CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES POLLFor release: Wednesday, September 15, 20106:30 pm (EDT)SARAH PALIN AND HER ENDORSEMENTS
September 10-14, 2010Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin continues to receive unfavorable ratings from theAmerican public overall, and few voters say her endorsement of a political candidate wouldmake them more likely to vote for him or her. Still, the former Vice Presidential nominee ispopular among Republicans, conservatives and those who support the Tea Party movement.Americans were asked which public person best represents the Republican Party today. 62%,including half of Republicans, could not name someone. But among those who did namesomeone, Sarah Palin was the top mention with 6%, followed by John McCain (5%) and NewtGingrich (4%).As for the top Republican leaders in Congress, just 3% volunteered House Minority Leader JohnBoehner, and only 1% of Americans mentioned Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Who Best Represents the Republican Party?
Total RepublicansSarah Palin 6% 6%John McCain 5 3Newt Gingrich 4 8John Boehner 3 1Mitch McConnell 1 1Don’t know 62 5121% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Sarah Palin, while twice as many - 46% - viewher unfavorably. About a third of the public is undecided or hasn’t heard enough to offer anopinion. Her unfavorable rating has risen six points from last month.
Views of Sarah Palin
Now 8/2010 4/2010 3/2010 7/2009Favorable 21% 23% 30% 24% 23%Unfavorable 46 40 45 38 37Undecided/ Haven’t heard enough 32 35 24 37 39Republicans (50%), conservatives (38%) and Tea Partiers (56%) hold net positive opinions ofher. 68% of Democrats view her negatively, and she has a net negative view amongindependents (45% unfavorable to 16% favorable.)