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.


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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. If I had a penny for every stupid Republican I'd be rich!

    Of course she polls better because of not being president for the past 3 years. She will not be the Democrats nominee. How would she have done had she been president? We'll never know so how about covering something that has some relevance

    October 27, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. mm

    PEOPLE! She's NOT running so, move on!
    And to all you right wingers, stop trying to twist and distort history when it suits you. The former administration put us where we are today; from the senseless Iragi war to the collapse of our economy, then left the mess for this administration to clean up. Too bad the current administration cannot clean up your mess due to the fact that you all are so against EVERYTHING our President does and your administration is on a quest to see him fail at all costs. Including to all of us.

    October 27, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Watch how fast the astroturfers start showing up on liberal sites to pretend that they're a disaffected Dem Clinton supporter who refuses to vote for Obama in 2012.

    October 27, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    "Biden should make a step aside and Hillary should run as vice-president!."
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    I find it amusing that liberals / democrats feel this way. First of all, it won't happen. Second, if for some reason it did, the impression it would leave in the minds of most is that of a move of desperation – the proverbial hail Mary. So by all means – go for it.

    October 27, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    And yes, CNN and the rest of the MSM will promote this crap. Were she elected in 2008, Obama would now be polling better than her. The GOP/Teatrolls are in full on "break the gov't" mode and have been since 2009. It would have been no different for her and would have had the same effect on public opinion of her, of Congress, of the federael gov't in general. The GOP/Teatrolls want the federal gov't eviscerated other than the military so it can be used to further the imperialistic goals of the corporations and exorbitantly wealthy people behind the scenes running the GOP circus. The ebst way to do that is to first convince everyone that it doesn't work...and the best way to do that is to not let it.

    October 27, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Keeping it Real

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

    Hillary doesn't need to play second fiddle to Obama. He would only drag her down.

    October 27, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Robert L. White

    Hillary has done a fair job. I would agree to have Biden to step aside and Leave Hillary the post of vice President.

    October 27, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. beevee

    The stupid media should stop this non-sense polls to drive divisions within the democratic party. Ms. Clinton has done a fabulous job as Secretary of State and has reportedly said that she will not go against Obama for nomination in 2012. Yet the media keeps harping the same point shamelessly. Stop it.

    October 27, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. eric calderone

    It is unfortunate that the Democratic Party is too timid to challenge Obama in the primaries. Even better than a challenge would be behind the scenes attempts to dissuade him from a running again, and if that fails, public calls for him not to run.

    The great loss is America's. Obama's ego led him into the primaries back in 2008. He had nothing to offer in terms of credentials. But a little rhetoric here, bombast and propaganda there, and he persuaded enough liberals to desert Hillary and support him. In the past the Democratic Party often lacked decent Presidential candidates, but back in 2008 we had a good one–Hillary Clinton. We sacrificed her for Obama, and look where we and the country are now.

    October 27, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Bessy

    @ G I Joe-Absolutely right. It is about time some of you bloggers wake up and smell the " real " coffee re: what is happening in this country. It is not president Obama creating the problems. You racists would love to see him torn down. Not going to happen. Live with it.

    October 27, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Nope. In my personal poll, she is as bad, or worse, a spendthrift, as Obama, and I would absolutely vote against her, in a second.

    People need to review her trips abroad, and the foreign aid that is an immediate result of each and every visit.

    October 27, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Dixie

    How about Hillary for President and Obama for Vice President? She should be our 1st female president - she has worked very hard for it. And has all the qualifications.

    October 27, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Eli

    Nobody can challenge America's first half-white president for the Democratic Party nomination despite his failure of a presidency. It would be considered racist.

    October 27, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. unsub

    she is not running. oh yeah and think that the hulk is stronger than superman!

    October 27, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    "It is not president Obama creating the problems. You racists would love to see him torn down. Not going to happen. Live with it."
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    1. Obama answers are not solving any problems, and may in fact be making them worse.
    2. While I'm certain there are some, not everyone who opposes Obama is a racist.
    3. Obama is NOT going to be re-elected. Live with it.

    October 27, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. SwilliamP

    I believe President Obama has been an historic disappointment. He gets a C- grading on the curve due to maniacal Republican opposition ('F' without the curve). I know she will not run but I think she would do better. She would not be intimidated by Tea Party 'froth and choler'. President Obama sometimes seems like he is ashamed of middle class working people. You can feel it. And it is wrong.

    October 27, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Jer

    I think Obama should drop Biden from the ticket and replace him with Hillary Clinton. She should be the next President.

    October 27, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    "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. "

    "I find it amusing that liberals / democrats feel this way. First of all, it won't happen. Second, if for some reason it did, the impression it would leave in the minds of most is that of a move of desperation – the proverbial hail Mary. So by all means – go for it."

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    Like I said. It is only neo-con instigators that keep discussing this issue amongst themselves. Hoping that Democrats are just as dumb enough to shoot themselves in the foot as Republicans are.

    For example, when asked during a during a recent debate if any of the eight candidates would reject a 10:1 budget deal, everyone raised their hands. The Republicans have already all but handed Obama his re-election as he campaigns on a "party of no" that has created a "do nothing Congress". I mean Republicans have failed to notice that the approval rating of Congress has dropped to 1/3 of what it was at the start of the year.

    So what change caused approval ratings to drop? Tea Party Republicans and the Nordquist Pledge.

    October 27, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Sasha

    Why does everyone seem to think that the GOP wouldn't have been just as obstructionist and intransigent and insane if Hillary had been elected? If anything, it very possibly would have been worse (a scary thought).

    Blame the rightwing kooks that have ground everything to a halt rather than the guy who has to deal with the GOP's temper tantrums.

    October 27, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Mr. Moderate

    That's because she has not been the point person for the opposition and had the weight of the world on her shoulders. And for those who think she would have done a better job, just remember all of the dirt that was dug up on her and her husband in the 1990s. You think they're slinging mud at Obama? The RNC probably has a room devoted to the Clintons. Remember the $4 million Arkansas project? Not saying I don't have a lot of respect for the woman, but the Reps would have a field day with her given how dirty they play.

    October 27, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. ST

    Hillary fare well in polls because she deals with Foreign matters only. The Presidents polls add up everything. In other words the President fare better than Hillary.

    October 27, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. w l jones

    Its appears the crop of Re pub candidate in disarray Joe the plumber could move in and go to top of poll . Ms. Clintion has made her position on the matter.

    October 27, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    "It is unfortunate that the Democratic Party is too timid to challenge Obama in the primaries. Even better than a challenge would be behind the scenes attempts to dissuade him from a running again, and if that fails, public calls for him not to run."

    "Democrats blew their chance to put Hillary in the Whitehouse and instead went with the leftist Obama. I don't think she has another presidential campaign in her, especially if it is highly likely to end in humiliation."

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

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    "If I had a penny for every stupid Republican I'd be rich!" Amen, to that.

    You would have to think that *people are pretty stupid* to even believe that saying stuff like that would alter opinions. Now just imagine how stupid you would have to be to *believe the above nonsense* would actually change people's minds. Now imagine how stupid you have to be *actually be persuaded* by the above nonsense.

    October 27, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    Hey Rudy – not sure if you noticed, but it's Obama supporters on this blog calling for Hillary. I guess they're not happy with what they've got... mmkay?

    October 27, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. fixamerica

    This is stupid! How can CNN predict how she would do given that she doesn't have the economy to worry about?

    October 27, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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