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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Barbara

    She's dumber than a box of rocks and a true embarassment to the United States.

    January 19, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Ron Howerton

    If the GOP wants to win the presidency back, they need to field a moderate conservative.

    January 19, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Minnesota gal

    I don't think Palin is qualified to be a dog catcher much less president but I think it is getting to be so darn stupid. ARE THESE SO CALLED POLLS RUNNING THE COUNTRY NOW...Between every body falling down butt hole crazy when they hear the results of a "poll" and the MSM pushing their view of everything, why in the devil do we even bother to go vote...just tell the Polling company to let the MSM know who wins and we can all stay home.

    January 19, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Jessica @ work in IL

    Wow, pretty sad when 56% of your own ppl don't want you to run.

    January 19, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. cecilia Lewis

    Aw – I'm gonna miss that girl. .................................

    January 19, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Wilt

    I'm a conservative and I like Palin but see no reason for her to run for office again. She has done that and is now too polarizing publicly and liberals have no shame when it comes to running down her children. She is raking on the money now & political office shoulld be left in the past. We already have the Democrats version of Pailin as President now and do not need another amatuer in office.

    January 19, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Anthony Watkins

    as a democrat, i would LOVE to see her run:)

    January 19, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Steve

    Its a lost cause if she really believes she can run for president and win in 2012. At this point she is nothing more than a platform for conservatives. O'Reily and Hannity can downplay this all they want. The fact is there are more than just liberal democrats that don't like her. She is not well regarded by moderate republicans. At 58%, conservatives aren't exactly clamoring for her either. Alaskans loved her. I think she took some bad advice by resigning early. She could have made a run at the senate or run for a second term as governor. I doubt the ethics violations would have taken her down. If this was really about "striking while the iron was hot" in the private sector than she succeeded. If this was about positioning herself for 2012 it was an enormous failure.

    January 19, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. People's Voice

    Yes, yes. Please let her run for Prez. We need another four years for Obama.

    January 19, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Jefe

    So 12% of Democrats don't want Obama to have to fight for re-election (the ones in favor of Palin running).

    And interesting only 21% (total) do want her to run. Did the 29%ers (the same group who still believe George W. Bush was the Greatest President of All Time) finally break ranks?

    Anyhow, its still chilling to know that 21% of the nation wants a government-intrusionist, secessionist to become president.

    January 19, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Brian

    I am among the 71 percent who feel that she should not run, and that she is not cut from presidential cloth. She has made it clear that not only is she not smart enough to be the leader of the free world, she is also more interested in her own celebrity. Sarah Palin is in show business – not politics. By the way, joining Fox News is going to do nothing to attract more support from the left and center.

    January 19, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. this black liberal hates Obama

    CBS is a liberal network. Should this any suprise here?

    And another thing this is what people said last year and they changed their minds and they will again before this year is over!

    And besides these polls are nothing but LIARS!

    January 19, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. TamarS

    It isn't MUCH of a majority of conservatives who want her to run (58%). It seems they are finally seeing her for what she is.

    January 19, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Kyle

    I can understand the 56% of Republicans not wanting her to run, but not sure I understand why 88% of Democrats don't want her to run. It'd be as close to an automatic win as you could get.

    All I can figure is the questioning probably wasn't as clear cut as "do you want her to run?" Maybe more along the lines of "would you vote for her if she ran?"

    January 19, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Jacob

    why? because even the "fair and balanced" media have used their "gotcha" interviews to prove she's an idiot?

    January 19, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Texas Conservative

    the vast majority of Democrats, 88 percent, are not in favor of a Palin presidential run (quote from article).

    This is the very reason she should run. The dems are scared stiff of a commonsense person in the office of the Presidency. They might never see another Liberal in office once the people of this country see what a moral, strong leader can do it the position. We need someone that understands that minority wants should not dictate the rule of the majority. She would be the ultimate "wake up" call for people running for public office.

    January 19, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Ken

    Wow, what we all knew already is finally out in the open huh?

    January 19, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. nomorepoliticsplease

    what happened?? all of the stories on the ticker except for this one went from post a comment to permalink.......???? And of course the only thing available to be commented on is............wait for it........... another flippin Sorry Palin story........basically how no one wants her to run for the grand poobah of the USA..........big surprise.....

    January 19, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Mike1952

    She needs more seasoning. Wingnut has proven the presidency is not for on-the-job training.

    January 19, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    This is just a lie from the "lamestream" media owned by the "socialist" President and the Chicago thugs in charge of all of Washington D.C. They are only trying to downgrade the enthusiasm for Palin.

    Ignore these polls, teabaggers and birthers, they are a conspiracy against Saint Sarah!

    Stay strong!

    Palin/Bachman 2012!

    Please.

    January 19, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Son Of The South

    Bush and Obama were very poor choices GOD help us if Palin won....

    January 19, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. James

    Even anti-intellectual, subjective Republicans are getting the clue that Palin is not smart enough, intuitive enough, globally aware enough, well read enough, educated enough, statesmanlike enough, honest enough, hard working enough, objective and non-bias enough, ecologically educated enough, etc., etc. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    January 19, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Long Rider

    Why are you guys getting all "whipped up" . She has never said she is going to run. Looks like "extrapolated paranoia" to me. You guys just need to relax and take a breath. This to shall pass !

    January 19, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Tom in FL

    It really makes one wonder about the intelligence of people who call themselves conservatives when nearly 2/3 of them think Sarah Palin would make a good president. This was someone who needed a crash course on the basic history of the 20th Century. Of course, they thought Bush would make a good president, too . . . By the way, how is it that all of the tax-cutting and environmental destruction and double-dealing failed to bring the economic growth that the Republicans promised? Instead of more jobs, we have the 'lost decade'. Oh yeah, let's elect more Republicans!

    January 19, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. jeff in florida

    Phone call for Ms. Palin: President Zarkozy calling. Enough said.

    January 19, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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