Most Don't Want Sarah Palin to Run for President

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A new CBS News poll finds that a large majority of Americans say they do not want former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to run for president.

Specifically, 71 percent say they do not want the former Republican vice presidential nominee to run for president, while 21 percent say they do want her to run.

When the results are split out by party, 56 percent of Republicans say they do not want her to seek the office and 30 percent do. Meanwhile, 88 percent of Democrats do not want her to run. Among independents, 65 percent do not want her to run and 25 percent do.

The poll also finds that more people view Palin negatively than positively and that her book tour did not improve overall views of her. However, she is a little better-known now than she was last fall, and both favorable and unfavorable ratings of her have increased slightly.

Now, 26 percent of people view Palin favorably, compared with 23 percent in November and July of last year. Forty-one percent now view her unfavorably, compared with 38 percent in November and 37 percent in July (both in CBS News polls). Nineteen percent of people in the current poll are undecided about Palin.

Forty-three percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of her. Independents are divided, with 30 percent holding favorable views and 35 percent unfavorable.

Conservatives are the only ideological group that holds net positive views of her -- just under half do, while a quarter are unfavorable and a quarter of conservatives are undecided.

But while favorable toward her, most conservatives say they do not want to see Palin run in 2012 – 58 percent of conservatives say she should not run.

Palin is expected to make her next big public appearance at a Tea Party convention early next month in Nashville. The CBS News poll also asked Americans about their views of the new movement, but found it appears to be still be too nascent a movement to have registered yet with most Americans.

Sixty-nine percent of Americans are either undecided about the movement or haven't heard enough so far to have an opinion about it. Among those who have heard of it, 18 percent have a favorable opinion of it and 12 percent have an unfavorable opinion.

Among those who have heard of the movement (many of whom are conservatives), 46 percent say it reflects the views of all Americans while 40 percent say it does not.
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ArrowSmith

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Sarah Palin is like Obi-Wan Kenobi. You strike her down and she will become more powerful then you can possibly imagine!:eek:

Also polls about who should run for POTUS 2 years out are meaningless drivel...
 

AppleIntelRock

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I simply can't imagine why anybody WOULDN'T want Sarah Palin to run for president–*personally I think it would make for some of the best TV in history.
 

yg17

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Oh- I'll be one of those. :)
Yup, exactly. If you and I were polled, we would be included in that 21% who want her to run even though we don't want her to win. I bet the number of Americans who actually want her to win is even lower in the teens somewhere.
 

mgguy

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It's hard to imagine how she could do any worse than Barack Obama.
 

Dany M

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She is working for Fox News now. She retired from being governor. Any chance of her being president was lost at the latter and trampled at the former
 

hulugu

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She is working for Fox News now. She retired from being governor. Any chance of her being president was lost at the latter and trampled at the former
I tend to agree. At this point, everything she says: every parsed phrase, misstep, misunderstanding, can be used against her during the GOP primary and later election. Of course, this won't change the diehards, who would vote for Palin regardless, but that 21 percent isn't enough to carry her to victory against any candidate.

Of course, this doesn't mean that the FNC machine won't push their new employee toward Iowa in 2011 and do everything they can to manipulate its results, but this shouldn't (I'm allowing for a serious WTF moment) allow her to garner much support.
A third-party candidacy is more likely, but at best she'd just split the Republican vote like a "conservative" Nader.
 

Iscariot

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Most don't want the world to end, but there's a startingly number of people hoping for the rapture. I think that pretty much precludes polls of public opinion from meaning anything.
 

SwiftLives

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I don't want her to run. Because if she runs, then there's the possibility - even if it is remote - that she might win. Be careful what you wish for.

(And I've said it before. I'll say it again. She's going to run. Just not as a Republican).
 

63dot

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I prefer left leaning Libertarians or Green Party candidates, but I know 2012 will either be a Democrat or a Republican.

With that almost certain reality, yes, I want to see Palin run so the Democrats win in 2012.

Obama's approval rating is about 50% percent in this recession, but W's was from 19% percent into the mid-30s most of the time in this downed economy. I could only guess what Palin's approval ratings would be if she became President, saw the economy worsen, and continue to make speeches around social conservative issues. It's just too scary to imagine.
 

Rt&Dzine

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I don't want her to run. Because if she runs, then there's the possibility - even if it is remote - that she might win. Be careful what you wish for.

(And I've said it before. I'll say it again. She's going to run. Just not as a Republican).
I feel this way too . . . if she were to run as a Republican. On the other hand, if she runs as an Independent or as some new party candidate such as the Tea Party, she'll split the conservative vote.
 

yg17

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I feel this way too . . . if she were to run as a Republican. On the other hand, if she runs as an Independent or as some new party candidate such as the Tea Party, she'll split the conservative vote.
I hope she does run as an indy. Obama will win states that Democrats haven't won in 50 years.
 

63dot

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What tells you that? A hundred years or so of precedent? :rolleyes:
Heck, if it was only 100 years, it wouldn't be so bad. Try 150 years. ;)

With third parties, it's two steps forward, two steps back, or even three steps back!

Practically, the Libertarian left here have got close to getting something locally (Northern California) but the Greens did win a few local ones. And this is in a famously liberal part of the country.

Before Democrats sometimes brought up the issue, the left Libertarians and the Green party have talked about medical marijuana and the rights for gay people to marry. I know in a Republican state, left leaning Libertarians or Greens stand much less of a chance. There has been talk among us of joining forces behind a rogue third party person who was once a major party member. The Greens ran a former, well known Democrat, and the Libertarians could get a fed up liberal Republican or Democrat who wants change faster in DC. Of course, Sarah Palin is not one left Libs or Greens would want, even if we knew here name is worth at least some votes on recognition alone.

Right leaning Libertarians, who once used to vote for issues of personal freedom, have become hijacked by the Christian Right to some degree. But not all of them since I know some right leaning Libertarians that want DC off our bodies, our beds, and our hard earned tax money.

The Libertarians did very well with a well known radio personality, Gene Burns KGO San Francisco, their top perennial vote getter, but he has since become a blue dog Democrat.
 

AppleIntelRock

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Heck, if it was only 100 years, it wouldn't be so bad. Try 150 years. ;)

With third parties, it's two steps forward, two steps back, or even three steps back!

Practically, the Libertarian left here have got close to getting something locally (Northern California) but the Greens did win a few local ones. And this is in a famously liberal part of the country.

Before Democrats sometimes brought up the issue, the left Libertarians and the Green party have talked about medical marijuana and the rights for gay people to marry. I know in a Republican state, left leaning Libertarians or Greens stand much less of a chance. There has been talk among us of joining forces behind a rogue third party person who was once a major party member. The Greens ran a former, well known Democrat, and the Libertarians could get a fed up liberal Republican or Democrat who wants change faster in DC. Of course, Sarah Palin is not one left Libs or Greens would want, even if we knew here name is worth at least some votes on recognition alone.

Right leaning Libertarians, who once used to vote for issues of personal freedom, have become hijacked by the Christian Right to some degree. But not all of them since I know some right leaning Libertarians that want DC off our bodies, our beds, and our hard earned tax money.

The Libertarians did very well with a well known radio personality, Gene Burns KGO San Francisco, their top perennial vote getter, but he has since become a blue dog Democrat.
I believe the liberal nature of Northern California is often over-exagerated, and it is also important to note that typical big-government liberal lemmings find left-wing libertarianism just as unappealing as many of the traditionalist Republicans do. I'm a fan of Chomsky just as much as anybody, but I'm afraid critical mass isn't in the near (or even foreseeable) future– with regards to the Left-wing Libertarian movement. Social activism cannot be forgotten however, it's just important not to overemphasize it's effect.

Just my 2, perhaps inconsequential, cents. You 'Betcha!