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.

The poll finds that the right-wing tea party movement, has not registered with the majority of Americans.

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‚Äôs anarchic confusion and divisions to cash in for their own private gain.”

The entire poll can be found here.

Source: CBS News


9 Responses to “America to Sarah Palin: We Don’t Like You, Don’t Run for President”

  1. Fred on January 19th, 2010 2:56 pm

    Yeah, the media is always doing polls to check on how well they’re doing with their negative propaganda against Palin. Kudos, I guess. However she now has a rather tall platform (Foxnews) from which to counter liberal media attacks against her. “It’s not over ’till it’s over.”

  2. DEO on January 19th, 2010 3:28 pm

    To be a genuine populist requires that Palin not only know the people’s common interests, but be better informed, more politically savvy and steadfast in the defense of core principles than they are. Successful populism requires enlightened elite leadership.

    This is what Mrs. Palin lacks. It is one thing to be the mayor of Wasilla or the governor of Alaska; it is quite another to be the leader of a broad-based ideological movement. The problem with Mrs. Palin is not her views – and certainly not her middle-American background. Instead, it is her incompetence and poor judgment.

    She is a product of our narcissistic celebrity culture. Instead of doing the heavy (and unglamorous) political lifting required of a national leader, she is embracing the luxurious life of a TV talking head. She has abandoned the very basis of her populist legitimacy: her outsider status.

    For all her sound and fury – and at a moment of American crisis – Mrs. Palin has fatally chosen a conventional and lackluster path: to become an integral part of the media class. Her mystique will evaporate as she becomes overexposed and too familiar to be enchanting. Rather than going rogue, she has gone establishment.

  3. mary ann on January 19th, 2010 6:00 pm

    Sarah is just like kate gosselin — a flash in the pan. Good-by Sarah, we really don’t like you. Please stay home and raise your family — you don’t want any more early grandchildren. Stay alert to what is happening in your home.

  4. NH on January 19th, 2010 6:22 pm

    This is such bull!!!

    CBS is a liberal state run media and as such their polls would not be accurate.

    The tea party movement is far more popular than any part, garnering 43%.

    Sarah Palin is VERY popular as seen by her book tour .

    Unemployed blogger??? Gimme a break! This woman has run a city, a state, the national guard and a fishing business and raised 5 kids at the same time.

    She has more experience, smarts and class in her little finger than our current Communist in Chief, Mao lover himself, Hussein Obama.


  5. NH on January 19th, 2010 6:24 pm

    This is what we like — she is not ‘elite’ which only means someone who THINKS they are educated.

    Look where this ‘elite’ incapable idiot of a goon president has gotten us now!

    He’s working for the enemy.

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  8. happynow on February 6th, 2010 2:48 pm

    Incompetent, Animal Killer, WannaBe (Pres of USA) NEVER…..Highly Educated “NOT”, Identifies with Racists,& Minority Haters…That’s Her, Not Even N the Same League With……. Michele, or Hillary, just to name a few, She’s Not The Answer to Anything that will Truly Benefit 50 Million Unisured Americans in “ANY” Form or Anything That Will Benefit “MINORITIES” and Never Will ………………………………………Peace

  9. Karen on December 19th, 2010 1:58 pm

    Sarah Palin is a female George Bush, quite possibly even stupider!!

    “Refudiate??????” WTF?? Why would anyone want this woman in office???

    As for raising 5 kids, well, guess she didn’t spend too much time with them
    since she was so busy with all her other interests.

    Let her stick to her fishing business since she’s so good at it!! Doesn’t make
    her presidential material!

    Tell her to go read a book instead of killing animals.

    This woman is an embarrassment to our nation.

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