Poll: If Hillary Clinton ran in 2012...
October 27th, 2011
01:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: If Hillary Clinton ran in 2012...

(CNN) – If Hillary Clinton were on the ballot in 2012 as the Democratic presidential nominee she would fare better against the Republican candidates than her current boss, President Barack Obama, according to a new national poll.

Although the secretary of state has repeatedly said she will not run for president in the next election, Clinton beat the top GOP candidates among likely voters in hypothetical matchups.

The TIME survey taken on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10 showed Clinton ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 55% to 38%, Texas Gov. Rick Perry 58% to 32% and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain 56% to 34%.

Obama did not fare as well against the same candidates, edging out Romney by three percentage points, 46% to 43% and beating Perry and Cain by 12 percentage points, 50% to 38% and 49% to 37% respectively.

Clinton, the former first lady and U.S. senator from New York, lost the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. And despite consistently high approval ratings, has said she will not seek public office in the future.


Filed under: 2012 • Hillary Clinton • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    The media should be ashamed of itself for promoting this dvisive rhetoric aimed at the Democratic Party, a conversation which originated with from the master himself, former VP Dick Cheney. Democrats are not looking for or talking about Clinton to run as VP. Only the media and conservatives are talking about this.

    October 27, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Sandy

    Stop the nonsense! She is not running! How many times does she have to tell you people!

    October 27, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. dawn

    Time ran a poll, which Hillary won. What is with the "scheming witch" photograph?

    October 27, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Geri

    Obama should make her his vice presidential running mate instead of Biden....he would win by a landslide!

    October 27, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Nini

    I believe that....... I as an independent voter don't think Hillary is against the American system. She believes in bettering it in its current form where Obama hates it and likes to see it transformed to a system that is closer to socialist countries.

    I am sick of Obama's rhetoric of blaming everyone but himself. This guys is more on TV than Friends re-runs.
    His hypocrisy is sickening he goes to dinner with Hollywood elite that are well inside the 1%, gets the money comes out and talked about wealth distribution. HERE IS AN IDEA why don't you reduce your fund raising effort and have all your rich bodies pay it in TAXES to the government. He is running the most expensive campaign in history and he is complaining about people who go to Las Vegas. At least with Hillary you don't have your intelligent insulted and the hypocrisy is much more light.

    October 27, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. rosaadriana

    I'd vote for her. She is better than the wussy Republican appeaser we have in office now.

    October 27, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. jorge washinsen

    If she would run on the Democrat ticket she would win by a landslide after what has happened to this country.

    October 27, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Joseph

    She was probably the strongest candidate in 2008, Left or Right.

    October 27, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. jorge washinsen

    she would be considered an idiot to run on the same ticket as Obama.

    October 27, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Two hours before we read in politico “Hillary Clinton crushes Rick Perry and Mitt Romney” CNN you’re too late
    In south many voters ready to vote for any republican candidate but if Democratic Party nominate different candidate they will vote for democratic candidate
    Hillary will win many southern state

    October 27, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Michelle

    I supported her in 2008 and would support her again. I really think she has the chance to take it this time around. I really hope she sees this and gives it some serious thought. Obama is a 1 term president..do we really want any of these GOP hopefuls in? There is not one person running that cares about the average Amercian that is everday struggling to meet ends meet. We need to come back together as a nation and I truly believe that Hillary can start to get us there. Either she runs now or she will stand by her word and leave all poltics..can you blame her?!

    October 27, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Ayako Kita

    I'm going to attend university in the US the next year, and I really hope Hillary to run for the office! I admire her toughness and am certain that she can save the American economy, with her husband the former president who was skillful with the economic stagnation and govermental deficit.

    October 27, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Ram Riva

    Hold your bridges...Democrats have an ace under their sleeve....not yet...until everyone has been voted off the island.....they will make this announcement....."Secretary of State Ms Hillary Clinton...will be on the 2012 Presidential ballot as Vicepresident of the United States of America"....who can defeat...Obama / Clinton 2012 ??...not anyone on this pathetic field of GOPbaggers with Trump as their advisor......LOL...

    October 27, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. jmyer

    She has done an excellent job at being Secretary of State. Why would she want to step into the presidency? She knows that as soon as someone wins, the country turns into hating that person, trying to take that person down – it is not a great job and people are fickle once the election is over and she knows this from the past when she was First Lady. She is too smart to even think about it. She has a great life right now!

    October 27, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    Is ANYONE fool enough to believe the republican house would work with her? Not in a million years.

    It is NOT our President obstructing everything, it's the republicans.

    October 27, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. marcia

    Please please run, Hillary!! You should have been our president instead of what we have now!
    Please run!!!

    October 27, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Nini wrote:
    I am sick of Obama's rhetoric of blaming everyone but himself. This guys is more on TV than Friends re-runs.
    ----------------
    Actually, you see a lot more of Sen. McConnell and Spkr Boehner, blaiming the President for everything from TARP to carp in the Great Lakes, than you do Pres. Obama. Not a weeknight goes by when you do not see at least one of Republican leaders in Congress, followed by at least 3 or 4 more caucus members, deriding President Obama about something.

    So, if the President is on more than Friends, then Republicans blaming Obama are on more than SportsCenter.

    October 27, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Woman In California

    The democrats would lose real bad. Try it.

    October 27, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    What is this, a joke? Hillary Clinton is now the Chris Christie of the left? What part of "I'm not running" don't you understand!?!?!

    October 27, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Well,
    There was at least 2 Astrologers that had Hillary Nominated, elected and our next President! So much for that. But, if Hilary was to oppose Obama, it would tear the Democrats apart, not that Obama is doing that anyway. It is too late for Hillary. So, start fending for yourself instead of waiting for somebody to do it for you.

    October 27, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. rons2cents

    She doesn't have the backbone unless she can look good for the media. Point in case: Two stupid hikers traveled into Iran and she got tons of press time. A missionary was going to be stoned to death and she wouldn't intervene. That's the real Hillary Clinton

    October 27, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    If Obama had a few more brain cells than a turnip, he would pull an LBJ. Mighty big IF.

    October 27, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. TXJim

    The backup QB is always the most popular person to the fans. Especially when the starter is playing very well.

    October 27, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Ted van Tol

    Biden should make a step aside and Hillary should run as vice-president!

    October 27, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Mitt Romney @ Bain Capital posing with Dollar Bill$$ like a Gangstar while shipping American jobs to China

    When Hillary gets in the sportlight then the GOP party of NO will attack and her numbers will drop!...considering all that President Obama has been through with the GOP Teabbagers constant attack & obstruction and for what he has done for the country vis-a-vis foreign policy killing Bin Laden et al....I think President Obama is doing just great and he is on his way to a 2nd term!!

    Obama 2012!!!!

    October 27, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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