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. Kathy

    this is sad, yes she dersevers some drops, but how can this compare to Obama's lies??? PEOPLE ARE TOO EASY ON OBAMA

    March 27, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Arkie in Little Rock

    Hillary Clinton has acquired her lower approval rating the old-fashioned way - she's earned it.

    Also, what's this crap that Bill Clinton says about a football player should expect to get clipped? Clipping is illegal! It is for a good reason; clipping can cause severe, even permanent, injury. The Clintons are clipping their own party with their dirty tactics. I am sick of them.

    March 27, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. John

    With the way she's trying to tear the democratic party apart, this isn't surprising in the least.

    March 27, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. bill morrison

    Hillary,Hillary,Hillary.... remember that old axiom you created sometime ago.... Silence Is Golden!!! (that was you wasn't it?)

    Hold that tongue and your approval rating will,once again, rise.

    And I'm a Republican.

    March 27, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Anya

    This must from those Wall Street elites, who are pumping money into Obama's campaign.

    Logically, if you look at other polls and follow events in last two weeks, it is difficult to justify these numbers.
    But for Obama supporters, they need something (when you are drowning, then even a piece of wood will give hope for life).

    March 27, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. David

    well the past and present is dooming this lady. not to mention the lies she tells. no more Bush/Clinton rule for this country.

    March 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Kevin

    More evidence that Clinton needs to concede

    March 27, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Cliff

    What a suprise! I thought Clinton was the nation's favorite one (lol)

    No Clinton!

    March 27, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. JT

    You can't choose your family but chose Bill Clinton. Furthermore chose to stay with him after repeated affairs from Arkansas to the White House. Even while you were under the same roof! Now let's talk about judgment.

    March 27, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Mary

    Maybe it has to do with the fact that everything she says is a lie?

    She can't be trusted.

    How can she lead a country when you can't tell if she's telling the truth or not?

    March 27, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Venus

    Yes! Let's hope she continues to be negative – nothing like self-destruction...

    March 27, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. jr

    Go Hillary! The only reason Obama is ahead is because he has a very aggressive ground campaign for the caucus. I had a first hand look at it during a delegate meeting. There we were preparing to have our meeting when in walks a representative of Obama's campaign (flew in from Florida) and the first thing he says is: How many are for Obama,? May I please see you outside for special training? Everyone was looking around saying what is going on????? So, our chairperson says: "The only important thing is...if you're a delegate, be sure to show up Saturday to cast your delegate vote, other than that, there shouldn't be anything else to say". Still, the Obama representative pulls 5 people (for Obama) out for special training. Who's the weasel in this election.......OBAMA

    March 27, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. pmet

    These polls indicate that the american public is sick to death of Clinton and her surrogates bashing Obama in a personal way. "Clipping" him, to use President Clinton's football analogy. Yet, when it is uncovered by the media that Hillary has, in fact, lied and lied repeatedly regarding the Bosnia visit and Obama's camp starts pointing out other lies, they go balistic and say he is being personal. Really? Berating someone who is a christian for the church he goes to - versus - pointing out where your opponent is lying about their foreign policy experience. Can you see the difference? The american people are finally starting to see through Hillary's Clinton's blatant attacks and seeing them for what they are: desperate.

    March 27, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Judd

    This shouldn't be a surprise. Hillary is cold, two-faced, a Washington insider and a liar. She needs to drop out now and save the party.

    March 27, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Mike from California

    I used to be a Clinton supporter. Now I have to say with her negative campaign and her flat out lies I'm voting for McCain. Everyone is involved in what Rev Wright said...problem is...Obama didn't say it. Find some footage with Obama speaking bad about America. Clinton needs to run a campaign on the issues and stop ducking sniper fire.

    March 27, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Anson

    I've always loved Bill Cinton since he was elected and have always wanted to see him back again, and his wife, was my ticket for a dream to come true. Now I'm saying honestly with all my heart that I would rather vote John McCain than voting for her, and Bill has shown me that he is not what I once believe he was. First female to get a chance to make history; she using that chance to destroy the Democratic Party. I thought I would never stop loving the Clinton. It is ahamed!

    March 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Brian

    Look, the only one launching negative attacks against his opponent is Barack Obama; and he calls this "new politics"? That seems pretty old to me. Hillary has run such a positive campaign and has only responded to his personal attacks in self defense. Thta's just one reason why Hillary is the far superior candidate, in my opinion.

    March 27, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Justin from West Haven, CT

    It'll get higher if she gets the nomination as well, wait until McCain's favorables skyrocket along with Nader's.

    March 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. AB

    is anyone surprised? Obama is the best hope for the democratic party's ambition of regaining the whitehouse. Hillary supporters need to reconsider their stand and let's help strengthen the democratic party by having Obama as our nominee.

    March 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Sly Domber

    Her negatives are just too high. She's unelectable. She'll be the first nominee going into a general election with almost a majority of the country against her. 52% see her as not sharing their views. I supported Hillary...i think it's time for the DEMs to shut this thing down before we hand a gift to McCain.

    March 27, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. H.

    Nothing new here, that's why I don't understand why so many dems support her. She wonders why most regular view her as being disengenious when she takes positions on Michigan and Florida counting or the need for recount. Why bother having rules. Then her point on pledged delegates being up for grabs...then why bother going through the primary process. They should just put the 2,000 people in a room, candidates make their speeches and then have the delegates vote with all the back room politics that this would entail.

    March 27, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. McCain Clinton 08

    How can this be? She's only knee-capping the democratic party on her road to loosing the nomination...

    March 27, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. PEGGY

    AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED ANYONE THAT MAKES A COMMENT SUCH AS THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN SUCH AS MRS OBAMA DID I THINK EVERY DEMOCRAT THAT WILL VOTE TAKE THAT COMMENT IN TO ACCOUNT.EVEN THOUGH I AM A CLINTON PERSON AFTER THAT COMMENT AND THAT PASTOR THAT THEY BOTH GLADLY FOLLOWED FOR ALL THESE YEARS AND STILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT I WILL DO MY BEST TO PERSUADE ANY ONE THAT I CAN TO VOTE FOR MCAIN IF CLINTON DOES NOT GET THE NOMINATION AND IF SHE IS NOT ON THE TICKET

    March 27, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. jimmy vekmen

    There have been mistakes made by both the Clinton and Obama
    camps and by the candidates themselves and yes there may be even more.
    And as we all know, our country faces serious problems. the Bush Administration's officials have had more mistakes than any previous
    one I know and America is struggling with a very costly war. Our Country however is very resilient and still attracts foreigners from all nations to come and live here. we all need to pray for America and a revival of the spirit . A great revival for Honesty and Integrity in Government for those seeking to serve in all branches of our goevernment. "In GOD WE TRUST" is engraved on our currency.
    Yet little is done to indicate that America does indeed trust in GOD.

    March 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. John L. Voss

    The Clintons are the best thing that has happened to and for McCain since this campaign started. The lasting damage will be the tarnish of the Democratic Party. This is from a political Independant.

    March 27, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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