October 28th, 2009
03:09 PM ET
13 years ago

CNN Poll: 7 in 10 say Palin not qualified to be president

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/28/art.getty.palin.waving.jpg caption="More than seven in 10 Americans think Sarah Palin is not qualified to be president, according to a new national poll."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - More than seven in 10 Americans think Sarah Palin is not qualified to be president, according to a new national poll.

Seventy-one percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday morning believe the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee is not qualified to be president, with 29 percent saying she does have the credentials to serve in the White House. Republicans appear split, with 52 percent saying she's qualified and 47 percent disagreeing with that view.

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The poll indicates that about half of the country, 51 percent, has an unfavorable view of Palin, with 42 percent seeing her in a positive light. Nearly two-thirds of those questioned say Palin's not a typical politician, and feel she's a good role model for women. Fifty-six percent add that Palin cares about people, and a similar amount think she's honest and trustworthy. But the survey indicates Americans are split over whether Palin shares their values, agrees with them on the issues, or if she's a strong leader.

"Sarah Palin has one advantage that many past Republican candidates have not shared - Americans think she cares about people like them," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But her biggest Achilles heel is the number who think she is not qualified to be President. Those numbers are similar to what Dan Quayle got in 1993, when only 23 percent thought he was ready for the White House."

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In a very early look at the next race for the White House, the survey indicates that nearly one in three Republican voters, 32 percent, say they would be most likely to support former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in a hypothetical battle for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, with Palin seven points back at 25 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 21 percent. Five percent said they would back Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, with one in ten suggesting they would support some one else.

"Huckabee appears to have more support among Republicans than Palin and her unfavorable rating among all Americans is twice as high as Huckabee's," Holland says. "Palin may attract a lot of attention but the GOP may be looking elsewhere for their frontrunner."

It's the pre-season for the next White House contest, as possible GOP contenders form political action committees, campaign for fellow Republicans, write books and address conservative conferences and party dinners. The poll's release comes the same day that Romney, a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, campaigns in Virginia with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, and less than three weeks before the release of Palin's book, "Going Rogue, an American Life."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted October 16-18, with 1,038 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for all respondents and plus or minus 4.5 percentage points for questions asked only of Republicans.

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  1. KAREN

    I see that CNN is already starting with the Bash Sarah Palin. Deminish her influence on the Conservative movement. Soon you will be back to checking her clothing and seeing where seh purchased it.
    CNN is losing the ratings war and your liberal bias is the reason why.

    October 28, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Palin is a joke, I think she is related to george bush, also a joke!!!!

    October 28, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Rousseau. L

    Oh... gosh can you imagine what's Sarah's press conference would be like as a president? Well.... next week, my family will be travel to Alaska for some moose hunting in Marine One. She's the biggest joke in American politics history. I still don't see why McCain thought she could be a good VP.

    October 28, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Bruce

    The most troublesome part of this article is that it would imply 30% of Americans still think she IS qualified.

    October 28, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Bruce

    Please stop with woman..she is a nobody..she had her 15 minutes of fame..not let her fade off into the sunset and stop reporting on her.

    October 28, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. themoi

    Are people finally waking up and smelling the moose and realizing this broad doesn't have the brains to be President? What was it made them finally decide? Qutting the governourship? Being "Show Me The Money Sarah" in a book deal? Opening mouth and inserting foot to the knee again and again, and again? Or was it the fact she's a Republican?

    October 28, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. J.Crobuzon

    She's not qualified to lead a Girl Scout troop through a department store.

    October 28, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. KAREN

    Sarah Palin could not screw up this country anymore than Obama and his team already have,. I have more faith in her from an economic and foreign policy perspective than I do for anyone on Obamas team.
    However I do believe that there are more qualified canidates in the GOP.

    October 28, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Mack

    If Sarah Palin was president and faced with all the issues that President Obama currently has to deal with, she would have resigned before she finished taking the oath!

    October 28, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Imagine Palin or Huck with all their negative prejudicial views - imagine them trying to deal with SMART world leaders. Yekkkkkkk

    Two of the dimmest bulbs on the tree - in fact, neither can even find the tree. Ego ego ego ego ego.

    October 28, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. nosocialismusa

    Wonder if this is the same polling group who thinks Obama is fantastic.....

    October 28, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. russell

    First of all who puts confidence in these polls, anybody and everybody that i've talk to in the past year thinks that this woman should not even get the attention from the press that she gets , second this woman is a quitter pure and simple when the going gets tough so does Palin , she tends to bail out on everyone when things aren't in her best interest ,third , during the 2008 campaign there were people using racial slurs and all kinds of divisive comments , yet she did nothing but stood there and listen to them , what kind of person does that make her ? RACIST AND DEVISIVE , she only became Mcains running mate because the republican thought was to hopefully sway woman voters that may have not liked how Hillary was being treated , but don't forget that American woman are not stupid or gullable.....so Palin is nowhere near qualified to be POTUS....now print that CNN since you have this love affair with this idiot......

    October 28, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. Sam

    The sad thing is that 3 out 10 think she's qualified.

    October 28, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is it any surprise really? What has she shown that is trully remarkable? I think that one thing that makes George W. Bush better than her is that he actually came closer to finishing a full term as governor. That really isn't saying much either.

    Palin hasn't shown that she can really do what needs to get done and stay in there for the long haul. Is she really serious in thinking that she can do the job? I would have serious reservations about her being much beyond a second string sports reporter.

    October 28, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. Better Panic

    Only 7 in 10? Wow! What more proof do you need to see that education in this country really needs help?

    October 28, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. Peace

    There are a lot of issues nationalwide and worldwide to be let rest on her shoulders, and expect her to tackle them in an appropriate way.
    Selling her book, is the best option which suits her very well and will not bother any!

    October 28, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. former Texas republican

    Palin is a passing fad, who's going to make a quick bag full of cash, and then move on. There's no real committment, she's just an opportunist doing her part in the New Republican Party's mission to "Dumb Down" the American electorate.

    October 28, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. jon,philadelphia

    And this is news. The sad thought is that anyone believes that she is qualified.

    October 28, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. Larry

    What this really means is that 30% of Americans are below the level of moron.

    October 28, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. CJL

    If those 7 out of 10 people polled are liberals, than I hope she runs, and wins. haha.

    October 28, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. Mark

    CNN poll, LOL, CNN poll, LOL
    Have you seen how CNN is doing vs FOX NEWS
    People have caught on to the fact that CNN is just a biased joke of a disinformation outlet.

    October 28, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. Andy from CA

    She is qualified to be president. President of the Russian Federation, since would not have to travel far from home.

    October 28, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  23. J. K.

    She's just as qualified as Obama. Then again, I didn't think he was qualified either...and we now see the results.

    October 28, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. Mariann Pepitone

    Most of the young voters in this country don't know which way the wind is blowing. Obama campaigned for change which was his way of beating out Hillary when he didn't make any change in Washington. Hiring Clinton's former administration shows that he didn't have the experience to become president or even a senator. I am hoping he doesn't win a second term or this country will go down deeper than what it is now. Thanks to the brainless college students we are in the mess that we are in now. They need to get a grip on politics.

    October 28, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  25. Marc

    Is this a surprise? She's a quitter, she can't answer a simple question about anything without showing how much she's unprepared, her rallies were demonstration of pure bigotry and racial hate and THUS she's unqualified.

    October 28, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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