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. susan

    Perish the thought.

    August 30, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. Karen Chapman

    I am suprised that even this many people would entrust our country to her leadership. Considering her education, the fact that she did not serve her term as Governor out, and just a lack of information to draw on, it is suprising. I guess some vote on sentiment, or charisma alone. Charisma as in they are drawn to her personality. I don't get it.

    August 30, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Randy

    Wow 1 in 4 Americans and half of all Republicans are ignorant. Amazing stat that reflects very poorly on the educational system of the US.

    August 30, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. Independent In Albany

    It makes me insane that we call Palin, Back and Limbaugh "conservative". This is totally wrong, they are Neo-Conservatives, and there is a HUGE difference.

    August 30, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Ge0ffrey

    How much money did the author of this article donate to the Obama campaign? Was he/she one of the 88% of the mainstream media (that includes CNN) to donate to the Obama campaign?

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

    Funny, are these the same folks that were so willing to vote for grandpa and the dimwit to lead this country? Slow learners, huh? And they criticized those who spoke against Palin. If it weren't so sad, it'd be funny.

    August 30, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. Expat American

    Palin is qualified to be President.

    However, she is only qualified to be President of the ‘other’ United States; that is the ‘other’ United States where people can justify their religious bigotry by hiding behind their false American bastardization of European Christianity and where Christ Nazism is more important than a global perspective or an 8th grade education; the ‘other’ United States where a Terrorist and a Muslim are the same thing and the ‘other’ United States where one never travels beyond 4 miles of their place of birth; the ‘other’ United States, etc…

    God Bless America…and may God Help those 1 in 4.

    August 30, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. celso

    Hmmm...A former Governor of a state is not qualified but a Chicago union organizer is? Sure CNN, whatever you say...

    August 30, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. frank

    She needs to go back to moose hunting!

    August 30, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. Sabina

    Thanks to Sarah Palin, women will continue to be taken less seriously in politics. Any gains we have made, she has set back considerably. Shame on John McCain for using her for her looks and not her credentials.

    August 30, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. patrick

    God don't like ugly...facts are facts, and facts don't lie.

    August 30, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. jules sand-perkins

    Sarah Palin might not be qualified to be president.
    However, what we certainly know now, from experience, is that President Obama is not qualified to be president.

    August 30, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. WComrie

    The sad thing is that any significant portion of the American population feels this woman is qualified to hold any office, much less the Presidency.

    August 30, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. Elliott

    Sarah Palin needs to look at her strengths and the only one that comes to mind is getting the base all riled up. This country, like anything in life needs BALANCE! Not too far left or too far right, but a nice even balance. When our elected officials can figure that out, then our country will move in the forward direction.

    August 30, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. John

    Saran Palin doesn't have Credentials too run for dog catcher,than she would lose at that or quit.

    August 30, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. William Nestor

    Sarah Palin as President would be like giving a monkey a Rubik Cube.

    August 30, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. Paul from Phoenix

    THe reason why I think Palin isn't qualified? Because I thought Obama was qualified, and clearly I won't make that mistake again!

    August 30, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. dodsoal

    Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader.

    August 30, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. clr

    hmmmm... correct me if I am wrong – but she isn't running for President...

    August 30, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. MAhole

    Oh no – tell me it isn't so!!!!

    The Wasillibilly isn't qualified??

    Maybe qualified to be the Village Idiot............

    Oh the horror (and the sarcasm.........)

    August 30, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. steven harnack

    That should put to rest any rumors that Republicans, as a whole, are capable of rational thought.

    August 30, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Run Sarah Run!
    Tin foil hat wearing, Obamanation sign carrying "Tea Party" event going ULTRA "Right" wing Republicans, please, oh please, oh PLEASE make her your candidate....
    Better yet, run her as an independent.

    (she's still is a full on BABE though)

    August 30, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. jpmichigan

    She is better qualified , than Obama to govern. He governs by his Ideology, more so than by the will of the American people and Constitution. This is disgracing since Obama was an teacher of Constitutional Law, in Chicago, but then no one ever stated what countries Constitution. He stands by the Constitution when it serves his purpose!

    August 30, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Granny Sarah Grizzly came in right behind Elmo in the poll...

    August 30, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. a health economist

    That's really unfortunate that so many people do not properly understand the qualifications of President set forth by the Constitution. Article II Section I states the only qualifications are the person must be a natural born citizen, 35 years of age and lived in the US at least 14 years. Palin meets these qualifications. But just because someone is qualified doesn't mean they'ed do the job well. And it is my personal opinion that Palin would not do the job well.

    August 30, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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