November 23rd, 2009
02:29 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll: Iowa Republicans like Palin, but have doubts

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin's favorable numbers among Iowa Republicans are strong, says a new poll - though one in four members of her party there have doubts."](CNN) - Sarah Palin's book tour brings her to Iowa in two weeks. If the former Alaska governor and last year's GOP vice presidential nominee decides to return to Iowa down to road to explore a race for the White House, a new survey suggests that Republicans in the state like her - but have some doubts.

According to a Des Moines Register Iowa poll, 68 percent of Hawkeye Republicans view Palin favorably. That's a statistically insignificant 2 points behind those who have a positive view of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa caucuses, which traditionally kick off the presidential primary season.

Among other potential 2012 candidates: The survey indicates that two out of three view former House Speaker Newt Gingrich favorably and 58 percent have a positive view of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

"With those kinds of numbers, if she were to become a candidate, while it's not a sure thing, she would be starting out in a very good position," veteran Iowa GOP strategist David Roederer told the Des Moines Register. Roederer ran McCain's 2008 Iowa campaign.

But according to the poll, nearly one in four Iowa Republicans view Palin unfavorably. That's double the 12 percent who view Huckabee in an unfavorable way.

Among all Iowans, the survey indicates that 55 percent hold an unfavorable opinion, with 37 percent seeing her in a positive light.

Palin's tour for her new book, "Going Rogue: An American Life," brings her to Iowa on December 6. Palin's scheduled to sign copies of her book at a Barnes and Noble bookstore in Sioux City, Iowa.

The Des Moines Register Iowa poll was conducted November 8-11, with 800 registered voters in Iowa questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for the overall sample.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. CA

    Why is CNN supporting Palin with 1-2 headlines every day? This has been going on for quite a while. Who is behind this?

    November 23, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. AEK

    Yawn...I'm sorry, what was her name again? What exactly is it that she does? Must have missed something.

    November 23, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Lisa B

    Yeay!!!!! Obama/Biden in 2012!!!!!

    November 23, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. joe farmer

    so what if she doesn't know the difference between iraq and iran. real americans need to stand up to east and west coast gay liberal communists and radical mulims like obama and hasan. vote for no government, no taxes, no muslims. palin/beck 2012.

    November 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. paul

    The farther Palin goes towards the republican nomination, the more likely that Obama gets re-elected. I am not comitted to either party, and I would like a better candidate than Obama, but Sarah Palin is not it.

    November 23, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Fred

    PALIN 2012

    I think that the good people of Iowa will lead us in the CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.


    Lets make it happen

    November 23, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. RWM

    Sarah Palin seems to be the liberal media’s most hate woman. It must really hurt to have to say something positive about Palin when for over a year, she has been accused falsely of corruption, described as “backwoods” and criticized for her lack of experience, – even as our sitting president swept into office with a far more miniscule record of accomplishments. While polls are never the final answer to political questions, it now appears that Sarah is seen favorably by the public. Apparently choking on this good news for Ms. Palin, CNN feels obliged to attempt to diminish it with the addendum that there are voters who have some doubts. Naturally, there is no further explanation offered about what those doubts are. This is evidence of the same old, tired, hackneyed leftist propaganda making; in full swing. First, attempt to silence the opposition. If that fails, use ridicule, innuendo and make up some stuff that’s sounds reasonable to cast shadows of doubt and gloom. Here you have it; CNN is manufacturing news again.

    November 23, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. joe the plumber

    this ain't no poll of 2012 candidates - it is a likeability test. i like her. i like glenn beck. she wants me to keep my gun and let my teen daughter have babies. go sarah. waiting for the audio version of your book cause i don't read so good.

    November 23, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. brian

    Please Run Sarah. You can have Jerry Springer as your running mate.

    November 23, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Bill

    2012 slogan : "Run baby Run", "Drill baby Drill"

    Hoorah for the Barracuda, Caribou Barbie, Moose mama.

    November 23, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Brit

    If 71% of the country thinks Sara Palin is unqualified to be President
    of the United States, then how is she going to win?

    (That makes what the Iowa Republicans think irrelevant.)

    November 23, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Robin

    Palin is promoting a book not running an election campaign, so why is the media treating this as such. She has every right to promote a product and earn money as every other American citizen does, so why is there a double standard applied here.

    November 23, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Clark Bar

    If the GOP nominates this woman, then that is it. I'm done with the party.

    November 23, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Fan of Common Sense

    I'm a former supporter of Sarah Palin and I still admire her, but when she abandoned her post as governor so that she could go on book tour and the Oprah show, it became apparent to me that she was more interested in being a celebrity than of a serious leader.

    Don't do it, republican primary voters. She's NOT the one. If you nominate her, you'll be guaranteeing Obama a second term.

    November 23, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Reformed Republican

    While those farmers are attracted to the running shorts pix and beauty pagent talents of Failin' Pailin (winkin', fancy pageant walkin' and wavin') even they have second thoughts about putting a village idiot into the White House.

    Besides, they know she would quit once she found out how hard the job of POTUS really is....

    November 23, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. Hard Justice

    68 Percent of Hawkeye Republicans? That's a missleading statistic if I've ever heard one. Exactly what percentage of the Iowa voting population do the Hawkeye Republicans represent? The media keeps saying that Palin's popularity is increasing but I don't see it online, in public...only in the news outlets. And how about more transparency in the poll? Where was the poll taken, what percentage of those polled where Republican / Democrat. It all sounds like a bunch of meaningless numbers used to push a candidate whose qualifications still remain doubtful to this day.

    November 23, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Mike K

    I really really hope she wins the GOP nomination for 2012, that would be the best thing that could happen for the country and the Democrats. If she thought the press was hard on her last year, wait until she gets the top spot on the ticket. She could never handle the pressure or the exposure.

    November 23, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. Kweso

    Sarah Palin is Jon McCain's curse on America. Who would have thought that this political novice will become the focus of media attention to the extent that she now has a following of her own? Well, John, the thing you created is now creating.

    November 23, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. Pam from Louisiana

    Just what we need, another in$urance industry's puppet $ympathizer. And she's not really endowed in the cerebral department either. Republicans, U can have her!!! Come on DEMS- lets energize our base and give O another shot in 2012!!!

    November 23, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    There is too much at stake for Americans to have someone like Palin as a leader to represent us on World affairs. Most of the World leaders have a education resume that would clean Palin's clock and take us right along with her making us the laughing stock of the World. If we are going to remain at the table as one of the top, it would be totally stupid of us to even consider Palin to get the job done.

    November 23, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Ancient Texan

    She definitely has appeal for the real folks in mid-America. The left coast and the elite on the east coast doesn't understand her at all

    November 23, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Monrob

    Palin! That is exactly what America needs!

    ... like a hole in the head!

    November 23, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Linda

    Have these people lost their minds? What in heaven's name are they smoking in Iowa?

    November 23, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Beth

    I hope Palin wins Iowa and is the Republican Candidate. Obama will win reelection easily. Go to it Iowa. Make my day!!!

    November 23, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Bill

    Wow,republicans are getting more and more stupid everyday. Must be all that tv they are watching. Seriously though, Palin is nothing more than boobs and legs.

    November 23, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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