Palin Not Fit for Presidency: Poll

Voters think Hillary Clinton would be swell, though
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2009 3:43 PM CST
In this Sept. 3, 2008 file photo, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is joined by Republican presidential candidate John McCain, at the end of her speech at the RNC in St. Paul, Minn.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall,File)

(Newser) – With a blockbuster memoir and national tour, Sarah Palin is again grabbing headlines. But does she have what it takes for a 2012 presidential bid? The answer is a resounding “no,” according a CNN and Opinion Research poll. Only 28% believe she’s qualified for the nation’s top job, and 70% say she isn’t.

  • Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is viewed as quite presidential: 67% of poll respondents say the secretary of state is fit to be president, while 32% disagree.

  • The administration may be disappointed to learn that respondents gave low marks to the man who is actually in line for the presidency: only 50% say Joe Biden is qualified, while 48% say he isn’t.
  • Biden is still ahead of his ticket’s 2008 GOP competition, however: only 47% see Mitt Romney as presidential material, with 43% saying the same for Mike Huckabee, the Chicago Tribune reports.