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. lbdukeep

    I surely don't want her in the house, or anywhere else. Let her take care of her own house first. Her house was a mess, and then she writes a book with a ghost writer, about her so called perfect life. Going Rogue? Not even. She's just a quitter.

    January 19, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Enough is Enought

    Isn't causing the republicians to lose the white house once, enough for Palin. If I were a dem I'd be hoping she would run.

    January 19, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. iconoclast1

    They need to make a sequel to Being There starring Tina Fey.

    January 19, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Mike S., New Orleans

    I doubt if logic or science would discourage Sarah Palin from seeking out the media spotlights in 2012. She's cashing in on her celebrity as an also-ran, making millions of dollars more than she did as Mayor of Wasilla or the temporary Gov. of Alaska. I hope she runs just to watch her debate performance, which should attract the majority of dumb voters. A vote is a vote. Besides, Canada is a great place to live.

    January 19, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. El Kababa

    I'm a Liberal. I vote for the Democrat or third party in most elections. I love Sarah Palin. I want Sarah Palin to be the Republican nominee in 2012. Also, I would like for Newt Gingrich to be her VP running mate. He could play Dick Cheney to her George W. Bush.

    Palin is not very bright, as we all know. She is a bit of a loose cannon too, going with her instincts instead of doing as her handlers tell her to do. What most people don't realize is that Palin has more than a few loose screws. The more she is out there, the more obvious it becomes. That is why she is only interviewed by friendly interviewers (like Fox News) who will loft fifth-grade level slow pitches at her. When O'Reilly interviewed her, he basically told her what to think and then he said, "Do you agree with that."

    January 19, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. RN

    everyone likes to stop and watch a train wreck.
    Why do people want to see her run?
    Do they think she can run the country because they might be able to sit down and have a beer with her? I guess that's a qualification for office that we haven't seen before. No, wait, GWB got in largely on that single qualification. How did that work out for us?

    January 19, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. jeff

    The only people who support her are CNN and some backwoods evangelists!

    January 19, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Jeff W.

    So what I take from this article is that 30% of Republicans are quite stupid.

    January 19, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    I not only think she will run and win,but that the republicans will regain everything and Cheney will run everything from his bunker.Thats why I think the Mayans were right,get ready for it people,the end is here.

    January 19, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. DinCali

    Liberals should really try and get her to run. It will guarentee a Republican loss in 2012

    January 19, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Elizabeth

    Just get rid of her! She is sickening!!!

    January 19, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. John from RI

    Sarah Palin says that she has "commonsense solutions" to all of America's problems. Why doesn't she offer any of these wonderful ideas when she goes on Fox News? All she does is complain about people who don't like her and repetitively use little talking points that don't mean any thing. Her followers say that her critics are afraid of her because she threatens their liberal ways and communist plots to destroy America – presumably because they want to live in a destroyed country. I don't like finding the "lawn cigars" my neighbor's dog leaves in my yard but I am afraid of a turd. I'll just sit here and pull at my long and scraggly beard as I contemplate the glory of communist-socialism and my plans to stop Christianity while stealing the gold and guns real Americans have stock-piled but all the while secretly hoping that Sarah prays for me.

    January 19, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. FM

    Who in the right mind think this woman will not abandon the job if elected!!! Why handle the knife to the kid while being aware big disaster is obvious.

    January 19, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Robert

    I'm surprised at the low number of Democrats that want her to run for President. It's a sure thing for President Obama if she's the challenger. And it would make for some wonderful debates and SNL skits. I'm a liberal independent, and I'm all for it.

    January 19, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. just saying

    Anyone who thinks that this woman could, would, should be President is dumber than she is.

    January 19, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. lookit

    well, obviously (thinking) people don't want her to run. Why? Because WHAT is Sarah Palin qualified to run for? Being an acerbic hottie only gets you so far. The McCain campaign handed her a gift – the spotlight – she should take her talk show and book deals and be happy – not try like Dan Quayle to get back into politics or she'll be hammered the same way.

    January 19, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Stephen, Dallas

    When are you in the media going to get over this obsession over Sarah Palin? She is just a private citizen, a political pundit, with potential presidential election still 3 years away, who cares about how she's polling? I don't care about how she's polling anymore than how Al Gore or Huckerbee, or Keith Olbermann is polling. Come on, get over it and move on.

    January 19, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. valwayne

    We have devastation in Haiti, the voters of MA seemingly poised to rebuke the President Obama and the Democrats in Congress with a slap down that may end the corrupt healthcare bill. 10% UNEMPLOYMENT, the Louisiana Purchase, The Cornhusker Kickback, the $60 billion corrupt payoff to the Unions, major secrurity issues since Obama can't seem to keep known terrorists off of planes, and CBS chooses to do a poll about someone who isn't holding office, and hasn't announced they she wants to run for anything, about a future run 2 years in the future? And CNN thinks its news? Is that journalism we can respect? Does it get anymore meaningless than this?

    January 19, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Trashcup

    Palin found the same goose that lays golden eggs that Beck, Limbaugh, O'Reilly and is riding that horse as long as possible. Cashing in on her aura, charging up to $120,000 per speech. Much better than being governor, but everyone has their price. Just like the rest of the so-called politicians in Washington, she sold her soul for some big bucks instead of honoring the people that elected her by fulfilling the job they elected her for. She's just like the rest of them – out for the cash and dragging her kids all through the countryside as well. CASH IS KING!

    January 19, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Palin Schmalin

    Oh for Christ's sake. Palin again?

    What is the saying? "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten."?

    Do they really think that asking the same questions on the same subject about the same TWIT that they will somehow get better results?

    We all knew it as soon as she opened that trap of hers on the national stage. So....how many polls are need to confirm that she is ignorant and most of the world has a negative view of her?

    And I have to agree with someone's previous post about her looking like a scared chicken. cluck. cluck.

    January 19, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. John

    This crap comes from the Leftists who are scared of a strong Conservative politician as Palin. The very fact that the Leftists continue to attack Palin shows that she is a strong candidate.

    January 19, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. She'll Quit Anyway

    Not this Democrat, I want her to run, run, run. I can't get enough of her stupid comments. What an idiot, seriously. She thinks she's intelligent, but she's not, in any way, shape or form.

    Does she really think South Africa is a region? LOL

    January 19, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Mike

    geez what a suprise poll result

    January 19, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. al

    as an alaska republican, i tell you she is a no nothing. it would be a disaster to eclipse W.

    January 19, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Dee

    I wish this woman would just go away. Maybe people are finally realizing she is out for every penny she can get. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ signs are in her eyes. She is not intelligent like some of the conservative republicans are trying to make her out to be. Sean Hannity absolutely is in love with her. She belongs on Fox news with the Glenn Becks, Bill O'Reiley's and of course the most arrogant one of the three Sean Hannity.

    THANK YOU CNN FOR THE REMARKABLE JOB YOU ARE DOING IN HAITI. It's ashame Fox News find it more important to put the President down as usual.

    January 19, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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