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. Jamie

    My God- who are the 3 in 10 who think this twit *is* qualified?

    October 28, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. debbie

    And this is news why? Are you going to poll us on other ex-Governors of somewhat obscure, underpopulated and kinda weird states?

    October 28, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Jim K.

    This woman can barely form complete, coherant sentences. Kinda reminds you of somebody else who had presidential aspirations, doesn't it? See how well that worked out?

    I've always said, if she looked like a normal housewife, nobody would even talk to her. But in celebrity-crazed America, she turns into the second dopey backwoods hero of the right wing clowns. This is the Republican mindset in full bloom.

    No wonder we're doomed.

    October 28, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Waiting for 2010

    another thread for all the Nitwit Liberals to post their Sarah bashing............sorry, look what you elected, your opinion is worthless.

    October 28, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Steve, New York City

    (Former) Governor Palin is probably highly-qualified, should there be a need for someone to teach Bible Studies . . .but she's MILES away for being qualified to lead the strongest and best nation on the earth!

    October 28, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. blue

    And why does CNN and all other liberal media continuously keep doing polls?

    October 28, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. JCS

    what a shocker.

    October 28, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Tim in Minnesota

    It's very surprising that the fact that she QUIT her job as governor is not brought up in this poll. More surprising is there are actually 29% who think that she IS qualified to be president. Who are these 29% anyway? Oh, that's right – they're the "Real Americans" she refers to...

    October 28, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    What's scary here is that 30% think this boob is qualified. She can't even run a household.

    October 28, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Just Me

    LOL. Only now CNN is getting the message? U guys have been trying to keep her in the news beyond her 15 minutes despite we the people keep telling you we don't care. The joke is on CNN. LOL

    October 28, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. A. Goodwin

    Sarah Palin is not qualified to run the Merry Go Round at an Amusement Park...what on God's earth would make people think she's qualified to be our President? Seriously, what has she done in her career that makes her so unique and special...besides the fact that she is a GOP puppet? The woman cannot string an intelligent sentence together...what makes her or anyone think she has the brains to be the top dog? After the disgusting comments she made about Obama on the campaign trail which were outright lies...what would make anyone think we could trust this woman? She is as crazy as they come!

    October 28, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. TangledThorns

    Sarah Palin was thoroughly trashed by the MSM however in time we'll find she'll make a fine President. Much more so than the current Ditherer In Chief.

    October 28, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Virginia

    Palin had better enjoy her book earnings and stay out of politics. She is going to get her nose snipped off again if she tries to run for national office,

    October 28, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. 2012 to get our change back

    She can't be any worse than the clowns in the White house right now.

    October 28, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Joan

    I wish Sarah would just GO AWAY!

    October 28, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Diane

    This is news? Well, I guess it is. I thought the number was closer to 10 out of 10 people think she's unqualified. Anyway she's not going to get the nomination, I could have told you that.

    October 28, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Jay

    7 out of 10 only? I guess the three that do think she has any qualification need to get more than a 5th grade education. God I would have to move to Canada if this dummy actually won. Didn't we already have a Republican disaster/idiot in office before Obama? All of the problems today from the economy, deficit, wars, etc. are caused by that loser who never won the election in the first place. Do we really want another puppet idiot in the office to totally destroy this beautiful country?

    October 28, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Roberta Sogoloff

    Sarah Palin for President?
    Does anyone questions the fact that she couldn't manage to finish out her term as Governor?
    If she can't take the stress of being Governor of Alaska, then what makes anyone with a brain cell working think she can handle being President.

    October 28, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Manuel TX

    Qualifications don't matter...as was so clearly demonstrated by the latest presidential election.


    October 28, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. george NJ

    finally a poll we can sink our teeth in...and as time progresses it will 8, 9, 10 out of 10!

    October 28, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Beverly

    This is the best news I've heard in ages. I'm not sure about those who think she is a good role model, but at least more than 7 in 10 people realize that she's not presidential material. Unconventional may not be all bad, but continual surprises and a record of quitting are not good presidential qualities. "I didn't mean to say that" doesn't work anywhere in foreign relations, and she sure has a penchant for putting her foot in her mouth. I just wish it would stay there. Perhaps someone should send her a case of superglue.

    October 28, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. SammyD

    Who cares about Palin, shouldn't be concerned with Obama's poll numbers?

    October 28, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Mel

    Well, first she can't be trusted to finish a job she began, Alaska Governor, and now she starts campaigning against her own party. Nope, Sarah can't be trusted with anything.

    October 28, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. AI Tyler

    She is an idiot. She in no way should be considered for the office of President. Dumb, Dumb and worse.

    October 28, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. Anonymous

    She has more experience than our current president.

    October 28, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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