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. Liberty2012

    How could most people support Hillary when she has been such a huge supported of the war machine. I thought the majority of people wanted to bring our troops home.
    The only real candidate is Ron Paul
    Ron Paul 2012

    September 16, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. Fedupman

    It's a stupid question put to us by Kafferty. The SAD FACT is the abysmal ignorance by the masses of the electorate. OBAMA truly loves this country and want to see it prosper. Hower, Republicans have stated from day one of his presidency that they will do anything to make sure he is a ONE-TERM PRESIDENT. American people acted stupid and put congress in the hands of the republicans . Now, we should not be blaming anyone for any gridlock in the Congress but ourselves.

    HOW CAN WE BE SO SELF-HATING?

    Republicans are only pretenders but there heart hearts are for the WEALTHY and they themselves. That's it ! Obviously, these folks don't love the people but we the ignoramus keep putting them back in power.
    Folkls, how can we hate ourselves this badly?

    SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD TIME FOR THIS COUNTRY.

    September 16, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. beevee

    The GOP crooks gang (Boehner, Mcconnell) would have done same thing to her as they are doing now to Obama. Never let anything pass, creating all sorts of hurdles to his plans. The american public is stupid enough to give them power. Unless we wise up and kick these GOP guys out of office we can't expect any progress in this country for the middle class and low income. Let us wise up.

    September 16, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  4. Tom

    But CNN she didn't lose the nomination. She won the big state primaries and the majority of Democratic voters. If it weren’t for the DNC manipulating the process, taking delegates away from Clinton, the horribly mis-run / miscounted caucuses (Texas), and questionable money sources, Obama never would have made it out of the primaries. Go back and do the research, her winning campaign was undermined and ultimately killed in broad daylight by the Rules and Bylaws Committee. Any fool could see the fix was in. And in the general election of 2008 Mickey Mouse could have beaten John McCain. Clinton is a dedicated FDR Democrat with records of excellence and accomplishment, and is fast becoming one of the best Secretaries of State this country has ever had. We lost that opportunity for her to be our historical president at this most critical time in our history and for what? To install the first African American President at all costs. No matter that Obama was grossly unqualified, undeserving, and unready. Clinton worked very hard over the decades to become worthy of Dr. King. Obama was promoted by the media as a legitimate candidate to the uninformed. He has done nothing but force costly, bad legislation down our throats, partied, and played golf. Thanks.

    September 16, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. ruemorgue

    I wish Hillary would change her mind and run for Prez! She has more *balls* that this current President and she has more *brains* than all the Republicans combined! C'mon, Hillary !!! Run for Prez!!!

    September 16, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Hillariose for president!!!! She would show you that the real reason she left the 08 race was the same reason she would fold under the repub machine. Tears don't work in congress.every one talks about how president Obama folds and caves so easily to the repubs but the first time he goes off on them y'all holler he's such a angry black man. He's following the same strategies as Martin Luther king during civil rights movement showing you who the real racist animals are in America. Sad it has to come to this but hey we will over come again and again see you in 2012 at the black house.

    September 17, 2011 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  7. Waitaminute

    Hilary did a great job ruling the man that ruled the country for 8 years. Lets give her the reings again and make this sinking country great again. She is an American hero and icm!

    September 17, 2011 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  8. Melo-D

    By CNN's own poll it show that 66% of people polled think the country would be the same or worse if Clinton was president. How in the heck can they spin that into the country is optimistic about HIllary?????? Nice try CNN, I guess you are trying to to reinforce your status as the Clinton News Network.

    September 17, 2011 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  9. Say "NO" to Billary!!!

    No way!! We cannot have Hillary in the Oval Office again! You didn't really think that Bill was running things, did you? Race relations between whites and blacks were getting much better until the Clinton's hit the scene. They screwed everything up by over-pandering to rabble rousing racists and set back civil rights by a decade of progress. Not to mention NAFTA opening the doors wide for Chinese monopolies and Americas economic decline.

    September 17, 2011 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  10. Old Republican

    Hillary would be a breath of fresh air for sure. I voted for Obama the last time. I really don't know what came over me.

    September 17, 2011 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  11. Dontbow

    Well anything is better than obama. She would be but not by much i doubt. They are both horrible politicians.

    September 17, 2011 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  12. Deomonna

    With politicians public image is everything, people find her "smart" because she knows how to play and the game, in the end your pawns. Gosh its almost as if Hillary Clinton didnt send troops into "the wrong war" as she voted yes to invade Iraq. If your not into the GOP or Bush and support Hillary Clinton then your brain is going to confused and dulled as the Clintons have a foundation with Bush, she is known to side with Republicans and out of the lists of senators that voted "no" to invade Iraq, she sided with Bush. Bill Clinton also in 1999 de-regulated the financial industry, subsiquently the economy collapsed. Wouldnt it be interesting if she was out to destroy Obama after getting closer to the Whitehouse? Obviously her P.R. team took the time to make her popularity campaign national news. Next from them is a broader marketing maneuver laced with others material from unsuspecting individuals that had no clue someone would steal from them and like MAGIC its now helping politicians look good.

    September 17, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Her current popularity only exists because she hasnt backed a singlr thing Obama has done. They have kept her completely isolated from this administration. If she were to run for Pres or VP she would have to back his policies or criticize them....whichever way she goes half her support disappears.

    September 17, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. stampchip

    What about a Biden/Clinton ticket? She's the smartist democrate women alive & I'm beginning to think he's the smartest democrate man alive but wait they arn't Harvard law educated they couldn't possibly do a good job. Too bad!

    September 17, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Jordan, Ohio

    I think Hillary would have definitely done better than Obama has. Obama has used way to much political warfare over the past 3 years and it makes me feel that he is weak. If he was strong he wouldn't have to resort to such tactics; it's petty and far below that level of office. With that being said, the only person I feel is really ready to take on the economy and turn it around is Ron Paul. I don't like everything he says, but then again, I don't like everything all candidates in the past have said. You have to look at the big picture and see what could be. Ron Paul is a true fiscal conservative that will actually cut spending and end these wars. I think most of us can at least agree it would be nice to have a president that actually wants to bring the troops home. The line between Democrat and Republican has now become a blur. It's hard to tell who supports who these days. I just want to balance the budget and bring my brothers and sisters home. Only one person is claiming to actually do that and he does have a track record to prove it. Still, anyone will be better than Obama, even if they do put Hillary on the Dem ticket next year. GO AMERICA!

    September 17, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Harry

    Please run Hillary. You're our only hope of winning by uniting blacks, liberals, and independents together. Obama is trying, but the country has lost confidence in him (thanks to republican "NO-ism". Having Bill (the last best president we've had) along for the ride wouldn't hurt.

    September 17, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. bud

    Her opponents would just bring up the "L" factor and that would be the end of her candidacy anyway.

    September 17, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. bud

    I haven't heard much about VP Biden regarding the election. Oh yea, Dems are trying to WIN. I got it.

    September 17, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Texas Girl

    I like Hillary a lot but I don't think she have gotten any further than Obama has. I voted for Obama and I am voting for him again. We HATE Perry here and know the mistake to have him in the White House. NO.......

    September 17, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. obamamnesty

    Wow I love it! You dems had a majority on both houses and a democrat prez for quite sometime and still control 2 of those. Yet, what have you done? Beside the freeing for tens of thousands of ill egals and obama care? No budgets! No jobs! No nothing! But it is the fault of repubs! How is that working for ya! How about posting some actual bills repubs stopped that would have created jobs for the private sector? Your unions got theirs!

    September 17, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. obamamnesty

    I love Obama

    September 17, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Justin

    Silly people dont you see what this is? it's propaganda pure & simple. The GOP knows that if Clinton ran for president it would split the democrats in two. It would be easier for them to win next year. Instead on focusing on what if's focus on the problems at hand. Focus on supporting out current president & removing the GOP from congress next year.

    September 17, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. amlcpamaine

    This is nothing more than another red herring being pushed around by the GOP puppeteers - anything to denegrate the president and anything to feed the confusion menu for their bleating, tea party stooges. The stooges actually believe this stuff.
    If the puppeteers spent even 1% of the time they spend on this drivel on discussion of actual solutions, we'd all be better off. But all they want to do is create adversity, sit back on their money ($2 TRILLION now sitting in corp coffers!) and wait it out. These people are traitors to the USA.

    September 17, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Andrew

    Ron Paul 2012!
    Hillary has been on the sidelines of this corruption too long i believe she has fallen to it and won't be much of a change from Bush or Obama.

    September 17, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Dimitri

    I would love for her to run as VP IN 2012. Game set and match. Obama is reelected and she run in 2016. but i do not think she would and Obama,trying not to appear weak,will not do it.James Carville is right . This Administration needs a big time shake up!!! Who do you think will the perfect attack dog for this administration. Nobody is doing as of now. Hillary. Dick Cheney did it for 8 years for George Bush and was pretty effective event i hate his gusts. Optics is everything in Politics . While promoting change in tone you need to show the other party that you will not bend ,while receptive to constructive ideas,
    can carry a big stick and as a Democrat it pains me to say it Our President is not feared or respected by the opposing Party.

    September 17, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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