Americans are split on Sarah Palin and have mixed feelings on the "Tea Party" protesters, according to a CNN poll .

The poll comes as the Tea Party Convention kicks off in Nasvhille. Palin will speak to the gathering, whose organizers have taken heat for reportedly seeking to profit from the event.

Palin will reportedly earn $100,000 for her appearance.


CNN found that 43 percent of American have a favorable view of Palin, while 46 percent have an unfavorable view. That's up slightly from a 39-48 margin in early August.

Meanwhile, 33 percent of respondents say they have a favorable view of the Tea Party protesters, with 26 percent holding an unfavorable view. Twenty-four percent have never heard of the Tea Partiers.