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. Really

    That is what 'We The People' have said all along!!! Those in media are not smart. No one learned anything from Walter Cronkite?????

    -"Young" is the new "dumb"

    July 24, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. original stylin

    More Bad News for Palin. ALL minority groups don't approve of Palin or like her!

    July 24, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Pamela Kerins

    Could the right-wing base of the Republican party be any more out of touch with the American public?

    July 24, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Bob

    Palin would be a fresh voice and less political candidate with strong views for less taxes, smaller govnm, and strong defense. I am for her!!!

    July 24, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Vern

    Please go back to the fishing fleet and out of the spot light.

    July 24, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Craig

    Really CNN?!!? You have been publishing negative "news" stories about her EVERY change you could get and now you wonder why there is a majority against.

    What about the gallop poll from last week that had her in the lead among republicans? Did you even report on that one? Didn't think I saw it...

    Your job is to report – not influence public opinion...reporting on an ABC poll (remember they were the ones with the uncontested infomercial) but not a gallop poll is a disgrace. I thought you had more integrity than that...

    July 24, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Open Your 3rd Eye



    I mean really, why do you keep telling us things we already know?

    Thanks for the reminder, I guess.

    July 24, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Brett from Oriskany,VA

    Palin needs to disappear. She is not Presidential material by any means. Its scary that 70% of the Republican party still supports her. Granted she is a charismatic woman, but she is in no stretch of the imagination qualified for high national office. Once again its a case of ego over concern for America, and these people call themselves "patriots".

    July 24, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Jay

    When will the news media catch up to the public and realize that we DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT PALIN ANY MORE!!!

    July 24, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. Laverne

    No news here, that was proven on Nov. 4, 2008!

    July 24, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. adamandkanani

    She is a HORRIBLE human being.

    July 24, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. inofritzn

    CNN pulls out Cheney and Palin because their boy is in trouble... (not that I'm a fan of either, but c'mon CNN ffs)

    July 24, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. John

    The Leftist media hates Palin. They are going all out to trash and bury her. The fact is polls don't elect people. It is the people who will elect the candidates of their choice. Palin is a Champion of the Conservative movement in America. She has alot to contribute toward strengthening America and making America more secure and energy independent.

    July 24, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. true daughter of the american revolution

    it's about time.
    how can someone who quit a public office under pressure expect the american people to elect the same person to a higher office of public service?
    if she couldn' handle the governership, performing as president is out of the question.
    not only that, but it is pretty obvious she is intellectually not at the level we need of someone who runs our country.
    sorry, i would love to see a woman president, just a woman who truly has intelligence.

    July 24, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. June Lavelle

    Hopefully Palin will quickly be forgotten as just another bad dream and we can move on to more important issues

    July 24, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Pepou

    She's the dumbest politician in this country. Maybe people start to realize that.

    July 24, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. TangledThorns

    It won't be long before Obama is lower than Sarah Palin in the polls. LOL!!

    July 24, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Patrick, Mass.

    Until former Governor Palin says or does something actually newsworthy, can we now cease reporting about her?

    July 24, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    I can't believe SO many people STILL think this woman has anything
    going on between her ears. Please, give up on this poor excuse for
    a real leader; Someone who can bring people together, understand
    complex issues, and make decisions based on facts, compassion, and even common sence. She represents a sort of wish that a pretty face can save us from all the mess we are.

    July 24, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Fla.

    Another poll?

    Palin is leaving the duties she was elected to handle.

    Winners never quit. Quitters never win.

    July 24, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Dave Komer

    As a Republican I can not even begin to fathom Palin's chances of being a candidate in 2012. Her star has burned out for most of us. Given the way she was exposed to the public during the campaign and her mixed behavior there is not much for her to build upon for a presidential run in 2012. More to the point is her very limited experience in government at the State level or higher, heck she never even finished a full term as governor. She would have been smarter to pass on the VP post and built a better resume for her future runs. She really does not bring much to the plate as a candidate.

    July 24, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. C.K.

    Let me just start off by saying that I'm an Independent. When Palin was introduced to the world, we quickly saw she was a bad choice. Her right-wing views, and lack of intelligence goes to show that she was picked because she was a woman, and McCain thought this would give him an edge – clearly he lost for obvious reasons.

    Palin continues to sink herself, and I can't understand why people support a person who lacks understanding and intelligence on key issues in the world. Palin lives a hypocritical lifestyle, from her views on family values, to her inability to finish a job. She preaches one thing, and does another. She is clearly a moron. Wake up America!

    July 24, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Mike

    I'm surprised it's only 54 percent. She's an idiot.

    July 24, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. paul

    Palin is resigning. How cares about her approval ratings? Why has CNN not posted BO's approval ratings as reported by Rassmussen which puts him 49% approval?

    July 24, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Haha!

    Haha. I love these polls. They show the unintelligent right wingers what people really think about Palin.

    July 24, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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