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. dennisk

    I'm sure Sarah couldn't give a rat's patoot about what any poll has to say re: her chances of being President. Don't you people get it yet? She doesn't WANT to be President. Heck, she didn't even want to be governor! Remember, she quit before the job was done? She wants MONEY, and her little nitwit fan club is happy to oblige, buying her ghost-written book and listening to her grammatically inept, third grade level "commentaries" on the FOX/GOP News Channel. Happy Birthday, Sarah!

    February 11, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Two things:

    1. This poll shows that 26 percent of Americans are idiots (and probably are teabaggers).

    2. Palin is laughing all the way to the bank.

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    February 11, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Indy

    Palins only qualifications are being a bad Mayor and sharing a very short stint as Governor with her husband.Every time she speaks her credibility gos down a notch.Her best qualities are lying,spreading fear and hate.She still has not put forth any ideas to help her country other then name calling and the blame game.While she was Mayor she made some very bad decisions and the people of Wasilla demanded she had an administrator oversee everything she did and she did not have final say.We all know she was a ceremonial Governor with her husband at the helm.She just is not qualified whatsover to ever be in the Whitehouse. She is much more normal and average then she likes to think and there is nothing wrong with average, just don't dumb down your country by thinking you could be POTUS.

    February 11, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Doraine Gordon

    We have a country full of idiots who will follow any fad that starts up. I never saw anything like it. Sarah Palin was chosen as McCain's running mate because she was a woman from an oil state and everyone could holler to drill baby drill. Well, that fad already went down the tube. We don't hear that phrase anymore. The Dems had a woman in the running so the Republicans wanted to copy that. They brought Sarah down here along with all her family and did their best to dress them up and fool the American people into accepting them. I bet the Republicans wish now they had never heard of her. She turned out to be a dunce who could see Russia from her house. Our esteemed media are to blame for keeping her name out there. Some of the anchors are just now beginning to admit just how dumb she is. So there we have it. The public is finally starting to turn away from her too. The woman just needs to go to the house.

    February 11, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Ellid

    Anyone who can't memorize six simple words and has to write them on her hand is not someone who belongs anywhere near the White House. I'm glad the people are finally seeing through this desperately incompetent woman.

    February 11, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Dave In Altmar

    Well, "Duh".

    Palin's been playin' the media into bringing her a Big $core from the jump. And now that she's had a taste she's gonna keep on playin' the media for the next three years.

    Run for President? As if. It's the $$$ she's after...

    February 11, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Susan in SC

    Forget President, Palin is not qualified to be dog catcher!!! Geez.

    February 11, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. The Voice

    And those 26 percent who say she is qualified are:

    1) Loyal Bushies
    2) TEA Partiers ..aka... TEA Baggers
    3) Demented like the GOP
    4) Majority are racist neo-cons like Tom Tancredo
    5) Want the black man out of office

    I hope she wins the GOP primaries so Obama can kick her back to Alaska.

    February 11, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Asmoht


    Appears to be a very nice person, with lots of talents;however, she would probably be a good fit other political positions (senator). Both republicans and democrats are collecting a paychecks with zero accomlishment. Selfishless is encased by both parties.

    February 11, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Who cares?

    I doubt that Sarah Palin cares about this poll - I certainly don't. She is - and will remain - an honest, common-sense voice in the political wilderness created by Obama's cadre of clueless academic snobs coming out of the bowels of academia! They operate from theoretical assumptions and have NO IDEA of how the real world works. Sarah, on the other hand, DOES know! And we like that!

    February 11, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. rod Kennedy

    I'm sorry. She's just too dumb to be traffic cop -ever try to read your hand while directing traffic? And Ms. Palin, how's that hopey-changey thing workin' out for ya?

    February 11, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. Dave

    I think I see this exact same headline at least once a week. "Bad news for Palin" or "Bad news for Palin in recent polls".

    I think I speak for many people when I say that I am tired of hearing about it. I don't care about what she's up to. A nomination for her is a long shot. And I get it, she's not doing too hot int he polls. No more!!

    February 11, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. George James

    There is progressive degeneration in Palin's credibility.No wonder she doesnot understand anything about economy,global warming,fruit fly research etc. etc...

    February 11, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. a little sad

    The 26% who siad she was qualifed were being nice for her birthday.

    February 11, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. amo/ca

    Duh, You shouldn't have to poll people for that, it does not take a rocket scientist to see that she is, and never will be qualified to be any
    figure of importance. Oh yeah, maybe for the tea baggers, but that is about it, and that is NOT saying much for that group either. My 9 year old son is smarter then her, and he dosen't have to have a cheat sheet on his palm either.Wake up, people, wake up.
    I can see people being upset at some things, but at least protest it with some brain power, and smart people, who have control of the english language. She referred to global warming to snakeoil science, I mean who the heck talks like that?? What does that mean? She also doesen't believe in dino's and the earth is only 4ooo years old. Simply said, she may be pretty, sh may have some appeal, but SMART, she is NOT.

    February 11, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Jason

    This is bad news. I was hoping she would be the 2012 Republican nominee, thereby guaranteeing Obama, the best president in my lifetime, a second term.

    February 11, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. jerseylou

    OH BOY,what a birthday present did she get the repugs are like rats jumping a sinking ship. If you ask 90% of them,they will say they don't know her and don't want to know her. I guess fox news will be tearing up her contract and throwing her under the bus any day now. Alaska she's coming back home be ready for her.

    February 11, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. cropp73

    Iran states they have nukes, why do we care about a poll about Palin on her birthday. She is the conservative version of Obama, both clueless
    Happy Bday Mrs Palin

    February 11, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. WNewc

    In other news, 26% of Americans believe that the world is flat, and that the south won the civil war.

    February 11, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. vicki

    you democrats are so jelous of sarah palin and very threaten of her you say nch of butts. She will be the prettiest president anything in those democratic channels like cnn. that is why we watch FOX you bu

    February 11, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. Puddin

    President? Oh no, no, no! I've been wondering how she feels with egg all over her face. She has the nerve to ridicule the president for using a teleprompter when her "teleprompter" is written on her hand. What a laugh! She is small time stuff.

    February 11, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. All the news that is fit to omit

    In the same poll, 8 out of 10 aslo BELIEVE that Owebama is not qualified to be President.

    The other 2 out of 10 are the Rahm-tards, Roland Martin, Katie Couric, The NY times and the bleating sheep that work for the "gubment" now that Owebama is in office.

    I also agree that Palin is not qualified just like the gutless, lying fraud of a coward in office now.

    She at least has run a business, city and state, he can't even run his mouth without a binkyprompter.

    You people with BDS, get a "corpse man" fast.

    February 11, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Mountain Dude

    I got coffee up my nose this made me laugh so hard. Here she is, meth America. Of the 29% that thought she was competent 70% had teeth falling out and bad acne.

    February 11, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Bob Schoenberger

    I am encouraged that the vast majority of the American people see through this charade.

    February 11, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I used to ask my grandfather why republicans never want to do the right thing for Americans. He would smile and say, "You can't make chicken salad out of chicken crap."

    February 11, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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