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. Ted

    A plurality of Republicans like Palin. That's all I need to know about those right-wing nuts; they should not be allowed within 100 feet from a voting booth!

    January 19, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Alex

    oh please let her run for President. it makes for great comedy.

    January 19, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Sherron Teal

    Sarah Palin needs to go home and take care of her children and do something else, she will NEVER be president, this country might not always be the smartest but we are too smart to put a ignorant woman like Palin into a high office, I'm a woman and would love to see a woman get the presidency before I leave this earth, but not Palin, someone with a good brain like HIlary Clinton!

    January 19, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Marie

    Please let Sarah run!!! Then the Democrats could run someone like Hitler and still have a winning ticket!!!

    January 19, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Mesa Mick

    "Idiot America" can be fooled for only so long before they realize that they are being conned by a grifter.

    Bhu-Buh Bye Sister Sarah. Maybe you can get a job as a commentator on the 700 Club – Heard ol' Pat Robertson is looking for another fact mangling snake handler that can speak in tongues for his broadcast...

    January 19, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    THERE must be a GOD after all!!! The idea of a self serving air head
    becoming the president of the U.S.A was so depressing. Like hitting the
    bottom of the bottom! The more we see this person in action the less chance she has of running for anything but the bus.

    January 19, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Mark

    The woman is a joke. She couldn't even keep her own daughter in line with the family values of the Christian Right. Just make her go away. Here's an idea.. Pat Robertson and Sarah Palin in 2012!

    January 19, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. rob

    YAWNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hey CNN did you hear about the Senate election in Mass today?

    January 19, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. John

    Please, please, please run. Democrats best hope.

    January 19, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. John

    Everytime CNN runs a Palin piece, its as if CNN is in denial with the rest of the national media. Palin is not favored for anything other than retirement. But yet CNN runs big pieces about Palin attracting big crowds for book signings. That has nothing to do with the rest of the country not interested in her. Who cares about a book signing, Stephen King has book signing, but I can't make it because he is signing 2000 miles away. I don't care for Palin....she is seriously out of wack with the new true honest American way of thinking. Matt Damon said it best, "Scary to think that a soccer mom will have access to the nuclear codes"......

    January 19, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. edw

    I'd really like to see her run. Things have been really dry in the last four months. My friends and I haven't had a good laugh in awhile.

    January 19, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. russ

    Personally, I would love to see Ms. Palin the ignorant run for and receive her party's nomination. The idiot ideology that she represents would give a stark contrast to the thoughtful, intelligent and charismatic presence of Barack Obama.

    January 19, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. dick delson

    enough with this woman. let he stay in Alaska and kill defenseless animals. she's a bad joke.

    January 19, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. bones

    I think she is a waste of time (politically). Still, she is kind of cute.

    I think this whole issue is being manufactured so as to create news stories. By the way CNN, the following two sentences in this article are self-contradictory: "Meanwhile, just under a half of conservatives view Palin favorably while only 16 percent of liberals do." vs. "Meanwhile, a majority of conservatives, 58 percent say Palin should run for president in 2012." How could both be true. How could 58 percent of conservatives want her to run, while less than 50 percent approve of her?

    January 19, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Don

    Please run PLEASE!!!!! I am not a republican, but watching this witless dunce stumble on everything from domestic policy to the general role of government will be PRICE-LESS!!!!! I beg of you, please run for President!!!

    She's so stupid; she even looks stupid in the eyes, just vacant LOL!!!

    January 19, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Tom, Bradenton,FL

    She is so dumb and she proved it again on her interview at Fox News. She is so inarticulate, unpolished, ignorant and uneducated. If the Reps. ever want to have a chance again, they should bury her as deep as they can.

    January 19, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Stephan Srock,

    Is anyone really surprised? Keep in mind that 'Ol Sarah was a "last minute" choice for the GOP VP, and even then they knew what they were getting...........................a major disappointment. Now she is out doing the rhetorical spin on everything from Russia to Katie! She just has an insatiable appetite for attention and will get it at any cost!

    January 19, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Mike

    Finally the american people have seen the light about this shallow person who has no substance whatsoever and comes across every time she opens her mouth as a liar, Mike from Florida

    January 19, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Steve

    Perhaps CNN will now see how unimportant Palin is and stop reporting on her.

    January 19, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Pacific moderate

    How many of the respondants that said they'd like to see her run for President are Democrats?

    January 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Robin

    Was this poll you took done within the CNN Newscenter?

    January 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. n

    You need a poll to tell you this!

    January 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Herschel

    I like Sarah Palin as a person and as igniting force for the Republican Party, however she does not have what it takes to be president. Support your causes and your party but do not run.

    January 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Simonsays/Orlando

    The only people that should want Palin to run are the Democrats.

    January 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Alert Citizen

    Why exactly do conservative see in her to favor her? I am neither a conservative nor a liberal, but this lady does not even have a common sense. McC ain would have been better off with Mike Huckabee. We do not need talk show jibber jabber as American representation.

    January 19, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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