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. Dano

    That just goes to show how truly partisan Republican voters have become. Though it's by a slim margin, a majority of them think that Caribou Barbie is qualified to be POTUS! Just because you agree with a person's stand on social issues and he/she can utter cute little catch phrases does not make that person qualified to run our country. This is proof that they care more for their party winning than the future of America.

    August 30, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Aimleft

    Why anyone thinks this airhead has any relevance at all is beyond me.

    August 30, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Scott

    Why are you so scared of her if nobody likes her. Everyday you post something about her and its still two years to the election.

    August 30, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Austin

    Then I have to move to space. No need for this Idiot.

    August 30, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Steven P

    Both parties are the problem with the Fed.

    August 30, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. JOhn

    Just another point in a mountain of evididence that shows today's GOP are clueless.

    August 30, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Anonymous

    If idiocy is a requirement, she has the right stuff!

    August 30, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Former Republican, but never again!

    Palin isn't qualified to be elected to ANY public office. Her moose-hunting, mama grizzly act is just a sideshow that will make her rich. As P.T. Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute!"

    August 30, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Carl Justus

    Palin could not run an outhouse cleaning crew!

    August 30, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Jaybird

    Do we need to do a poll to know that about the quitter from Alaska.

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

    Although I am a staunch Conservative and want the Republicans to win in everything, I do not believe that Sarah Palin is qualified to be President. She is a personality, she is a nice person, she and I agree on a lot of things but we do not need another personality in the White house. She will drive away a lot of the Independents and then all will be lost for us if she should be the candidate. She is too polarizing a figure and I feel the republicans need to find someone different for their candidate. I am not sure even I could vote for her,, but I cannot vote for a democrat either, so I guess in that case I would not vote for the first time in my 75 years. I have never missed voting since I was old enough to vote, but if she is the candidate it would surely be a first.

    August 30, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. jenna

    It is not bad news for palin, it is bad news for the country. 25% of country is so crazy as to think that palin is good enough to be president.

    August 30, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Marissa

    What a surprise. Most of us know shes not qualfied. , Just people who get all their news from Faux News like her.

    August 30, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Rich

    That's bad news for you CNN and other media junkets. Your Ticker Queen is just that...a Ticker Queen..not Presidential material. We have been telling you guys in the media this since McCain thrust her upon the public (He shall never be forgiven for that), but you refused to listen. Anyway, I am sure, you will have GOOD NEWS for her tomorrow. She is a gravy train for you guys. As such, Im sure you guys will come up with some GOOD NEWS soon to keep milking that Alaskan cash cow. LOL. 🙂

    August 30, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Roger

    This is disappointing news for a lot of liberals who have really been hoping she captures the Republican nomination in 2012.

    August 30, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. AndyG

    This is not news. Apart from a brief period immediately after she got the VP nod from John McCain, Palin has consistently polled as being unqualified to be President. She has consistently received net negative polling from independents and women.

    The real mystery is why the media – including CNN – continue to hang on her every Tweet and Facebook page update as though she had any chance of ever winning elected office again.

    August 30, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Steven A.

    Of course she's not qualified. But it doesn't matter since she doesn't want to be POTUS. She wants to be a pundit. Pundits are paid better and don't have to do any actual work.

    August 30, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. Oy Vey Az

    Yeah but what do qualifications mean to anyone in our country? She has great hair ... she has a good looking body ... she has great one liners ... and her kids remind us of our own.

    Who says she's not qualified? We like her ... don't confuse us with your logical facts.

    August 30, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. idesign

    Vanity Fair and CBS News' 60 Minutes? LOL
    Another lefty poll….. Man you guys are desperate!

    August 30, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Pat

    She didn't deserve to be mayor or governor and she certainly doesn't qualify to speak for family values.

    August 30, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Patrish

    Palin is the Republican's cheerleader. Like most cheerleaders she's there to get you fired up, but remains pretty, perky, and brainless to the end.

    August 30, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. Bob Dog

    I think Sarah Palin would make a great circus clown. If she was a little quicker on her feet, perhaps a rodeo clown.

    Wait, she already is a circus clown.

    Its delightful to see her taking all that money from creepy conservative people.

    "Run, Sarah, Run!!"

    August 30, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Sally

    It's hard to believe that anyone, were they to face her name on a ballot, thinks she is even remotely qualified for President. I was of the opinion that she didn't even want to run, but her recent attempts to speak wisely to a larger audience appear to be feeding her tremendous ego, the ego that tells her God is opening those doors. I can hardly wait. The dossier that the RNC has on her will at last be opened, and they will quietly ask their sniper-in-chief to step aside. When she refuses, citing her 1st and 2nd amendment rights have been violated, she will be quickly done in at the first Republican debate bu her more experienced, more knowledgeable colleagues. If not then, then at her first real news conference in front of real journalists who don't feed her the questions three days in advance. Palin will, at last, self-destruct, and can go home and be a parent to her neglected, beloved, children. And count that money she is so fond of.

    August 30, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Charles W. Skinner

    Interesting that Democrat voters think former Gov. Palin is not qualified to be President, when they voted overwhelmingly for someone even less qualified and put Pres. Obama into the office. Someone with ZERO executive experience.

    And now the country is paying for their folly. Fortunately, we won't be paying for it very much longer, because the Liberal agenda stops January 1, 2011 when the new Congress controlled by the Republicans will take over.

    August 30, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Tony

    Sarah won't run for President. Even she knows she couldn't win.

    August 30, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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