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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Filed under: Popular Posts • Sarah Palin • Tea Party movement
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Austin

    Ambition is a wonderful thing. Ambition is what this country was founded on. But ambition without the skills to do the job is potentially destructive to everybody.

    You don't hire somebody because they keep saying they want the job; you hire somebody because they are the best candidate out of those who actually have the skills to do the job.

    February 11, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Gig76

    Palin is a rebel, encouraging regime mentality, very similar to Hitler. She acts like a scorned woman and just can't get over that she lost. If she wanted small government, she should have stated as mayor of her local town in Alaska, that's small government.

    February 11, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Christopher

    Here in Georgia, where "W" stickers on car windows still abound, Sarah's approval is still sky high. Of course, we still have more "birthers" and "He's a Muslim" zealots than the rest of the U.S., except MAYBE S.C.
    That's why political scum such as draft-dodging Saxby "My Knee Hurts" Chambliss can get elected, with just a little help from Rove propaganda, over a bona fide patriot such as the Hon. Max Cleland.

    February 11, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. dave maldo

    Ya think?

    February 11, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. JerseyGuy

    I'm sorry. Did it really take a "survey" to figure out that Palin is not qualified to be a US President? You couldn't just listen to her as is already and hear through the b.s. that she recycles over and over? This country has seriously loss common sense when someone like Palin can continually lie and lie and twist facts to her own liking, quit her political post in the middle of her term, bash the currently standing elected US president, and people still think for some reason she's a qualified leader for that job title of POTS!

    What is wrong with people nowadays to have such low standards and expectations from leaders?

    February 11, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Gig76

    Correction: Stated should be "stayed" mayor. My apologies.

    February 11, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. KROH

    She's not qualified to be president but she is highly qualified to be on Fox Lose, I mean, News.

    February 11, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. MC

    As if it matters what other people think of her. I hope she does run. I look forward to seeing the other GOP candidates dancing around her childish, uninformed answers at their debates.

    February 11, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Chuck Anaheim,Ca

    Happy birthday to the the hillbilly from Wasilla. Maybe someone could give her a couple of semesters at the local community college so she can take colorig book classes.

    February 11, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Sadie

    The more she exposes herself to the public (and we hear her speak) and the more we see her throw her support to the TEA BAGGERS and the far right conservatives the more people are going to turn away......she lets Limbaugh slide on his remarks using the R word but wants Rahm's head on a platter for using it.......she is so hurting the whole of the Republican party by bring more divide in the GOP every time she speaks......yes she is a down homey speaking person, using her slang to try to get her point across........but that is so elementary and unproffessional.....I'm surprized that the GOP doesn't have any intelligent women in their party to run for president......this is the best that they can come up with? Not to mention men in the GOP..... where are you men.......are you going to let this BIMBO take away votes from you in your primary (if she should decide to run) Reading the emails from her "DUDE HUSBAND" and seeing how much he ran the govenership in Alaska , she wasn't really doing her job then........and when it got to hard to handle she just up and quit.........such a LOSER

    February 11, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. miller

    I do not get CNN's obsession with Sarah Palin? CNN acts like a jilted lover in the way they try to report on her so often and negatively. Does anyone care but CNN?

    February 11, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. James Cunningham

    This article is an absolute joke and is so transparent of CNN's bias toward Governor Palin. The ABC poll is always notoriously biased in its approach and your own poll last month proves it. In January your own pollster found that 43% of Americans had a favorable view of her and 46% an unfavorable view. Yet by the ABC poll we are to believe that her favorables decreased by 6 % and her unfavorables increased by 9 % in one month, a swing of 15 % in 30 days. Come on! Your own poll gives the lie to ABC and yet you report this manipulated data like it is gospel. No wonder CNN's ratings and ABC's ratings are in the tank! You are dishonest in every sense of the word especially in your snarky, unprofessional heading on this story! We laugh best who laugh last and at you!

    February 11, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Phil Carkido

    And this is a suprise in what way?

    February 11, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Prevaricator

    The more she opens her mouth the less she is favored, at least by intelligent Americans.

    February 11, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. christine

    I am not surprised. The more she talks the more ignorant she sounds.

    February 11, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Liberal wing nut

    I agree and you could ask the same poll for Obama now and get the same results:)

    February 11, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Jon

    That's good news! The only worse news than her possibly winning a presidential election would be if the Yellowstone super-volcano erupted, or Iran started perfoming Nuke tests.

    February 11, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. Dave

    I wouldnt let this lady watch my dog....... shes a quitter and a dolt. And her message is one of hate. Very dangerous combination.

    February 11, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. craig

    The poll numbers confirm the obvious.

    February 11, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. Eddie B

    She is not qualified in my opinion to hold any public office outside of a small town. Her views are extremely shallow and lack any real indepth knowledge of any subject matter that is impacting this society. For her to write notes on her hand like a high school kid cheating on a test, it shows she is just not that informed.

    February 11, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. T'SAH from Virginia

    My problem is – WHO are the 3 out of 10 who feels she is qualified???????? Those people you need to watch out for!!!

    February 11, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. jim

    that's ok, sarah. come here, and put your head on my shoulder...that's a girl, let it all out. now, let me just help you out of these jeans.....

    February 11, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. cg

    I agree with the poll , she is an engaging , lovely person . Good entertainment but sadly lacking the qualities needed to be our President , or a World leader.
    She openly plays with the facts that just seem to come from no where (near her famous bridge I assume) Yes, others do so too , but are astute enough to disguise in partial truths,facts and statistics etc. She will openly state a fact as fact in her folksy way and you never know you are being lied too.
    Great entertainment but I had enough of folksy for 8 years(and I kiked Bush on a personal level also) but now I am pleased with an articulate and intelligent President. He may not have all the answers but smart enough to actually work at finding them.
    Palin would be out of her element and she would not be the" hopey changey" thing I would vote for!
    I sincerely hope radical conseratives wake up from their fog and agree more with their more moderate Republicans friends.

    February 11, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. David in Colorado

    Wow...there sure are a lot of numbers in this story to keep track of. I know! I'll use a marker to jot them down in the palm of my hand - that way I won't confuse them. You betcha'!

    February 11, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Sergio Monterroso

    I'm glad to see that 71% of the country has some common sense, even Republicans are getting their eyes opened. It is time for Republicans to look for a good candidate, one that has some inteligence.

    February 11, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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