August 12th, 2009
06:53 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN Poll: Favorable view of Palin dipping

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The favorability of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is down in a new CNN poll out Wednesday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Americans appear to be souring on Sarah Palin, according to a new national poll.

Thirty-nine percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday have a favorable opinion of the former Alaska governor and last year's Republican vice presidential nominee. That's down seven points from a poll conducted in May, and it's also nine points lower than the 48 percent who now say they now view Palin unfavorably. Forty-three percent viewed Palin negatively in May.

"Most of that change has come among Republicans and conservatives," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "GOP voters still like Palin - two-thirds continue to have a favorable view of her - but she is not as wildly popular among GOPers as she was in the spring, when eight in ten Republicans had a favorable view of her."

It's unclear if the drop in Palin's rating is due to her resignation as Alaska governor, a year and a half before her first term ends, or if anything else she has done is contributing to the dip in her numbers. The poll was conducted July 31 through August 3, before national coverage of Palin's stinging criticism of President Barack Obama's health care reform proposals.

Palin is considered one a number of Republicans who may want to make a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

"A 39 percent favorable rating makes it that much tougher for Palin to become president should she decide to run in 2012. Her favorable rating is almost identical to the numbers that former vice president Dan Quayle got just after leaving office in 1993," says Holland.

Quayle formally declared himself a presidential candidate in 1994 but withdrew from the race in 1995.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted by telephone, with 1,136 people questioned. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points for the overall sample and plus or minus 6.5 percentage points for the questions of Republican respondents.

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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. paul coke

    Palin is an idiot and trying hide behind a mask of intelligents. Give me a break, she will make millions on her book, be set for life, and seek attention anyway she can. Sounds like Ann Kolter's sister.

    August 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Sam

    Another reason why media outlets, like you CNN, should not be covering this delirious '"wanna-be'" politician. She speaks without thinking. Even when she does think, it only makes her rhetoric more illogical and ridiculous. She is, ultimately, the epitome of stupidity.

    August 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. amberw

    Closely correlated to the Lunatic Fringe driving GOP support down.

    August 12, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. RN

    why do people go to the town hall meetings and scream and disrupt them -because they "believe in free speech", yet seem upset that those who do not like Sarah are expressing their opinions here? Are the republicans the only ones entitled to free speech?
    A few years ago those who opposed the war were being told – very loudly – that they were unAmerican because they opposed the war. No one talked about taking to the streets or having to "get rid of" Bush as people talk now about Obama. Why now is it acceptable that republicans demand "their" rights after denying everyone else's for so long? Be civil. Your rights will be respected to the extent that you respect the rights of others. If that doesn't work for you just stop complaining and start working to make this a better place.

    August 12, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. twitwits are the new nitwits

    I just watched,"the Right Feeling Wronged "again,to see the people who back her till this day and feel so sad that there are that many people in Country that still believe the lies and love to hate.

    August 12, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Alex in San Diego

    She offers nothing to society. Obvious Death Panel nominee!

    August 12, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. gl, From Pittsburgh

    She might be out the spotlight, but her lies still can hurt this country and this is why she is still being cover to be depuked. This woman is to dangerouse to not to depuked her lies.

    August 12, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Sally

    How about this poll that is out today:

    Rasmussen on Obama: 52% disapprove

    August 12, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. TCM

    haha...she's just a citizen...(unlike obama) the way, how's his popularity going? In the toilet, huh? well, libs, you voted for "Change!"

    It's funny, all you libs preach is about hate, racism, and the like whenever anyone disagrees with your biased, slanted opinions....yet, NONE of you can defend ANY of the actions Obama has taken that it was good for the country NONE OF YOU!!!!! all are just a bunch of loony left fringe, nonworking, whiny crybabies...that, without a government handout, you'd starve to death...tell you what, shut up, hop in the the new car I just bought you, and drive home to the house I just refinanced for you because like all libs, you're too irresponsible to make your own way, so you need some liberal hack to hold your hand! Aren't you proud of yourselves?

    August 12, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. justanothercitizen

    The polls are the way they are because there are more evil people than good ones. Just read your posts. You have nothing good to say about someone who is just another citizen who wants to do the right thing for the country. And yet, you think Obama is trying to make things good for you. Well, think again. You will soon know who is for and against God. God loves Palin and if you don't feel the same way, then you belong to another group. You people talk as if you know better than Palin. She is a smart woman and being ordinary is really what this country needs. Too much politics in the White house make people greedy of power because they don't see themselves "ordinary" anymore. They think they are more than just ciitizens and above the law. Corruption must end.
    Palin is more capable in getting this done.

    August 12, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Lynn

    FINALLY! Now if we could just get CNN and other media outlets to STOP giving her press she might go away for good. She's an idiot and anyone who supports her is a fool.

    August 12, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. faithplusnothing

    Wow, what is this obsession CNN has over her. With a dem president and a dem congress, why is all your reporting on republicans? She's not even in office anymore. What has she done to you guys to make you so threatened? She's doing something right.

    August 12, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. George

    Palin is a disgusting fear mongering Republican. All she does is lie to the ignorant, and they believe her. She is and always will be a joke.

    August 12, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. BABS

    Funny how CNN seldom lists Obama's falling poll numbers as one of its top stories. My bad, I forgot CNN is on the payroll.

    August 12, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. john menacher

    I find one thing really interesting. Sarah can start the crap on the death panels under health reform A FUD lie. What about her statements that all gays should have mandated sexual reassingment surgery to make them heterosexual? I heard nothing from the media on that one. She is sick and a hate monger GOOD BYE ALREADY I she wants top live in a theocracy (no not a continent ) she should really move to Iran. God help them!

    August 12, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. John in Tampa

    I am amused by those who say they would still vote for her. When she decides to quit again, what will your vote have been worth?

    August 12, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. zippy29

    Trouble maker
    Ethics Complaints
    User of innocent children (hers)
    Trailer Trash

    August 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. NancyLV

    What makes anyone think she is running for anything who cares what the polls say.

    August 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. cL

    Sarah Palin may have been good for the republicans but she is horrific for the US! Hope the polls keep falling.

    August 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Alex

    I sure hope she can still win the GOP nomination in 2012 so Obama can thrash her in the general election.

    August 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Bubba

    Here's my vote: she's a malevolent nutjob who will go down in history for wrecking McCain's campaign. Not knowing her personally, I hesitate to characterize her as 'evil,' but I have no qualms about calling her malevolent. "Nutjob" is a given for anyone who walks out on a governorship.

    August 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. lorraine

    The only thing she has going for her is NOTHING wish she would just shut up and quit making remarks that she thinks will endear her to people such as " I am a hockey Mom" – who cares, never liked her and I feel she is somewhat of a moron.

    August 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. KAT

    I think the President's poll numbers have fallen a lot faster than Sara Palin's. Why is it that CNN's polls always have the president rated higher than any other poll? I wonder??? Probably the same reason CNN's ratings are dropping.........

    August 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. erik in Iowa City

    If she wasn't hot, no one would ever have listened to her idiotic mangling of the English language in the first place. Since she can't talk, I still have no idea what she stands for.

    August 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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