not post that their god, President Obama, now has an under 50% approval rating for the first time in the latest Rasmussen poll. Let's see, if cnn were even remotely a site for independent journalism, which would be more important?

    July 24, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. sammieb51

    I'm stunned! I wonder who she will blame this on?

    July 24, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. jaye

    She's dumb as a box of rocks.
    She deserted her state so she could make millions writing books and appearing on talk shows. Bet she'll end up on fox news. LOL

    July 24, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Clint

    Say goodbye Sarah, your fifteen minutes are up.

    July 24, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Obama 2.0

    I am one of those that is greatful that she is not in DC.

    July 24, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Mike in NJ

    Move along, nothing to see here. Really, NOTHING.

    July 24, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. The black spider

    For all you sarah palin lovers right wing nuts who believes Obama was not born in the USA.
    I an Indepedant also believe Sarah's palin last baby was not hers because I red that on the Internet. Now how do you feel about that?
    You right wing bigots are all sick and need special treatment.

    July 24, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    She is a rank amateur trying to play in the big leagues.

    July 24, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Elle

    Frpm the beginning, the media has had it out for Palin. It is totally unacceptable for the media scrutiny that followed palin and TOTALLY unacceptable for how they treated her daughter. She brought her family onto the scene when she was introduced as VP candidate. Why was her daughter treated the way she was by the media? Just because she was pregnant and Palin is against teen pregnancy? Ever parent is against teen pregnancy. Why wasn't Chelsea, the Gore kid's or any other candidate's child treated as harshly as Palin's children. Letterman stooped to an all time low my making those terrible comments and you the American public are so gullible.

    July 24, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Don of Iowa

    I know Republicans think Americans in general are stupid as their average constituent is dumber than a box of rocks, but it is becoming very apparent to the majority of Americans that the Empress hath no clothes (or brains for that matter) and once again to the Republicans undoing, a thinking America sees they have no leadership nor direction and any Bozo from the local circus can take the lead spot at any time. Thankful for a thinking America, without brains we would still be living in caves like most Republicans wish us to return to.

    July 24, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Alean

    I don't beleive this Palin is the greatest politician in the fact she has moral standards, something sadley missing in Americas other polititicians.Power and the dollar is what they chase.She is the only person I will vote for.

    July 24, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Dave

    She shouldn’t be surprised. Considering that she’s a self-righteous, clueless hypocrite with the IQ of a canned ham, a 40% approval rating is pretty good.

    July 24, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Donald

    Really? This is a surprise!? She's dumb as a box of rocks. What do you expect?

    July 24, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Jeff

    "Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book." — Ronald Reagan

    July 24, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Bubba

    I wholeheartedly endorse her for the Republican presidential nomination! You betcha, winky-wink.

    July 24, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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