America to Sarah Palin: We Don’t Like You, Don’t Run for President
January 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-A new CBS “Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Movement” poll finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans don’t want the former half-term governor and former unemployed blogger to run for president in 2012. The poll also finds that the more people see of Palin the less they like. Despite the big media splash with her “Going Rogue” book tour, and her current appearances on Fox News, Palin’s favorable ratings have remained quite low. Only 26 percent of the country view Palin favorably.
The CBS telephone poll was conducted between Jan. 14-17, using a random sampling method. Of the 1,090 adults polled, a whopping 71 percent say they don’t want the former half-term governor and former Republican vice presidential nominee to run for president. Only 21 percent of the respondents want to see Palin make a bid for president.
Even a majority of Republicans shiver at the thought of an intellectually challenged and divisive populist, like Sarah Palin as the leader of the free world. Across party lines, 56 percent of Republicans say they don’t want Palin to run for president, with only 30 percent saying they do. Among Democrats, 88 percent don’t want to see her seek the presidential office, while 25 percent do. And 65 percent of Independents say no to a Palin presidential run.
With Conservatives, surprisingly, a slightly higher percentage at 58 percent don’t want to see Palin seek the presidential office, compared to 56 percent of Republicans.
When it comes to liking Sarah Palin as a person, most Americans don’t.
The poll finds that more Americans view Palin negatively than positively and that her book tour did not improve overall views of her. However, her divisive nature has worked to slightly increase both her favorable and unfavorable ratings.
The poll shows that forty-one percent view her unfavorably, compared with 38 percent in November and 37 percent in July. And only 26 percent of people polled view Palin favorably, compared with 23 percent in November and July of last year.
Among ideological lines, Conservatives are the only group that holds net positive views of her at 46 percent. Forty-seven percent of Moderates don’t like her much. And 58 percent of Liberals hold unfavorable views of Palin.
Divided among party lines, Forty-three percent of Republicans hold favorable views of Palin, with Independents almost evenly divided at 30 percent favorable and 35 percent unfavorable.
Sixty-nine percent of those polled are either undecided about teapartiers or don’t know enough about the movement. Among those who are familiar with teapartiers, 18 percent have a favorable opinion of them, with 12 percent of Americans haveing an unfavorable opinion.
Many of the those polled who have heard of the tea party are Conservatives the survey shows. Among that group, they are divided on whether the tea party reflects the views of all Americans. Forty-six percent say it reflects the views of all Americans while 40 percent say it does not
Sarah Palin is scheduled to speak at the money-making Tea Party convention being held in Nashville next month. And she is reportedly receiving a speaking fee of about $100,000. Palin along with RNC Chairman Michael Steele are seen as “cashing in” on the tea party movement to line their own pockets.
Frank Rich, Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times dubbed opportunists like Palin and Steele, as teabagger “buckrakers who are exploiting the party’s anarchic confusion and divisions to cash in for their own private gain.”
The entire poll can be found here.
Source: CBS News