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. Amazing

    The media was so afraid of her when she ran for VP that they had to camp out in Alaska looking for dirt, tear her family apart and compare her qualifications to Obama. She was running for VP, she isn't running for president. Too bad the media didn't give that same microscopic attention to Obama and his qualifications........or lack of, he would never have been elected president................Thanks, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABS, New York Times, Newsweek, etc...............You got elected the worst president in History, and it hasn't even been a year!

    October 28, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Debby

    CNN your polls are a joke half the country doesn't equal a thousand thirty eight people.

    October 28, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Kirk

    The GOP has lost tens of millions of voters; less than 30% of Americans still call themselves Republicans. That said, the party still has a firm grip on the nation's nuts, idiots and morons: GOP voters' top choice for the 2012 presidential candidate is a guy who believes women were created from the rib of a man, with 2nd choice going to someone who didn't know Africa was a continent.

    God save America.

    October 28, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Sarah Smith

    Insult to intelligence!

    I will NOT DRILL DOWN ON news about this bumpkin except


    It's not even FUNNY

    I am sick of looking at her legs and the hair in her eyes

    put her on a centerfold for those who still want to GAWK

    October 28, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Peoples Voice

    That just proves that 3 in 10 people in this country are really, really stupid.

    What did these people do with the money that was spent on their education? Buy pizza?

    October 28, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. CNN Bashes Palin again. Color me surprised!

    Hey CNN... Nice spin to tear her down again!

    Guess what... 10 out of 10 wouldn't vote for John Edwards either. Do you think CNN.com will run with that piece?

    More proof of the liberal agenda...

    October 28, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. jm for sc

    It should be 10 in 10. I don't know what's wrong with the people. Palin does not even have the educational background or any thing else to be president. I would bet that she won governor in Alaska as a result of being popular after being in that beauty contest.

    Anyone who saw her interviews should know she was and still is way out of her league. Not to mention quitting before her term as governor ended.

    October 28, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. JA/TN

    thank God, may folk have seen the light

    October 28, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Mike K.

    What does qualified have to do with it? She is more qualified than our current President.

    October 28, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. CNN censored 100% of the time

    Bogus Polls. Interview 7 Democrats and 3 Republicans and you get the results you always want. Framing questions a certain way gets the same results. This is the tricks of CNN, AP, NYT, NBC, CBS, etc. We the American's that have jobs, pay our taxes, and don't stand in line for free hand-outs won't be fooled.

    October 28, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Lillie

    Should read 10 out of 10!!!!

    October 28, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. Bob

    Only 7 in 10? What's wrong with the other 3?

    October 28, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. nadine

    She knows she not qualified! She loves the media attention and the MONEY!

    October 28, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Ryan

    Sarah Palin isn't even qualified to be called a human.

    October 28, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. LIP

    Please CNN, your true colors show every time you make up one of these bogus polls, using probably all Democrats or people that don't like Palin.
    Polls are and always will be bogus. They poll only a few hundred people or at most a thousand which is not and never will be a slice of opinions of America.
    When you do a poll using maybe a thousand from every state, and they are evenly divided between parties, then maybe there will be some credibility to your polls.

    October 28, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. John McCain

    People are just now figuring that out? That doesn't give me much faith in our electorate.

    October 28, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. scott

    She's not qualified to be Governor of Alaska!

    October 28, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. Garrett

    I don't think that she is qualified to be President right now but I like her. She is fun and positive and she has an important message that we need to hear. The government cannot be the solution to every problem. Government options in healthcare or welfare cause as many problems as they try to solve. They become expensive and inefficient and people begin to stop appreciating them and start to feel entitled to them. We need everyone in this country working and everyone paying taxes and a government that looks to cut spending to keep taxes at a reasonable level. With that type of plan we can have a balanced budget.

    October 28, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. ross berg-buffalo ny

    Well, any thinking person regardless of his/her political views, who, after watching the Katie Couric interviews with Palin still thinks Palin is capable of being POTUS is certainly lacking any ability to make a strategic judgement.

    My only surprise is that only 71% thinks she's unqualified. My guess would have been closer to 91%!!!

    As I've often said, having her on the '012 Republican ticket in either slot has got to be the Dem's fondest hope!!!

    October 28, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Sarah is into "making money" now......

    and she's doing a great job....

    How much are you making?

    October 28, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Pier Giacalone

    So 3 in 10 people aren't qualified to take polls?

    October 28, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Jane wants the truth

    And what qualifications did BHO have besides "community organizer" and a senator that voted "present"? At least she governed a state and did quite well at that!

    October 28, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Carnell From The Motor City!

    This Is More HypocriCNN And It's Sarah Palin Propaganda Theory Application. I'm Not Going To Address Such Nonsense, But Not Even Willfully, Woefully, Selectively Ignorant Should By Shocked By This Poll.

    October 28, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. Peter

    Only 7 out of 10? People wonder why we get nothing done, because some people are too stupid to realize that barbie over here is qualified to be president.....*This is NOT a sexist comment, we all know barbie is a stupid blonde teaching little girls that they are objects, and Palin portrays this stupidity everyday*

    CNN stop reporting on her, she spews hate....From both sides of the aisle, from me, from Democrats, Republicans, everyone...

    October 28, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. gae

    I think we can all agree that she is qualified to the the 2012 GOP Presidential nominee. It would really help The Daily Show's ratings.

    October 28, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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