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. caleljeffe

    Vanity Fair? Really? The pulse of America right there.

    August 30, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Squigman

    How did this person get elected to office in Alaska? Answer: The media (television, radio, internet, and the corporated led news people), rammed this idiot down the publics throat, day in and day out, until the idiot got elected. If you really dont care for your situation, and you believe the political landscape is somewhat littered with people who look out for their own interest, before considering your own, you can partially blame your (so called), liberal media. That is actually taking marching orders from the conservative(s), in the boardrooms of major corporations. WAKE-UP people. Surely you can not be so ignorant as to not see what is actually happening, as opposed to what you are told is happening.

    August 30, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. j willianson

    The poll doesn't surprise me at all – what DOES surprise me is the endless attention which the media showers upon this woman. Why?

    August 30, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Ferret out the BS

    So finally 3 out of 4 of the voting public have come to their senses, took awhile. All she'e got to do is keep opening her mouth.

    August 30, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. eoin12

    No!, say it isn't so,

    ( only 1 in 4 of all adults thinks Palin is qualified to be commander-in-chief while 60 percent say she is not.)

    No Kidding, Really?
    The only thing she is good for is tweeting and spouting off lies. Still waiting on the Death panels Palin.

    August 30, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. Andrew B.

    The poll doesn't ask the right question. Of course she isn't qualified. But Republicans and a few independents will vote for her anyway.

    August 30, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. Seattle Sue

    Most of us have known this for nearly two years. It has just taken some people longer to come to this conclusion.

    August 30, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. larry

    It seems as if qualifications do not matter considering who is currently serving as our president.

    August 30, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. Bob From Bridgeport

    Its about time the people came in out of the cold. The sad part is that it took so long to figure out that she was simply window dressing for the Republican party and nothing more. The unfortunate thing here is that she escaped her holding pen and they could not contain the damage that her free wheeling self serving activities created...

    August 30, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. CarolinaBear

    Who are there few who think she could EVER be qualified for the Presidency? The woman has never completed a term for an office she has been elected to. She is a "trainwreck" with lipstick.
    Were she not attractive, her 15 minutes would have ended long ago.

    August 30, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  11. joe dokes

    Yet, this individual gets endless attention from the media. Why? The media cynically reports on her comings and goings because they know she's good for ratings. People who don't know any better love her, despite the fact that she's a quitter and utterly unqualified for any major political appointment. In an era before Fox News, a person like this would have lasted ten minutes on the political scene before being laughed off and forgotten.

    August 30, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. Dee Dee

    CNN has nothing to do but Palin's bashing. Wake up CNN, She will be better president who will bring our honor back.

    August 30, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  13. Liz the First

    Bad news for Palin is good news for the country. Thank God the ones who can recognize the simple fact that Palin is in no way qualified to be president far outnumber the ones lapping up her Kool-Aid. the bad news for the country is that some of those folks who recognize her lack of ability seem to think some other republican't would make a good president. how many times does history have to prove that wrong? republicans don't want to govern, they want to rule, for their benefit only. hope there are enough sane, thoughful people voting in November to prevent the horrific scenario of a repug takeover of even one house of government. the country is finally on the road to recovery from the last repug regime. don't send it back into the ditch, or over the cliff!
    "The purpose of government is to do for the individual what the individual cannot do for himself." Abraham Lincoln

    August 30, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  14. Amir Goy

    It is really quite breathtaking that the neo-CON puppet Palin gets such numbers as these that think she is somehow 'qualified'...even among conservatives!

    August 30, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  15. Eric

    "Clear majority says Palin not qualified to be president"

    Yet we elected this current nitwit.

    Hey Buraq, a community in Kenya called... they need to be organganized.

    August 30, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  16. Bassman

    This poll is not surpising, when you consider the negative press she recieves. Katie Couric introduced her audiance to gov. Palin as a " moose burger eating beauty queen". No mention of her record. Brain Williams introduced her as a saying she banded books. Not true.

    Now she can go to ANWR and expose the lie that it is not suitable for drilling. What does the media cover on the same day? Levi. Time and time again the media will ignore substance, if favor of ridiculing her and her children. Palin herself has said she would not vote for herself if he believed the things in the media.

    All four candidates made gaffes during the 08 election, only Ms. Palin was held to a double standard. Pres. Obama says there are 57 states. Not covered. He misspells Syracuse while filling out hid brackets for the Final Four basketball tourney.. Also not covered.

    August 30, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  17. Bensky

    Finally America wakes up ... or, wait. Maybe they have moved over to the Beck camp ... another firebrand with no credentials for Joe six-pack to love.

    August 30, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  18. Dave

    I wouldn't trust Palin to babysit an ant farm, much less govern a country. She consistently repeats things that are not true, and that either means that she's a liar, or that she has poor judgement when it comes to understand what's true or not. Neither is an acceptible trait in a leader. And she's proven to put self before service: when she saw a way to make more money on the lecture circuit, she ditched the job she'd sworn to do in Alaska. Service to the people means NOTHING to her.

    The Republican Party has lost all credibility by making a "star" out of such a ludicrous person. If she's a standout among their party, then they're a poor party indeed. They've become a radicalized theocratic party, and since theocracy has ruined every country that ever adopted it, there's no way I'll ever vote Republican again. I'm not crazy about the Democrats, but they're the only choice left for a moderate in this country.

    August 30, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  19. larry

    "only 1 in 4 of all adults thinks Palin is qualified to be commander-in-chief" This proves that 25% of those surveyed are complete morons.

    August 30, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. JC

    There may be hope for this country after all.

    August 30, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  21. AB Baltimore MD

    Overall, the vast majority of all Americans know that Sarah Palin lacks the requisite skills and abilities to be President of the United States. No one quits an executive position on the state or local level and then aspires to seriously assume higher executive office on the federal level. Sarah palin abruptly quit the Alaskan governorship for no good reason and is now acting like a presidential candidate. This is crazy and is a recipe for electoral failure. Palin is not credible and is unelectable. In American politics, no one gets a second chance to make a first impression and Sarah Palin is definitely no exception. She is a Dan Quayle in a skirt with lipstick!!

    August 30, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  22. Sandy

    ARE YOU KIDDING!!!!!! Hey CNN don't you get it you can not control Americas Goverment anymore. WE GET IT AND NOW WE DON"T BELIEVE YOU. We read your articles and laugh, because you think you are controlling the thinking of Americans. NOT HAPPENING! Palin did wonderful things in Alaska like NO Proprerty taxes No State Income Taxes and NO Sales Taxes. Plus every citizen got a check from the State Goverment for $3300. Now tell me what did Obama do! Oh yeah graduated from the quota Harvard institution with Gates as his professor passing him along.

    August 30, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  23. FactCheck

    Wait, wait... didn't she just draw a massive support crowd of less than 90,000 people? You mean a bunch of wingnuts smaller than the crowd at a Bon Jovi concert won't dictate the future of American politics??

    August 30, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  24. Chris

    This is funny. CNN finally finds a Republican who is down in the polls and she's not even running for office.

    You can keep on raining CNN, but with Glenn Beck's rally, the conservative parade has just begun.

    August 30, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  25. Peace

    Amen, Amen, Amen! The more she shows up the more people understand what type of a person she is. Running like a grasshopper from one place to the other without doing anything concrete won't make you credible dear Sarah!

    August 30, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
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