A plurality of Tea Party activists say former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) would not be an effective president of the United States, a new poll found Thursday.

Forty-seven percent of Tea Partiers said they don't think Palin would make a good president, as opposed to 40 percent who think she would be an effective chief executive, a new New York Times/CBS News poll found. Thirteen percent didn't know or had no answer.

Tea Partiers express more confidence than the general public in Palin's ability to lead, though Tea Partiers' opinion of Palin, who's openly embraced the movement ahead of a potential 2012 bid for the White House, could spell trouble for the former Alaska governor.


Tea Party activists still maintain a very favorable opinion of Palin in comparison to many other national leaders, who draw the ire of the movement.

Sixty-six percent of Tea Partiers say they view Palin favorably, while 12 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion. Nineteen percent had no opinion.

Palin has moved into a position at times as a sometimes-unofficial voice of the movement, having appeared at a number of Tea Party rallies across the country in opposition to Democratic candidates. 

The Times/CBS poll yields a number of interesting insights into the Tea Party movement, as the poll purposely oversampled self-identified Tea Partiers to glean a portrait of the movement's members.

Find the entire poll here, which was conducted April 5-12 and has a 3 percent margin of error for the Tea Party sampling.