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. Katie

    Woo, what a shocker (NOT!). I hope she fades out of the limelight soon, I'm sick of seeing Republican Barbie all over the news.

    July 24, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Minnesotan

    Palin / Pawlenty 2012! That's a sure win for Obama, so he can keep fixing all the damage and failures that the Republicans left behind.

    July 24, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Phil Smith

    I'm much more concerned that a good chunk of Americans think she is a good leader and has a handle on complex issues. Who the hell are this fools? I thought she was a dolt five minutes after learning the GOP picked her as McCain's running mate. Beware the meek...

    July 24, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. indyreader

    Can't she please just go away and stay out of the news for a while? She has her own kwitter account (er, 'scuse me, twitter – I keep making that mistake for some reason) – why can't she just kwit directly (oh, there I go again) to the people who want to hear from her and let everyone else go about their happy lives without hearing all her kwitting (really, I'm so sorry – I don't know why that keeps happening).

    July 24, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Palin Power

    Regardless of the poll, which is full of hogwash, Palin will become President in 2012 and 2016 and the GOP will retake Congress in filibuster proof majorities. The Democratic Party will die a slow painful and agonizing death. They will go extinct by 2021 and Liberalism will be defunct.

    July 24, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Logical

    Obviously the majority of the people think Palin is a worthless person... What's scary is that there are still so many people who think Palin knows what she's talking about

    July 24, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    Sarah Palin's values are glaringly apparent. She values Sarah Palin and the spotlight John McCain shone on her that will enable her to profit obscenely. Can't really say I blame her there, however. Who wouldn't want to make several million to have someone write a book on your behalf? I'd be happy with half a mil. I hope she thanks McCain.

    July 24, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. ANGIE

    they don't approve because she is an idiot. And just think we all get to hear and see her more, now that she is no longer playing govenor. Oh what joy. If nothing else we will get plenty of laughs. she is a running joke.

    July 24, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Lew

    It's too bad that CNN is ignoring the huge slide in polls against Obama (now under 50%).

    But, what can you expect from a left wing group that is totally controlled by Democrats?

    July 24, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. beevee

    I don't know how on earth the GOP thought that Ms. Palin is a presidential material and brought to the frontline as a VP candidate. I don't think she has the intellectual capability to be a leader of this great country ever. I wonder how she even became a governor of a state in the US.

    July 24, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Jim in Indiana

    Why are conservatives so hard headed about supporting someone so obviously unqualified.

    July 24, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. veronica

    I wish Sarah would just go away, she's as bright as George W Bush

    July 24, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Howard

    This women is quite possibly one of the stupidest politicians ever... and that is saying something. I just wonder about the people in the state of Alaska. How did they vote this fool into office??? When she talks she sounds like a lunatic!! Let's just forget she ever existed and call it a day.

    July 24, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. John

    I find it interesting that CNN is so quick to report this, but is silent on BHO's TANKING poll numbers.

    July 24, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    Its amazing....when there are numerous stories to comment on that are indefensible by the left (Obama's stupidity comments, the increase in the minimum wage –again, etc.), CNN cuts off comments on those articles already posted and instead puts up articles guaranteed to satisfy the hatemongering left-wingers. Stories on Cheney and Palin are CNN's answer and preference to any story that might be offensive to the left.

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

    This goes to show that the Dems did a great job of tainting her reputation. She has a few years to turn that around. In the meantime, she can do a lot of good for Republicans running for office in 2010.

    July 24, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Scott

    do we really care? She is not now, nor will she be in 2012 a serious contender for ANY political office.

    July 24, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Tarheel

    The key to this poll is that Republicans arestill overwhelmingly favorable of Sarah Palin. She is still the one person who is considered a superstar. By the same token, Democrats hate her and try their best to get rid of her.

    July 24, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Michael in Houston

    dosent matter. She is coming after the money as she has convinced herself she is now a celebrity. My money is on that she will relocated to the lower 48 by years end and will find a microphone and camera that will give her the attention she so pathetically craves...and money.
    We will hear and see nothing but Palin for the next few years while she rakes in all the money she thinks has her name on it...then she will run for President for even more exposure.

    She will never go away now.

    July 24, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Reggie

    The media has worked tirelessly at tryiing to bring down Palin, but she keeps coming back. She is a fighter and a fighter for this country. Palin 2012!

    B y the way, last weeks Rasmussen poll had Palin trailing Obama by only 4 points if an election were held today.

    July 24, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. the southern progressive

    since she will soon be a private citizen again, i no longer have a political opinion of her.. just her taste in fashion.. that will always be judgeable.. now if she jumps back into the official public spotlight.. either by politics or entertainment, ie. fox affilate, radio show, my stance will change.. but for now, eh.. dont care

    July 24, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. John albrecht

    S. Palin was a desperate gamble by J. McCain to resurrect his
    failing campaign. Trying to be a" bulldog" and winking at your
    audience is not enough to qualify for VP or any other serious
    office and her lack of knowledge for the job was ably revealed
    by K. Couric and others. Her recent resignation with 18 mos. left in
    her term proves that she doesnt have what it takes.

    July 24, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. bam

    The Republicans have a huge problem. The majority of their "base" will likely choose Palin as the Republican nominee in 2012, while the majority of Americans will vote against her in the general election.

    The neocons showed their low opinion of the American people when they brought Palin to the national stage, and now it's coming back to haunt them.

    July 24, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. peter vaguely

    Perrrrrrrfect. She can get the nomination and not get elected. What is truly astonishing to me is that there are that many Republicans who are so utterly blind to her shortcomings or intellectually bankrupt. It is actually very frightening.

    July 24, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. W. Art

    Which is it now, some are saying that everyone loves her, she just lights up a room when she enters (which I doubt)...and now it's just the opposite.

    Perhaps it's because the media keep "shoving" her in our faces. This lady certainly has the "gift of gab" and it's hurting her instead of helping her.

    She is giving the media exactly what they want by allowing herself to be a target.

    July 24, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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