Poll: Americans optimistic about Hillary Clinton presidency
September 16th, 2011
08:52 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Americans optimistic about Hillary Clinton presidency

(CNN) - She lost the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, but over a third of Americans said the U.S. would be better off now if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were president, according to a new poll.

The Bloomberg survey released Friday showed 34 percent of those questioned said America would be superior under a Hillary Clinton administration, while 47 percent said it would be about the same and 13 percent said it would be worse.

A quarter of respondents held similar wishful thoughts in a July poll.

Clinton remains the most popular American political figure with nearly two-thirds of Americans holding a favorable view of the former first lady and New York senator. Half of the respondents felt the same way about President Barack Obama, who received the lowest job approval rating of his presidency, at 45 percent.

Clinton has said publicly she will not seek elected office after her four-year term as America's top diplomat ends in 2012, shooting down speculation she might run for president in the future.

On the Republican side of the aisle, presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry grabbed the top spots among Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters when asked who they would choose next election. The two were also among the most likeable in the GOP field, among all Americans.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney received a 42 percent favorability rating while rivals Texas Gov. Perry and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas garnered 32 percent. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich received a 28 percent rating and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is still mulling a bid for the White House, came in at 26 percent.

When asked who they would vote for in 2012, 29 percent said they would definitely vote for Obama, 43 percent said they would definitely vote for another candidate and 21 percent said they would consider voting for another candidate.

The poll surveyed 997 adults between Sept. 9 and Sept. 12 with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


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soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Tired of the nonsense

    Hillary Clinton is the only person on the current political scene that I'd vote for president before President Obama. No one else looking at the president's seat is even remotely qualified, only Obama and Hillary are.

    September 16, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I remember when republican conspiracists claimed that the Clintons were responsible for Whitewater, and Vince Foster's death. I also remember right wingnuts and the NRA bumper stickers, "Charlton Heston is my president," disrespecting the office of the president. Republicans have never accepted a democratic president, as democrats have a tendency to show how incompetent republicans are at leading.

    September 16, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. Jerry

    My wife and I supported Mrs. Clinton in the last election, volunteering in our area. I knew before the election that Obama had no experience what so ever as a leader and he has proven it over and over. Up until this latest "Jobs" bill, he has let other people take the lead. And this "jobs" bill has no chance of passing with Democratic support much less than Republican support. He waited three years to really focus on jobs, and it's more to get re-elected than seriously pass any legislation.......

    September 16, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. Indy

    If their was a surprise announcement of Clinton becoming VP, Obama would lock up four more years. Obama needs to add something big to his bid for re election and Clinton would seal the deal and there are many others that could also make that happen, but Clinton would be the best. It is so important that Republicans do not win and finish off the economy and bring in their soical agenda that the Obama administration has to come up with something big !

    September 16, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. Larry L

    Secretary Clinton would have made a fine President, just as President Obama has done a great job considering the situation. But, had Ms. Clinton become President the Republicans would have committed the very same acts of political terrorism they inacted for the Obama Administration. They would have used fear-mongering and outright lies to poison public opinion. They would have blocked every initiative in the Senate and proposed nothing but radical political statements in the House. They would have worked toward failure of the administration rather than success of America. They would have failed to take responsibility for the very situation we're in now and continued to pander to the rich.

    September 16, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. Jan

    Clinton makes Bachmann,perry,palin,romney, "Look like school drop-outs!!! Smart Woman!!!! "Why does the worst Speaker of the House in history,"Have Red eyeballs all the time???? Suppose he should take a "Breathalyzer test before speaking to the American People???? Whats the deal??

    September 16, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. mark whitt

    i wish she would run at least she would have the balls to stand up to the far right before they sink the usa economic!

    September 16, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. LongMemory

    Hillary will never run because of the deals she had to make with Obama to keep his campaign from making a big deal out of TravelGate, the Vince Foster suicide, and many other skeletons in the Clinton closet. Doubtless Hillary would have been a better choice, but beneath Hope and Change was good old nasty Chicago style intimidation. The Dems chose Barabbas, and we all have to live with it. Say, is that the tip of an iceberg over there?

    September 16, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Rush Bimbo

    Jan I like Clinton but you give her to much credit – Bachmann, perry, palin and romney are idiots and anybody would make them look like school drop outs. i doubt any of them even attended school

    September 16, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. Little Jimmy Truth

    I like her than Obama. Hillary had wonderful job.

    September 16, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  11. Chipster

    Clinton would have been a good president but the GOP slime machine would have done the same thing to her that they've done to Obama. The GOP promised to focus on jobs but they've done nothing but attack gays and social programs. They plan to dismantle Social Security and use the money to give bigger tax cuts to business and the wealthiest Americans. Yet, Democrats are so sorry at public relations that they sit on their thumbs and let the GOP get away with misleading, exaggerated and false claims. The GOP knows how to shine a light on a few abusive situations and capitalize on the anger and prejudice of the American people. The DNC is a complete failure at marketing the truth and presenting the case for the many successes and accomplishments. Many clean energy initiatives are performing well but these changes won't happen overnight. It took more than a decade and 2 wars+huge tax cuts for the wealthy, unfunded Medicare Part D, and banning govt agencies from negotiating drug prices to dig this hole. It's insane to think anyone could turn this around in 2 years. Now, we have ensure gridlock by electing the Party of "No" to prevent any progress. "We the People" have created this mess.

    September 16, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    one thing about Hillary, I don't think she would have put up with the crap that the Republicans do to Obama. On the other hand I don't think the Republicans would treat and disrespect Hillary as they Obama either. Would a Republican yell out "You Lie" at Mrs. Clinton? If Mrs. Clinton requested a joint session of Congress would the SOH say...not today? NO!!

    September 16, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. A Kickin` Donkey

    So the math guy in me adds up the numbers and finds that [SIXTY] 60% of the People in this poll say things wouldn`t be any better under Clinton but CNN`s headline attempts to suggest otherwise, eh?

    Jack Cafferty tries to stir the anti-Obama / pro-Hilary pot with one of his half-baked questions about every 2.5 weeks; CNN nobody is buying what you are selling.

    The only people that say it would be different are GOPTP troublemakers AND Dixiecrats that either are unable to, or haven`t taken the time to, analyze the WHY question.

    Why is Obama being obstructed and how is that hurting America? [On foreign policy, where he doesn`t have to avoid obstruction, he`s doing GREAT.]

    Why would it be different for H. Clinton? The answer is: it would not be.

    September 16, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    The media needs to stop. This entire Hillary2012 thing gained national attention when Dick Cheney ignited it during a nationally televised interview. It is a conversation designed to split the Democratic party and erode support for Obama among his base.

    September 16, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Sandy

    Hillary would not be any better than Obama. We have elected the right person. If only the GOP would get out of the way, I think the country would be in a lot better shape.

    September 16, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. James

    I would vote for Hillary over President Obama but what I would really like to see is Hillary run as Obama's vice-president.

    September 16, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. ken

    I will have to hold my nose and vote for Obama simply because he does not have a primary challenger and voting for Perry would amount to a vote to bring back the days of the 20's and 30's for all "Former Middle Class" and poor Americans.

    September 16, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. SuperD

    Please people, these comments make me sick. Hillary is no more qualified than Obama ever was. The only difference is Hillary is not a full blown communist like Obama. But at the same time, I would not give Hillary the benefit of the doubt.

    They both stink. Get over the tingling feeling and get back to reality.

    September 16, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Martha in CF

    I ask,,,,,,how would anyone know that?????????>>?>? Your Redumblicans would still be the party of NO......They would be ditching all of her attempts to get the country going again after what GW did to the economy.........
    I would definitely vote for Clinton after Obama has completed his termssssss.

    September 16, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. Benjiman from ohio

    I sit by my iPhone and iPad every day waiting for the news that she is going to run! I voted for her in 2008 and will do so again with out blinking an eye. I am a registered dem. But will vote for a rep. Just like I did 2008 if oboma is the candidate again. Please Maddem secretary run!!!!!

    September 16, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. SwilliamP

    I believe Hillary would have performed better than President Obama given the same admittedly very difficult menu of events he has been given. I pray that if conditions in this country get significantly worse (which is likely) that there may be a scenario for her to reverse course and enter the race. If America starts burning over the next 12 months, the contribution of Republicans like Perry and Bachmann will be to bring tankers full of gasoline...

    September 16, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. AlphaDog

    Had Hillary Clinton become president, nothing would have gotten done through no fault of her's. The Republicans would have tried to rehash the same old attacks and subversion that they are known for. The best person for the job got elected. President Obama truly cares for this nation but it was destroyed before he took office and now it's amazing to watch Americans march to their own deaths AGAIN by allowing Republicans to share in the power again. It's like watching a dog eat its own vomit!

    September 16, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Danny Foglia

    Hillary would have been prepared for the Republican attacks. She wouldnt have been as naiive to think they would want to work with her, as Obama does.

    September 16, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. Max

    Hillary, I also enjoy what you are doing. If you should run for President, I believe your chances would be good, but, who's to say.

    Also, not to change the subject, I do agree with the blogger that said to only buy American goods.

    I'm all for buying American goods. Goods that are made in the good old USA. Just think if everyone did this, from cars to shoes, everything! Would this have an affect on the economy over here? I hope it would! We the people have to start somewhere, not just sit on our hands and talk about it.

    Also, let's leave out the sarcasum, ok! Let's get real and deal with the problem at hand!

    September 16, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Rsprings

    ANYBODY would be better than Obama. I thought she was doing well as Secretary of State. However, either Obama doesn't listen to her or she isn't that good after all. The middleeast is in shambles, Iran, NK, China are all problems. What is our foreign policy? No it time for someone else.

    September 16, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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