CNN hit poll on whether Sarah Palin is qualified to be President.
CNN / Opinion Research Corporation
10/16-18/09; 1,038 adults, 3% margin of error
462 Republicans, 4.5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
Let's begin with the Favorable/Unfavorables
Favorable / Unfavorable
Sarah Palin: 42 / 51
Mitt Romney: 36 / 26
Mike Huckabee: 43 / 26
Tim Pawlenty: 15 / 13
Nobody who is a Republican or a Conservative would ever believe for a moment that Sarah Palin has a 51% unfavorable rating within the Republican Party. Three days after the election, Pollster Scott Rasmussen polled Republicans on Sarah Palin. 69% of GOP Voters said that Palin helped the McCain ticket. 91% of Republican voters said they had a favorable view of her with 65% saying they had a very favorable view of her. So what has changed that would make Sarah Palin's unfavorable numbers supposedly go over 51%? The answer is nothing. So these numbers smell pretty fishy.
32% Huckabee, 25% Palin, 21% Romney, 5% Pawlenty
Now it is time for me to have some fun with this. According the CNN/Opinion Dynamic poll, Sarah Palin would come in 2nd behind Mike Huckabee for the Republican nomination in 2012. If Sarah really has a 51% unfavorable rating among Republicans and Huckabee only has a 26% unfavorable rating, why would Huckabee merely have a 7% lead against Palin if his unfavorable is 26% and Palin's is 51%? Fuzzy math doesn't work here.
Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think each one applies or doesn't apply to Sarah Palin.Not a typical politician: 65% Applies, 34% Does not apply
A good role model for women: 64 / 35
Care about the needs of people like you: 56 / 43
Is honest and trustworthy: 55 / 43
Shares your values: 49 / 49
Generally agrees with you on issues you care about: 48 / 50
Is a strong and decisive leader: 47 / 51
Qualified to be president: 29 / 71
I don't know how to approach these questions seriously, but I will give it a shot. The president of the United States is the elected "leader" of our country. He is also the "leader" of the free world. He is also the "leader" of the U.S Armed Forces. The question about whether Sarah Palin is a strong and decisive leader says that 47% applies and 51% doesn't apply to her. If that 47% believes she is a strong and deceive leader, how in the world can just 29% of so called Republicans says she isn't qualified to be president? See why this poll is such a joke? In order to lead a nation, a person must be a good leader right? It only sounds logical. So in a 18% point shift, these so called Republicans say she isn't qualified to be president according to CNN and Opinion Dynamics. I've notice that a certain follow up question is missing. The question of "why these polled Republicans don't believe she is qualified to be president" wasn't asked. This poll is what I use to call a "guider" poll. The poll is really meant for the Republican National Committee to see, so they can be fooled into trying stop any possible run by Sarah Palin in 2012. CNN isn't as slick as they think they are. This reminds me of when the New York Times endorsed John McCain in the primaries in a successful effort to fool Republicans into believing that he was the best candidate to reach out to moderates. As the days count down until the launch date of Sarah Palin's book, I expect more negative polls to appear as well as more so called journalist "hit pieces" about her. Let the CNN poll serve as an example to why polls should be taken with a grain of salt and then some, and why CNN is a discredited last place activist journalist organization.