November 30th, 2009
01:57 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Palin best reflects GOP core values

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/30/art.palin.928.jpg caption="Poll: Palin best reflects GOP core values."]Washington (CNN) - Republican voters are split on whether their party's leadership is taking the GOP in the right direction, according to a new national poll. The Washington Post survey released Monday also indicates that Republicans say that Sarah Palin, more than any other leader, best reflects the core values of the party.

According to the poll, 18 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say the former Alaska governor best reflects core GOP values. In second place, 5 points back, is Sen. John McCain of Arizona, last year's Republican presidential nominee, followed by former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee at 7 percent, former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney at 6 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 4 percent and conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh at 2 percent. Other current Republican leaders were picked by 1 percent or less of those questioned in the poll.

Palin also tops the list of potential 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls. According to the poll, 17 percent of Republican voters say they'd back last year's GOP vice presidential nominee if their state's caucus or primary were being held today, with Huckabee at 10 percent, Romney at 9 percent and McCain with 2 percent support. Huckabee, Palin and Romney have topped most national surveys of the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

The survey indicates that nearly half the Republicans questioned think Palin's had a good effect on the party, with 1 in 5 saying she's had a bad effect and just over 3 in 10 saying she hasn't made a difference either way. One view those questioned overwhelmingly shared was their opinion of the news media's treatment of Palin: Nearly 9 in 10 respondents said reporter have treated her unfairly.


According to the poll, 49 percent of Republican voters think their party's leadership is taking the GOP in the right direction. That's down from 76 percent in 2005, early in President George W. Bush's second term. The survey indicates that 56 percent of Republicans think it's a good idea for their party to try and work with the Democrats who control Congress and the White House to try and get some GOP ideas into legislation. But far fewer want to see cooperation on health care reform: Just 23 percent say it's a good idea to work with President Barack Obama and the Democrats. More than three out of four say it's best to try and short-circuit Democratic plans entirely.

The survey also indicates that nearly 3 out of 4 Republicans think Obama does not stand for traditional American values.

According to the poll, 27 percent of respondents say Republican candidates for public office should take only conservative positions on issues - but nearly 7 in 10 feel it's ok for GOP candidates to take a moderate position on some issues. The poll's release comes as the Republican National Committee considers a draft resolution sponsored by Indiana RNC member Jim Bopp Jr. that proposes a ten-point ideological platform, and would require GOP candidates to adhere to at least seven of those points in order to qualify for financial assistance from the RNC.

The Washington Post telephone poll of 804 Republicans and GOP-leaning independents was conducted November 19-23. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @psteinhausercnn


Filed under: GOP • Sarah Palin
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. LA in WYO

    Scary, scary, scary. The dumbing down of America was an apparent success.

    November 30, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Linda

    Enjoy your descent into obscurity, Republicans.

    November 30, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Funny Man

    Ron Paul is the only republican that can beat the Democrats. The other neo-cons support the same failed top down tyranny that Bush had.

    November 30, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. NotFooledTX

    So blatantly lying and being totally ignorant on core issues best reflects the GOP core values?

    Yep, looks about right to me.

    November 30, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. JD from Moraga, CA

    "Poll: Palin best reflects GOP core values"

    ...giving fresh life to the old saying "rotten to the core"

    November 30, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. southerncousin

    CNN went a whole weekend without a new Palin story. The libertards must have so much pent up anger and frustration. They will really unload on her today.

    November 30, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Jimbo

    Sarah Palin..."nice house but nobody's home..."

    November 30, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. single mom

    CNN, do you realize that two of your stories on the Ticker contradict each other? First you have Limbaugh as the most influential conservative. Then you have Palin, who considers herself more a conservative than a Republican, polling as the most representative of the party's core values.
    Oh, and as each had about the same percentage of votes – 20% – I'm not sure I'd consider that a clear majority. There are a lot of voices out there and two plus years of jockeying for leadership.
    How about a poll on the most influential liberal? Democrat? I'd like to see the results of that one!

    November 30, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. not alone

    Rule one of the RNC: Do as I say and not as I do.

    November 30, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Shucks

    Limbaugh the new republican defacto leader, and Palin as the idealogical leader of the party, now that is just too funny. They both are courting the same fringe base of people who cannot think for themselves, or who are trying to find legitimacy in racism, radical relgious fanaticism, or hatred of those who don't conform to their self righteous standards. Neither will ever see an elected office other than say a senator in a red state where the population is in a coma or worse, reading their bibles. Same amount of brainwaves with both activities. LOL

    November 30, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Question

    Are the GOP core values "Do as I say, not as I do?". just asking

    November 30, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Brad

    So...7% of the GOP thinks that the man who commuted the prison sentence of THE prime suspect in the murders of 4 cops (Mike Huckabee) best reflects the core values of the GOP. And 15% more think that Sarah Palin does?

    GOP...R.I.P.!

    November 30, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. bill

    bring her on .sarah is exactly what this country dont need right now mooooose

    November 30, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. KMAN

    I'd say this poll pretty much sums up the collective intelligence of the few right-wing-nuts that are still willing to associate themselves with the all-but-dead GOP. These fools apparently think the quitter from Alaska would be able to garner over 50% percent of the total votes cast in 2012 ... sad morons indeed!

    November 30, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. Tom Mc

    She should replace Michael Steele as the head of the RNC. She can play the same role that Howard Dean has played for the Dem's. Rally the base and be the attack dog.

    November 30, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. The men have failed; time to give women....

    a chance.....Time to admit that although Obama is a nice guy, electing him was a mistake.......he can't make decisions and doesn't lead....

    Sarah Palin/Liz Cheney 2012'.........

    November 30, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    The sad part is that she really does best represent their core values. While we "real Americans" struggle to drag this country, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. Have a nice day!

    November 30, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. tennisfrk159

    This is complete nonsense. Who in their right mind could possibly say that Palin reflects the GOP's core values? It's proposterous for any Republican to back someone whose writings isn't even hers and picks money over fulfilling the duties essential to supporting/helping/providing for the people of Alaska. She reflects the core values of the GOP, but what about the general politician? Those who are supposed to be helping the nation prosper, not themselves. She will never get elected and everyone should stop speculating.

    November 30, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. C. Farrell, Houston

    Palin's core values start with quitting your job, husband quitting his job and pimping people for money. There aren't too many Americans whether Republican or Democrat who have 5 children to support and one with special needs who quit their jobs. If those are core values then America is truly headed in the wrong direction.

    November 30, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Joyce

    I can't imagine anyone could think Palin could be president. They think Obama is slow on decisions I hate to see hou quick she would make the wrong ones.
    When a survey shows that 3 out of 4 Repubs think Obama doesn't stand for traditional values, goes to show how dumb they are.

    November 30, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. John in Tampa

    'Palin also tops the list of potential 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls.'
    bwa-hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Let us hope!

    November 30, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. JC

    Palin best reflects GOP core values? So an anti-intellectual, greedy, quitter who plays loose with the truth does this. Please GOP fans of Palin, do some soul searching.

    November 30, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. T. Katriina

    Excuse me, I'm going to cry laughing straight through Obama's second term if they actually think Sarah Palin can go up against him for president.

    November 30, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Mike

    I't not really sure what there core values are , they laminate about the deficit yet relelect the man that doubled the national debt

    Rally about nation building yet they support 2 wars that are doing the very thing

    I think most of then are undereducated and listen to a 5 minute sound bite and thats it

    November 30, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Kate in San Diego

    I guess if the core GOP values are meaness, selfishness, fake religiosity, warmongering, and hypocracy, she's got it all covered.

    November 30, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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