January 19th, 2010
03:22 PM ET
12 years ago

New poll shows majorities don't want Palin to run

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/30/art.palin.928.jpg caption=" A new survey suggests an overwhelming number of Americans don't want the former Alaska governor to run for president."](CNN) - Sarah Palin attracted huge crowds across the country last fall as she promoted her best-selling memoir, but a new survey suggests an overwhelming number of Americans don't want the former Alaska governor to run for president.

According to a new CBS News poll out Tuesday, 71 percent are against the former Republican vice presidential candidate launching her own bid for the White House in two years while 21 percent are in favor of a potential run.

Broken down by party, 56 percent of Republicans are against a potential Palin presidential campaign while 30 percent are for it. Meanwhile, the vast majority of Democrats, 88 percent, are not in favor of a Palin presidential run.

The survey also finds significantly more people view Palin negatively than positively: 41 percent negative compared to 26 percent positive.

Both those numbers have increased since Palin's high-profile book tour late last year and since becoming a Fox News contributor last week. In November, 38 percent held an unfavorable view of Palin while 23 percent held a positive view of her.

Among Republicans in the latest poll, 43 percent hold a positive view of Palin while 30 percent of independents do. Meanwhile, just under a half of conservatives view Palin favorably while only 16 percent of liberals do.

Meanwhile, a majority of conservatives, 58 percent say Palin should run for president in 2012.


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  1. Michael in Orlando

    Please run Sarah, please please please please..

    January 19, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Johnny DC

    GOP supporters may be generally against a Palin bid for the White House, as am I, but given the option between Palin and Obama, the smart money is not on the Harvard grad.

    2008 was the Year of Anybody But Bush. We all know what 2012 will be.

    January 19, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Robin

    Okay, Sarah Palin is not running.

    COAKLEY IS, and just might lose. lol

    January 19, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Bob in Pa

    Give the Sarah Palin thing a break will you, It's not even 2011 yet !
    There are way too many Sarah haters in the media. Why not ask if Barack should seek a second term, at least that might be a little more relevant.

    January 19, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Sam Sixpack

    You know there's a story the faithful are not going to see when you drag Palin out again. Lately, you guys cover her more than FOX.

    January 19, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Dutch the Great

    As a liberal, I think I speak for all of us when I say "We don't only want her to run, we want her to get the republican nomination."

    January 19, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. russell

    Yep this idiot would have definitely sent our country back to the dark ages , wow we really dodge a bullit not electing Mcain and this idiot .

    January 19, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Duck Fallas

    These polls are an outrage! I am 100% in favor of Sarah Palin running. The bed wetting liberals are afraid of her and are releasing these FALSE polls in a weak attempt to discourage her. Don't listen to them!! RUN, SARAH, RUN!!!

    January 19, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Tom in Delaware

    Yeah, and 45 days ago Martha Coakley had a 31-point over Scott Brown.

    You people at CNN are as moronic as the Liberals (but I repeat myself) who have failed to listen to the American people on Health Care.

    And you honestly wonder why Scott Brown is going to step into the Kennedy seat.....you people are as blind as tree stumps.

    Stop walkin' around with your eyes closed.

    January 19, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Shmeckell

    The only reason she gets put in the headlines is because the left likes to trash her. Let’s see I am guessing Palin is in this headline so we will get about 300 posts with about 80% trashing her. She is not in the headlines because of conservatives it is because of the liberals.

    January 19, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. M.M. Miller

    If she says she won't run, then can we PLEASE stop seeing articles about her on this ticker?

    January 19, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Eric from MI

    this poll is obviously biased...it was taken with mostly liberals in mind blah blah blah....if they would have polled wolf hunters, birthers, neo-cons, conservative cathoics, and all the tea partiers, it would have been a much more accurate poll.......(note sarcasm).....if this women becomes president I will leave the country no questions asked I refuse to live believe she is anything but a face for the republican party a meer puppet...she has no qualites that make her even semi able to hold the highest office of any country PERIOD....anyone that says otherwise is either very very shelterd or simply lying to themselves....

    January 19, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Debby

    CNN why don't you poll if people will vote for Obama again. You are determined to bring Palin down its pathetic already.

    January 19, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Independent voter

    Mrs Palin's decision to quit her job as governor citing pressure, and relentless media scrutiny, only to take a job of a fox news commentator speaks for itself. She became a star and serving the people of Alaska required too much hard work. It is much easier and far more lucritive to run around the country making money and giving speeches.

    Of course she had a near miss "Katie Couric moment" when she stumbled about the founding fathers question. She didn't do herself there either.

    January 19, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. GI Joe

    finally – the IQ in this country must be going up

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    January 19, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Bob

    As a conservative, I largely agree with Sarah Palin's opinions and beliefs and have a lot of respect for her. However, I don't think that she was ready for last year's campaign, and am not sure that she is really strong enough and experienced enough to be president. But like Dan Quayle, she is also not nearly as stupid as the left tries to portray her. The ferocity with which she is attacked by the left indicates to me that they feel very threatened by her views, which is OK with me. If she is so stupid and so irrelevant, then why not just ignore her?

    January 19, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Colin

    Democrats should be FOR Palin running for President. It would make the task of getting Obama re-elected that much easier.

    January 19, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Vic of New York

    For crying out loud already...

    Palin's not looking to run for President... She could barely keep up with governor of Alaska, saying is was a "hard" job!

    She's just looking to to stuff her pockets with money any way she can prostitute herself. And all those Right-wingers and Conservative "Christians" who are just ripe to stuff dollars down the bra of anyone who strokes their sick minds, are more than happy to oblige her.

    Snake oil anyone?

    January 19, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. RichP the Pocono's

    In many ways she made a big mistake resigning as governor. Regardless of the reasons none put forward were really good enough to quit, not if she had a political future in the plans. Now money wise she has to be doing really well and for that I say Good luck and ride it as long as you can.

    January 19, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. bob newman

    That's because she is an idiot that has no business even considering running this country.

    January 19, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. KJ

    This is depressing. As an independent opposed to all things conservative, Palin is my dream candidate. The numbers look about right though. The same percentage of support for Palin is the same as the percentage that supported Bush even after the bottom fell out. That 20% is what is known as the radical right base. It never fluctuates.

    January 19, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. AEK

    The longer she stays on the Faux News channel the more her credibility will fall. Regardless of how attractive she is to her "sheep", she will never be respected by the mainstream in America. And no matter how much her base think they are the actual mainstream they are wrong. Real Americans do not pray every night for the failure of the President just to further their own political agenda, nor do they attempt to disrupt the democratic process every chance they get to prevent the real discussion of competing ideas.

    January 19, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. jayindenver

    Looks like about 14 minutes out of her 15 are gone. She'll be a "Jeopardy" question by 2020.

    January 19, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. John B. From New Hampshire

    So much for us Dems being "scared" of her running eh elephants? It's ok, don't cry, sister sarah will get the witch-doctor to cure all that ails you!! HA!

    January 19, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. Bill from GA

    You really can't Blame Sarah for thinking Sadam attacked us on 9/11.
    She got her briefing from Cheney.

    January 19, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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