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. PJH

    Will you guys just stop.

    July 24, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. rich

    Who Cares about Palin! Palin will never be qualified to be president.

    July 24, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. lovable liberal

    Why is CNN still polling Palin? Are they trying to keep Fox from hiring her to do a couple hours of Sarahnades a week?

    July 24, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Tim

    A majority don't approve of Obama, what's your point? Palin isn't running for anything.

    Can you take a poll on what people think about me? I'm curious as to the results.

    July 24, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Kylene

    It's about time someone reports what most people think of her. In my opinion, she's not that bright, she's not a leader, she's a quitter, and she doesn't have a grasp of issues in Alaska, let alone the world. Republicans are delusional if they think there is any way possible she could actually be elected on the national scene. Most of us would be extremely thrilled to NEVER hear OF her again. Go away please

    July 24, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. itbeme

    they needed to do an actual poll to figure this out???? way to be on top of things guys...

    July 24, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Duh

    If she's the best the GOP has to offer, and where they place their greatest hope, then I won't be going back anytime soon. She makes Bush look like a rocket scientist, and when it comes to women in office, I'd definitely go with Clinton over Palin. Hillary would make Sarah look like a fool if they went one-on-one and poor Sarah didn't have her gender to hide behind.

    July 24, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. LisaSterls

    don't care about the poll, once she starts talking she will win people over again. her gain will be larger than before.

    July 24, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Buffalo

    You can fool 70% of the Republicans some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all of the time.

    July 24, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Jane

    And we needed a poll to tell us this??!!!

    July 24, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    Nineteen percent of Republicans need to have their head examined

    July 24, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Tina, NC

    I still find it amazing that .000001% would approve of her. Then, I am reminded that we had Bush for 8 yrs.

    July 24, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. truthsayer

    Wow, big surprise?....its the mainstream media like CNN that keeps propping this woman up.
    She is of marginal intellect at best. An animal killer and she is not a commanding presence and her claim to fame is that she is attractive. Nothing more elegant than that

    July 24, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Mary

    Finally – she's a dangerous woman for our nation. The sooner we can get her out of the national spotlight the better.

    July 24, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Reggae

    We need to stop talking about this woman.....enough already!!!

    July 24, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Four and The Door

    Probably the majority of Americans right now go for the slick-talkin' lawyer type with promises of everything for nuthin'.

    That will end quickly once they try to get that mole on their nose checked under ObamaCare.

    July 24, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. tee

    We knew that.........its her right wing crazy supporters that couldn't figure it out..........inspite of all the evidence.

    July 24, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. chubby

    What a joke, where did this supposed to be poll take place. Many polls have Governor Palin with a 67+ percent approval rating. No matter what, anyone is better than obama except pelosi, barney frank,waxman,ted kennedy and harry reid.

    July 24, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Casy

    Palin haven't even said she wanted to run for anything. It is amazing to see you guys continuing to try to show her in a negative light!

    Give it a rest!

    Why don't you add to the Ticker that Obama is now at 49% according to the Rasmussen Poll!

    July 24, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. GOP = 21st century dodo

    The GOP has come to be defined by Palin, Limbaugh, birthers, and a host of desperate politicians looking to score cheap political points anywhere they can.

    What would Saint Reagan say? Are there no sensible voices left within the GOP? What about Mitt Romney, with his perfect SAT score and dual degrees from Harvard; is he not ashamed to be lumped in with this pile of simpletons and bumpkins? I guess the lure of power is much too great...

    July 24, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Dave

    What I want to know is who are they asking? If they conduct this poll by talking with the people in New York or Chicago then I could see how they came up with these results. I live in the country and work out of the house for the past 6 years and no one ever called me t6o answer a poll.

    Anyone who believes this crap needs to get their head screwed on straight.

    July 24, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Steve

    Who cares. The idiot should just go away! If Palin is the best the Republican Party has to offer then God help us!

    July 24, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Shawn - GA

    This is not of any surprise, she did terrible when put on the national stage. She was ill prepared and came across as not knowing very much of what is going on outside of Alaska.

    Question is now that she is shifting gears so to speak, has she had better preperation and this will all turn around.. OR will these same types of terrible interviews and tripping up on questions continue..

    Only time will tell

    July 24, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Obatala-Edmonton

    CNN's obsession with the Palins and those kids, Levi and McCain’s girl is deeply troubling. This has created doubts in this network's claims of impartiality. Why are you focusing on polls that will be irrelevant in say,... next year. If Obama had relied on early polls he would have been discouraged from contesting. CNN please, please, please STOP... be NEUTRAL.

    July 24, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Bob

    CNN, why do you keep running stories about this woman. She is old news. Move ON PLEASE!!! You seem to be more interested in pushing a liberal agenda then being a great news organization. Please, step back form the brink.

    July 24, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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