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

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Filed under: GOP • Sarah Palin
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    values? prohibitionist right-wing nutters is more like it.

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

    Simply laughable that Sarah Palin would represent core values . . . core values of what? Not knowing foreign policy? Not knowning anything about economics? Not knowning anything about telling the truth about an issue? Not knowing that by building a bridge to knowhere you can't claim to be fiscally responsible?

    The GOP is nothing but a party of simple minded people led but even more simplistic leaders

    November 30, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. J

    Would that core value be doing everything to prevent anything that is good for the people?

    November 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Fangbird

    I agree, Sarah Pain reflects the core of Republican values – willful ignorance, bigotry, arrogance, and way too much blue eye shadow

    November 30, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. GOPhatesAmerica

    Wow. Now this is scary! Palin = Biggest Joke in Politics

    November 30, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Justin

    If the far-right is what the GOP stands for, then I guess there's no place for a New York moderate.

    November 30, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Wayne

    GOP core values...Unacceptance of individual thought, government contracts to be awarded proportionally to corporations that contribute to the campaign, the complete disregard for individual rights (especially when they interfere with the goals of a major corporation or their stock holders), the use of the military to protect the interests of large corporations, the amount of aid available to individuals in the time of natural disaster is proportional to wealth of that individual, government should be small and bow to the needs of big business, government should be large when denying rights to the individual, ...

    November 30, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Lincoln is turning in his grave. This sorry excuse of a woman, mother and human being represents the gopers? God help us all if this is what our moral compass has sunk to. A quitter, lier, cheater, hater, bigot, uneducated . . . . . . . . . twit is what these people think is their future?
    It's disgusting that the repugs would rather see the country fail than work with the President in trying to get us out of the mess the shrub left us.
    BTW – darth vader can't run iin 2012. He was already president for two terms!

    November 30, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. chill

    Come to think of it, ignorance does appear to be a core value for these folks. See Global Warming, Death Panels, the country fo Africa, etc.

    November 30, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. JR

    "Palin best reflects GOP core values"

    And Republicans wonder why they are out of office?

    November 30, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Billy

    GOPers, She does not have a presidential Quality, her qualification is good for the un educated American who don't have knowledge of other nation wher they are going. President Obama is doing good job for the country. you GOPERS give him some time and remember if you can support him than better keep Quite...............

    November 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Big Ed

    That's scary!

    November 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. the dude of truth

    The title of the article is why the GOP has fallen into irrelevency.

    November 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. SY

    Yes, she does best reflect GOP core values which is why she is not VP today. Republican core values are bad values for the rest of us.

    November 30, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Tino, Madison

    If Palin best reflects the GOP, I feel very badly for them. How sad.

    November 30, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Expat American

    So it's finally official? Isolationist xenophobia coupled with racial and religious bigotry are now the established core values of the party?

    Where do the flashcards, winks and hiding behind an American bastardization of European Christianity fit in?

    USA! USA!

    November 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Don't do it, republican primary voters. She's not the one.
    If she is nominated, Obama will be guaranteed his second term. If Sarah Palin could not handle being the governor of Alaska, then why should she be considered for higher office? Don't blow it twice in a row, republicans.

    November 30, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Jamie

    No one believes Palin can be President. Thus, from this I take it no Republican will be President for a while.

    November 30, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Minnesotan

    "Poll: Palin best reflects GOP core values" Lunacy? Hatred? Misogyny? Lack of education? Intolerance? Lying? Oh, there are so many to choose from!

    November 30, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Enrique

    I agree, Palin is currently the best example of the "average republican" and that's exactly the problem with this country.

    She is uneducated in relevant issues
    She is willing to do anything to achieve power, regardless of the consecuences to the country
    She is commited to accepting bigotry and bullying as a means to achieve power
    She is willing to let the country face bankrupcy rather than face the reality of higher taxes
    That s why republicans have become a menace to this country. Why did the GOP abandon us?

    November 30, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. RealityKing

    Smart, bueatiful and a self-made millionaire...
    WOW! No wonder progressive liberals slobber hate all over themselves over her.

    November 30, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Georgia

    That is correct – "Republicans say that Sarah Palin, more than any other leader, best reflects the core values of the party"! She is PERFECT! She has all of the necessary qualities of the next Republican Presidential Nominee:
    1. She is a QUITTER. Would she quit halfway through her first term if it was just "too hard" to be the POTUS – just like it was too hard to be the Governor of Alaska (which has a larger Elk population than human)?
    2. She is INEPT and INCOMPETENT! Republicans = Incompetence!
    3. The only Core Values she has are the ones that will benefit her with her crazed base. She has NONE of her own.

    She will be the Best Thing for the Democratic Party!

    November 30, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Steve

    As a life long Republican, Palin is the reason I voted for Obama. If she best represents the values of the Republican party we're in serious trouble. What is wrong with the 17% of those polled who said they would back her if the primary was held today. And wake up people, the media didn't treat her unfairly, she just showed them how stupid she is. When asked what she publications she reads she couldn't even answer the question. My three year old grandson can even tell you what he reads.

    CNN can you tell us what your obsession with this idiot is all about? She is a private citizen and frankly no one cares what she does or thinks–if she can even think. Even your competitor, FOX News doesn't publish as much about Palin as CNN does. Maybe I have to start getting my news from FOX.

    November 30, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

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

    What ARE Republican concepts of American Values?

    I'm working with things like:
    "We the people..."
    "Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses longing to be free..."
    "With Liberty and Justice For All."

    He goes to Church, has a family, a dog and believes that the Constitution should actually be enforced.

    The biggest "problem" that I see with President Obama, is not that he makes mistakes, it's that he (unlike "Conservatives," it seems), is willing and able to ADMIT to them, not just his own, personal human failings (which are not so bad), but to those of our citizens, our leaders... Is that REALLY such a "bad" thing?

    November 30, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Grog in Ohio

    "the former Alaska governor best reflects core GOP values."

    Seriously? They think the GOP is hard wired to willful ignorance, demagoguery and bald faced lies (i.e. "death panels" and "palling around with terrorists")? Wow... who knew.

    November 30, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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