October 7th, 2010
04:26 PM ET
12 years ago

New poll: An unpopular Palin

(CNN) - One in four Americans have a favorable opinion of Sarah Palin according to a new poll out Thursday that measures the former Alaska governor's popularity.

Of the adults surveyed in the CBS poll nearly half, or 48 percent, view her unfavorably. But Republicans are more likely to have a favorable view of Palin than Democrats, 44 percent to six percent.

Although she hasn't ruled out a run for the White House in 2012, 64 percent of those polled do not think she would be an effective president, with eight percent of Democrats and 39 percent of Republicans saying she would make a good president.

But the numbers change when Tea Party members are polled. Forty seven percent of members think she would make an effective president.

Among likely voters, a Tea Party affiliation is a positive voting factor among 32 percent of Republicans and only four percent of Democrats.

Palin has endorsed candidates throughout the midterm election season and uses her political action committee, Sarah PAC to contribute to candidates across the country. She made a speech in Iowa in September, further fueling the chatter that she will launch a presidential bid for the 2012 election. Palin will team up with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele at two rallies in October.

Filed under: Polls • Sarah Palin • Tea Party movement
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Alan in AK

    Speaking as an Alaskan, I have a hard time believing that she's even that popular. Oh well that's why Miller, Angle and O'Donnell are still getting votes and a true reformer like Feingold is in trouble.

    October 7, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Fighting Democrat!

    No, news here folks!....... In other news the Michigan high courts sided with the Obama Adim that the health care mandates are legal. Heath care for all !!!!!!! Now thats news!!!!!!! Yahoooo!

    October 7, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Rick

    Palin/O'Donnell 2012...Can't wait!

    October 7, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. William

    What CNN does not tell you here is that the CBS poll was weighted two to one by Democrats. So the number is a lie. Also since only 38% of Americas would vote for Obama again I woudl say that Sarah who is not even in office is doing pretty great considering the congress has a 17 % approval rating and the President latest polls show him at between 38 and 41 %. 25 % approval when your not in office and not running for office and when 100 % of the Liberals and DEMOS hate you for the spite of it is pretty impressive.

    October 7, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. brad

    she has a better chance of beating barry soetoro aka barack obama in 2012. so does kermit the frog. there's no way this nation will elect an illegal alien to the office of POTUS again.

    October 7, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. Hugo

    I think the poll should compare the popularity of Palin compared to the popularity of the job Obama and Congress are doing, gee who do you think would win? You libs can cry and smear to your hearts content, mainstream America is awake and more informed than ever before, November will evidence the results, whatever they may be. Hard to be pro Dem when the economy has just continued to tank and unemployment continues to rise. Most people understand business more than some elitist lawyer sucking off the teat of others hard work, even if you sell crack you get it!

    October 7, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. love this country

    Sarah Palin is STILL an idiot!

    October 7, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Name

    Sarah Palin is an idiot!! If she is nominated President of this country Im moving to Canada where I can see Russia from my back yard!!

    October 7, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. JoeDbag

    Wow, fail at math for rickster. He can't figure out how 50% of 50% could equal 25%.

    October 7, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. Shelby

    The majority of adults do not like palin and that has been the case for nearly two years now as polling continually shows. sarah needs to get a clue and just go away! We are SICK of this greedy, hateful narcissist.

    October 7, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. Name corndog

    Jane, Obama has no bad press? You surely watch Fox (inferred from your belief that this poll shows Palin to have a favorable rating). She only has 47% of the tea partyvoters.

    October 7, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Shelby

    Even if sarah were popular, she still would not get the Repub nomination as she's got a CLOSET BURSTING WITH SKELETONS. For example, why is sarah on video telling Sean Hannity that her children got to vote on whether she should except the VP position, BUT sarah told Oprah that her children did NOT get to vote on this. sarah is a liar and just the type of potential nominee that would give the Dems much to work with for a "nice" October surprise just before the election. Do the Repubs want to lose again? If not, pick a good candidate next time around.

    October 7, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. Not fooled

    I don't know about most people but I for one likes to listen to debates and then pick my candidate. The very fact that she avoids the media tells me all I need to know. But if she gets paid she is right their at functions of her party. When asked to go on other news channels she declines. Enough said.

    October 7, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. The Big J

    She is a human toilet!

    October 7, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    Has the grizzly grifter started applying makeup with a spackling tool or just trying to hide the second chin?

    October 7, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Pete

    I don't blame Sarah for being who she is (uneducated in an area she claims to be involved with – i.e. politics), I blame the media for fueling her idiocy.

    October 7, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  17. vah

    I am not going to say the obvious regarding Palin, her level of intelligence and political knowledge as Katie Couric, Gibbs, news media and Palin herself have done an excellent of exposing her lack perfectly!

    October 7, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. Ted

    If presidents were responsible for delivering snarky insulting one liners Mrs. Palin would be great. But I didn't drink the cool aid so I'm solidly in the no way camp on her being an effective President.

    October 7, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. Cynthia

    Please, please, please, Sarah, go back to looking for Russians–and do not take another oath in your life–since you turned and ran away from the job and people to whom you swore to commit yourself.

    October 7, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  20. reoman

    Pain for president, what a cruel joke.p

    October 7, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. Teabigots suck

    The fact that Palin has the nerve to call anyone un-American is a sick joke. Didn't she want Alaska to break away from the Union? Didn't she support Texas doing the same?? SHE didn't want to be an American anymore just like she didn't want to be governor anymore.... and isn't that trying to steal Alaska away from the US?! Did she think she was Russian because she could see it from her house? Enquiring minds want to know.

    October 7, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  22. rubes

    Im am pleading for tolerance and compromise, left and right, we are a free country and made by diverse opinions. I am a liberal but I respect comservatives as we all have rights to live the american dream. I dont believe in a specific god but I respect who does. If we would just focus on whats important. Our country. We are the laughing stock in the world. And it is not any presidents fault but our own. We are no better than the radical muslims. If we keep the bickering and winning like children. Lets learn to takecare of each other. Stop judgimg. Stop blamimg each other. Let work toghether gays are not going away, mormons are not going away, and evangelicals are not either. Let meet in the middle. Love to all

    October 7, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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