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. macus

    Obama is the man for the job at hand. Republican obstructionism has posed tremendous hardships in his way. He's nonetheless managed to work through whatever is possible through the little lee way available. Go Obama!!!

    September 16, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. there is profit in fear.....aka payback

    ....Don't be fooled by all the HYPE. Ms. Clinton. The way the right-wing-tea-baggers. Are treating, the current, President. Really, what makes you think, they'll be easy on you?.....................

    September 16, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    It's all about perceptions and what we have been "taught" to think by what is reported in the media and word of mouth. Try this. Do search for "Mojave Experiment". It was a controversial test to evaluate people's opinions with and without the bias of preconceptions formed from preconceptions.

    September 16, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. FREEMAN

    Would Hilary have made a better president? We will never know. Imagine if McCain had won the election. Imagine Palin as VP. Imagine what this country would look like. Heaven like us! Since day one the republicans have wanted that Black man out of office. Before you fools start talking race card it's a fact. President Obama never had a chance with these racist idiots.

    September 16, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Realitybites

    Larry L,
    I couldn't have said it better. I'm totally astounded that there are people who believe Hilary Clinton would have been any more successful in navigating the obstruction of the Republican party.

    On another note, can someone please tell me how she is so much more qualified than Obama? I mean no disrespect, but being the spouse of say, a fortune 500 CEO does not make one qualified to be CEO. And she has not been in the Senate that much longer than Obama. What major legislation is she responsible for authoring that makes her so much more suitable for the president than Obama?

    Frankly, I wanted Vilsak from the onset of the primaries in 2007.

    September 16, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. nick in PA

    clarification. Hillary Clinton DID WIN the most votes, it was the DNC party heads that decided Obama should be the nominee by taking delegates away from Hillary and giving them to Obama. Had Hillary been the nominee which is what the voters wanted, she stated in a debate with Obama in PA that she would have focused on the Economy first (before Healthcare) and the mortgage crisis (by freezing interest rates for five years to allow homeowners to pay what they were currently paying and stay in their homes). Would America be better off with Hillary as President? 100% YES.

    September 16, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. mike

    Please run again, Hillary!!! We would be so much better off....I hope!!!

    September 16, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Squigman

    If only she'd run for the office, but why would she want the office? Every time she'd turn around, there would stand another republican A.K.A. (human speed bumps), hindering the progress of society as a whole. Einstein,said it best. " the big difference between genius and ignorance, is that genius has limits".

    September 16, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    @Jan – I've wondered the same thing about the speaker. And he slurs on top of it all and does that funny thing with his mouth, like you see drunk people do. Very strange, and sad if he's a drunk.

    As far as Hillary Clinton, I would have votedfor her had she beat Obama in the primaries. She didn't. I have issues with Obama, but not enough to give Republicans another chance to pick what remains on bones. And I also realize that with all the procedures in place for Republicans to achieve their #1 goal of seeing this President fail, which includes destroying us to do so, I'm surprised he's been able to achieve anything since elected, frankly.

    September 16, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I believe that Hillary would NOT have made a better President than Obama for a number of reasons not the least of which is the fact that Hillary has a good number of skeletons in her closet. The GOTeatards would've eaten her for breakfast with that kind of ammunition. Look what they put the President through with their manufactured lies about his birth. They could find nothing on Obama, but they would'nt have had to dig too deep to hit paydirt on my girl Hillary.
    Obama 2012

    September 16, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "And this "jobs" bill has no chance of passing with Democratic support "

    Check your facts. There's only a very few Blue Dogs who are whining about it because they have very very conservative districts they need to appease for 2012. The rest are on board.

    September 16, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. KK

    I voted for Hillary.

    September 16, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. JOE

    Blah,Blah, Blah. So is Chelsea Clinton going to run for president too? How many Clintons and Bushes must be elected to the presidency? Isn't this the country that says everyone should have an equal chance? people, please give me a frigging break.

    September 16, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Ok

    stop coming up with these articles. Yes half of us want Hillary Clinton as President. But she said she not running for president. If she does not want to run she doesn't want to run. I would not mind having Bill Clinton back in office though. Maybe next term he could be Barack Obama's Vice President. Is that even possible for ex president to run for vice president?

    September 16, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. rosegarden

    Hillary is a war hawk, there'd have more wars if she were a president, like other Republican presidents, at the same time with more free social programs. She couldn't balance her financial crisis in her presidential champ. not to mention to manage the whole nation.

    September 16, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Shawn

    Please my American brother, do not make the mistake of putting her in office. It would be a big mistake.

    September 16, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. f

    As much as I depsise the Clintons for so many reasons..... she is the ONLY Democrat who can beat Obama and maaaaybe win the election. I'm sure she knows 10x as much as Obama in many areas of presidental politics and world concerns. She has lept a real low profile while doing her job without any major blowups on her part. That cannt be said for Obama.

    September 16, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. thequestioner

    I do so wish that she would run for president again. I voted for Obama in the general election but as an independent I had no choice in who was selected in the primaries. That is the flaw of our political system. Only the far-right and left get to pick who the rest of us get to vote for in the general election. Let me throw this out there – how about we move the "parties" from the official process altogether! Let the RNC and DNC be considered PACs (political action committees) moving forward and if they want to back a given candidate, they can donate money just like everyone else. Let's have a group of candidates who are representative of their own feelings on issues and not siding with one party or another. We could then have an OPEN primary and let the will of the people prevail, both in the primary AND general election. Remove the parties, remove the electoral college and quit the gerrymandering of our districts and make it one American – One vote. We have the technology to do this now and this is the only way that I see we can have a fair election with candidates selected by the PEOPLE. C'mon, Hillary. Please run!

    September 16, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Drew

    The photo they used is awesome and yeah, I WISH she was in office now. Bigger cajones than any so-called man around.

    September 16, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Kim

    If Clinton were named veep and swapped with Biden, Obama would be a lock. I can dream, can't I? What a shot of adrenaline that would be.

    September 16, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. rs

    Despite the fact that Ms. Clinton has said she isn't running, and will support Obama, it would be fscinating to watch the GOP/TP pivot from "bithers", "death panels" "just say No!"and their other anti-America, anti-Obama tactics back to Vince Foster, Arkansas real estate, blue dresses,selling secrets to china, impeachment and other anti-American, anti-Clinton tactics.

    When it comes to slime, the Republicans are very adept. Leadership, not so much.

    September 16, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. mister

    who the heck is this poll polling? Polling lots of people I know, not one thinks Hillary would have been better than Obama. That makes 0%. And very few would even vote for her.

    September 16, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. Chad

    Absolutely no doubt! I'd campaign for her. I think would make a fantastic president. She knows how Washington works. Mr. Obama has been eaten alive. As soon as he started compromising to the bullies of the Republican party, he showed them they could have their way with him, and just like bullies on a schoolyard, if you cower or compromise, they will just take more and more. They have him backed into a corner with nowhere to go. They put an idea to him. He proposes it to the American people. Then they say "NO!". I mean, what can he possibly do at this point? They own him, and are now having their way with America. And their way is the destruction of government, and all of its support to the poor and middle class, the environment, regulation, etc.
    Washington is no schoolyard, it's a forest full of wolves, and Obama has been Little Red Riding Hood walking through with a picnic basket full of raw meat.
    He should never have been elected, but America fell in love with him. And just as Washington is a cruel and tough place, Americans can be cruel and tough people. They love to take the underdog and champion him the top... and then they love to tear him to pieces and put him back in his place.
    This poor guy is like Neville Chamberlain against Hitler. The smartest thing he could do at this point is to not run for a second term, and let a Churchill-like Hillary Clinton, run the war: This time the war is against the fall of America and the American ideal, which are so perilously close to being lost forever.

    September 16, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. detada

    I would love to see Hillary and Biden switch roles for 2012. Move her into the VP spot and move Biden to Secretary of State. And, in 2016, Hillary would run for president.

    September 16, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. NoCommentCNN

    You know it! We missed a great chance to have the first women President and to have someone with the experience to actually be an effective president.
    IMHO she has been the best Sec. of state in my lifetime.

    September 16, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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