February 11th, 2010
04:37 PM ET
11 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. Betty

    3 out of 10 think she IS qualified. God help us.

    February 11, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Can you imagine...

    If President Obama sounded like she does? He would have never been mentioned in the same breathe with being president.

    February 11, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. T. Pipe

    I am sick of polls on qualifications. Are any of the cabinet qualified? How about the czars? Not to even mention our Presidents record.

    February 11, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. polly

    It is highly unlikely that she would be taken seriously as a potential candidate. She has a fan club of followers, but is not what people want to see in a president.

    February 11, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. DJ in TX

    And this is surprising to anyone????? She knows less about how the federal government works, not much about foreign policy. She always state President Obama's speeches have no substance.........her speeches have nothing either, just repeating Republican rhetoric. she definitely showed her hypocrisy on defending Rush on the use of the word "retarded". His use is political satire, but Rham's use is demeaning. The word should not be used PERIOD. The most important thing.......she gave up on the people of Alaska. She quit her job over ethics complaints. President Bush went through hell wtih his decision, he didn't give up. President Clinton was impeached, he didn't give up. John McCain was imprisoned for 5 years, he didn't give up. She left the people of Alaska over some ethics complaints that most were proven to be not valid. Would she give up on the U.S. if the pressure got too much if she were in the White House.......................

    February 11, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Mary Ann Hoogeveen

    Sarah Palin is not qualified to be Wasilla dog catcher.

    February 11, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. from the lower 48

    Real Americans do not believe Palin supports American ideals. Real Americans do not believe in the garbage Palin promotes. Real Americans do not believe in her husband's treasonous secessionist activities.

    February 11, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Billy Smith

    in a related story, polls show that 26% of Americans have trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time.

    February 11, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. EW

    OMG....I don't think you could have more proof that this country has hit rock bottom than just the mere presence of poll to see if Sarah Palin is qualified to be President!!

    REALLY PEOPLE?? At a truly important point in history, a former beauty queen/sportscaster is the best these 29% can proffer?

    It would be funny if it weren't so pathetic...............

    February 11, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    Sarah Palin's found herself a nice little racket, but at some point she'll have to do something besides collect fat paychecks for spouting platitudes and snarky remarks. At some point she'll have to take questions from someone outside FOX News. At some point even the dumbest members of that 26% will tire of her and find a new shiny object to distract themselves with.

    She will fall, and when she does it will be SPECTACULAR.

    February 11, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Dale

    She is qualified to chum with the likes of Glenn Beck on FOX though. 😀

    February 11, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. sue

    I think she is becoming more qualified every day. I don't think she will run for President, but 2 yrs. is a long way off. She has time to learn more about all the issues. I don't think Obama has ever learned anything about the issues- he just talks.

    February 11, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Pittsburgh voter

    While I don't support Sarah Palin for President, I don't see how she is any less qualified for the position than our current President.

    February 11, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Stan

    Glad to see America recognizes this fact.

    February 11, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. James

    Will you stop reporting on her so she can go away already?

    February 11, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Danny

    Politically I nearly completely disagree with her, but nonetheless, it's her birthday! Happy Birthday Sarah!

    February 11, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. bigtick

    I don't think that there is a better person that is in a position to possibly win in 2012, and even as a registered democrat I would vote for her in a heartbeat because I do like the fact that she is confortational and does not conform to one set of rules. On the other hand she at times more than often seems to be incompetent and a little lost. I beleive that the Repbublicians would nominate her in 2012 if she wasn't so unpredictable.

    February 11, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Palin will remain a major player in the political scene, but it is unlikely she can win the nomination for President.

    February 11, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. DJK

    Maybe the numbers would be better for her if she had a compliant press and a giant 'D' in front of her name. Seriously, if Obama is qualified to be President, then who couldn't do it?

    February 11, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Milissa

    Finally! What took so long? She was NEVER qualified to be president. I used to at least like her but when she defended Rush Limburger Cheese, I was done with her. Shame on you, Sarah.

    February 11, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Dee

    Thank God people are starting to wake up and see that this woman is not qualified to run this country. After watching the speech Saturday night I recommend that she in the future starts using a Telepronter.

    She could not follow her written copy. Lost her place a couple of times and the hand writings were just a little too much. Of course the
    so called Conservative talk radio hosts think that we are picking on her again.

    I just wish she would go back to Alaska.

    February 11, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. mario pinto

    Political strategy from the GOP, Q/ "how do you get rid of a problem like Palin? give her a public platform, a microphone, and a long rope! she will take care of the rest.

    I think the Republicans are smart. They get two birds for the price of one, it's like sending in a Kamakze politian to do their worst.

    February 11, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. jackson

    Happy birthday, Sarah. I hope you take the poll to heart. Actually, I'm amazed that 3 out of 10 Americans think that she IS qualified to be president. Very surprising. She has zero chance of ever getting the Repub nomination, let alone winning the presidency, thank heavens.

    February 11, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. gusmako

    She contributes nothing to this country. She is an agitator simply because she can make money out of being one. In terms of ideas and real caring for this country, she has absolutely nothing. She is only for herself. She is empty.

    February 11, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Joey

    if we elected bush we surely could elect palin this poll means nothing

    February 11, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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