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
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  1. GI Joe

    And this time next year, they'l see Beck for what he is – selling fake christianity to keep his ratings up on FOX to line his pockets. It's the $$$ stupid.

    August 30, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Bob

    Ah, the daily bash of Palin by CNN. You guys are obsessed with this woman? Why? Does she scare you that much? She is old news. Move on.

    August 30, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Jim S

    Sarah Palin clearly has the ability to "stir up" crowds and anger as well, but when it comes to substance, she shows that she lacks knowledge of the issues and more importantly, answers to the complex problems this nation faces today. She has capitalized on her "moment of fame" and turned it into a "cash cow" as well, but offers little or nothing to the national debate or solutions to problems and seems to be using the gullible and dissatisfied public to line her own pockets. Her record as a "quitter" should concern anyone thinking about voting for her as well.

    August 30, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Robert

    Go away Sarah! We already have enough polarizing politicians dividing this country and at least they graduated from some place better than an Alaskan community college.

    August 30, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I have my doubts about Palin's qualifications too. But is she any less qualified than Obama? At least she was actually chief executive of a state.

    Not that I'm endorsing Palin for President–she, like the neo-cons in general, is far too wiling to try to cram her bible-thumping down everyone's throat–just like Obama is so willing to try to cram his neo-socialism down everyone's throat.

    What the country needs is fewer politicians trying to impose their various philosophies on the rest of us, and more willing to just leave us alone.

    August 30, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. CBR

    I think all of this polling on Sarah Palin should stop. She is one person who does need follow polls.

    This poll is important because?

    August 30, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Jeff

    Goes to show just how out of touch the Republicans are with the rest of the country...quite eye opening on such and important topic..........presidential qualifications.

    August 30, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Hangar 13

    Amazing – the mainstream media stage an all-out 24/7 assault on the woman's intelligence and character for only 24 months, and for some strange reason, people believe she sin't qualified to lead the world's only super power. You'll notice about 300 posts to this article, of which 95% are unfounded personal insults, and zero offer a substantive, supported criticism. What a sad state of affairs the political dialogue in this country has become.

    August 30, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Sam I Am

    The United States doesn't need a president who has no clear concept of how government actually works, no clear understanding of geography, a complete ignorance to world politics, no idea how financial institutions work, and nothing but a complete disregard for anyone but their own career. We had one of those for 8 years. It was a disaster. Another four years? Not if reasonable and rational Americans can help it.

    August 30, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. SA in OO

    This isn't bad news for Sarah Palin. She is what she is, and increasingly has been connecting with a population of white, middle class religious females, who see the world in the same simple terms that she does.

    The problem, if there is one, is for the Republican party as a whole. They have shown they can win elections by pushing the hot button prejudices of the different demographic groups who make up their base. They have not demonstrated that they can frame a national consensus around any of the complex issues the country faces.

    It is a little hard to build a coalition to govern based on the guiding principle that you really don't want government to do anything. There may be a lot of voters who would buy into this slogan, but these are people who don't understand the complexity of the many issues that face the country.

    Sorry to say, but the world isn't black and white, good and bad.

    August 30, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Sarah Palin can be best described as an 'agitant' in the 'true conservative' political machine. Would an 'agitant' make a viable president? The clear answer is NO. Imagine a political leader, that no matter what he/she says or does ALWAYS stirs up the 'hornet's nest'. Sooner or later, all those who have opposing points of view will be oppressed or suppressed should that political agitant leader come into enough power to have control over the masses. Imagine someone of that character and nature have control of the military and the 'bomb'. I would say that's some pretty scary stuff. And furthermore cannot be allowed to happen.

    Definition of agitant:
    1. Anyone, or something, that tends to arouse public feeling, interest, or support for or against something.

    August 30, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. Rosebud

    As long as there are delusional palinists... she won't go away... these people only like her as an attack dog....

    August 30, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. tom

    It's good to know that Americans still are able to recognize someone without substance!

    August 30, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. don

    It would be a Democratic blessing if she is the Republican nominee

    August 30, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. True American

    Palin raised taxes as governor and benefits from the state's socialistic permanent fund program while crying about the "evils" of socialism. Then she QUIT as governor to chase the almight dollar, abandonin her constituents. She's a phony conservative and poor executive. Why anyone still believes she is fit to lead this country astonishes me. She should just stick to motivational speaking.

    August 30, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Brian

    Stage right, enters NoBama. The Democrats move and pull him along with strings. Talk about unqualified. Get this idiot out of the white house, and take his kids jungle gym too.

    August 30, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. felicia

    Well duh! Who in their right mind would want this woman to be our president. I wish people would stop the press.

    August 30, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. Laurie in Spokane

    I cannot believe ANYONE in their right mind (I guess that eliminates the GOP) would for one second believe Palin qualified for POTUS. I'm beating a dead horse here, but she's not qualified for anything in the public sector. She's already shown she's a quitter and money grubber.

    August 30, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. SammyD

    Great another CNN Palin story. Again a lot of us republicans love her but do not necessarily care about her running for president, she speaks what we feel and for now that's what we need. Have you ran stories on how obama's numbers have dropped, thats a story you should be running everyday....

    August 30, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. AEJ

    And to think that Sarah thought her being a celebracy and her presence at the right-wing raly she could get a million. People are starting to see this IDIOT is a waste of time. It' all about MONEY for this woman. I wonder how much Glen Beck paid her for her apperance. Did she travel in her private jet?

    CBS News estimated 87,000 people attended a rally organized by talk-radio host and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News. gave its estimate a margin of error of 9,000, meaning between 78,000 and 96,000 people attended the rally. The photos used to make the estimate were taken at noon Saturday, which is when the company estimated was the rally's high point.
    Rally organizers had a permit for crowd of 300,000.

    August 30, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. J.R.Walker

    and the current occupant of the White House does?

    August 30, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Leigh

    Sarah Palin, representing the small-minded and bigoted people of America. I guess everyone in America gets a say, even if it's backwards "thinking". God Help Us All.

    August 30, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Joe in PA

    So, this should pot her right on par with Smoky the Bear...

    August 30, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. T'SAH from Virginia

    Duh – you think???? She, Palin, is sleepwalking and all of her followers are asleep!

    August 30, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. G. Washington

    Turning over, I say: "The woman is an airhead"!

    August 30, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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