March 27th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Clinton's negatives reach new high

 Clinton and Obama are tied in the latest poll.
Clinton and Obama are tied in the latest poll.

(CNN) – The increasingly charged Democratic race for the White House appears to be hurting Hillary Clinton significantly more than Barack Obama, a just-released poll suggests.

According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the New York senator's personal approval rating has dropped markedly, and those that hold a negative view of her have reached 48 percent - the highest in that poll since March 2001. Just 37 percent now have a positive view of Clinton - down from 45 percent two weeks ago.

The new poll comes at the end of one of the most hostile months in the Democratic presidential primary race, during which surrogates for both campaigns resigned after uttering controversial statements, and controversy swirled around Obama over past statements by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

But despite fears by some of Obama's backers that the Wright controversy would take a toll on the Illinois senator and his presidential hopes, the new poll shows his approval rating has remained virtually unchanged at 49 percent. Only 32 percent of Americans give him a negative approval rating.

Meanwhile, in head-to-head matchups Clinton and Obama remain deadlocked for the nomination, each drawing 45 percent among Democratic voters. Both are also statistically tied with John McCain in matchups: Clinton is two points behind the Arizona senator while Obama is two points ahead - both within the poll’s margin of error of 4 percentage points.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Matt Portland, OR

    This is a perfect example of the lies the Clintons tell to gain power. THIS was Senator Clinton's "battle-tested" experience??! Looked more like the Macy's Day Parade to me. Who goes into "battle" with her daughter, a comedian, and a singer? Sounds like the beginning of a joke – which is exactly what her "experience" is.

    March 27, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Sallie Mae

    I'm sure Hillary isn't surprised. You know.. with being a big LIAR and all!

    OBAMA all the way!!!!!

    PENNSYLVANIA 4 OBAMA!

    March 27, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Very Concerned American

    Saturday Night Live has to do a segment again to show the press that they are doing it again.........bashing Hillary.

    She should be the Democratic candidate.

    That little girl from the red phone ad should go to the Trinity Church and get a real dose of Obama's radical pastor.

    Please stop supporting a man we know nothing about.

    Everyone keeps attacking Hillary the only person that will give Health Care to all Americans.
    Everyone keeps attacking the only person that knows the ropes in Washington.
    Not to mention that President Clinton is considered the first "black" president because he loves the African Americans. His office is located in Harlem.

    Hillary is the best shot to win the White House.

    I want "Universal Health Care"
    You go girl!

    March 27, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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