February 11th, 2010
04:37 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll no present to Palin on her birthday

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/07/art.palincu0207.gi.jpg caption="As Sarah Palin marks her birthday, a new national poll indicates that 7 out of 10 Americans feel that she is not qualified to be president."]Washington (CNN) - As Sarah Palin marks her birthday, a new national poll indicates that 7 out of 10 Americans feel that she is not qualified to be president.

According to an ABC News/Washington Post survey, 71 percent of the public say the former Alaska governor is not qualified to serve in the White House, with 26 percent saying the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee is qualified to be president. The 26 percent who say Palin is qualified is down 12 points from an ABC News/Washington Post poll from November.

Twenty-eight percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey from November indicated that Palin was qualified, with 7 in 10 feeling she was not qualified to be president.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll, released Thursday morning as Palin marks her 46th birthday, also indicates that even a majority of Republicans now view Palin as not qualified to serve as commander-in-chief. According to the survey, 45 percent of conservatives see her as qualified, down 21 points from last November.

The survey also indicates that 37 percent of Americans have a favorable view of her, with 55 percent holding an unfavorable view. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey from last month, 43 percent of the public had a favorable opinion and 46 percent had an unfavorable view of Palin.

The poll was conducted February 4-8, as Palin gave the keynote address in Nashville, Tennessee, at what was billed as the first national Tea Party convention. The survey indicates that Americans are split on the Tea Party movement, with 35 viewing the movement in a favorable way, 4 in 10 holding an unfavorable impression, and a quarter of those questioned unsure about the year old movement. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey conducted last month indicated that 4 in 10 were unsure, with one-third holding a favorable view and one quarter having an unfavorable view of the Tea Party movement.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll indicates that 45 percent generally agree with the movement's small government positions on the issues, with 36 percent disagreeing and 1 in 5 unsure.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone, with 1,004 adults questioned. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    She wasn't qualified to be Governor of Alaska, or Mayor of Wasilla either.

    February 11, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Albert R., L.A., CA

    But the good news is that Sarah the hockey mom ihas a good future in stand-up comed because she is a mishmash of “Chance the gardener,” played by Peter Sellers in, “Being There,” appearing to walk on water to people who ignore the obvious, under her the surface, to see her as whom they need her to be, but Sarah supplants Chance’s kindness with the sarcastic smugness of The Church Lady played by Dana Carvey on SNL, then she adds her own wacky Vaudeville outrageousness in deadpan style when being interviewed.

    February 11, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Hayes Simmons

    I'm not sure what some Americans think "qualified" to be president is, but I think Governor Palin would be much more suited for the job than what is in the white house now - his total lack of government savvy is about to destroy our country. His general policy is to blame others rather than take positive steps to improve the country in any way.

    February 11, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Carol

    Palin is not qualified to hold any political office. She cannot answer questions and is never prepared on the issues. She is a liar and a racist.

    February 11, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Just Me

    Ya heard that Sarah. 7 in 10 thinks you are not qualified to be POTUS. Even your Republican buddies have grave reservations. You are down to the tea party nuts. So if you are wise, you would take a hint, and catch the first moose back to Alaska. Ya Betcha!

    February 11, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Jim

    Ms. Palin is studying hard and will soon be able to point out Europe on a world map. Once she gets this type of information "at her fingertips" she should make an excellent republican presidential candidate. Who better to make the republican case that government is inept?

    February 11, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin can blow it out her wazoo..... she's a moron.

    February 11, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. America First

    This gives me more confidence in the intelligence level of our country. At least people are smart enough to see through her propoganda and realize that she has no ideas (let alone the brains to come up with any), only negativity and hypocrisy. Now if only people would start realizing the same thing about the GOP in general........

    February 11, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Gordon Shumway

    I wouldn't feel confidant with Palin as President, but then I wouldn't with Biden either. Hopefully, we can survive Obama's four or less years.

    February 11, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Ben in Texas

    That she was not qualified to be president was never in question. Let's get to something more controversial: Is Sarah Palin qualified to live on her own, outside of an institution?

    I, for one, say yes. She should be allowed to live, with minimal supervision, outside of a mental hospital or facility for the criminally insane. That is, as long as she agrees to quit making comments that infect the weaker among us with her sick perspective.

    February 11, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. John in Tampa

    Happy Birthday, Sarah. Now go find a real job.

    February 11, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. Thirsty and Broke

    Run Sarah Run...

    would love to see her run for President...

    only problem is there are alot of stupid people out there and she just might end up in the White House...but then the good thing about that...she won't finish her term!!

    So Run Sarah Run...

    February 11, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Tom in FL

    Just to put this in perspective, slightly more than half of adult Americans believe that Jesus created the world six thousand years ago. Apparently a significant number of even these people don't believe Sarah's qualified to be president.

    February 11, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. p.c.

    it is time for palin to fade away. she has become the laughing stock in america. she is filled with hate and americans can't stand her trashing our president as if she thinks the race is still on. she is a hatemonger and an idiot with no skills to hold any office.

    February 11, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. barry parker

    No wonder her 'qualification' to be president is fading: every TIME she opens her mouth, she shows how uninformed and politically 'ignorant' she is of what is going on in the world! Start another war? My GOD: just what we need ! GO AWAY, SARAH!

    February 11, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Joe

    It just goes to show ya! The more she is exposed to the public, the more the public realizes just how dumb she is. It also shows that 26% of the population is too dumb to vote or tie their shows, for that matter. Happy birthday, dummy!

    February 11, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Dean

    Guess that tea party thingy is not working out for ya in the polls huh...wink wink

    February 11, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. FM

    Those who think she is qualified, are dumping America. And why should you act so????

    February 11, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Mike

    Funny, the numbers do not stack up against other polls. Must have polled the liberal bed wetting panty waisted males and their pierced girl friends(boys in drag). The really low numbers are the demorat congress and nobamas numbers are falling off a cliff.

    February 11, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. William Bray

    If the polls indicate few voters would support Gov Palin, why is the media so intent on continuing to write negative stories about her. ie. Joe Biden interview. Is all the VP talked about Sarah Palin? The Dems seem to be preoccupied with her. For all the people that castigate her for resigning her seat as Governor, didn't Obama resign from his committment to serve in the Senate early to become President? In fact, I think Biden did the same thing. Oh, wait so did Hillary Clinton. I have more respect for someone who resigns from their government job when pursuing a promotion to another job or another office rather than continuing to collect taxpayer dollars while running around the country trying to get elected to be President.

    February 11, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. SH in TX

    According to the survey, 45 percent of conservatives see her as qualified?

    Unbelievable that there are still so many people in this country who don't see this woman for what she is: A self-serving, money hungry, egotistical, liar.

    And, NO, Republicans, we Democrats aren't scared of Sarah. We're scared of YOU and your blind, unfounded adoration of this moron. It makes you wonder.

    February 11, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Dave

    Palin is FAR more experienced then our current commander in chief. Obama has never even run a hotdog stand. If "experience" is the litmus test, she will blow obama away in a 2012 matchup.

    February 11, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. D.U.T.C.H.

    Why do these media outlets keep taking these stupid poles of this stupid womam? We all know she's not qualified to be POTUS. I can care less if it's Sarah "The Divider" Palin's birthday. Tell me when she has passed on and we no longer hear the mention of her name.

    February 11, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Brian

    I have a shovel in my garage that is more qualified to be president than Palin. It's the one I use to pick up dog messes in the back yard.

    February 11, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. D.U.T.C.H.

    I bet she had to mark down her birthday on her hand as well so she won't forget.

    February 11, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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