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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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    "more than 3 in 4 say it's best to short circuit Dem plans...." aka obstruction. That's REAL American you faux patriots... What a bunch of whining hypocrits.. PLEASE run and win the nomination Failin Palin...no better way to guarentee a landslide reelection of Obama

    November 30, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Jim

    Republicans seem to love people that aren't very good with history, math or the English language. So its no wonder that Sarah Palin is respected in that party...

    November 30, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Linda from Minnesota

    If this is true – Lord help us all.

    November 30, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Off topic but I thought missy's missive was supposed to rocket to the top of all the best sellers list.

    Checked the NYT lists yesterday and found Boohoo Beck at number 9 but "Going Rogue, an American LIE" was nowhere to be found.

    And yes, I did check the fiction category.

    November 30, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Enough

    True and we should give her credit for taking a stand and sticking to it. Unfortunately I think America is a little more in the center and we need a viable third party to run our country. No more Democrats or Republicans.

    November 30, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Fan of Common Sense

    If a business executive could not handle being a VP, then why would you make them CEO? When Sarah Palin abandoned her governorship so that she could go on the Oprah show and book tour, she chose being a celebrity over being a leader. If the republican primary voters nominate her, they will be throwing away their second nomination in a row and Obama's second term will be assured.

    November 30, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    She sure does, 1, hypocritical, 2, liars, 3, "I only care about me," 4, Wouldn't recognize Jesus Christ if she met him face-to-face on the street, would probably just think he was another worthless homeless person. 5. " I deserve healthcare, but the poor do not." Yep, she sure does represent their so-called valueless core. ..

    November 30, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Carnell From The Motor City!

    ...Hmmm! More Sarah Palin/Wolf "Hound" Blitzer/HypocriCNN Love-Lust. Then I Guess The Pied Piper Is The Greatest Musician That Ever Lived, Porcupines Are Sensitive To The Touch, And Liars Make For The Most Trutful Antagonists! All Such Stunning And Pointless Revelations...Just Like This Blog Story.

    November 30, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Oh Golly! She's a HOOT...You Betcha! What a cornball!

    November 30, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. debra handel

    18 percent!! If that's the person who most represents the GOP that's pretty sad. They clearly dislike their own reps!

    November 30, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. La Chatte

    If Miss Wasila '82 is so reflective of family values, where are her children while she's cavorting around the country promoting a book and shoving herself down the throats of the majority of us who already think she's a minimally educated nut job? Seems to me the term hipocrite fits nicely.

    November 30, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Jeff from Chicago

    I am a republican and neither Rush nor Palin reflect my core values. They, especially Palin, are extremists and should not in any way lead people to believe they reflect the core values of the republican party.

    We believe in less government interference into our personal lives, less government spending, work ethic not handouts, you should be able to keep rewards from hard work not give them up in outrageous taxes just because you found what was once the American dream.

    If I believed otherwise I would be a democrat. If I believed as Palin does I would be commited. But I do not. I am a proud member of the party of No!

    No handouts
    No government interference in our private lives, (and that means all parts of our private lives, good and bad such as abortion, healthcare, etc)
    No tax increases to the wealthly because they will drive the economy to success
    No tax increases to business because they create jobs, (increase taxes and jobs go overseas),
    No government bailouts! Either become competitive in the world or fail

    November 30, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    If Sarah Palin represents the core values of the GOP, then we must look at the facts and admit that the GOP no longer exists as the party it once was. It has been replaced by something that no longer resembles the party of Lincoln. It has transformed into something that I can not support.

    November 30, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Jake

    wow! obviously the Republican party as a whole has no idea what their core values are! we know they hate abortion and gays having rights. we know they don't care if everyone has health insurance or not. we know that war and revenge is very important to their core values. and we know that whatever Obama says for the next eight years, they will just disagree because of "their core values."

    best of luck picking one of these clowns to lead your party!

    November 30, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. bmw

    With only 22% of Americans claiming to be Republicans, it's clear that the neocons have alienated everyone but the extreme rightwing. This is the group that listens exclusively to Fox and Limbaugh, and are therefore influenced by all their lies and hysterics. The anger is being CREATED, instead of REPORTED, by the rightwing media. Further, it has been documented that the Teabaggers are organized by the insurance industry and cynical politicians who hope to ride that wave to reelection. Unless the mainstream media begin a vigilant "fact-check" on rightwing propaganda, our democratically elected President will have his hands tied and America will continue its downward slide.

    November 30, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. pat c.

    sadly the ignorance of these poor republican voters is as stupid as palin's views of how to run the united states of america. if the lacks of palin or beck should ever find themselves behind the desk of the president of this nation neither would have a clue as to what to do . neither person has a clue to how the government runs,policies,negotiations etc. these people are the under-brush of the american voter and will never understand why we should have intelligent,educated leaders that can lead! other countries laugh at such nonsense coming from this smalll,very small percentage of voters.
    i am grateful to have such a fine intelligent leader to call our president.

    November 30, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Tiffany

    "BLAME THE MEDIA GAME". Well yes, she has a chance to become our next president, as long as she continue to be a guess on fox news. If she wants to play with the big team, she has to play the game. Maybe because she's a woman the media need to take it easy on her. If she think the media is being unfair, put her one on one with Campbell Brown or Rachel Maddow and you will see just whats in her head. No matter what either one of them say, Palin will still say it's the media's fault. This is how she plan to get elected and some of you will fall for it! It's the media, because she's a woman. "BLAME THE MEDIA GAME".

    November 30, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Alex Santana

    This is such great news!!! Let Palin run in 2012 for the GOP and insure they lose again...I can't stand it...Run Sarah Run....and let the GOP fall further into disarray.

    November 30, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. vwrtb

    yep... I'm not a conservative...but don't get me wrong... I would be if I were a multi millionaire..

    November 30, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What does this say about what Republicans value? It says to me that they don't value learning or being able to answer questions about where someone gets their values, ideas and information. These are critical questions that help some people make up their minds about a person and if they share some of the same values. We need leaders that show that they can think and be willing to learn about different things.

    November 30, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. gl, From Pittsburgh

    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. WHICH IS HYPOCRITES!

    WHICH IS THE RIGHT WING NUTS OF THE REPUBLICANS PARTY AND WILL NOT HAVE ENOUGH VOTERS TO GET SARA PALIN ELECTED.

    November 30, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. JC

    Those core values being reflective of the base – consisting of poorly educated whites with paranoid fears about no longer being anywhere near a majority, who use religion (and guns, and fascination with football and NASCAR) as a palliative against the basic realities that almost everything in society is rapidly passing them by. So, I agree – Palin undoubtedly appeals to the core values – she's simply the same version of that archetype from the south and midwest, except she has a somewhat different accent.

    November 30, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. I am the not-so-great and powerless wizard of Rush

    I agree. She does represent the g.o.p. core values of hate, paranoia, xenophobia and ignorance.

    A perfect fit for the new Rebirther Tea Party

    November 30, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. kkst2004

    so the republicans core values are stupidity and ignorance?

    November 30, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. AJ

    Great news for democrats.

    November 30, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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