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. GOPBslapper

    It's obvious her intelligence is below average. If people were honest about her assessment they would say she's not too bright, only a so-so mother, and a quitter.

    July 24, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Karen

    Finally! People are starting to wise up.

    July 24, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Elizabeth

    Who cares what CNN, ABC, and the Washington Post are saying about Palin. Our government is so full of idiots Palin is a genius compared to them, come to think about it so is my dog!

    July 24, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. cecilia

    It could not happen to a more deserving person – unfavorable view of her – and they question her leadership ability – ya think
    At least a few more people are beginning to understand who Sarah Palin is and who she is not

    July 24, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Mary Kay

    Now can CNN stop covering her?! Enough. I actually read where a Rep says she a distraction. A bad distraction. While I don't agree with many of the Rep principles, I think they need to get her out of the way to make room for someone who can grasp geography, the economy and both national and international issues. The GOP needs someone who can effectively communicate their stance on these critical issues – even if I don't agree or support their ideas.

    July 24, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. In-Lite-Ted

    Sarah who?

    July 24, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. ran

    Dh! Tell us somehing we don't already know.

    July 24, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Tania

    D'oh! no kiddin'

    July 24, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Nick

    Um, who cares? She's pulled herself out of public service after being one of the most highly rated governors in the country. And 53% mirrors Obama's vote margin in the election so small wonder there while he's still on honeymoon. This is just more media bashing of Palin.

    July 24, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. bill

    she simply dosent have what it takes. End of story

    July 24, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. JC

    What part of ditz, airhead, flake is not being understood? She has no business being in the national spotlight – she is famous for doing nothing of significance...how unfortunate that she is taking up news space...

    July 24, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. katy Heys

    I must say that article gave me a sigh of relief. We haven't lost our collective minds.

    July 24, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |

    Another day, another Palin story from CNN
    Because we don't care about:

    NOrth Korea

    Just to name a few.

    July 24, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. Palin is DUMB Period

    The Republican Party, since George Bush, has a terrible problem with praising the dumbest candidates. It is amazing how they act a if this lady deserves to have a remote chance at the White House. She is ignorant and unqualified. If she were Black and Democrat, believe me white repubs would be singing another tune. Keep up the good work!!! and the Dems will keep winning. And let's not forget Joe the Plumber...LOL Another idiot.

    July 24, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Paul

    Republicans: please please please nominate Sarah Palin to run for president in 2012. She's a gift to democrats that just keeps on giving!

    July 24, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Jake

    The media's facination with all things Sarah Palin keeps her in the spotlight for no apparent reason. If you ignore her, she will go away.

    July 24, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Tami in CO

    And this surprises anyone how? I keep hoping she will quit showing up in the National light, maybe this will do it

    July 24, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. george cook

    NOT to worry SARAH....you'll be ON THE TICKET for sure. You are a breath of FRESH AIR.....and AIR ....that the Democratic Party is scared to death of....and some in the Republican Party as well. You TELL IT LIKE IT IS...and SHOULD BE...We'll support you to the end...Everyone is trying to "Bury you Now"...that means they are scared to death of you...Let them Dig Up The Dirt...they always do..BUT...they have some massive skeletons in THEIR CLOSETS TOO...and we have found out in the past and will find out in the future....I am sure.

    YOU GO GIRL !!!!!!!!!!!!!


    July 24, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Anonymous

    I would like to know who they polled. We all know that ABC and all the main stream media are not fair to Palin. I supported Palin in 08 and nothing has happened to change my mind. Yes, she could have
    had better interviews but I believe the questions given her were much more personal and negative than what Obama recived and now look at us. Our country is on the brink of bankruptcy and we will have compromised health care if that bill passes. I am a white collar worker in rural new Mexico and i figured it out. Vicki Roswell, N.M.

    July 24, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - I'm a dumb demo

    Go Sarah Go!

    July 24, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. blad

    i do not understand how many americans think this is a smart woman, this woman whenever she gets to answer a question, never give the answer straight, she is going to continue talking but without giving the correct answer to the question. there are so many intelligent woman in united states that i really dont understand why the media keeps talking about sarah palin. she is a mess.

    July 24, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Peoples Voice

    The majority? Really? Go figure.

    July 24, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. melia-orlando fl

    can we leave this loser alone, and let her fade away, like she was before Mcshame put her in the limelight! LOSER>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    July 24, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Mary

    If nobody liked her – WE WOULD NOT BE READING THIS ARTICLE!!


    Obama had NO experience and he was elected – GIVE ME A BREAK. Sarah Palin is doing all the right things to get elected if SHE decides to run for president.

    July 24, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Kansan

    PLEASE RUN IN 2012 SARAH....We need the laughs and SNL needs material.

    Nominating Sarah Palin will be the final proof that the GOP has lost their collective minds....

    July 24, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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