52% Think Ambition Moved Palin to Quit

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2009 8:47 AM CDT
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gives the state of the state address to a joint session of the Senate and House in the Capitol in Juneau, Jan. 22, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A majority of Americans believe Sarah Palin resigned as governor of Alaska to further her own political career rather than to help her state. A CBS News poll found that 52% see personal ambition behind her decision, while 24% accept her explanation. Only 23% have a favorable view of the Republican, and about the same fraction thinks she would be an effective president.

While Palin’s unfavorable ratings have held steady since the election, fewer now view her favorably while more say they’re undecided. On the issue of media coverage, however, Palin’s arguments have had a bit of resonance. The poll found that 46% think Palin receives uncommonly harsh treatment by the press, while 44% think she gets the same treatment as her peers. (Read more Sarah Palin stories.)