Americans are split in their feelings toward former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), according to a new poll.

46 percent of Americans said they have a favorable opinion of the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, while 46 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Monday.

Five percent had no opinion of Palin, while three percent were unfamiliar with her.


The poll marks an uptick in popularity for Palin since late July, after she abruptly resigned of governor of Alaska and slid to a 39 percent national approval rating.

Interestingly, Palin's approval mirrors that of President Barack Obama's, who in a Gallup daily tracking poll released Monday, has a 47-46 percent approval rating.

Palin's popularity, a key asset going into a potential 2012 run for the White House, is still down from its height, shortly after she was announced as Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) running-mate. 57 percent of Americans saw her favorably at that point.

Palin has been engaged in a media blitz in recent weeks to promote her new book, "Going Rogue," that has included appearances on different media outlets (most of which were conservative outlets) and more public appearances, most recently at this past weekend's annual Gridiron Dinner.

The poll also tested the popularity of other national political figures, results of which are below (favorable/unfavorable):

  • Vice President Joe Biden: 47/36
  • Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.): 40/28
  • Former Vice President Al Gore: 52/42
  • Former Vice President Dick Cheney: 39/53
  • Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.): 30/47

The poll, conducted December 2-3, has a three percent margin of error.