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. Amy, Kazoo

    I wish she would stop this behavior- the lying and the attacks- because should Obama not get the nom, I want to feel like my vote for Clinton is one I can be at peace with. And sadly, it's looking otherwise.

    March 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. bugg

    The public/people are fed up with negative campaigning and cowards who secretely release altered soundbites. In spite of what the news media states, the people look for the whole story. The people are aware that the only candidate spitting venom is Clinton. The news media has yet to get a rise from Obama. Clinton perpetuates the stereotypes of women. The public see's this. Our focus this election year are the issues. When Hillary Clinton recognizes this, maybe the petty actions will cease.

    March 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Texas4Obama

    Farewell Bill and Hill – enjoy your retirement, I am sure the people in Arkansas will appreciate your presence in their state once more.

    March 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Jason

    Those who think that they can trample on someone to climb up will find out that they were only stepping on sand dune.
    Hillary, you'll end up losing your senate seat.

    March 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. John

    Your results are hard to believe! Flankly I am not awed by any of the candidates. But! I can not believe that any white person would vote for a candidate who belongs to and heavily financially supports an organization that avocates the hating of white people.

    March 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Damion K. Miles

    I think more and more people are realizing that Sen. Clinton will do anything, whether it be good or bad, to get to the White House. It is obvious, it seems, that the only way she can get a victory is not by her doing well but by Sen. Obama doing bad. Can anyone in her camp see that they can only do more than good at this point? I don't have the sharpest political mind in the room but, life experience has made one thing abundantly clear – men lie and women lie, numbers don't lie.

    March 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. tammie

    Of course Clintons negitives are high. She is a political terrorist who wants to rule by dictatorship. Look how she is trying to scare superdelegates. She is a my way or highway leader.

    Tammie
    Midland, MI

    March 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. cypv

    Hillary haters don't matter.
    If you are like me ,more concerned about the welfare of the nation and
    the economy, you will vote for the candidate best equiped and who has the tenacity to get it done.

    HILLARY FOR THE BUCK IN THE ECONOMY
    OBAMA, KEEP YOUR 'CHANGE '

    March 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Tom

    In the end its about whats best for America, not whats best for your ego or family name at all costs. The reason for our joy of 2008 is that we thought we were leaving this kind of "deceptive politics" & "selfish gain" behind with Bush, finally putting America first. Unfortunately being real and honest with the American people and for America is too much to ask of some if the truth hurts.

    March 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Jacob S

    Who cares about actual data showing that Clinton's electability isn't great, obviously her supporters here and elsewhere who say that she will win handily while he'll be demolished by McCain have it right. Nevermind that virtually all matchups and polls paint a starkly different picture.

    Clinton's strategy of winning a general election is quite clear, I think, from her primary strategy – win all of the usual blue states and maybe one or two swing states to get, just barely, a majority of electoral votes, and at best maybe 55% of the popular vote.

    Obama, meanwhile, while he may not win big states by as much will still win every blue state while standing a chance in the south and other traditionally red or leaning red state. He'll give up on no state and I think could quite possibly hit 60% of 65% of the popular vote. A president who won with 51% of the vote as Clinton plans is no uniter, they're a repeat of Bush in 2000 and 2004 in that regard. A president who wins with 60-65%+ is a whole different story.

    March 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Mindy

    She is just unelectable. She's not likable! I don't disagree with her platform but there is a difference between her and Obama and that is integrity. Whatever happened to that, huh? That difference is my vote!

    March 27, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. BK

    I would put money on Hillary has Carl Rove on her payroll.
    Everything she is doing is right from his playbook.

    March 27, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Brain

    OBAMA deserve to be president of United states Of america because we need him so badly.

    March 27, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Raum

    Hillary is the most negative politician I have ever seen.

    I wish she would just throw in the towel instead of making us wait 3 months with the same outcome

    March 27, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. tom

    People don't like Hillary. She has no chance to win a general election. Ironically, she will do anything to get into the election. There is nothing she wouldn't do and it is clear that to her, if she doesn't get it, she doesn't care who does. What's not to hate about someone like that.

    March 27, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. will

    People might like her more is every word out of her mouth wasn't a calculated lie.

    March 27, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Go Obama

    Obama is the change we need..McCain would be a third Bush term...The war in Iraq will continue forever, the economy will continue to tank (McCain has admitted he knows little about the economy)..Also, & most important, McCain would put far right justices on the Supreme Court, & that scares me too death...

    I want the next justice to be moderate like Ginsburg, Stevens, or Breyer, not far right idealogues like Scalia & Thomas...

    I do like Hillary Clinton, either Democrat will get my donation & vote....All I care about is beating John McCain, the far right has been in power way too long..
    Rich, Pittsburgh, PA

    March 27, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. simon

    Since when we can really trust these polls? They are often conducted unfairly and are manipulated by the media to mislead the public. Remember the polls indicated Hillary was behind in California on Super Tuesday, behind in Texas, and tied in Ohio; however, she came out the big winner in both California and Ohio and also won Texas. People need to get over this Bosnia thing and move on, Hillary already admitted that she has misspoken. Obama misspoke (lied) all the time, but the media always go easy on him. Remember he doesn't know Rezko really well and he said Rezko only donated $150,000. However, he later changed his words and said Rezko is a friend and they know each other very well. Now why wasn't the media attacking Obama on those misspoken words or "lies".

    HILLARY ALL THE WAY!!

    March 27, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. FNJ in PA

    Who didnt know this. This woman is done

    OBAMA 08

    March 27, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. YOU NEED TO KNOW

    ONE SHOULD BE ACCOUNTABLE MORE FOR WHAT THEY SAY AS OPPOSED TO WHAT SOMEONE ELSE SAYS.

    CASE IN POINT:

    HILLARY SHOULD BE HELD 100% ACCOUNTABLE FOR MIS-SPEAKING (FLAT OUT LYING 3 TIMES IF YOU ASK ME). SHE IS A LIAR, SHE DOES IT NOW AND WILL DO IT IN THE FUTURE.

    OBAMA IS BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT SOMEONE ELSE (WRIGHT) SAID. IT DIDN'T COME OUT OF OBAMA'S MOUTH.

    PEOPLE THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THOSE TWO CASES, JUST AS THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE TWO CANDIDATES.

    HILLARY TOLD A BIG FAT WHOPPER....LET'S HOLD HER ACCOUNTABLE.

    OBAMA 08

    March 27, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Amy

    Anson, I so Agree with everything you said in your post. So as to not repeat it, all I will say in saying that is I would not vote for McCain just because of these thoughts. I would stick with my party and vote for Obama. McCain will only be Bush for 4 more years. The people that jump ship on the democratic party b/c of the things go on would be foolish. McCain is not for you regular people, just as Bush was not. I am open minded enough to see that.

    March 27, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. J. Noel

    No matter what you guys keep on posting and saying about her, she is still the best candidate for this economically chalenged time and my vote will go to Hillary Clinton or I'll waste on John McCAin.

    Educated and Responsible Citizen,

    Jean
    Miami Gardens, FL

    March 27, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Paris

    You have got to be kidding.
    Are you all blind about how negative Obama is?
    The only thing this guy is good at is giving speeches with no substance.

    March 27, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Robert

    People before you talk about the nomination process take some time and read the rules. Bottom line is "you do not have an absolute right to vote for the nominee and the process will end in a draw". Neither will win, so soon the supers will have a chance to break that tie. Hopefully when "you" voted you weren't forced to vote for whomever you did, so why should the supers be forced to vote for whomever they vote for.

    Clinton and Obama both have an equal score going into the convention, tied. It doesn' matter that one or the other is ahead when the public voting ends, as neither scored enough points (delegates) to win. So we move on to the tiebreaker, the supers. These people just like you and I had a chance to vote for who we felt was most electable, now have there chance. It's there vote, not yours.

    March 27, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. jane L

    CNN should congratulate itself. If there are negative polls, they're because of pro-Obama bias and gender bias in your coverage.

    March 27, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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