Palin hits new low in poll
January 18th, 2011
12:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin hits new low in poll

Washington (CNN) - After a difficult and controversial two-week stretch for Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor's favorable rating has dipped to its lowest level since she joined the 2008 Republican presidential ticket and became a household name.

According to the new USA TODAY/Gallup survey, Palin's favorability rating has dipped to 38 percent while her unfavorable now stands at 53 percent. Gallup reports the 38 percent is a new low when it comes to the percentage of Americans who give the former Alaska governor a thumbs up. The 53 percent who dislike Palin is also a new high in Gallup polling. A similar poll in July found 44 percent of Americans viewed her favorably while 47 percent did not.

The poll surveyed 1,032 adults by telephone from Friday through Sunday and carries a sampling error of 4 percentage points.

The latest survey findings are no doubt unwelcome news for Palin as she considers whether to mount a presidential run. But in an appearance on Fox News Monday, Palin said the latest heat directed her way in the wake of the Arizona shootings has not deterred her desire to be a part of the public dialogue.

"I am not ready to make an announcement about what my political future is going to be. But I will tell you ... I am not going to sit down. I am not going to shut up," she said.

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soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. Mikey

    Nothing seems to deter her. She appears to be totally oblivious to the reality going on around her. It will be interesting to see if she can get her "favorable" below the dismal number that W hit in his second term. What was it, about 23%?

    Please, please, all you "socially conservative" voters. Please make her the GOP nominee in 2012. It would be the best thing you could do for your country and the world – ensure a second term for the best President in a generation, Barack Obama.

    January 18, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Zenichi-Maro

    Of course she won't sit down, and of course she won't shut up. Polls reflect reality. Palin has no business with, and no interest in, reality. I, for one, hope she runs for and wins the presidency. It's the only way that the cadre of morons who support her will see her for the useless shill she is. And, if past is predicate, she'll quit half-way through, so the harm done could be mitigated.

    Run, Sarah! Run!


    January 18, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Calvin

    I liked Sarah Palin a lot more when she only spoke in tongues.

    January 18, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. D Rreilly

    II would have to say that Sarah has really stepped in to it this time. She looked more wounded than any of the people shot in Tuscon. Sarah Palin's biggest enemy is Sarah Palin. It would have been better for her to keep her mouth shut. Then she goes on The Sean Hannity Comedy Hour and looks even worse. Sarah makes herself look bad.

    January 18, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Vince

    Yes, please don't sit down and shut up Sarah! Everytime you open your mouth, the stuff that falls out of it is music to a liberal's ears! I don't know what I would do without reading all about your nonsensical adventures! Keep up the good work!

    January 18, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Chris

    Sarah, the poll numbers are telling you two things...

    Sit down.

    Shut up.


    January 18, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Palin will continue to seek the limelight as long as she has a special needs child and other responsibilities from which she is running.

    January 18, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Phattee

    Behold! The face of the GOP: a shrieking, ill-informed reality star!

    January 18, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Brandon

    I have a hard time believing that a 53% disapproval rating for her is an all time high...

    January 18, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. jeff

    Palin (and Gingrich and Santorum) have the proverbial snowball's chance when it comes to being elected and probably know it (unless their oversized egos are out of control). But they definitely want to have a say in who is the candidate and have a cabinet seat should the GOP win. It should be interesting to watch the "electable" candidates tip toe through the philosophical minefield of especially Palin and to a lesser extent Gingrich. The excitable media will definitely have a field day. Should be fun to watch... in the same way reality TV and professional wrestling is fun to watch.

    January 18, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Katie

    What a shocker! The right-wing's foot-in-mouth candidate of the year isn't well-liked? If she wants to be liked maybe she should shut her trap and go back to the pageant circle where she belongs.

    January 18, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. EddyL

    Doesn't this moron ever shut her dumb mouth?

    January 18, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. w.buchanan

    Wow, only 53% don't like Palin and here l am thinking the entire nation of the US finally agreed we all can't stand her. Seriously, who honestly believes this woman has any GOOD ideas, or a brain for that matter ? Even her own state cannot stand her, that should be a big red flag.

    January 18, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Nurse Lisa

    every gaffe makes it clearer that she's exceeded her 15 minutes. So glad more Americans are realizing the folksy charm has never really had the luster or longevity of a true gem.

    January 18, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. obviously

    it's the stupid, STUPID!

    January 18, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Todd

    "I will tell you ... I am not going to sit down. I am not going to shut up"

    Well, we can always dream...

    January 18, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. FM

    The path she chose to advance her political career, is not what serious politicians take. She doesn't make choices of what to say/do. She invites problems instead of avoiding them. All these, she does in the eyes of many intelligent people thus they take her as unreliable person.

    January 18, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. LJ

    Of course she cannot shut up, she is just too full of herself. It is nice to see people are finally starting to wise up on her. There is hope she might go away eventually!

    January 18, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Osilama Abu

    It is high time Palin,keeps her mouth shut,if in doubt I refer her to 1st Thessalonians 4:11 in the Bible to get a message.

    January 18, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Palin doesn't care about polls; all she cares about is money. And as long as she has followers willing to pay for her ghost-written books and listen to her mangle the English language or read something off a teleprompter (you can always tell, because it gets reflected in her glasses; that, and what she says contains big words), she'll be around.

    For someone who's always proclaiming how much she's like a "mama grizzly," she's quite the wimp: ran away from her special-needs son; was so self-involved her oldest daughter got pregnant to get some attention; quit as Governor when all her dirty deeds came home to roost.


    January 18, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Four and The Door

    As it turns out the heat directed at Sarah Palin due to the Tucson tragedy backfired on the accuser/ haters. Jared The Mass Murderer was about as sick as they come and this had absolutely nothing to do with politics.

    So many posters on this board jumped on the " It's all Sarah's fault " bandwagon and it quickly fell off a cliff the more we learned about the sicko murderer. These posters took advantage of the victims of this crime to make an empty political point. It was pathetic to watch.

    January 18, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. 4merRepubCT

    Please, do keep talking! Let's see how low those favorability numbers can fall.

    January 18, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Phil in KC

    There is hope for America yet, if the public is wising up to this woman and seeing her for who she is. Hopefully, her 15 minutes is over and she will fade into political obscurity.

    January 18, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. doug

    If you took a poll of public opinion on Dr. Martin Luther King in 1963, you would also see a very high negative rating, even though it wasn't true. People are scared to say that they support the trailblazers of freedom, equality, decency, and fairness. You felt that your life was at risk if you supported King in 1963, and with the way almost every Democrat speaks of Palin, you fear for your life in saying you support Palin in 2011.

    History redeams the good, just as the Democrats of the 60s were wrong on king and civil rights for African Americans, they are wrong today on Palin and ideological freedom for all Americans without lie ridden character assasination and death threats.

    January 18, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Jack in Florida

    She is an idiot! Anyone with half a brain would have kept a lower profile during this time. Her gun rhetoric inflames people and the people it inflames are idiots, just like she is. You know she does not write her own speeches and she NEVER goes on the mainstrain news channels, only the FAUX news channel, as they protect their own. Enough about her already!

    January 18, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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