Public opinion polls have suggested Sarah Palin’s popularity appears to be declining.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, a total of 39 percent of respondents have a favorable view of the former Alaska governor and John McCain’s vice presidential running mate from 2008.
That represents a seven-point decline from the May poll figures.
Meanwhile, the number of those who view her negatively has risen to 48 percent, from 43 percent in May.
Palin has become a vocal critic of the administration’s healthcare reform proposals. She ignited controversy by suggesting Obama’s plans included setting up "death panels" which would allegedly decide who qualified for health coverage and who did not, something she said would mean her son Trig who has Down syndrome would be denied care.
These allegations have been widely denied by Democrats.
Palin surprised many by resigning last month as Alaska’s governor, a year and a half before the end of her first term in office. She cited personal reasons, including what she saw as the media’s attack on her family, for the decision. Since then rumors have been circulating that she is preparing to relaunch her political career on the national stage.
However, "a 39 percent favorable rating makes it that much tougher for Palin to become president should she decide to run in 2012," says CNN polling director Keating Holland, quoted by the news provider’s website.