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. Deuce

    She wasn't even qualified to be Governor of Alaska...

    August 30, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. drillbabydrill

    I was expecting this from the gay/commies of the LSM; a day after Palin showed to anyone with a brain bigger than a peanut, and with an IQ in the triple digits who she really is, the commies-nazis of the "media" came up with thash of a poll.

    That's what soviet type mis-information is all about: LIES.

    The commie news network's gays of course dissiminate the pile high dung.

    You stink, morons.

    August 30, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Susan in Arkansas

    Tell us something we don't know.

    August 30, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. Bertina

    You know, I would support this poll since I find the quitter rather sad and CNN for being so obsessed with her, but since CNN has yet to prove to me anything about polls that makes any sense, I don't.

    August 30, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. Tom

    Thankfully, her 15 minutes are about up. Sarah who?

    August 30, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. Belleville

    Are you kidding? This person does'nt have any credentials, let alone credibility to hold any office. Simply a mouthpiece to earn a few bucks.

    August 30, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. selina

    I'm more worried about the person who is the president

    August 30, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. Chuck

    Sarah Palin is not qualified to be President. I'm a Republican and I know that. I would sit out the election if she were the nominee. But she won't be so it's a moot point.

    But – Barack Obama wasn't qualified either. This clown has no idea what to do.

    August 30, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Dis-gusted

    Not to worry, she won't run for president. Money is the name of her game, and she makes more money being "Miss Prissy, being judgemental; spreading hate, lies, etc.

    August 30, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. Hannah

    What worries me is the 1 in 4 who think she is qualified. What are they thinking?

    August 30, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. bk

    Is there a poll on how many give honest answers when called?

    August 30, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. Enitan

    It should not take anyone with half of a brain to know that Sarah Palin is not qualified to be anything that requires intellectual and concept of reasoning.

    Do not know why she is even relevant to worth conducting a polls about.

    August 30, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  13. Drew, FL

    Never going to happen. She won't run of her own accord. She stands to make a lot more money doing exactly what she's doing now.

    August 30, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  14. Blake

    Palin is an excellent cheerleader for conservative issues. I welcome her engagement in casting vision and opposing Marxism. However, she is not the champion that conservatives need to insure that Obama is a one term president.

    August 30, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. Debby

    60 min. and vanity fair polls what a joke CNN, about as liberal as you can get.

    August 30, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. LindaPP

    Is this a surprise? We felt she wasn't qualified to be Vice President, so why would we think she can be President? Listen people, if you want to lose all the things you have now, mortgage tax deduction, social security, medicare/medicaid, unemployment benefits, then go ahead and vote the Republicans in. I for one do not want to lose ANY OF IT!

    August 30, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  17. Dave Elliott

    Its good to know that three out of four are paying attention. If the numbers stay that way I hope she runs.

    August 30, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  18. FrankW

    Hopefully Ms. Palin's unsuitability for the job of President at this point in time should come as no surprise to anyone. Do we as a country wish to repeat the mistake of electing an inexperienced community organizer President? I think not. The position is simply too important for the power it holds to be awarded to kings and queens of the sound bite.

    August 30, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  19. FLA Boy

    And how is this surprising?

    Just because the media drools everytime she opens her mouth doesn't mean she's qualified for anything.

    August 30, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  20. joyce

    Not worth a comment

    August 30, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. ST

    This woman so called Sarah should learn how to talk before the crowd. Hearing her at Glenn Beck rally on Saturday, I was totally pissed off! She said she has raised a soldier who fought Iraq war and nobody can take it from her whether we like or not. Sarah, how many mothers lost their kids there? Yours survived. What do you think these mothers think of your comment!!!

    August 30, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. james hairston

    if palin was elected governor of alaska, that speaks volumes!
    they are smart hard working people.

    August 30, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. bob

    please stop giving this lady press. every time she appears in the news is another day that she isn't gone.

    August 30, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  24. Laurs1

    Apart from whether or not Palin is "qualified" to become president - whatever that definition is to people on some personal level - with whom are they comparing her qualifications? Obama?? She's far more "qualified" than he is, on a number of objective levels, so it's rather amusing to find her wanting, if Obama is the competition.

    August 30, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  25. Blkman

    WHY on earth would she be, this is a woman who has not completed anything (other giving birth) that she has started.

    August 30, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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