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. Truman Guy

    Do IT!!!! Should have won the first time. I feel a draft in the room. Must be the Hillary movement. She would be most qualified of the Bunch of both parties. At least dump Biden and put her on instead. Sets up 2016 if we are still around by then.

    September 16, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Gunnar

    Ron Paul is the only candidate offering REAL change. Obama, Clinton, the rest of the GOP? All just puppets intent upon maintaining the status quo.

    September 16, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Cheryl

    I love her but it would not make a difference. Our President now can not do anything because he is a Dem.and so is she.

    September 16, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. PhonyRepubs

    I am not one of these people who think we would be better off with Hillary! Are you all crazy! Doesn't anyone remember how hated this woman was? Well I do.
    I can only imagine that the Clinton's started this rumor. How quickly people forget. Please do your research people
    The repubs hated this woman with a passion they blamed Hillary for the murder of her best friend amongst other things. Just look at the negative books written about her. She was the biggest pirriaha
    In their minds.
    No. Hillary would not make a better Pres with all of her negatives at all.

    Get real people!

    September 16, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Clayton Covell

    Oh!! I truly DON'T THINK SO!!!!!

    September 16, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. jane

    Hillary Clinton will not run as president, shes too good of a politician to split the party that way. Period. Jane

    September 16, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Gene Cole

    "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."

    Considering the competence level of the current administration, 34 percent of those questioned would figure that we'd be better off with a Sponge Bob Square Pants administration.

    September 16, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Gene Cole

    "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."

    Considering the competence level of the current administration, 34 percent of those questioned would figure that we'd be better off with a Sponge Bob administration.

    September 16, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. karen

    I've been waiting almost 3 years for this. Hillary should have won hands down. Some people find there niche in life and the Clintons found theirs. They are just good at politics. Period!! I've just been waiting to hear people should have voted for Hillary. I'am glad she's not running. Teach you boobs a lesson!

    September 16, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. GigiGigiK

    Ms. Clinton said that he wouldn't be able to learn on the job when it came to the Presidency; and she was right. Obama had good ideas but not the backbone or skill it takes to convey them simply, and then lead. Many times during his philosophical, dissertation-length speeches, there was a 3 minute disconnect between the first and second half of one of his sentences. What was he visualizing? The cheat sheets in his head? I am a die-hard democrat but once again, I'm going to have to throw my vote to the other side. In this case, he just didn't have the right advisors, or enough of them or he shipped the right ones back home too soon. His lack of even basic college courses in economics and business sunk his leadership skills down the drain.
    It ought to be required from here on out that anyone who dares to think that he wants to serve as our President, should be required to have an MBA and a PhD in economics. Otherwise, stay home. I might add, that his lack of history in an administrative role, was really the problem. And if he knew that about himself, why the hell didn't he give up those 5 night /week basketball games and surround himself with think tank after think tank until their skill rubbed off on him? I'm sorry to say that basketball was a waste of his time and his opportunity to hone the skills that he really needed improvement on. When you don't know what you're doing, you study harder and longer. When you couple all his down time with his constant vacationing, it appears as though, he was never really serious about even his own re-election chances. Either he was very arrogant, or basically resigned a while ago. All I know is that I spent the last few years defending him, his few programs etc. against vehement attacks because he wasn't doing the job himself. And it got tiring. I first thought maybe he just needed a super long time to figure things out but it may have been more of a case that he was so disheartened, that he didn't care anymore.
    He should man up, and nominate Hillary to run. She is the only hope for the Democratic party at this point and the only one that can spin circles around the GOP with knowledge and savvy. He wouldn't be the first President to decide to not seek re-election. No one will really question it because we all understand.
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    September 16, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Republican Robber Baron

    Please stop the hype CNN. CNN's James Carville is practically joined at the hip with the Clinton machine. This is just a bunch of nonsense, Hillary is too old and can't even barely do another term as Sec of State, yet alone handle the stress of being President. Besides the Clintons are just more of the same business as usual in DC that love the lobbyists. This is why the Clintons lost to Obama. Get real.

    September 16, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    I see you opened up the Ticker again. So I'll post my PRIOR response with a little more added.
    I did not vote for her in 2008 nor would I ever vote for a Clinton again. It's true she would probably have done a better job than our current president but that's only because THERE WOULD BE NO RACIST TEA PARTY to attack her every move. End of story.

    @ Ron in Asheville, NC
    I couldn't agree with you more. Not to mention the Clinton years were the WORST years of my life. Never again.

    September 16, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Chipster

    We didn't elect the wrong President. We elected the wrong Party to run Congress. The American people voted for gridlock, now they want to gripe about it and blame everybody else but themselves. If the American people were stupid enough to vote for people who promised to dismantle Social Security (or ensure that it will "wither on the vine" -Gingrich), they got what they deserve. If they believed that we could fight 2 wars, cut taxes for the wealthy to below 1950s rates, ban Medicare from negotiating drug prices, and start an unfunded Medicare Part D program, they got what they deserve. If you thought the economic disaster of the last administration could be corrected in less than 2 years, you're insane!

    If they elect a president who threatened to secede from the Union or an uneducated bimbo who also supported secession, they will SURELY get what they deserve! We are the government. If you're looking for someone to blame, take a long look in the mirror.

    September 16, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Kare

    For a network that has a rep as the "liberal" media, CNN is sure working overtime to get a conservative in the White House in 2012 ... Stop beating up on the President & tells us what he's accomplished instead of what you think he's done wrong or hasn't accomplished ...

    September 16, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Democrats have buyer's remorse. We could have had Hillary instead!

    September 16, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Alina77

    I love Hillary, she is a political survivor, she knows the other side. If she would come back and run she would win overwhelmingly without even spending big money on the campaign. People dont like rogue Republicans but even more they are tired of watching the "reasonable Obama".

    September 16, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Mustang95

    DRAFT HER!! NOW! We need somebody with "a pair" in the White House...

    September 16, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. JD

    That is obviously not going to happen, but she could replace Biden as VP.
    Also Obama could hire Bill Clintons economic staff and or Bill himself to be economic czar .....

    September 16, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. BuckeyeJim

    After Palin and Bachman, Hilary seems quite plausible as a presidential candidate. I can't see her contending with a sitting president for the nomination but maybe in 2016.

    September 16, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Obama has tried, let republicans not make bogus publicity among democrats dat wil generate conflict

    September 16, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Mimi of Toronto

    I think giving the President another 4 years, and Ms. Clinton as the VP would secure a sure 2012 win. No doubt about it. President Obama will have to diplomatically rearrange his cabinet in order for that to happend. Hopefully Mr. Biden will retire, that would make things easier. Then at the end of 4 years, we will have another Clinton in the White House as President!

    September 16, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. trickbunny

    Well, I doubt the economy would have been much better. While it's true that she was privy to an administration that balanced the budget, her husband didn't have to deal with the insane mess of a 10 year long dual war that put a massive drain on the economy. If she had been president and inherited what Obama did, it would be tough going for her as well.

    September 16, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. Daniel

    It's possible, even likely, that no matter who the Republican nominee is that they'll beat Obama simply because of the mood of the nation and with large numbers of the Democratic base having become very disenfranchised with the more-of-the-same Administration we have today. If the Republicans are to win, the only candidate a Democrat or Independent should be ok with is the great champion of civil liberties, Texas Congressman Ron Paul. If Paul doesn't win the GOP, I will be voting left again!

    September 16, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. LovesIrony

    The Republican machine couldn't bring down Bill Clinton, They wouldn't be able to bring down Hillary, They may succeed in bringing down Obama.

    September 16, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. Erik

    I like how Ticker is trying to present the minority opinion in this poll as if it were the majority.

    September 16, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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