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. Hugo

    I think she is a great campaigner and money raiser for the RNC, but I do not specifically share all of her conservative ideologies. I do believe she is just as or better qualified than Obama to hold the seat of Presidency but remember folks that ain't saying a whole awful lot. Until the progressives are driven out of our Congress and Whitehouse America will remain in this economic limbo land of depression and unemployment. In my opinion a Palin still would trump an Obama, but there must be a better choice out there over both of the aforementioned, if not anything is better than the course set.

    October 7, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom(real one)

    @ Rickster: IS there a difference between the Koch-TeaParty & the Republicans? Don't think so!

    October 7, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    The Democrats just wish they had someone in their line-up who could inspire the passion for politics that Sarah Palin does. Do you want to see enthisiasm and people who really come alive with the message? Go to a Sarah Palin speech. She is brilliant at understanding and explaining what it will take to get the American government working for Americans again. The Democratic politicians in Washington seem to think that what's good for the Democratic party is good for the country. They don't get it. They are too caught up in the politics. They forget that there's a country out here to be considered.

    October 7, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

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

    What the POLLSTERS and PUNDITS are forgetting – the Tea Party DOES NOT represent all Americans – they NEVER will as long as they stay far to the RIGHT and stick with the RIGHT views!!! So to even POLL them is irrelevant!!!

    Palin can't even get the people she ENDORSED to back her up (LMAO) so how can she get the majority of Americans to vote for her (now I'm ROTFLMAO)!!!

    DEMOCRATS – UNITE – forget PALIN for now and her 'make-believe" bid for President in 2012 and worry about DEFEATING everyone she endorsed for 2010!!!!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 7, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. loy

    Some of you republican are so stupid. If Hitler was a republican running for office. you would vote for him.

    October 7, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. jillib

    Reality check – Palin is toxic outside the faux "news" echo chamber.

    October 7, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. La Piovra

    P. S. Rickster, take some remedial math. In all events, do NOT apply to any position requiring statistics.

    October 7, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Jimbo (the real one)

    Eric, I am guessing you were "picked on" a lot as a child. Your negative "baiting" marks are easy to hide behind on a forum like this but there are a lot of people like me, who really care about this country, that will be voting with the Democrats in a few weeks. I think you will be surpirsed by the results...God Bless America...!

    October 7, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Oh, and, yeah, Jabberwocky Barbie belongs in speech therapy...or maybe just regular therapy...not plastered all over the news every day. Listening to her is like listening to a Wernicke's aphasic trying to translate one of Dennis Miller's hyperbolic pseudo-intellectual thesaurus regurgitations into Chinese.

    October 7, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Joita Belin

    If Mrs.Palin is not an important person for you, WHY YOU ARE AFRAID OF HER POWER? Go to Hell. I am a Democrat.

    October 7, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin for president, whose going to be her watch dog, Todd Palin who has no education and she too is lacking. And if notice Palin never talks about education for our kids or even her own. You ever seen a dog chasing a car and if he ever caught it he couldn't drive it, get the message. Americans aren't that uneducated, I don't think?

    October 7, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. normajean

    11-12-13-14-..........we're getting there!!! Her fifteen minutes are almost up. Unfortunatly her clone has moved into the picture so we'll need to start counting for her. 1-2-3-!!!!!I don't think this will take as long 4-5..............!

    October 7, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. tom

    She's nothing more than a money grubbing media whore who seized an opportunity when Mc Cain stupidly chose her as a running mate. SHe's a quitter who cares more about having her name/face (and her family's) on every TV or magazine cover where she can cash in on it. She says NOTHING about plans to 'change' gov't. She's good at bashing...no constructive, REALISTIC way of making those changes. Sure...no more taxes...no more bailouts. How does she think the country would run? Oh yeah...that's right...the same way it did under Bush and Republicans. More deficit...where's that surplus the Dems handed over after Clinton? Spent on Iraq and in Halliburton's (cheney's pockets)

    October 7, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. NameDave

    Rickster- re-check your math and logic. The numbers in the third paragraph would suggest a larger number of republicans were polled.

    October 7, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "The Democrats just wish they had someone in their line-up who could inspire the passion for politics that Sarah Palin does."

    I believe you are confusing passion and nausea. Jabberwocky Barbie is the Ipacac syrup in our nation's political gullet. While she might get a certain "rise" out of a small number of conservative fappers out there, the only thing she causes to rise for th erest of us is our gorge.

    October 7, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Jason

    Obviously the important poll would be number of indepents that think she would make a good president.

    October 7, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. LacrosseMom(real one)

    @ Joita Belin: Wow....... No one is afraid of "her power", we are afraid of her beliefs, her warped ideas and her constant promotion of division by her pitting one American against another by questioning our love of our Country.

    PS. I don't believe for a second that you are a Democrat.

    October 7, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. nick

    It took you (CNN) this long to realize the obvious? At best she is anembarassment and at worse makes the American political scene a laughing stock before the world and heaven above. So, please stop covering her...please!!!!

    October 7, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. Dave

    Palin for president is a big mistake. If the tea party and right want to win they need a new leader and Palin would just be a waste of a good chance. Get a real leader!

    Obama has screwed up big time by trying to change America to fit his socialist agenda. I Hated George Bush and Obama sucks to!!
    Keep America America!

    October 7, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. Texas Doc

    One in four is still way too many. Wake up America, the Tea Party is a scam with no other intention that to subvert our political system for their personal enrichment. Take a real close look at Palin, Miller, O'Donnell, Angle, Rubio, etc. A lot of politicans are cons, but these folks represent the worst of what our great nation has to offer.

    October 7, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Name

    That's the too bad. I like bears!

    October 7, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. haha

    the only people who think palin is popular work for CNN and fox news.

    October 7, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Laurie

    Hope this doesn't have an impact on her financial windfall, which, in the end is all she cares about. A despicable money grubbing human being without a conscience.

    October 7, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. jeff, alabama

    Am I reading your headline to this story right ?
    You refer to an unpopular Palin and then you
    go on and describe favorable numbers for her
    in this poll. You do realize when these poll
    questions are asked, the potential voter is hit
    with a multiple choice answer to the question.
    To an uneducated mind I quess your spin would
    work. For her percentages to be as high from
    these polls as they are you would have to conclude
    that she is a real threat as a candidate. Which is
    why you ran this story to begin with. CNN, you are
    better off to try and impress the easily impressionable
    concerning good ole' Palin..........2012.......Palin !!!

    October 7, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "No one is afraid of "her power""

    Wrong. Her power is terrifying for being so baseless, substanceless and virulent. I'm going to go ahead and play the Hitler card here: just like him, she and her propagandist, demagogue backers have convinced a whole buttload of angry, fearful, mindlessly religious and, in many cases, bigotted idiots to believe a whole slew of horrifying nonsense devoid of factual, evidentiary and logical support. I don't have to tell you where that leads.

    Yes...it leads to people doing things like assuming 2% of the population is out to institute Sharia law, that Campbell's Soup should be boycotted for creating soups to market to Muslims, that a community center on private land should be stopped by abusing government power, that the Constitution and history books need to be rewritten, etc. etc. etc.

    October 7, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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