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. Dean

    Since when does "qualified to be president" matter. We today have a president who was elected solely because of his skin color. And we probably will have a woman president who will be elected solely because of her sex. When you are politically correct you lose all sense of reality.

    February 11, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Big John

    It's scary that her ratings are that high, she's a quitter and the certified liar of the year for 2009 yet the tea baggers love her. She's definately not qualified to be a leader nor ever will be. She's just plain not smart enough. The best way she could help her country is to go away and pick fish with her husband. From what I understand she can do that.

    February 11, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Wake up Tea Party supporters. You do not represent the majority of Americans. Palin will never be acceptable to moderates and independents.

    February 11, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Fitz in Texas

    I'm on the fence here as far as if Palin is qualified to be president. But hey, Obama wasn't, and isn't, qualified to be president but he sure landed the job.

    February 11, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Ryan

    She's not even qualified for a TOUR of the White House! We should drum up a law that she's never allowed a microphone in fact because she's essentially this century's Eva Braun.

    Sarah Palin is completely a propagandist for low-education voters. You will not find a supporter of hers who happens to have a vast education that's for sure.... and she takes full advantage of that.

    February 11, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Charlie

    Was there any question? I mean really? Does it really take a poll to realize this?

    February 11, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Albert R., L.A., CA

    But the good news is that Sarah the hockey mom has a good future in stand-up comedy because she is a 3-person 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 surface, in order 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 adds her own wacky Vaudeville outrageousness in deadpan style when being interviewed about Russian jets, her major issues (which she has written on her plam in case she forgets them), or while reading a speech ridiculing the President for (yep, you guessed it) reading speeches, as she misreads her own speech supplanting "Alaska" in place of "America" when asking, "Is Alaska still the beacon of hope for the world?" No, Alaska never was and neither was she. When McCain picked her it just proved that he should not be president and do a stand-up act himself.

    February 11, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Mack

    Don't let the smile and the wink fool ya. Sarah Palin definitely will NOT give up 6-figure speaking fees per event, appearance fees and whatever else she commands, for a $450,000 annual salary to be President! It's all about the money for her, so being elected POTUS would surely be a decrease in income!!

    February 11, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Monster Zero

    I don't think the Presidency is Sara Palin's calling, she is much better a sentinel, fund raiser and community organizer against big government and this progressive "take care of me" movement. I think what irritates the left so badly about Sara is that she is a potential source of common sense in government that actually could make the beneficiaries of others hard work become more responsible citizens in charge of their own well being.

    February 11, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Danny

    Let me get this straight: 28% of people taking this survey think Sarah Palin is qualified to be POTUS? On what do they base this belief? Do any of them actually get their facts from multiple sources and form their own informed opinion or are they just repeating what Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity or their church leaders tell them to think? OMG people just think of the damage this dimwit could do to our country. Bush was a genius compared to Sarah the unread, uninformed, & unashamed of it Palin.

    February 11, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. ricky atlanta

    Riddle me this Batman? Why do we keep her in the news?... OOOOHHH I know she's ever lasting punch line!

    February 11, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. James

    The real problem in the this country is not the Sarah Palin's, the Rush Limbough's or the Glenn Beck's, rather, it is the lack of intellectual depth and resolve of the American people to see things with any objectivity. To put it bluntly, I think we're getting dumber and dumber. Politics has been reduced to a reality TV show monitored by clownish talking heads...with too many people actually giving credence to their inane, fear mongering sound-bite commentary. For goodness sake, only 50% of us vote! Everything is about spin. Everything is about our disfunctional politicians getting reelected and not, certainly not, about actually standing up and making a difficult decision...how else can you explain how All Republicans are against everything this president does? What happened to statesmanlike debate, to elegant discourse, to intelligent compromise or, finally to common sense.

    February 11, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Mitt Romney rules!

    ...but as qualified as Barrack Obama.

    (I'd rather have Mitt Romney as our current president. His knowledge of business and the economy would easily have helped. Also, I'm sure he wouldn't be spending like a crazed loon–Obama's budget is a complete joke.

    February 11, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Laverne

    I wish she would give the rest of us a present and GO AWAY! That would be awesome!

    February 11, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Dean in Florida

    What the poll doesn't point out is that she's more qualified to be president than Obama.

    February 11, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. America Shrugged

    awww...Leave Palin alone..She's out there making millions working hard with her vitriolic speeches and hand made crib sheets.

    February 11, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. GOPer

    These poll numbers I assure you will not resonate with Palin, she will bring down the party in lieu of her self interests.

    She doesn’t care about America or party, she cares about herself and enriching her family.

    Until the real d.bags in the party (Cheney, Rush, Rove, Oriley, etc...) have the marbles to say what America already knows, she will continue her Tsunami of GOP destruction across our nation.

    The net result, unless GOPer’s say what must be said, will be another 4 more years for Obama.

    February 11, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. marcus2

    I think everything Sarah Palin says is satire. She can't possibly be serious.

    February 11, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Mr. Man

    Duuuhh?! Mrs. Palin has turned into a money grabbing yalking head. She's commercial, now, and loving it like Limbaugh.

    February 11, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Vikki

    Seriously, Palin is no more qualified to be President of the United States, then I am qualified. Even her own track record is a good indicator of that proof. Yes, she maybe able to talk and apparently the men are very attracted to her, but what does this have to do with qualifications It is absolutely scary, that she could possibly be considered as qualified for the most important position in this country. it does not speak very highly of ourselves. As a matter of fact, she's exactly what I don't want my daughters to become. QUITTERS. That's the first thing I can't get past She's a QUITTER

    February 11, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. AEK

    Can't wait for all the Tea Crazy neocons to respond to this story claiming that Sarah Palin's detractors are all really just afraid of her. In a way they are correct, I am terrified that her or someone like her will attain a position of authority and make us, again, the laughing stock of the world community.
    I have very vivid memories of an individual like her running around the country spewing hatred and bigotry in 1967-68 during the Presidential campaign. He called his party the American Independent Party, but George Wallace's message was the same.

    February 11, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "with 35 viewing the movement in a favorable way"

    I'm inclined to take that literally even though I know the word "percent" was accidentally omitted.

    February 11, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. Scott, Tucson

    Well she's certainly more qualified than the buffoon the libs put into the White House but than I'm hearing a lot of buyers remorse from people who wasted their votes on obama.

    February 11, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. JD

    Funny...I don't remember the whole "hope and change" lunacy being tempered by 0bama's lack of experience.

    Oh yeah...I forgot. 0bama had the entire liberal media rooting for him.

    February 11, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Bertina

    The more she has one on one conversations with people, the more people see how much she doesn't know a thing without crib notes.

    February 11, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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