July 16th, 2010
12:04 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll: Palin hot amongst Republicans, others not so much

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/21/art.palin.closeup.jpg caption ="According to a new poll, 76 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Sarah Palin."]Washington (CNN) - For many Democrats in Washington, a Sarah Palin presidential run would be a dream come true.

As their thinking goes, Palin's popularity among Republican base voters in early primary states would be enough to swamp the rest of the 2012 field and vault the conservative firebrand to the GOP nomination.

But in a general election, her standing among independent and swing voters, which began to crater in the closing weeks of the 2008 presidential race, might be too much to overcome.

New (admittedly early) polling data suggests that very scenario could play out if she decides to seek the White House.

According to a new Gallup survey, 76 percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Palin - the highest rating among any of the presumed presidential candidates. The former Alaska governor also maintains the strongest name recognition of any potential candidate, while only 20 percent of Republicans view her unfavorably.

Palin is trailed by Mike Huckabee (a 65 percent favorable rating), Newt Gingrich (64 percent) and Mitt Romney (54 percent). Bobby Jindal, who has yet to signal any serious 2012 intentions, had 45 percent favorable rating among Republicans.

Among all Americans, though, Palin's numbers are upside down. More Americans view her in a negative light (47 percent) than a positive one (44 percent). What's more, only nine percent of Americans haven't formed an opinion of the former Alaska governor, making it difficult for her to correct that deficit.

Romney, meanwhile, appears to have repaired his image among Americans since the height of the contentious Republican primary battle in February 2008, when his unfavorable rating was at 46 percent. Now, 36 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Romney, with 28 percent having an unfavorable view.

The Gallup poll surveyed 1,020 adults between July 8-11 and has a sampling error of +/- 4 percentage points. Several potential candidates, namely Tim Pawlenty, were not included in the survey.

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soundoff (322 Responses)
  1. Buying elections by spreading paranoia, fear and dumbing down of the American Voter

    There is no better candidate to spread Republicanism.

    July 16, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. get real

    "Not so much" is a huge understatement.

    July 16, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Larry

    Indeed, running Palin as a presidential candidate would be a gift from the gods to the Democrats.

    July 16, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. L.A.Dave

    Run Sarah Run! Couldn't think of a more entertaining election than Sarah Palin running for President for the Republican Party. Talk about a sell out. Although I believe Obama deserves a second term, if Sarah runs I would love to see Hillary as her Democratic opponent. People, you couldn't make this stuff up.

    Is she gonna run? Did Bristol and Levi get re-engaged? What does that tell you folks?

    July 16, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Aaaah, another meaningless article about the Fountain of Nincompoopery.

    July 16, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Common Sense Real Americans

    I hope this racist decides to run , assuring us a democratic victory in the next election cycle................

    July 16, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Ehy is this news? Nothing has changed... most people hate this boob.

    July 16, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Bobbie in Maryland

    The party of NO deserves Palin ane vice versa. But please don't even THINK of dumping her on thr rest of us!

    July 16, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Take America Back

    Sarah just drives the Libs crazy!
    But she is NOT:
    1. A Racists.....like Obambi
    2. A Socialist......like Obambi
    3. A Liberal......like Obambi
    4. A Liar......like Obambi
    5. A Hater of America....like Obambi
    6. A Wacko Enviromentalist....like Obambi

    And the list goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on.......

    July 16, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Jeff in Virginia

    This just in:

    Water is wet.

    The sky is blue.

    Pass it on!

    July 16, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Katie

    And to think just a little while ago they were saying even among Republicans she didn't look so good. My prediction: she'll throw her hat in the ring, and when she goes down in flames, she'll take the entire party down with her. It'll take more than Twitter slams and picking potential candidates to be a serious POTUS contender. I can't think of any president who won by constantly playing the victim card when challenged on ethics, experience, and knowledge. If she's the best the GOP has to offer, it's no wonder the Dems are in charge.

    July 16, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. MAhole

    If the "disasta from Alaska" were to run, it would be the greatest gift EVER to Obama and the democrats.

    PLEASE, Sarracuda – run!!!

    4 more years of Obama would make this country great once again.

    July 16, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. AEJ

    Run Sarah run – I beg of you

    July 16, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. popnsa

    Favorable does not equal votes. This woman is an idiot.

    July 16, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Get A Grip

    If Palin would run against Obama my guess is Palin would win. Not because she's so great, but because Obama is the worst President we've ever had and America wants him out of the White House.

    July 16, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. AmericanFlag

    we need a time machine to go back a generation or two and teach this family a thang or two about using protection.

    July 16, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Steph

    What, CNN, nothing to retweet from the Queen Tea Bagger herself so you have to keep her picture up here with another poll.

    Yes, the far right loves her, and the rest of the USA can't tolerate another minute of the sad idiot John McCain unleashed on this fine country.

    July 16, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. David

    She will never be president. She is a neo-con usurper.

    July 16, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Former Alaska governor? Half term governor, please get that right. Second anyone that has an analytical brain and won't just march lock step with the party would not consider this loser for dog catcher.

    July 16, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    Pease run Sarah! Your ego is big enough to ignore the very high possibility you will loose.

    July 16, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Ben in Texas

    Thank you, CNN, for stating the obvious. Right-wingers have misunderstood the revulsion for Palin as fear of Palin, and they are not the same thing. If she runs, the 2012 election will be a no-contest.

    Can anyone really imagine her, a near-illiterate, debating Harvard educated President Obama? Can anyone see her winning over any mainstream American to her teabagger "ideas"? And when it comes down to it, many of her supposed supporters are so mysogynist that they would not be able to pull the lever for her.

    The appearance of Sarah Palin on any ballot, ever again, would certainly signal the demise of the Repugnant Party.

    July 16, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Mickey, NY

    This is because Republicans have a mental illness. Why else would a whole group of individuals flock around such a degenerate?

    July 16, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Gary

    Run Sara Run!!

    July 16, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. joel palmer

    Please let this woman mount a serious campaign for POTUS in 2012; as a lifelong democrat, I will gladly contribute to her effort. I haven't seen a 70-30 whooping in my lifetime and this would be it for sure.

    July 16, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Billy, NYC

    Is there any GOP candidate who tells truth and has real ideas to dig ourselves out from the financial crisis and creates jobs? Absolutely NOT someone who support the BUSH tax cuts for the wealthy. People (the poor and unemployed) first, please.

    July 16, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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