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. Not surprised

    Tell us something we don't know...............

    August 30, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. sara

    It took this long to figure it out. No wonder we are in such trouble.

    August 30, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. kevin

    I can't believe that ANYONE would think she's qualified to be president.

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

    What do you expect from a poll taken by Vanity Fair and CBS? With the complete media coverage of Palin by CNN, She will be a shoo in in 2012.

    August 30, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. BReal123

    Oh yeah. Let the Republicans run her. Another landslide victory for the Dems!!! And another 4 years of "objective" goals in the name of personal freedoms and making this country a better place for "everybody". Not your typical "subjective" goals of the conservative, which is about values (theirs, not yours).

    August 30, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. ABM

    Those Republicans (or anyone else) who think SP should be President should have their heads checked. Is it because she is a woman? Then pick Mrs. Clinton. {I would pay money to see them debate just once. Hil would bounce her right of the stage.}

    People just can't see the truth – she is NOT good for this country. She is a quitter, self-centered, and not one to every think on a national or global scale. She can't speak with any amount of intelligence and on top of that I have not heard ONE idea that is worth merit. She would be an embarrasment for this country at any summit or conference of world leaders.

    There are more qualified people that can be elected that will serve our country, our citizens, and represent us to the world. Cue Barak Obama!!!!!!!!!

    It will be a very sad day if this Ditz every gets elected to an office again. Because that term would never be fulfilled as she would quit that to.

    Say NO to "P".

    August 30, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. slenon

    No amount of Tea Party mob fantasies or GOP propaganda can change Palin from the unqualified for any office opportunist into an educated candidate capable of looking beyond her own ego-centric position.

    She will always remain bigotted, a religioius fundamentalist, poorly educated, lacking any ethical position, and willing to use her children as campaign props. She lacks the personal courage and honor to finish her terms of office.

    I'd never vote for her.

    August 30, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. Eli

    So, Republicans are able to determine that one of their own is not qualified to be president and CIC. Would Democrats also be able to conclude that one of their own also lacks the credentials to hold the same office and responsibilities?

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

    As much as i like her direct conservative pluses she is no more qualified than the kenyan is or was. Both should of stuck to local politics before stepping into the big arena

    August 30, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. Marc

    Alex, can I have No Duh! for a $1000?

    This woman was a relatively harmless autocrat in Alaska. Now, thanks to the RNC (you don't really think McCain had anything to do with selecting her for the ticket, do you?), she's been unleashed on the world.

    August 30, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. Kevin

    The troubling aspect of this is that nearly half of all Republicans and 1 in 4 adults in general actually believe this unabashed moron has the capability to be president. Allegedly, these conservatives are not smoking pot. So what the hell are they thinking?

    August 30, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. Sam Sixpack

    It sure is a good thing you all keep putting up the story after story about Palin – she gets way more coverage here than on any "right-wing" channel. And it's a good thing we've got CBS – the Obama channel – creating one fake poll after another. Maybe everybody does hate Palin, however, citing CBS polls is no way to prove anything.

    Do you really believe anybody who isn't happy that Obama and friends stole your grandmother's medicare to give to their greedy, fat, rich backers (in the name of progress – no less) loves Sarah Palin? Do you really?

    August 30, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. Jon

    What is scary is that 25% of "adults" believe that this woman IS qualified. Holy Crow.

    August 30, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. Whatever

    OMG it only took the rally about "retoring honor" for America to restore honor in my eyes by realizing she is NOT qualified for any office!!!!!!

    August 30, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. John 1776

    Can't figure out why people think she wants to run. There is no way she would run.

    August 30, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. Bob, Virginia

    In other words, Democrats would love to see her as the GOP nominee opposite Obama in 2012.

    August 30, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  17. Von Bismark

    Perfectly qualified by the GoP standards.Teaming up with another they want to put American on the path of civil war!

    August 30, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. moe smith

    She's not fit to be a mother... what the heck makes her think she is fit to be president. she's a waste of oxygen.

    August 30, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. The reality is...

    What's sad is that I don't think she is qualified either but I'm quite sure she would have made better choices for the country than President Obama.

    August 30, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. Charles

    OMG, neither is Obama qualified to be President.

    August 30, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. jack

    Half the conservatives think she is qualitfied to be president. Not only is that funny it is also scary.

    August 30, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Ellid

    And yet another interview showing that no one except the extreme Right likes Sarah Palin or considers her qualified to be President. Why is she still news? Is the media that convinced she'll be the Republican nominee? She won't even win the Iowa caucuses, let alone the general election. Why is anyone wasting time on her?

    August 30, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. Virginia

    Sarah Palin is petty and vindictive as shown by backing the rival of the sitting Senator from Alaska. It was reported that she and the lady senator were not on good terms for years. What kind of president would she be if she went after every person in the government that had opposed her? Thank God that enough other Americans view her in the same way. We have enough prima donnas on either side of the aisle in congress without having a despot in the oval office.

    August 30, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. bernice

    Palin will NEVER be President in our country...Sure we have a few thousand idiots that believe in her & Fox news...
    Listen up, we are a country of more than 300 million..So do you believe that she speaks for all Americans?? I DON'T THINK SO...I'll sure be glad when this trouble maker stumbles..her followers will turn on her & she'll be happy to keep herself & opinions in Alaska

    August 30, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. no one's homeboy

    Gee...Not qualified...Ya think?

    August 30, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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