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.

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soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. Active Duty Democrat

    O and cmon 70% of Republicans? No wonder your party is all screwed up...

    July 24, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Sean

    Two days and counting. I don't know if Parnell, her replacement, is going to be any better, but I can't believe he will be any worse for the state of AK. Go away Sarah. Just Go.

    July 24, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Lori

    So 67% in a new gallup poll finds President Obama an excellent leader and 54% DISAPPROVE of Palin. But yes, the Republicans want you to believe that the American people support them. American people don't vote in or out a particular president based on the deficit (look at Reagan for that), they vote on leadership, and the Republicans fail miserably on that. Republicans, keep spending your time asking for Obama's citizenship and we Democrats will keep governing our great country.

    July 24, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. I Can See Argentina from my Front Porch

    And just because there are some people in this country that "approve" of Palin, does not mean that they will automatically vote for her, provided she runs in another national campaign.

    July 24, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. Keg in Houston, TX

    Palin was a show pony and everyone knew she was a show pony except her. That my friends is the saddest thing of all.

    July 24, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. dan

    If my memory is right 53% is close to the % that Obama got in the election so how exactly is this news that the same % that didnt vote for her in Nov view her unfavorably now. Sounds like no change to me.

    July 24, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. billp

    John McCain's legacy will be forever tarnished for putting the country at risk by making this woman his VP pick.

    July 24, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. David

    PLEASE.... STOP! Most people in this country (Republicans and Democrats) are sick of hearing about Palin.

    July 24, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. K.Buta

    I think Palin was a grab of desperation as a nomination for VP, enjoys her spotlight and will exploit it as far as she can. There's no depth to the sparkle. If Republicans still are impressed with her after she walks away from her elected duties as a Governor, then they are fools to pay her fees and will lose again in future elections. They are stuck in the swamp of yesteryear and have no idea what strength this country needs today.

    July 24, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Dave

    Seven out of ten Republican voters are stupid enough to vote for an unintelligent, corrupt, no-skills-having sociopath just because she says "Jesus" a lot. Yep, sounds about right, percentagewise.

    Enjoy being marginalized, Palin fans.

    July 24, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Jim

    Palin is a quitter and a failure. She quit on the people of Alaska and she failed her daughter. Only quitters and failures would support such a person for political office.

    July 24, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Saboth

    IMO, it was Palin that lost the election for McCain. She's not that bright, and the only thing she brings to the table is ...*yawn* "morals and values". I'll get my morals and values from the home. I want my politicians to be intelligent problem solvers (yeah I know, a rarity these days).

    July 24, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. sms29s66

    And it can only go down now that she is out of office.

    July 24, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. felicia

    "Well duh"

    July 24, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Al Haight

    If you and your family were negatively beat down by the main stream press for six months, eventually people would start to get a negative view of you. This is what has happened to Sarah Palin.
    If you were positively portrayed by the press for a year like Obama
    then you look better. Conserveratives are treated positively by the mainstream press. CNN is a liberal station except for lou dobbs

    July 24, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Ed from PA

    It is incredible that there are people – ANY people – who support this woman. Did anyone listen to her talk?

    I had to deal with EIGHT years of an idiot in the White House. I refuse to spend another day with an idiot in charge of my country.

    July 24, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. David Dokter

    this is just more abc,nbc,abc liberal slamming of Palin because she scares them they know if she runs in 2012 she will win .

    July 24, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. N.P.Smith

    Well, this is NO surprise. What other news do you have? Lol!

    July 24, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Joe

    Sarah Palin is dumb. plain and simple. she should just back away from any and all media and live quietly in a cave somewhere

    July 24, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. TommyJohn

    No doubt this poll, as is always the case with ABC and its partners, is heavily weighted with Democrats and left leaning independents.

    Just wait a few weeks when she hits the road unhindered by her office and the Democratic hacks with their endless stream of baseless ethics filings.

    July 24, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake me up when you get around to reporting soemthing we DON'T already know CNN.

    July 24, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Wayne Messer

    The only suprise I have is how many still favor the moron.

    July 24, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Dave

    I look forward to a Quayle-Palin ticket.

    July 24, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Big John

    There's no doubt she doesn't understand, she couldn't answer Katie Couric as to where she receives her information. That was not a trick question, she's just stupid and the only reason she ever got elected to begin with as mayor and governor was her good looks. It doesn't cut it on the world stage, she needs a comprehending brain.

    July 24, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. scott

    With all the liberal biased media coverage did you really expect a different outcome?

    July 24, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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