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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  1. Benton Fraser

    "...her stinging ***AND PROVEN 100% FALSE, LIE-FILLED, FEAR-MONGERING*** criticism of President Barack Obama's health care reform proposals."

    I fixed it for you to make it accurate, since CNN refuses to do so itself. You're welcome.

    August 12, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Mike

    If you are using a CNN pole to judge how Palin is doing, you are always going to get a skewed vote, Normal people don't listen to or view CNN. If Fox takes a pole it will be 180 degrees.
    Why doesn't CNN investigate how Dingle supportors held up a natzi symbol saying Obama is a natzi. Then went and passed out info pro Obama. Hard to believe, the poor dem's would do such a thing, particularly since Obama's press conferences and community meetings are stacked with supporters. that has been proved in the past by other news stations other than Fox.
    PALIN IS HONEST, that scares the hell out of the left, and some onthe right, because honesty in Washinton is not a pre-requisite to be a federal government official. Even at very top.

    August 12, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Palin loses 8 points in popularity and it's a " dip " ....President Obama loses one point and it's a " plummet " ....funny how you can create and shape the news .....huh CNN ??

    August 12, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Jon S.

    And every time she opens her mouth and speaks, that approval rating will only go lower. Americans are finally getting it – she speaks nonsense, and often.

    August 12, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Sasha Hawaii

    Sarah has been all about herself and not about the country. She thrives in all the limelight but unfortunately is not a very bright bulb herself!!!

    August 12, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. annie s

    If Sarah Palin wants to be taken seriously, she needs to stop her incendiary comments and discuss issues intelligently. It's hardly "presidential" – or even responsible – to lie about one of the possible health care reform bills and refer to "death panels" that don't exist. Personally, I think she's hoping to be the next radio shock-jock a la Rush Limbaugh; it makes sense with her sensationalist and whining nature – and it pays a heck of a lot more than the presidency!

    August 12, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Enrique in Virginia

    This woman isn't going away anytime soon. ALL of this analyzing and debating is pretty much pointless right now. It is too early in the game. BUT, if Palin plays her hand right, and President Obama REALLY messes things up, she has a sure shot at the Presidency.
    And if she chooses someone like Mitt Romney to run along side of her, the Obama Administration is in trouble.

    August 12, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Perhaps we should remind the media, that a favorable view of politicians in general, and congress specifically, is dipping to the bottom of the barrel.

    August 12, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Ben

    People don't like her because she's a quitter and can only deliver one type of speech. And that one type is usually misleading and given with the tone of a snarky and sarcastic high school kid trying to make Student Council President.

    August 12, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Baze

    d'uh... she's a dope. Her noterity comes from her sex appeal, but like any piece of booty, if that's all you've got then your star won't shine for long.

    August 12, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin's "death panel" comment was unconscionable, and she deserves the fallout from her idiotic and divisive rhetoric. What an odious woman.

    August 12, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. B E in TN

    you got to be kiddin!! sarah is floating like a dead fish???

    August 12, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. evman

    This woman is a complete moron. Period.

    August 12, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Rick

    I'll take Sarah Palin over the Marxist jerk in the White House (below 50% approval rating now) any day!

    August 12, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Ron Simmons, Maitland, FL 32751

    It's amazing, 39% still give her favorable ratings! We have met the enemy, and they is us!!!

    August 12, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Frank in Wilton Manors you think it's because people are finally seeing her for what she is – an empty suit?

    August 12, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Bob in Pa

    Why are the libs so scared of this Woman ?

    August 12, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Randolph Carter

    Note to republicans: "rammed down our throats" is the catch phrase this week. Be sure to use this phrase in any discussion of healthcare reform. Have a nice day!

    August 12, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Bill in Illinois

    The main reason that it keeps dropping is that she keeps opening her mouth and making idiotic comments. I am certainly no fan of hers but I do believe that if she would think about things before she opens her mouth she would have a lot less detractors. While it may be possible that she is more intelligent than she appears her image continues to suffer due mainly for her penchant for opening her mouth and exercising her vocal cords.

    August 12, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. harold

    Palin is NOT concerned whether her children have health care coverage.. like President Obama is trying to get for everyone who wants the coverage...she is concerned with death squads she says.. who are going to kill the old people... she is strange...

    August 12, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Peoples Voice

    It's about time.

    August 12, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Brad

    I think the biggest news story is....who in the world is this 39%?? Seriously?? How can anyone see her favorably?

    August 12, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Proud American

    Why has it takne so long for Republicans and conservatives to see Palin is just a bag of hot air? It would seem that after seeing interviews with her that she was nothing more than a Hockey mom.
    How could any one consider her as anything else. An incomplete term as an Alaska governor is not much to brag about.

    August 12, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. carol

    The woman is out of her mind. Period.

    August 12, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Doug

    Sarah Who?

    August 12, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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