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. Atul Chaudhary

    How do you think is Hillary qualified to be the President? You mean to say that she was the President during Clinton years which she can't prove. Well, Obama at least has some diplomatic ways to deal with congress and senate; Hillary would be a disaster as she doesn't have patience with people. There are numerous examples of that. Biggest to the date was she loosing composer while answering to a girl during a foreign visit. I hope she doesn't try to be a VP candidate because it will be really bad for the control when President and VP fighting over the control.

    Although, I didn't vote for Obama and wouldn't vote for him, he is a better administrator than Hillary. She is a dictator.

    September 16, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. dreucalypt

    The article does not in fact claim that Democrats would prefer to replace Obama with Hillary Clinton. That is the headline writer's spin, not the article's content.

    September 16, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Gene , Alabama

    I said before the last election she was the only one with enough knowledge to run the country at that time among those running. Today I am not so sure but I would consider her as president . I do believe she would have done a better job than Obama has done but that is easy to say today. Ron Paul out off all those running seems to have a better sense of what needs to be done to get us back on track. If a bunch of using the blame game breaks out among the republican party this time around they will only hurt each other and leave a bad taste in mouths of the voters. All I want to hear is that they will make no promises but only do the best job possible and give the people of the US a 100% and not keep serving the interest of the special interest .

    September 16, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    CNN...why are trying to create contention in the Democratic party where none exists?

    September 16, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Yiayia Texas

    A few reminders: Haven't the Clintons proven that they can balance a budget? When Bill Clinton left office, wasn't there a surplus in the budget and the national debt all but eliminated? Weren't there jobs aplenty in a booming economy? And, more importantly, weren't we at peace with the world? I say "the proof is in the pudding,"

    Our nation is in crisis, and we need people to govern who can put aside party (and personal) prejudices and make decisions that are in the best interest of the American people. Hillary Clinton is a respected, experienced diplomat, who knows how to effect compromise, play hardball if necessary, and work with the congress to bring about viable solutions to our current problems. We need her leadership, and Americans must open their eyes and consider the past when deciding who they want to represent them as their President in the next election, should she change her mind and decide to enter the race.

    September 16, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. vikingslost

    Hillary would make an outstanding U.S. Supreme Court Justice. In President Obama's second term, he will be given the chance to appoint Hillary to the Supreme Court.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 16, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. Joe B

    A bit better than Hussein Obama, I would probably vote for her.

    September 16, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. Anthony... proud tax payer

    If Obama were to replace Biden with Hillary, I think the Republicans would all but throw in the towel. Theres no way Bachman or Palin could hold a candle to Hillary. And Im not even a Hillary fan. I just think the (R)s have been riding the "strong woman" approach, and Hillary would completely run circles around them and suck all the air out of the room if she were on the ticket. Even a delayed Palin announcement to run wouldnt mean much, as everyone knows Palin would get obliterated by Hillary in a debate, much less Obama. She said she'd never run for President, but that doesnt mean the VP spot is out of the question. Dream Ticket redux? That would probably ruin the Republicans chances in 2016 as well, setting Hillary up for a sure win if the Republicans havent completely self destructed and totally wrecked the economy by then.

    September 16, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. Andrew Andoniadis

    A Hilary Clinton presidency would have been more successful than the Obama presidency for four reasons:
    1. Although Hilary Clinton obviously has a strong interest in healthcare reform, she and her team would have realized that "it’s the jobs stupid" far more quickly than the Obama team did.
    2. Hilary Clinton is not a wus, has had experience with the relentless and unfair attacks of Republicans and would have defended her programs far more effectively.
    3. A Clinton team would have collaborated better with Senate and House Democrats to create a team effort.
    4. The tea party would have been less riled up working against a female rather than a black president.

    September 16, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Margie

    If Hillary Clinton decides to run, I would consider voting for her. I doubt she could screw it up any more than some of the men running this country have.

    September 16, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  11. Jon

    I'm a conservative, and I would much rather see Hillary than nearly anyone else running. Her senate voting record shows that she is a fiscal conservative. With all due respect, we need a fiscal conservative, not another four years of uncontrolled spending like we've been having since I can remember (I was born in the 80's). Obama's plan clearly isn't working and hasn't worked and I have only seen a plan from Mr. Romney on the Republicans' side. None of the other candidates have published a detailed plan of what they intend to do. We don't need more rhetoric, we need action.

    September 16, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. OhBama Sucks

    Run Hillary Run. Shove Obunghole under his own bus ! ! ! !

    September 16, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. Harry Baxter

    I'd vote for her in a minute, but I supported her in 2008. Think about it. Even if she and Obama were equal qualificationwise, compare her Advisor with anyone in the current Obama Cabinet. Easy decision.

    September 16, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. Bob

    Run Hillary, you will win.

    September 16, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. aMom

    Another article proving that Obama has jumped the shark.

    September 16, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. Mary

    As a fiscally conservative, socially liberal independent voter I supported Hillary Clinton and was angry at the way the liberal media treated her! I was gobsmacked by some of things Obama was promising and how everyone was falling for it and I couldn't say anything because if I did I was branded a racist! I hope the liberal media and the people who supported this gutless President are happy! She would NEVER have let Paul Ryan and the Tea Party nut jobs walk all over her and would have shown them who the boss really was! Hope she runs again in 2012There is no way I am voting for Obama or any of the jokers the Republican party elects!

    September 16, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. Bob

    Anything but Obama.

    September 16, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  18. Bozzz

    This is a nonsense article. Hillary would never context the nomination–it'd be political suicide. There were serious questions about her administrative abilities (her campaign was a mess), and it'd be too much of a risk. If she still wants to run, then she'll wait 4 more years. Aside from Obama, she's the best choice, though. The Republicans aren't putting up any serious candidates, and most of the country realize that a Perry presidency would be a nightmare.

    September 16, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. Tom

    Go Hillary....2012.

    September 16, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Tom

    BTW, in answer to all the comments about how she is not qualified. You think Bachmann is???

    September 16, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Don

    Obama has turned out to be a colossal joke.

    September 16, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Carlos Enrique Queso aka Chuck E. Cheese

    This only proves one thing, and that is, the total and complete naivete of the American voter . To think that Hillary would fare better in the face of total and complete GOP opposition shows that Americans lack the basic understanding of what is going on in our political system, more importantly, they don't seem to grasp the magnitude of what the GOP has been doing to undermine Obama's presidency and the economy in general. Christ!!! I can't imagine what these people would be doing at this stage if Bill was in the White House. Besides, during the Clinton yeas, no one was more dislike (aside from Bill) than Hillary--and she ONLY the First Lady. Wake up America!!!!

    September 16, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. Marichel

    it's time for Hillary Clinton to step up.

    September 16, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    @ Republican Robber Baron

    Thank you for being 100% right. Many of us feel the same way.

    September 16, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  25. Jeff, California

    As a Republican, I see no viable presidential candidate in my party. As an American, I see no viable presidential candidate, including our current POTUS. If fact, there are few, if any, politicians in federal office that seem to be capable of working together to bring about smart policies while abolishing those that have been inacted and are not working. Unfortunately, government control is nearly nonexistent. Business runs the government and all are beholden to someone. The average American citizen is not smart enough to educate themselves on what their elected officials stand for. Instead they choose to listen to the media. We need to elect candidates that will not legislate common sense, decrease America's dependency on foreign governments, and decrease the American citizen's dependency on the federal government. We have allowed a welfare state to be created while absolving our citizens of taking responsibility for their own personal shortcomings.
    The Clinton's are both extremely intelligent, but that doesn't make either suitable to do what is best for the US and it's people. Obama is neither qualified for this position, nor the uniter he said he was as a presidential candidate/junior senator. In my opinion, no attorney should be President. They may be able to read and interpret law, but they also can twist them to work in their favor.
    Overall, if our elected officials cannot stop this divisiveness, on both sides, we are sunk as a nation.

    September 16, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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