Most Americans don’t much like Sarah Palin, but most Fox News Channel viewers love her


THIS shouldn’t come as any great surprise:

Sarah Palin continues to have a negative image nationally, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. But frequent viewers of Fox News have a more positive image of her, and most are pleased with Palin’s return as a contributor to the network.

According to the new survey, 52 percent of Americans now have an unfavorable view of the former vice presidential nominee, while 37 percent have a favorable opinion. Seventy-three percent of Republicans in the poll had a favorable opinion of Palin, but 73 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of independents had an unfavorable opinion.

Overall, respondents to the poll were split over Palin’s return to Fox News, with 34 percent saying they thought it was a good thing and 34 percent saying it was a bad thing. Another 32 percent said they weren’t sure.

But among those who said that they often watch Fox News, 70 percent said that it was a good thing that Fox rehired Palin as a contributor and only 12 percent said it was a bad thing. Among those who said they sometimes watch the network, 41 percent said Palin’s return was a good thing and 24 percent said it was a bad thing.

The most frequent viewers of Fox News were also more likely than others to say that they had a favorable opinion of Palin, by a 73 percent to 24 percent margin, while those who said they only watch sometimes were split 43 percent to 42 percent in their opinion of Palin. Those who said they watch Fox News rarely or never were much more likely to have a negative opinion of Palin.



  1. Steverino

    Much like water seeking it’s own level so does the Fixed News crowd and Brainless Barbie.

  2. expdoc

    Speaking of FoxNews, I found this to be interesting.


    FOX News Channel (FNC) has hired veteran media reporter Howard Kurtz,
    announced Michael Clemente, Executive Vice President of News for the
    network. He will begin in this new role on July 1st.

    Kurtz will anchor a version of what is now called Fox News Watch,
    which focuses on the media, with a new format during the weekends.
    Additionally, he will serve as an on-air analyst for a variety of
    programs throughout the week, while also writing a regular column on
    FoxNews.com, commenting on social media news, industry trends and
    breakthroughs, in addition to looking at how media are used in politics.
    Meanwhile, Jon Scott, current anchor of FOX News Watch, who won
    an Emmy for his writing at NBC’s Dateline, will move to the
    specials unit where he will serve as anchor.

    In making the announcement, Clemente said, “Howie is the most
    accomplished media reporter in the country. He’s also a master of social
    media trends, information good and bad, and a veteran political
    reporter. Altogether, he will add even greater depth to a very
    accomplished team of reporters and anchors.”

    Kurtz added, “I’m excited to be bringing my independent brand of media
    criticism to Fox News. I want to thank CNN for giving me such a prime
    opportunity over the years and was tempted to continue, but the chance
    to create a revamped program and establish a strong online presence was
    too good to pass up. I hope to add a new dimension to Fox’s coverage and
    have some fun while diving into the passionate debates about the press
    and politics.”

  3. Neftali

    Liberals really, really, can’t stand Palin for some reason. And no insult is low enough or off limits to use against her.

    For example, here’s a list of stuff I’ve found of just Bill Maher calling Palin a variety of vulgerisms.

    “She and her family are inbreds” – June, 2011
    Calling her the C-word – March 2010
    Attacking her child, Trig, as “Retarded”

    Stay Classy, libs.

  4. Neftali: OK, I’ll play your game. I’ll attribute all N-word references to Obama to conservatives in general.

    Stay classy, conservatives.

    By the way, it isn’t so much Palin that liberals can’t stand. It’s the dimwits who buy the foolish rhetoric she peddles.

  5. doc: It will be interesting to see if Howie Kurtz remains independent in his media criticism. Or will he be required to drink the Fox News Kool-Aid?

  6. expdoc

    ” OK, I’ll play your game. I’ll attribute all N-word references to Obama to conservatives in general.”

    Isn’t that the game you play every day? It sure seems like it.

  7. monkey

    Let’s be serious. Palin was elected once as Gov of a state no one pays attention to unless we’re discussing oil. She chose not to finish her term when things got hot and when she realized she could make a bunch of $$.

    We may not want to admit it, and it’s certainly sexist, but If she weren’t hot, NO ONE would be paying attention to her. She’s a media creation (or, sorry, a John McCain creation) who adds nothing of substance to the national discussion. Period. But, like our culture now, she’s making millions by being famous for being famous. Rock on, America!

  8. doc: No, that is not the game I play every day. There are countless dimwitted wingnuts whom I have not lumped with the fire-breathing racists of the far right.

    But, if you’d like, I could produce an endless list of N-word references to Obama by pseudo-patriotic Americans.

    You can’t imagine how much stuff I receive that never gets past the moderation stage of our comments process here. In some cases, the N-word is the mildest term they use.

  9. What do you call foolish rhetoric Pat?

  10. Love your stuff. Cannot STAND Palin and her folksy bigotry. In 2008 when I first heard of her nomination I was stunned, and afraid McCain had pulled a rabbit out of his hat and he would win. It turns out we would have been better if McCain HAD picked a rabbit.
    Which doesn’t excuse calling anyone a retard.

  11. wilson

    Pat, I’d be interested in that list, if it is a list of notables, like Bill Maher making those references.
    I am also quite sure they’ll do brain surgery on Kurtz, although I am not sure if it will be to increase or decrease his IQ.

    I bet you get lots of love letters. 😉

  12. expdoc


    I absolutely believe you get nasty e-mails from crazy people. So what?

    Are you implying there aren’t wack job liberals making crazy threats and e-mailing or posting inflammatory rhetoric about conservatives?

    Absolutely there are.

    So, again I ask, what’s your point?

    Unless of course your goal is just to ratchet up the inflammatory rhetoric because you think it is fun, makes you feel good or is effective, it is in fact pointless.

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