Palin's intensity in Iowa fading, says poll
February 28th, 2011
08:44 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin's intensity in Iowa fading, says poll

(CNN) – As Sarah Palin mulls a presidential bid, the former Alaska governor is getting mixed news from Iowa, the state that traditionally kicks off the presidential primary season.

A newly released poll from the Des Moines Register suggests Palin is still liked by many GOP voters in the state, but perhaps not to the degree she once was.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee's favorability rating has slipped 6 points in the last year and a half among likely GOP caucus-goers in the state, a number that, while within the poll's sampling error, may suggest the excitement around Palin is beginning to dissipate as other likely presidential candidates have spent significantly more time there over the last 15 months.

According to the just-released survey, Palin's favorability rating among likely GOP voters in Iowa now stands at 65 percent, down from 71 percent in November 2009 when the ex-governor was traveling the country to promote her campaign memoir, Going Rogue.

Palin has solidified herself as a celebrity since that time, signing a contract with Fox News, starring in a reality show, and penning a second book. But the former vice presidential candidate has also visited Iowa only three times – twice to sell books and once to speak before at a Iowa Republican Party event - showing few signs she is interested in cultivating the voters whose support could significantly boost her presidential hopes.

And in another sign the intensity around Palin is fading in the Hawkeye State, support among GOP voters who say they view Palin "very favorably" has dropped 9 points, from 27 to 18 percent.

The Des Moines Register poll was conducted 13-16, with 800 Iowa adults, including 189 likely Republican voters, questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error for questions of likely Iowa Republican voters was plus or minus 7.1 percentage points.

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  1. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Sarah Palin has a 65% favorability rating among Iowa Republicans???

    What is the percentage of Republicans to Democrats?

    How many humans(?) is that, exactly?

    Can anyone explain what seems to me to suggest a lot of lead in the water, in the paint they must consume from childhood?
    Seriously, I don't love ANY of the Republican candidates, but I see several who might be up to the job, SHE IS NOT ONE OF THEM.

    February 28, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Rob in Det

    The woman is a fake!, she tells lies the way people breathe air.

    February 28, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Alina77

    This ding-bag with lipstick should be happy that she was able to fool others ding-bags and made so much money, Levi said that she always wanted to make as much money as possible and run, I think its time Sarah.

    February 28, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. rusty155

    It because Saran Palin Is Unqualified and she don't know what she taking about and she a IDIOT. And she know nothing about what she should know to be President , or any other PUBLIC OFFICE.

    February 28, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. tiskismet

    Did everyone feel that? The collective IQ of the good people of Iowa just shifted upwards. I swear, I felt the resulting ripple of air currents all the way in the Northeast....

    February 28, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. jim the mechanic

    Time for SP to pull out the heavy artillery: Mini Skirt w high heels.

    February 28, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Russ

    It's amazing that 65% still view her favorably. What the hell is wrong with Iowans? Pen a second book, really, you mean someone wrote it for her. "Celebrity" is the only thing right in this story. Just another talking head that doesn't stand a chance to be President. The only ideas she has weren't put in her head by others. The rest? Just rants that get her attention.

    February 28, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Susan

    When is she going to drop off news page. So sick of see her face. Radical people have no place in my life.

    February 28, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Herbal Tea Party

    Looks like enough people are waking up with a cup of coffee instead of tea. Is her political star and 15 minutes beginning to fade?

    February 28, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. John Walsh

    Come on the only people who listen to Palin are Uneducated Bible Thumpers . I trust most Americans have more brains to even consider Palin for President . McCains own staff said it right ( Palin is a Wac Job ) .

    February 28, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. William

    Sarah's "intensity" has fallen with everyone except herself. She is "magnificent" in her eyes only.

    February 28, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Mark Danford

    I am glad to see that even Iowa is gradually coming to its sense.

    February 28, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Luis Berrios

    I cannot believe that a woman whose lack of knowledge is beyond this planet, and whose biased comments are nothing more than incendiary speeches that cater to the uninformed, continues to be so relevant and attractive to the press. Isn't there a better and more productive way to spend your limited funds and space on your website. Goodness gratious! She is a neanderthal, not her rivals.

    February 28, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. Jay

    Good bye, useless. Don't let the door hit you in the butt when you leave.

    February 28, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    That is because every time she opens her mouth, more and more people realize she is an empty suit doing the Koch brothers' bidding while bilking Americans of millions of dollars buying a book written by someone else and paying to hear her say nothing that anyone will remember in 50 years.

    February 28, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. The Real One In NC

    Her popularity is dropping in SC too. A article in yesterday's newspaper quoted republicans in SC said they want someone smart to run like Michelle Bachman.

    February 28, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. chris

    She is only milking this for the money; I really don't think she plans on getting in the race. I think she knows she has no chance at winning and just want to get what she can out of this. Her past alone regarding her short lived tenure as the GOV of Alaska would be used all the time by her opponents. Oh and lets not talk about her overall knowledge of things in General. The GOP best bet is to tell her to stay away or pick someone she can support. Otherwise, they are going to loose bigger than expected.

    February 28, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Larry L

    I'm shocked to hear that 65 percent of Iowa's GOP actually considers the mindless twit Sarah Palin favorably. How low can the bar be moved in the red states? Surely the hard-working folks of Iowa can find a grown-up person, with a strong work ethic, a solid history of dependable public service, a knowledge of world affairs, and the maturity required to run the most powerful nation in the world. Oh yeah, that's President Obama...

    February 28, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Thanks Alot, McCain

    No one who is sane could possibly support this low IQ, drop-out attention-mongering hate inciter.
    ADIOS PALIN if we never see you again itt'l be too soon.

    February 28, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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