August 30th, 2010
08:26 AM ET
12 years ago

Clear majority says Palin not qualified to be president

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" A new poll shows only 1 in 4 Americans believe Sarah Palin is qualified to be president."](CNN) - Two days after Sarah Palin fired up a large crowd at Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally in Washington, a newly released survey suggests a clear majority of Americans don't think the former vice presidential nominee has the right credentials to be president.

According to the new survey from Vanity Fair and CBS News' 60 Minutes, only 1 in 4 of all adults thinks Palin is qualified to be commander-in-chief while 60 percent say she is not.

By a narrow 47-40 percent margin however, Republicans do feel Palin has the right stuff to be president. But self identified conservatives – constituting the segment of the GOP largely thought to most favor the former Alaska governor – are essentially split 41-40 percent on her abilities to govern the country.

What may also be troubling for the former Alaska governor if she finds herself in a general election matchup, 3 in 5 independent voters don't think Palin is qualified while only 21 percent do. Among moderates, the numbers are even worse with 70 percent reporting they lack confidence in Palin.

Predictably, the numbers are most dire for the former vice presidential nominee among self-identified Democrats: 3 in 4 say Palin isn't up to the responsibilities of the Oval Office.

The survey, conducted by CBS News between August 3-5, surveyed 847 U.S. adults by telephone.

Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Anchorage, Alaska

    I am shocked that Americans do not like QUITTERS!
    Anyone that quits elected office to pursue money never deserves elected office again. That is what Palin did to Alaskans.

    August 30, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  2. Dave Harris

    Her whole schtick lately seems to be about how she's so super-holy and so ultra-patriotic, unlike some other people who we won't actually name. This kind of empty posturing appeals to a certain group of ignorant people who the rest of us usually ignore. Hopefully we will be able to continue to ignore them.

    August 30, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. Nobody Special

    The recurring theme in all these polls and surveys shows that roughly 20%-25% of Americans are complete idiots.

    August 30, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  4. Jen

    NEWS FLASH: Palin is an idiot

    August 30, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  5. Bobby V

    How is this news? She repeatedly said she won't be running.

    August 30, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    She is not qualified to run for any public office. If there were a U.S. Department of Hate & Division, she'll be the ideal candidate.

    August 30, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  7. Massachusetts Conservative

    Let's see if I've got this formula right....

    Presidential approval poll dips to an all-time low in the mid-40's. Glen Beck puts together an extremely successful, peaceful rally on the Mall in Washington DC that has even won the praises of Independents and Democrats who were in attendance. Bad economic news comes out late last week indicating that we are headed for a double-dip recession. Democrats are 10 short weeks away from losing control of both the house and senate.

    CNN's answer? Put up an anti-Palin story to get their liberal base riled up and divert attention from all their bad news from the weekend.

    Did I get that right?

    August 30, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. Sam

    After reading this item, I still can't discern if Republicans think Palin is qualified or not, because that's the only segment of nuts who would vote for her anyways and I can't tell which side the wind is blowing. As far as I am concerned, yes, I don't think she is NOT qualified to be president.

    August 30, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  9. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    She is really much more qualified than a community organizer or a hair plugged idiot that can't control his lying mouth, but unfortunately she has been so degraded and demonized by the state run media and liberals (like CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NYT and WashPost) that most people believe the caricature that they have created rather than the real person. That sexist, racist attitude of the liberals is of course horrible, but it has created an opportunity for someone else to capture the soul of the real hardworking, taxpaying American citizens who accept personal responsibility for their lives, especially when that person can be contrasted against the corrupt, inept, union toady that is currently the president and the darling of the liberal controlled media.

    August 30, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  10. DeeDeeLynn

    I don't think she wants to be President. I think she just wants to go on making $75000 per speaking engagement and lining her own.

    August 30, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  11. Chris

    Well, she certainly has more experience in dealing with foreign governments than this President has. May wanna do a poll and see if MSM people would have elected Oboma if the had known what he was goin to do in the first two yrs of his Presidency. THAT is a poll question.

    August 30, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  12. JohninTampa

    Did the poll ask how many people think Daffy Duck would make a good POTUS? Yosemite Sam maybe? In a general election matchup it is only fair to match Sarah Palin against such peers.

    August 30, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  13. Ann

    She isn't even qualified to be Sarah Palin!!!! She's a good liar though....a very good liar.....

    August 30, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  14. jim

    She is better qualified than Obami!

    August 30, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  15. Me

    Bad news for CNN in recent ratings, their hatred for Palin drives people away.

    August 30, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  16. G4

    Yeah Sarah is not qualified to be President....

    But the Palin movement is a very important one for our country. We need lower taxes, lower deficits and smaller government. We need to better educate our children and make them LESS dependent on government. We need to stop programs that take money from our hardest working Americans and gives free stuff to the laziest Americans. This reinforces bad behavior and dependence on the government. We need to all work more, pay some taxes, save more and donate to charitable organizations voluntarily, not through government taxes!!

    Yes Sarah is not ready to be President but yes Sarah is an important non-presidential leader for our country.

    August 30, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  17. walter

    Oh those laughable libs (and their backpocket friends in the MSM). Big news – Palin isn't running in the November elections. You can try and deflect from the mess this administration and this congress have made, but the bottom line is that the dems are out in November.

    August 30, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  18. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    1 in 4 who feel she is qualified is the same number of uninformed who make up the birther movement. Talking to them is like trying to reason with barnyard animals. Those who voted for "W" in 2000 thought he would be the one to invite to an outdoor barbecue, not realizing there was more to being president than being folksy.

    August 30, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  19. Louisiana Man

    Say it aint so. SP not qualified to be president!!

    She displayed her lack of cerebral flux and fortitude when she walked out mid term in her elected capacity as governor of that vast land known as AK to pursue more loftier endeavors such as enriching her personal coffers at the expense of the gullible.

    People have finally realized that Palin and Co are strictly renowned for entertainment and not political capitol.

    August 30, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  20. GSMS

    Sarah Palin is more qualified to be President then the person in the White House now. I am 100% confident that she would be a great President. Record debt, 9.5 % unemployment is that what you liberals want, that is what you get from our present President. Vote 100% Republicans this fall and in 2012.Bring back America the way it should be.

    August 30, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  21. The Dude

    She couldn't even finish her term as governor of Alaska. And she quit that job for one of two reasons:

    1. She saw her chance to make a TON of money and took it

    2. She caved in to her political enemies who were filing tons of lawsuits against her.

    Either way, she has shown that she either cannot hack the pressure of high office, or is easily swayed by money. Is this someone we want to lead the country?

    August 30, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  22. JH

    Wake me when she's gone. Please.

    August 30, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  23. Wucs

    Sarah Palin proved she is a quitter in anything she does. All she is interested in is making money. The "qutting govenor" is a real joke and america must soundly reject her insane ideas....

    August 30, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  24. Me

    Clear majority do not approve of Pelosi, Reed and Obama.

    August 30, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  25. Tony Z

    She has no track record beyond mayor. Beyond facebook and twitter rants, she shows little substance.

    August 30, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
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