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. toorelaxed

    Might as well have her as president, it really doesn't matter anymore who is president. America is run by Congress, Corporation, Unions and the Rich!!!!. It was not the government's fault for the recent Bank Of America looking at laying
    off 30,000 people it was the CEOs and management wanting those Million Dollar Salaries and Bonus checks!!!!!!. America
    the Broke!!!!

    September 16, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. UsaGod help us

    Come on dont u think the same people advicing pres obama would be the same it was hillary.

    September 16, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. glddraco

    Poll: More people wish that the media would simply disappear.

    September 16, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. GigiGigiK

    At least with Hillary, we can be sure of both the strongest offense and defense. I say "offense"because she's usually the only one in the room that has mastered the homework and "defense" because she is absolutely tireless in hammering her opponents. A gal after my own heart. That is why the Republicans tried to destroy her during the debates and why they went to hell and back to side line her during Bill's administration. If she had been the consumate butt kisser, she would be in the office right now. She is every conspirator's nightmare because if you are hiding something, she will root your evil out and jamn it down your throat. We need 10 Hillarys so we can get back to ruling the world with testicles. Survey any Republican and they will tell you that the name that haunts them in their recurrent nightmares is hers. Turn her loose. I truely believe that she is the only human on earth that could straighten out all of the corruption in this country and tutor all of us at the same time.

    September 16, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. keeth

    yawn. wake me from this pundits' mental mas tur bat ion when 2012 is here.

    September 16, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. Nejxn

    Mark my words – the DNC WILL nominate Hillary or someone else for the next presidential election. They KNOW the Obama administration is a sinking ship and is pulling down the ENTIRE party. Just look at the recent elections – independents and moderates RUNNING to the republicans because of the way this administration has run our economy into the ground!

    September 16, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. Daddy

    It's not just Obama nor would it be just Hillary that would continue to ruin the U.S. It's been the Democrats and their class warfare and race baiting policies that would continue to bring about our demise.

    September 16, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. msadr

    Mrs. Clinton is doing a phenomenal job right now. I'm very impressed by her performance. Certainly much better than Obama's performance. I would seriously consider voting for her just because I think she will maintain control and get things done.

    September 16, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. Tony

    If Hillary runs for President I will vote for her.

    However, she knows the lay of the land and would never divide the Democratic Party at a time when we all need to be united. My dream ticket in 2012 is Obama-Clinton, followed IN 2016 by Clinton-ANYONE. But I think she will sit out this election cycle, complete her term as SOS, write a book or two and start running in 2014 for 2016.

    This country still needs Hillary as President.

    September 16, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. Wayne Matthews

    Anyone could have done a better job than Obama. Maybe we should change the qualifications for the job. This has not worked out for any of us who work for a living. I actually hope no Democrat challenges him. It's time for Jimmy Carter Part Two.

    September 16, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. Julia

    Hillary is Harry Truman reincarnated as woman. Get um Hillary, you can get the job done.

    September 16, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Hillary Clinton would not have become the punching bag that the President has become but her chances against the old man and the quitter would have been less. We could be stuck with those two in the WH!!!
    I think she would have been a great VP (nothing against Biden) though.

    September 16, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. Jass

    When is it going to finally become the time when someone as brilliant as she is curtails all these foreign imports into this country that cost us all our jobs, by using the sweeping power of the U.S. Customs tariffs and quotas system. This power alone, could undo all the damage of Nafta and similar problems and finally allow American made products to be seen on store shelves again.Did I mention that we can no longer make our own underwear or shoes, not to mention the other million consumer items that we invented? Like washing machines, air conditioners, dental metals, computers, cell phones, or military technologies like missles, etc

    September 16, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. OBAMA IS PLAYING YOU DUMMIES FOR FOOLS IN CONGRESS

    Whoever was picked as the democratic President in office, would have received the same treatment. This has nothing to do with who is more qualified in this era of politics. It is about getting the other party back in office. You have a majority of males in Congress that probably are cheating on their wives and expect them to be. submissive. To think that these individuals are going to listen to a woman tell them what to do. HA! HA! HA HA HA! I laugh at this attempt of this reporter who is still upset that their nominee was not picked. This poll was probably given to about 2,000 people who still want Hillary as president. NEWS FLASH: POLLS DON'T MATTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET OVER IT.

    September 16, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  15. Here's the Plan . . .

    Obama is reelected; Hillary takes it in 2016 and the nominates Obama for the Supreme Court seat of retiring Justice thomas.

    Hey, a liberal can dream, can't he?

    September 16, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. mabear87

    With the illiterate morons in the tea party who are all millionaires, there is no reasonable person on this earth that could have accomplished anything. These people are just like the barbarians that destroyed Rome.

    September 16, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. steve

    Good Lord, If clinton, bachman, or palin would become the POTUS I would RENOUNCE my citizenship – not sure where i'll go but that would be the last 'nail-in-the-coffin' for the good ol' usa

    September 16, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  18. PhilG.

    Hillary Clinton is a very smart woman.

    Too smart to get involved in running for the Presidency again.

    I think if the Democrats want to lose the next Presidential election,they should have her as a front runner because there are alot of people in America that would vote against her just to vote against her.

    This is'nt going to be another election like Barak Obama's.

    The next election will be a referendum on which party takes the American worker seriously and which party is in love with rich people's money.

    The Democrats need to start looking for a white man that is totally a Democrat and not going to apologize for being one.

    Sorry axxed people that run Congress simply will not work with a Black or Woman President.

    It's got to be a white man,unfortunately.

    I am so sad for our nation.

    The Democrats need to start appealing to every poor and middle class American to kick every Republican out of Congress so we can get a realistic tax profile back into the economy and get the economy back where the rich actually have to do something like employ people instread of just having Congress people rob us for the trillions the rich now have.

    September 16, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  19. Bill in VA

    I can understand why some may long for Hillary. For that matter, anyone on either side during the 2008 primary season would have made a better President than the empty suit we ended up with.

    September 16, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  20. wendymaddy

    the democratic party maneuvered their most popular candidate out to elect barack obama instead, by stealing the popular votes for hillary clinton from michigan and florida voters and giving them to barack obama. i have nothing against barack, but he should have been the vice president, to learn at hillary's elbow how to succeed her as president in his own time. she has always been the best prepared and wisest, most savvy and experienced person for the job. it's time for democrats to set aside their male prejudice and finally do what they should have done in the first place: elect the best person for the job of running our country! Sheesh! Let's get it right this time!

    September 16, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. Jackie

    I felt the same way – that HIllary was better prepared and would have made a better president than Obama because of her experience, and also her ability to negotiate with the opposing party, in the tough political environment we now live in. I think she would have had a better idea of how to deal with the economic problems, as well as our other problems, and the Republicans in Congress, at the same time. It is a shame that so many people put her down in favor of Obama – the media, etc. while she was on the campaign trail. But the situation is what it is, now, so we must try to support Obama as much as possilble. I think he has good intentions and ideas, and genuinely wants to help the Middle Class and this country, but the Republicans have really created a hostile environment on Capitol Hill for him. It is truly a shame that they stand in the way of any progress, and they are hurting our country in a huge way – economically, and on many other fronts as well with the large corporations and the obstinance to tax increases, and the list goes on and on. I will never understand why the media just focus on polls, and say that the two most popular Presidential candidates are Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Neither of these candidates is wonderful, or has all of what we need in a President, and most especially not Rick Perry. I was most impressed with Jon Huntsman, but he ranks far down in the popularity and polls, because he is not well enough known, which is also very unfortunate. There is no time or interest in choosing a good, worthwhile candidate in this country, anymore - it just boils down to who captures the most votes and wins the popularity shouting match or has the most convincing propoganda.

    September 16, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  22. trex

    Hill, I voted for you in our primary, and I hoped you would win. Yep, if it takes O to lose to Hill, to beat the crap out of those INSANE teabaggers, I AM IN>>!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. Cindy

    I agree with your post, LovesIrony. As well as the poster from PA who has a very good memory, Hillary did indeed win the Democratic nomination by virtue of winning the Popular Vote. It was only the rather corrupt leadership of the Democratic Party that allowed Hillary to be bashed in the media and then broadsided at the Democratic National Convention where her delegates were taken...History will prove us right. If I said I'd like to see her run I'd be lying, after all the gender bias she endured I wish her only a LONG & RELAXING retirement!!

    September 16, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. bigwilliestyles

    Let me school you people on our President. He understands the same thing that others who were the "first African-American" have always understood (but never spoken about until after the fact). Obama is the Jackie Robinson of the presidential dynamic. As such, he has to be very careful not to conduct himself in a way that will allow the bigots to paint him as the proverbial 'angry black man' that places so much fear and trepidation in the hearts of even some well meaning people of other races. Now that the door to the most powerful office in the land has been breached ( which in itself has to qualify as the most colossal achievement of the 21st century)he must not allow those who fight against progress to slam it shut through fear. I was reading a post on another blog where the poster stated he had been counting down the days since President Obama's INAUGERATION to see him (Obama) turned out of office. This was before a single day, bill, stimulus, etc had been passed or even considered. His hate had nothing to do with presidential policies; he hated the man.

    September 16, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. Etesot Obe

    I'm extemely shocked at the analysis and commentry I read on this subject. This is so hypothetical that no one answer is right. In fact most answers are dead wrong. Could we then also argue that the economy would be much worse if Obama had not been elected. So we just can't say that Hillary would have done a better job. Given that she would operate under the republican tea-party climate of terrorism, I speculate that the atmosphere would be the same.
    It is terrible that the level of rigorous analytical fervour one would associate wth journalists, much less CNN seems to be going south or becoming pure sensational. How someone can dream of a poll as hazy as this one is beyond me. So let me repeat my point differently: US would have been better of without Bush Jnr if Al Gore had won. We just don't know. Period.

    September 16, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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