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. bill

    We as Americans are so stupid to think anyone in the political scene today is worth electing. If this low I.Q'ed religious nut thinks she has a chanch at dog catcher it is a sorry comment.

    January 19, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Howard

    The really important question, and the one that may decide the Republican nomination, is which way do the independents lean. As a decidedly minority party, the Republicans cannot afford to ignore the likely response by independents to whomever their nominee is.

    January 19, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. WHAT

    CNN, What is your obsession with Sarah Palin?

    January 19, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Katie

    I don't understand this poll – a majority of Repubilcans hold an unfavorable view of Palin and think she shouldn't run for president while a majority of conservatives think she should run? Conservatives who aren't Republicans or Independents?

    January 19, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Allen

    "Meanwhile, the vast majority of Democrats, 88 percent, are not in favor of a Palin presidential run"

    I don't know, I think Palin running for president would be the best thing that Democrates could hope for. Maybe Rush could be her running mate.

    January 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. john in binghamton NY

    These polls make no sense. I thought republicans loved her?

    January 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. June

    Oh please . . . she is so under qualified to even think she could be President . . . we don't need another idiot in the White House!

    January 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. MC

    I'd love to see her on the ticket to be honest. I could use the laugh in these troubling economic times.

    January 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Dieter Zerressen

    I'm a progressive and I want Palin to run. Run, Run, Run. Waste those conservative campaign donations. Give us the laughs we need. I want Tina Fey back doing Palin skits. Without Palin to provide the unscripted comedy, what do we have? Squat. So, run, already and choose Beck as you veep candidate.

    January 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. BudInTexas

    When she was asked by the Faux Not News interviwer / slash moron – "who specifically supports you candidacy", she replied of course – "all of them."

    January 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Fred

    First the poll was done by CBS. Second, it glaringly leaves out any polling of independent voters, which I understand is the fastest growing group of American voters. So why should I take this poll seriously. Please post a legitimate poll (not media affiliated) with numbers for Democrats, Republicans, and independents.

    January 19, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    People don't want to support Palin and her husband who both quit their jobs and are parents of 5 children and one with special needs, go on a book tour, then end up on the beaches of Hawaii while most Americans can't afford to vacation in their own backyard. What man wants to support another man and his family, nobody likes welfare.

    January 19, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. csh

    Count me amongst the VAST majority who think Palin is UNQUALIFIED to hold high office.

    January 19, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. JDD

    That's interesting. By the way, Palin doesn't want to run either. This article – and those like it – continue to be, in my opinion, straw.

    Please try to cover the Massachusetts race today.

    January 19, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Hannah

    Once she quit the governorship of Alaska, she sealed her fate as a politician. Her constituents would always be worried that if all wasn't going well for her or if she got a better offer, she would quit. It seems to be her history even early on. She went to five colleges before getting her degree in Journalism, starting in Hawaii, where she quit after a couple of months because it was raining too much.

    January 19, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Jason

    I don't get why Dems don't want Palin to run. We should be all for a Palin train wreck of a campaign.

    January 19, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. A GREAT REPUBLICAN

    If she runs she would defeat Barack Obama easily. She is the most qualified person to be President now, she is 100% right on the issues.

    January 19, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. jerseylou

    palin,how many governors do we have each state. "all of them"palin, how u.s senators do we have in each state."all of them" palin how many colleges did you attend."all of them" who said that the dead does not walk among us?This thing is proof that it does.

    January 19, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. James Cunningham

    This is a junk poll that randomly called "adults" and is completely out of sinc with every professional poll of the last two months. Yet, CNN treats it as gospel coming from a biased anti-Palin network. The fieldwork is terrible because most people in the poll had no opinion on the Tea Party protestors. Don't these respondents read or watch TV? Now, come on! Who are we polling? Middle school students on their cell phones? If the average poll favorabilty for Palin among Republicans is 76%, then how can her favorability in this poll be 46% among them? This poll is bad news for notoriously anti-Palin CBS and CNN because it further erodes what little fairness and credability you now have with the American people!

    January 19, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. not alone

    Note to the folks who list her on this forum: See we don't wana see or hear from her,Leave us in peace...:-)

    January 19, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. themoi

    The only reason she should run is so Hillary will run also and kick her moose behind back to Alaska. Now that is a trouncing I would PAY to see!!

    January 19, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Tammy

    Most folks have a brain and can think.

    January 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Pat

    Famous words from Mrs. Palin; “The only way not to fail is to quit”. This lady is only empty rhetoric

    January 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. susanj

    Boy – those 58% conservatives have their heads up their butts and are just as dumb as Palin. It's a scary thought that we have so many stupid people in this country. I always knew she was as dumb as dirt, but after hearing her "founding fathers" remark – that just was the icing on the cake.

    January 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Doug

    At this point, I have a hard time believing these "polls," scientific or not. Just over 1,000 Americans are randomly polled, but at what time of day? Were active working people participating? What about the unemployed? Are the selections inclusive of urban, suburban and rural areas? I don't believe these polls of small samples accurately represent views on Palin, President Obama or any public figure, as they can be shaped to fit the story.

    January 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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