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. Ephy

    It's hard to imagine where Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to. She lied on her Bosnia trip, she lied she's been involved in solving the Rwandese genocide, she hides her tax returns, she unfairly magnified her foreign experience, OMG...., it's time people decipher that what we are listening to all along her stumps during this Presidential campaign. The core problem is, her campaign was all based on her "experience".....

    March 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Russell, NC

    Do you want a President who is loaded with negatives? I think not.

    March 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Dr. Truth, Boston

    Its not a problem – she is bulletproof, flys, acheives world peace, and does aqua-aerobics....all at the same time......she can easily lie her way back into the publics good graces.

    March 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. jeremy

    do us a favor and drop out already hillary. you can't catch up in the delegate count.

    March 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. David

    I only hope that she does only marginally well in Penn. and faces reality enough to drop out for the sake of the nation and the party rather than drag it out to the bitter end. If she does not then truly she is only self interested. Time will tell the truth. The thing that really blows my mind is the numbers of people that would switch to McCain if she loses....both democratic candidates have the same message and very close to the same plans...the only reasons that I can see that anyone would switch to McCain in the event that Barack won would be race based and that would be a sad reflection on America.
    Come on folks use your minds...arent we past that yet? Gee Whiz I am a white guy born in the south in the late 40's and I have raised myself above that.......GET OVER IT!

    March 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Christian, Tampa FL

    There goes Clinton's electability argument, at least for now.

    March 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Aric

    I do not understand why people are choosing the candidates like a faction with undenyable leadership that you are willing to die for. The truth is they are not to much different based on their views. Yet we constantly see people saying if he wins or if she wins I will not vote for him/her in the election. It is not the candidates fault for spliting the party it's people being stubborn about them. I understand people want one more then the other but to refuse to vote for someone else in the GE just because your favorite didnt make it is beyond stupidity. I myself am a Obama supporter but if he dosent make it ill vote Hillary because I do not want want another republican same old republican in the White house right now. If we devide Mcbush will win.

    March 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. RT

    More proof that Hillary's ship is sinking. C'mon Hillary voters, join the Obama campaign and I'll guarantee you we will have a democrat in whitehouse in November! What are you waiting for?? All this in-fighting is pointless, Obama is definitely going to get the nomination. I also guarantee you'll feel much better after you join us! We can't lose if we all work together!!!!

    March 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Pappu

    I'm a Hillary supporter but I really cringed at the Bosnia story. Why did she do it? We now have another Swiftboat in the making.

    March 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. JB

    C'mon Billary.... enough is enough. You cannot win the nomination, but you can continue to be selfish and destroy to Democratic party.

    You are not trustworthy. You are not liked. You are quickly losing the respect of the American voters, this is obvious.

    Time's up, get lost you old hag.

    March 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Gina, Los Angeles

    It's amazing that she's still in the race. Good for her! Go Hillary!

    March 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Joanne

    Let's see how the Clintonistas try to spin this news.

    March 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. A

    finally some good news from Clinton News Network. How does it feel CNN to see Hillary lose?

    March 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Ron

    The press like to blow everything out of proportions. The amount of negative things that CNN says about Sen Clinton is appauling.
    Why don;t you see what is good for the country. How come Sen Obama is potrayed as a Saint?

    March 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. david

    Another non-story from CNN. Consider the sources. Nothing statistically significant.

    March 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. John carl

    I will be surprise if Hilary Clinton wins democratic normination. She is desperate to become president and can do anything to achieve her ambition including lying to the American people she claims to love. A candidate trying to make up bogus foreign policy credential she never had.

    March 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Susan

    All forms of media (printed, electronic and TV, etc.) need to take a serious look at the impact they make by repeating and analyzing the same things, negative or positive, day in and day out. PLEASE. Can not even one network just report the facts instead of stirring the pot and putting a spin on them?

    March 27, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Adela

    What Clinton's negatives??? CNN we know you dislike Clinton...

    March 27, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. 504LA

    Another one of his copy-cat speeches! Being sensationalized by the Obamarama's adoring press. Senator Clinton already spoke in DETAIL about her economic plan for the country, and some of his "breakthrough" plan was Clinton's, except her conference was not given half the coverage. Lopsided bias against her.

    March 27, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Word on the street

    She doesnt get it... the more negetive she, her husband and her campaign gets, the more nauseated the voters are!!!

    The reason why Obama gains momentum is beacuse the people are expecting a change from the old methods of politics...

    March 27, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Gotta love it....

    Here ya go CNN.....well the Camp Obama people will love this article but........

    The poll was conducted Monday and Tuesday this week by Hart-McInturff and surveyed 700 registered voters, which gives the poll a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent. In addition, we oversampled African-Americans in order to get a more reliable cross-tab on many of the questions we asked in this poll regarding Sen. Barack Obama's speech on race and overall response to last week's Rev. Jeremiah Wright dustup.

    And they oversampled Aftrican-Americans........are those the same folks who voted 91% for Senator Obama in Mississippi? Not a very well rounded poll I'd say.

    Sorta like saying United Church of Christ is 99% white denomination but leaving out the fact that Trinity United Church of Christ is predominantly black. Duh!

    March 27, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. PJ

    This makes no sense. So she has a high negative rating, yet is in a statistical tie with Obama for receiving the nomination? Nice try at a Clinton jab, CNN>

    March 27, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Rick in Florida

    There's HOPE after all !!! I was starting to lose faith in America's ability to see Hillary for what she is....a selfish, manipulating, lying,
    distorting woman, willing to CHEAT her way to the nomination if she can't win it fairly. And with Bill now saying, "I guess its OK to beat up on a GIRL", while at the same time saying candidates need to be able to take hits and be tough, their DOUBLE-SPEAK is catching up with them. Let's hope Pennsylvanian voters see the TRUE Hillary at last.

    March 27, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Peter

    The media spends each day/night portraying Hillary as a spoiler, she should get out of the race, she is trying to "destroy" Obama, she'll do or say anything to win, etc etc and on and on and on and then acts surprised that her negatives have gone up?

    I am not sure what I despise more.....politicians or the "journalists" that cover them.

    March 27, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. John, Lubbock, Texas

    A month ago, I would have been happy with either Hilary Clinton or Barak Obama. Not anymore. Hillary's latest: saying pledged delegates should feel free to vote for whomever they wish, her on-going push to get superdelegates to over-ride the majority of primary voters, and her ridiculous criticism of Obama over something his preacher said years ago, of which he was not even aware and which he condemned. No talk of issues. Attempts to over-ride the will of the voters will spell the doom of the Democratic party if successul; as this would be decidedly undemocratic. This blind ambition has shown no principle; and the fundamental right of "we the people" to decide is being undermined. I don't agree with many of McCain's positions, but at least he is a straight shooter, and has reigned in his supporters when they stepped over the line. Integrity counts for a lot, and is a rare thing in politics. Looking at Hillary's latest antics, it's even rarer than I first imagined!

    March 27, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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