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. Ana

    The big question is: WHO are those 43 percent that think she understands complex issues?????

    July 24, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. drahcir61

    Do polls taken 3 years before the next election really matter??? Ummm no ... but I guess it keeps pollers & journalists employed.

    July 24, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Marc , from Crawford ,TX

    NO Way, No How , No Palin

    July 24, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. libertyman

    I wonder if there was a question on that survey that determined what percentage of Americans think that Palin will do anything to see / hear her name in the news? LOL

    July 24, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Mr. Magic

    why are polls being done on someone who is out the door? It doesn't matter if everyone liked her she is leaving. Na-na-naa-naa, Na-na-naa-naa, hey hey hey, gooooodbyyyyeeee!!!!

    July 24, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. poli_sci

    I think this speaks to how of touch and disconneted the Republican Party is; as a whole

    July 24, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Melissa

    You people really need to start polling more people or stop polling altogether.

    July 24, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. pirano

    It does take some time for people to see a bit more clearly, doesn't it?

    July 24, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Tim S

    O.K. all you Palin supporters....reach down and carefully extract your head from your posterior... McCain picked a loser... Get over it.

    July 24, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Kevin in Ohio

    OK...we'll see where everything stands in 2012 when Obama's popularity includes only the 10% of Americans that are left-wing radicals.

    July 24, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Michael from Texas

    The poll is simply evidence of the mainstream media's long running ad hominem attacks on Palin. If one tenth of the media time and space were devoted to Joe Biden's continuous moronic statments, he'd be seen as imbecilic as the media always portrayed Dan Quayle to be. No individual politican in American history has been vilified in the media more than Sarah Palin, and no politican in American histiory has withstood the spineless attacks on her and her family with more grace. The very fact of the continuous attacks on Palin is proof beyond certainty that the left fears her greatly.

    July 24, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. California Gold

    Mrs. Palin did not quit to gain majority approval. Mrs. Palin walked away from her job as governor for a plethora of reasons: some she has stated and some she has signed for (lucrative contracts). To date none of those reasons have been helpful nor have they been beneficial for her public approval ratings. At this rate it's doubtful she could get elected as street sweeper (no offense to any street sweepers or any elected officials).

    July 24, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Linda Va

    Finall they get it. It took a minute but that is OK.

    July 24, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Aaron

    Sarah Palin has damaged her credibility by choosing to resign her goverorship in the midst of an economic crisis for the state of Alaska and the country. Many governors in states around the country are hard at work balancing their states' budgets. This was a wrong move and demostrates that she lacks the skills and strength of a national leader.

    July 24, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Rod Davis

    Just looking at the math, if 70% of Republicans view Palin positively, 51% of Independents do likewise, and 80% of Democrats view her negatively, then the only way to have the total be 53% viewing her negatively would be to have more Democrats in the sample pool than any of the other groups. Am I missing something there? And then there is the "so what" factor. We are 3 and half years away from the next Presidential election. I'm thinking that the collective opinion of the populace is going to ebb and flow quite a bit between now and then, so why is this even news to begin with?

    July 24, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. schmeckel

    Obama, Palin, and Clinton; we need to get the celebrities out of politics before this country gets into anymore trouble.

    July 24, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. David, CA

    She's a legend in her own mind.
    (and a handful of blind conservative nut cases who can't see the writing on the wall)

    July 24, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Pete East

    She may make a bid for the nomination, but she certainly won't make it past the primaries.

    McCain should have went with Jodi Rell or Linda Lingle in 2008.

    I wouldn't have minded Olypia Snowe for that matter.

    July 24, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Stu-Florida

    I would now assume those that favored her before are finally coming to their senses...
    I'm feeling better about the intellegence of America. Ahhhhh

    July 24, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Rich

    And you can always count on CNN to give us the bad news. Everyday it's a new poll at CNN. I have a polling business CNN. Care to give me some business? I can give you all the bad news you want.

    July 24, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. LacrosseMom

    HA! So much for Palin taking on President Obama in 2012.

    What goes around, comes around, Sarah Palin!

    July 24, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. REPUBS R Shamless

    My Goldfish Likes her!,, not sure why but I wont argue with it 🙂

    July 24, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. Randy

    Wow...critical news for today...another attack on Sarah Palin.
    Nice piece of journalism.

    San Jose

    July 24, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Mr. D

    No one likes a QUITTER !!!

    July 24, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. AO

    Maybe there are enough sane people in America after all. Seriously, if this is the the best the republican have to offer than they are in more trouble than anyone ever thought.

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