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. b

    Please run Ms. Palin. You're the best thing to happen to Conservatives since Curtis LeMay!

    January 19, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Frankly, Palin can do or say whatever she wants to. She can run for president in 2012, 2016 whenever. I do not care.

    However, I have noticed that the GOPers are using my name "LacrosseMom" and posting comments favorable to them. They have done the same to other Liberal bloggers. I find this juvenile and silly, honestly, GOPers are mere children casting stones.

    COAKLEY FOR MASSACHUSETTS!

    January 19, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Minnie

    Our Sarah is more qualified than anyone in the Obama administration.
    She has more brains than Pelosi will ever have. Much more intelligent.

    January 19, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. jill tanner

    As a democrat I hope she runs, ensures us another 4 years!

    January 19, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Peter Green

    I PRAY the GOP will run Sarah for President in 2012...or Gingrich...or Limbaugh...or Boehner...or any of the many other self-serving, obviously inadequate clowns in their party. A sure win – for Obama.

    January 19, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Gary

    Is she running for office?? No, I didn't think so. In that case how exactly are these numbers bad news for Palin? Maybe you should concentrate on announced candidates like the new dem idiot and Kennedy's best friend Marcia (harhar). Are you ready to slime her like you do Palin? No? I thought not!

    January 19, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Matt

    Whether or not she runs seems pretty inconsequential at this moment. We have a long way to go until 2012 and a lot of immediate issues on our plate right now.

    January 19, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. neon

    I'm surprised more Democrats polled didn't say they wanted Palin to run. It would greatly increase their chances of holding the White House.

    January 19, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Marc in Canada - American Political System in Chaos

    The fact there is even a poll on whether Sarah Palin should run for President is reflective of how your political system is broken.

    Her upside is TV game show host at best.

    January 19, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Palin Power

    Regardless of those polls, Sarah Palin will run and will become America's greatest president. This country has always been a conservative right wing country, never a liberal left country. Palin will bring America to its greatest glory and prosperity.

    January 19, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Janalee

    Ironic that your poll shows 88% of democrats don't want Sarah to run for president, all the while paul bagala keeps harping that Sarah running for president would be a "gift" for the democrats. They don't really know what they want!!

    January 19, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Four and The Door

    Her numbers are not that far off of Obamas if you just switch liberal and conservative labels.

    January 19, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Stu-SWFlorida

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

    Now those are the ones that truly frighten me. How could anyone with even an iota of intelligence ever consider this Twittering Twit as a viable candidate for OUR Presidency. She's been nothing but a parrot for the GOP. Mainly because she cannot even put together a cohesive and understandable sentence. She really has no values other than the almighty buck... and I don't mean deer.

    January 19, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Jane/Seattle

    Education matters! What is most important is motive and intent! This lady does not have the best interests of the real "Common" people at heart! With many of these ignore-ant folks, Armageddon is their only dream! Now that is a scarey thought!

    She could just make it as America is FULL of Party Hacks and Opportunists! This IS the name of the capitalist GAME!

    January 19, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Zion

    While I agree she is not qualified, I think the left should stop covering her since she is that inconsequential. We need to focus on the issues at hand and stop using distractions to take away from the failed leadership of this country. Move on.

    January 19, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Jay

    I hope she runs. I really hope she wins the Republican Nomination. This will ensure an Obama victory.

    By then she will have said enough stupid stuff on Fixed Noise that she'll had dug her own grave.

    January 19, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Rick

    If the Republicans don't have someone more fit to be the President than Sarah Palin, that party is really in big trouble.

    January 19, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Lila in Colorado

    It is about time that the American people open their eyes about Sarah Palin for she offers nothing to this country. She is a greedy, nasty politician who likes to "divide to conquer." She is so blind with ambition that she would not stop at anything.

    She should go back to Alaska and stay there. She lacks all it takes to belong to the political arena of this great country.

    January 19, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Jon

    Why on earth would we want to elect someone like Sarah Palin as the President of the United States of America??? Give me 10 reasons. On second thought, give me ONE reason. Can't really think of any? I thought so.

    January 19, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. FRANK, LAS VEGAS

    I think the GOP should do what it does best, ignore the American people, and nominate Palin. The GOP hasn't cared about what the American people want for the last 10 years, why should they start now. They also don't understand that they will get caught in their own "throw out the incumbent" plan. They think it's only against the democrats.

    January 19, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Jimbo

    I've said it before about Sarah Palin..."a nice house but nobody's home..."

    January 19, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Lynne in CA

    Having been voted Liar of the Year by Politifact doesn't exactly inspire confidence in Teabag Barbie's presidential aspirations.

    When are the haters of the wingnut right conservative movement going to realize that people of every nation, religion, culture and creed belong to the human race and are deserving of equality in every aspect?

    January 19, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Chuck in CSG

    I have a very positive opinion of Governor Palin, but she's not any more suited for the Presidency than the current "One".

    January 19, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. CR

    She's toxic stupidity.

    January 19, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. ptarmigan

    and this is a surprise?? perhaps there is hope for the nation after all...

    January 19, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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