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. Texas Longhorn talks Truth

    And should be President of the United States come 2012.

    November 30, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Jayden,FL

    I hope the GOP nominate her as the party nominee in 2012! President Obama will win reelection in much bigger landslide than he did in 2008!

    November 30, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Why would she even be considered as a nominee is beyond me. If she is unable to finish her duties as Governor, why would we want someone to be President if the going gets a little tough?

    I would rather have a president who would be able to see it all the way through than a quitter. Being President is one of the toughest jobs our country offers and we want a quitter in charge?

    I do not believe that is a wise decision.

    We have tough situations left and right. Although I did not vote for Obama I would vote for him if he runs rather than her, because he is not afraid to keep going as things get tough.

    November 30, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Ann

    There is no way John McCain should be considered a Conservative. If anyone should be in second place it's Ron Paul. Sarah Palin is number one in my book.

    November 30, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. dennisk

    I agree that Palin best represents GOP values, because she has none. She always has and, I assume, always will do whatever is in the best interest of no one but Sarah Palin.

    November 30, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Jackalope

    Especially the most essential Republican core value–hypocrisy.

    November 30, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Dean

    So quitting your term half way through,and Lies are GOP core values?
    Gee wonder why the Republican Party is in a downward spiral Sarah.

    November 30, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Pockets

    CNN seems to have an obsession with this hard as nails looking woman with a bee hive? Why is she even relevant? But then again I do understand that she seems to be a commodity of some sort.

    Let's hope we can move on from her and onto the 'real' news of the day. She has had her '15 minutes of fame". Lets all move on....

    November 30, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Claude

    And what core value is that, ignorance?

    November 30, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. suefromALASKA

    The 'Dipstick Wearing Lipstick' is only an empty shell.

    Isn't anyone wondering why she is not having a book signing in her home state – Alaska?

    The answer is – she has no support from this state any longer. The few that did support after the national election have absconded, and for good reason.

    Every word and act from this woman screams ignorance. All that is hear from her is complaining. She has yet to come up with an in-depth viable solution to any problem she disses.

    The wind rushing between the empty space of her ears gets louder every day.

    Thank God the door opened for her to leave Alaska – good riddance!

    November 30, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Diana

    Palin best reflects why the Democrats will win 2012.
    OBAMA 2012!!!!

    November 30, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Lynne

    So the socalled bus tour is only for the staff while Palin jets around the country on a private jet at $4 000/hour taking the bus only for brief stops and media appearances! Everything about this woman is smoke and mirrirs!

    I don't know why the Republicans think the press is mistreating her as they do not demand interviews but wait with baited breath to report any musings on her facebook page. Absent from CNN is any demand she be interviews while they avoid any report on her falsehoods, missteps or exaggerations.

    An example would be the report on her taking part in the socalled 5km turkey trot WHICH SHE DID NOT FINISH.

    November 30, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Preco

    Core what? You kidding me?

    November 30, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Indy

    The most interesting part of this is that 3 out of 4 Republicans think that Obama does not stand for traditional American values. So what do they think he stands for ? With this number it sounds like 3 out of 4 have a problem in understanding what truly is American values. Perhaps they are racist, perhaps they have no idea what the values of Americans are these days. To say that 3 out of 4 believe Obama does not stand for American values tells a whole bunch about themselves. Running successfully for POTUS is not an American value ? Having a beautiful family is not an American value ? Beating the odds and becoming the first African American President is not traditional American value ? Health car for Americans is not an American value ? These poll results seal the deal for me and that is 3 out of 4 Republicans have no idea what the true and current American values are. Obama is one of best stories ever written about traditinal American values. Until the clown show of Republican hopefuls is over no one can take this party seriously. If they had any hope of regaining power they would have a serious contender getting ready instead of sending in the clowns like Palin.

    November 30, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Criminals in Washington

    Nobody is perfect, but I like Romney. He's been successful in the private and government sectors. Unfortunately, we will always have those that blindly mistrust his religion, others that are angry that he is wealthy, and others that just

    November 30, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. HJA

    Palin reflects the vaues of the GOP all right. Money, money, money. That's her core value. ChaChing$$$$$$$$$

    November 30, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. What???

    OK...I understand! Palin = incoherent, unintelligent, vaccous, lost in translation use of language (i.e. word salad), a quitter, hypocrit, takes no responsibility..... but best reflects GOP values.

    Why are there still members of the GOP that are above a 6th grade education again? That's the part I don't get!

    November 30, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Keith in CA

    If Palin is the best the Republicans have to offer, they might as well fold up the tents now. As for being treated unfairly by the media, why is it the media's fault when they report her nonsense in her own words? Not every news outlet operates like Fox News. Some actually are fair and balanced.

    November 30, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Tom C in NY

    LOLOLOLOL!! What a joke1

    November 30, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. tony

    Hum.....the GOP's "core values" as far as I can tell from the last 30 years are..... anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-social security, anti-universal healthcare, anti-social diversity, anti-religion other than "christian", pro "trickle-down" economics, pro-war, pro-own a gun, pro-big business, pro transfer of wealth from the middle-class and poor to the rich.......no wonder a majority of people don't identify with this fringe group.

    November 30, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Are you asking Republicans these questions? It doesn't matter who the rest of the world thinks is the most influential or has the best qualities, it matters who Republicans think meets their needs. Of course liberals want Limbaugh and Palin to represent the party, it's easier to beat up on them, but their opinions don't matter. Rush Limbaugh does not speak for me.

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

    Sarah Palin best represents true American values that we need again. Expect a President Sarah Palin in 2013!!

    November 30, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. yuri

    Palins painfully pathetic progression to the peak of GOP opinion hill, has us worried. Some of her statements have the tendency to become prevarications, despite panegyrics from her party personna. To us, she seems like a persona non grata, or a prima donna.

    November 30, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    If Sarah Palin, more than any other leader, best reflects the core values of the party, I fully understand the split in the Republican Party.

    November 30, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Padraig

    As a conservative that usually votes republican all I can say is strike 1, strike 2, and strike 3 – your out. If this is the best they have then the democratic party will not have a problem of re-electing their socialist leader.

    November 30, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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