From USA Today:
WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin’s bombshell that she will resign as Alaska governor actually has boosted her a bit among Republicans, a nationwide USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, though it also has dented her standing among Democrats and independents.
Palin, tapped by GOP presidential nominee John McCain as his running mate last year, remains a favorite of Republicans and conservatives — and a nemesis for Democrats. Two-thirds of Republicans want Palin to be “a major national political figure for many years to come,” while three-fourths of Democrats hope she won’t be. Independents by 55%-34% would prefer she leave the national stage.
The findings underscore how polarized opinions of Palin were even before Friday’s surprise announcement. Seven in 10 Americans say their views weren’t affected by her decision. Among those whose opinions have shifted, Democrats by 4-1 and independents by 2-1 feel less favorably toward her. Republicans, however, are inclined to see her more favorably.