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. Marie MD

    Those teabaggers are some kind of . . . . . I can't write what I think because I will be banned for life from this blog.
    So the idiotic airhead from AK is not as popular as she used to be. At this time I would like to thank (sorry, I feel like throwing up right now) cnn and the media who have constantly put this woman and everything she stands for in our faces for the last two years. The more she speaks, tweets, uses facebook the more we know what a bullet, bazooka sized, we dodged back in November 2008.
    Now her husband is getting into the action or maybe he was always the driving force and she is the "little woman" doing her husband's bidding.
    Once she quit on AK to make money her future was doomed. She is a money ho. Just another celebrity with nothing to show or nothing to help others just themselves. Everyone fades into obscurity when they are an empty shell. This includes her, her bully of a husband, that "dancing star" of a daughter who will probably end up pregnant and unwed again, her son who might still end up in jail and the one daughter who never goes to school so she is already a school dropout of sorts.

    October 7, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. roba0001

    her favorable numbers are better than obama's

    October 7, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Jacob

    wait a minute! Palin is unpopular!?!? it took a poll to fully realize that!? that is not a single person around me that takes her seriously or likes her...and I know ALOT of people.

    the jig is up!

    October 7, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Wes C. in Alabama

    I would like to start out by saying that I am a democrat in Alabama. So, this post is in now way in favor of Sarah Palin. However, it's important to remember that we ourselves should first sound intelligent before we can say something about Sarah's lack of intelligence. It is absolutely amazing to me how so many uneducated people can feel as though they have the right to dismiss Sarah Palin as a potential candidate when they have no idea how politics work. Everyone, please stop getting all of your ideas about politics from bias media. I don't agree with Sarah Palin's policies, but that is not to say that she does not have any. Get a life democrats and regain your sense of what's important to American people, and not what our liberal agenda is.

    October 7, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Tulsa

    Afraid? Nope, I am not and will never be afraid of MsPalin. Disapointed in the intelligence of so many well meaning and undoubtedly patriotic Americans that have fallen for her schtick, yes. Concerned that so many have flocked to her message of ideological purity, yes. Abhorred by the simplicity of her thinking, lack of education and hypocritical stances on issues, you betcha.
    Scared, no I'm not.

    October 7, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. mike gumban

    Let her run! If she wins then every country will have a great time laughing at America. Everybody needs to laugh at times like this. America will be healthy again!

    October 7, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. PB

    She is a joke and has proved to be ignorant one at best. Someone needs to give her a talk show so she can get all the attention she wants so the 90% of everyone that could care less what she has to say can tune her out. I am tired of her making her way into the general media outlets and being exposed to her stupidity weekly!!!!!

    October 7, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. palinfan

    sorry cnn i don't trust your poll.

    October 7, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I loooove her.......in that outfit!
    And of course, polls are nice aren't they?

    October 7, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. rick

    She will be in the discussion of President as long as there is some money to be made. Then she will "write" a book and try to cash in a little bit more. If she is lucky maybe she can be elevated to the Glen or Rush level and make 10's of millions of dollars a year looking out for the "common person" also known as Joe the plumber.

    October 7, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Shannon

    America is waking up....thank god!

    October 7, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. kermitz

    Palin scares me more than any terrorist group could. She's a nut and a loose cannon. God help us all if she ever get's anywhere near the White House.

    October 7, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. palinfan

    "let me go to fox news then i can decide."

    October 7, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. Texas Doc

    She sits on a throne of lies!

    October 7, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Shari from Madison

    Tea party = Palin. These people really want to trust their country's future to someone who is clearly incapable of running it? She is a ditz and an elitist. If she somehow did become President we can count on the country becoming one of ME First everyone else who isn't like me can go to hell. Please people don't let it happen!!!!!!

    October 7, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. jewell

    In November, The Republican Tea Party will lose because the american people do not want another bush-controlled congress. Sarah Palin has no respect for (President)Obama and would rather demonize his character than understand his ideas of the american dream. Palin fires-up the tea party crowds with lies and fear, while charging them money to hear her speak. What american in their right mind would vote for a woman who has no brain...just looks. "Obama@Hilliary in 2012"......Change goin come.

    October 7, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Rob

    I think 30% of people are stupid (mostly republican and including 100 % tea party members). 30% very smart and educated people (mostly democrats and independents) and 40% are zombies (no clue what's happening) mostly independents with some democrats and republicans.

    October 7, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. Ken in NC

    If she could get the Russian President to resign she might be a good President but her being elected would be up to the people of Russia. Then she could sit down with President Obama and bang her high heels on the table making her demands.

    October 7, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. ex-republican since McCain picked the plague of hate and lies named palin

    She disgusts me to no end!!!!!!!

    October 7, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. palinfan

    poor sara not even in the running and the leberal media wants to trash you.wonder why?

    October 7, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Mark Yelka

    I'm a classic 1960's vintage Republican: Social moderate, fiscal conservative. Modern Republicans are tending towards social extreme conservativism and fiscal Jello. Palin is just an embarrassment to my party.

    October 7, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. GonzoinHouston

    I'm hoping that things like this are the beginning of a "hey, wait a minute, are you serious?" phase among the voters. We sometimes get caught up in our enthusiasm for some off-the-wall candidate or concept, then as election day nears we suddenly recognize the reality of that concept. In '88 Jesse Jackson won a couple of primaries, then as soon as people took a serious look at the idea that he could theoretically become president, his support evaporated. Sarah's entertaining until you take her seriously, then she's revolting.

    October 7, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    She couldn't care less, as long as she's raking in the dough and not having to look after her special-needs child ...

    October 7, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. Rob in MO

    It looks like a quarter of Americans and almost half of the republicans are idiots.

    October 7, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. tomtom

    Sarah Palin, the Tea Bag Brigades, and people like Christine O'Donnell are all temporary diversions. They are all being used by the republican party to draw the people attention away from how much of a mess the last republican administration got this country in. But to every dark cloud there is a silver lining. In this case the silver lining is knowing that as soon as the republicans get back in office, and have no more need for them, the above mention will fade away like a distant memory.

    October 7, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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