CNN poll: 71% say Palin’s unqualified to be president

posted at 4:14 pm on October 28, 2009 by Allahpundit

I was planning to skip this, but Conservatives 4 Palin promised their readers this morning that the “deeply tiresome Allahpundit” would be launching into an anti-Palin tirade about it any minute over at Hot Air.

How could I let them down?

Republicans appear split, with 52 percent saying she’s qualified and 47 percent disagreeing with that view.

The poll indicates that about half of the country, 51 percent, has an unfavorable view of Palin, with 42 percent seeing her in a positive light. Nearly two-thirds of those questioned say Palin’s not a typical politician, and feel she’s a good role model for women. Fifty-six percent add that Palin cares about people, and a similar amount think she’s honest and trustworthy. But the survey indicates Americans are split over whether Palin shares their values, agrees with them on the issues, or if she’s a strong leader.

“Sarah Palin has one advantage that many past Republican candidates have not shared – Americans think she cares about people like them,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “But her biggest Achilles heel is the number who think she is not qualified to be President. Those numbers are similar to what Dan Quayle got in 1993, when only 23 percent thought he was ready for the White House.”

C4P notes that, at 42/51, her approval rating’s up three points since the last CNN poll; in fact, if you use that PPP poll from last week as a yardstick, it’s actually up six points. An early sign of a rebound in her favorables as the book builds buzz, perhaps? As also noted by C4P, she’s got great personal numbers:

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The left might despise her but most of America doesn’t — which makes that 71 percent figure all the more jarring. Note, too, that she’s +29 on the question of whether she’s a good role model for women, which is fascinating given that she typically polls badly with women overall. The public clearly admires her, and rightly so, but there’s also clearly a deep, deep vein of skepticism about her qualifications if they’re cracking 70 percent on the presidential question while giving her a solid thumbs up on personal attributes. (Note that, at 52/47, even the split among Republicans on whether she’s qualified is within the margin of error.) As for C4P’s lament about CNN finding the headline it wanted to find within the data, are they really arguing that a three-point gain in favorables should have been the lede for this story rather than the fact that last year’s GOP VP nominee — and current darling of the conservative base — isn’t far from having three-quarters of the population declaring her unqualified? That’s a striking amount of consensus in an age when consensus is hard to come by.

While we’re on the subject, here’s the video of America’s father/parasite of the year telling CBS he has “huge” dirt on his son’s grandmother but isn’t ready to use it to destroy his extended family just yet. You’ll be pleased to know that Sarahcuda issued a statement laying him out this afternoon. The takeaway line: “Consider the source of the most recent attention-getting lies – those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention.”


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So you admit it.

Jim Treacher on October 30, 2009 at 10:30 PM

I never once denied it. I used absurd jokes in response to absurd questions, all from the same comedian, without changing even a word. I know he isn’t a big name exactly, but I assumed someone would recognize at least one of them.

Esthier on October 30, 2009 at 11:02 PM

If Sarah Palin makes a good showing on Oprah the percentages will change.

MCGIRV on October 30, 2009 at 11:10 PM

I never once denied it. I used absurd jokes in response to absurd questions, all from the same comedian, without changing even a word. I know he isn’t a big name exactly, but I assumed someone would recognize at least one of them.

Esthier on October 30, 2009 at 11:02 PM

Relax.

Jim Treacher on October 31, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Quoting title of this thread:

“CNN poll: 71% say Palin’s unqualified to be president”

CNN Poll?

Since it is a CNN Poll it is possible that it is a biased poll against Sarah Palin based on the bias of the audience and respondents’ sampling.

So, Sarah Palin is “unqualified to be president?”

Not true!

If Barrack Hussein Obama, who barely served as Senator before and during his run for the Presidency, and who was nothing but a leftist, Marxist, Radical Community Organizer who spend much of his formative years in other nations, nations in which Islam was the main influence, something that Obama praised, thus making him not as “American” as a person born and raised here, is qualified to be president of the USA, then certainly Sarah Palin who DID have more executive experience, as PTA activist, Mayor, and Governor, compared to John McCain’s limited experience – Senator, never as an executive, Governor, Mayor, etc., and more proper experience to serve as President of the United States of American than Obama’s, who had a strong lack of experience, is qualified.

Examples: Obama openly spoke about how he loved the Muslim call to prayer while living in Africa and Asia. He also gave a speech recently in which he stated that the USA is NOT a Christian Nation, but that the USA is one of the Largest Muslim nations, having among the largest Muslim populations in the world.

Clearly he was downplaying the Christian influence, history, and cultural mores and values, while building up the Islamic ones.

He also was raised and indoctrinated in Marxism, etc.

Clearly his influences are diametrically opposed to US history, culture, and mores, which carries over into why he is LESS qualified to serve as President of the USA than a person born and raised here with standard, patriotic mores, values, and Love of Country.

Sarah Palin has the upbringing and cultural influence and love of the USA that Obama lacks. She was not raised on, and indoctrinated into Islam, the call to prayer being the most beautiful sound she’s ever heard, or thinking that the USA is not a “Christian Nation,” but that it is one of the largest Muslim nations, or has among the largest Muslim populations in the world. Sarah Palin was not indoctrinated into Radical leftist philosophy, politics, etc., or Communism, Fascism, or Socialism as Barrack Obama has been, nor has she been active in them, as Barrack Hussein Obama has been.

That makes Sarah Palin more of a true US citizen with US values, mores, and cultural identity than Obama.
No.

If Obama is “qualified” to be president, then clearly Sarah Palin, who is more qualified than Obama, can serve as president.

William2006 on October 31, 2009 at 3:05 AM

Yes, I’m sure he’d be worried about competition from me on a random blog thread, when everything I’m typing can easily be put into Google for reference.

These aren’t even his obscure jokes, unless you count everything he did as obscure, which is understandable. The man died just when his career could have been taking off.

Esthier on October 30, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Well, at least you are big enough to admit you are incapable forming an orgininal thought.

Fed45 on October 31, 2009 at 4:38 AM

Relax.

Jim Treacher on October 31, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Always.

Esthier on October 31, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Well, at least you are big enough to admit you are incapable forming an original thought.

Fed45 on October 31, 2009 at 4:38 AM

Yes, repeating jokes to other people is exactly proof I can’t come up with an original thought on my own. Cause of course people never quote famous people.

Esthier on October 31, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Always.

Esthier on October 31, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Hmm.

Jim Treacher on October 31, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Allahpundit:

I do agree with some your assessments, but I am glad you are here with us.

Modern Publicus on October 31, 2009 at 9:14 PM

I love you, Allahpundit, you magnificent, deeply tiresome bastard…

fitzsweetpea on December 7, 2009 at 8:26 PM

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