Clinton popularity hits nearly 20-year high mark
July 30th, 2012
07:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton popularity hits nearly 20-year high mark

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton is experiencing a wave of favorability with two-thirds of Americans approving of him, a poll released Monday shows.

Clinton’s popularity comes as the politician prepares to officially enter President Barack Obama into nomination at the Democratic National Convention in September. A symbol of the Democratic Party, Clinton's favorability could help the president at the polls come Election Day.

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Sixty-six percent of Americans now have a favorable view of Clinton, tying his approval rating at the time of his inauguration in January 1993, according to the Gallup poll.

Clinton almost reached this level of favorability twice during his second term as president. Since taking office, however, he has averaged around 56% favorability.

Obama’s current approval rating is 54%, according to the poll.

Polling data shows Clinton is broadly liked among the electorate and is even supported by Republicans by a slim margin of 50% to 44%.

The number of people viewing the former president as unfavorable is at a record low at 28%.

The Gallup poll was conducted from July 9-12 surveying a random sample of 1,014 adults. The sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Howard

    I remember a Mark Russell comedic routine during the Bush – Gore campaign during which he predicted the day would come when "ol' slick Willie is gonna look pretty darn good."

    July 31, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  2. Jameswattsteamengine

    Bill is a good lad. When he was President we had the best economy ever, tech boom, a smart Man in the White House and a good team around him. Clinton was and IS ten times the Man that idiot Romey is and a hundred times smarter than the drooling dolt Bush.

    We need Bill back in the White House to lead us back to prosperity and to rid us of the plague that has become the Teatards and the rest of the Republicans that confuse personal beliefs with actual facts and logic.

    July 31, 2012 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  3. Puma Girl

    It is too sad that once again, Bill Clinton has to be trotted out like some prized stallion, to show the country that Obama has some political and economic savvy by way of association with the Clintons. Anything to sweeten up the deal for Obama and to get the white Clinton votes.

    Very. Embarrassing. For. Obama – who shows once again that he cannot stand on his own two feet, never mind his record, when push comes to shove.

    July 31, 2012 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  4. Tommy Mack

    Hmm, raised taxes on the top 2% to balance the budget, stopped a genocide by bombing Belgrade, and after the first WTC bombing, there were no more terrorist attacks on American soil (until the next president came in).

    I miss those days. I just wish he hadn't caved into the conservatives to repeal the Glass-Steagal Act. No true progressive would have done that.

    July 31, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  5. Puma Girl

    Bill Clinton: Remember how your wife Hillary Clinton lost the nomination in 2008.
    She could have been the first female President of USA had it not been wrested from her grasp by
    you-know-who.

    July 31, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  6. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin is way more popular than Bill Clinton. She will be a much greater President than he ever was.

    July 31, 2012 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  7. Common Sense

    Clinton popularity hits nearly 20-year high mark!! wao wao ! it can hit 100 and makes no difference! I checked on my fridge and there was no 2 decade old food. Simply put Obama owns the economy. Trying to lure Clinton to cover failing policies can't cut it!

    July 31, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  8. Jhera

    Forget the impeachment and the rules about terms. Clinton should be back in the White House.

    July 31, 2012 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  9. MAC615

    Clinton was a "Draft Dodger" bu lying to his draft board that he would join ROTC when he go his drat notice. So, I do not care how great an ex-president he is, I still have zero respect for him as a man. At least Romney is not a draft dodger.

    July 31, 2012 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  10. Peace

    Well, he is the only president in recent decades deliver a surplus budget. We all miss the good time he brought to us.

    July 31, 2012 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  11. Chris

    For 16 years – the 8 years that he was president and the 8 years following when Bush was president – the constant refrain that I kept hearing from Republicans was that Clinton was absolutely the worst president this country has ever had and that he single-handedly was destroying the country. Sound familiar?

    July 31, 2012 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  12. Mark

    This speaks volumes about the lack of values in the U.S. An impeached, disbarred, perjurer (and pathetic womanizer) former president is held in high esteem.

    July 31, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  13. Vincent

    Because he works with everyone to try and get things done. Something that is missing in US politics these days.

    July 31, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  14. sayitis'ntso

    I miss the Clinton years.

    July 31, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  15. Walter

    I'm sure those (especially the libs) that love him, overlook the fact that every time they scream and squawk about good paying jobs going overseas, they forget who the president who exacerbated that process by getting NAFTA approved.

    July 31, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  16. Tim

    We love and miss you Bill. You were the last great president. America needs you and your policies further.

    July 31, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  17. Danile6

    Which would the POTUS rather have-a Root Canal or Bubba speak at the Democratic convention???

    July 31, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  18. Mike

    Amazing for a man who sodomized an intern with a cigar while his wife was asleep, and then went on to lie about it..... Is this what we judge to be a good President? husband? Leader? Really?

    July 31, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  19. Bsten

    Quite the opposite of W's approval rating. The country is still digging out of the mess that tool left us. Unbelievable that any voter would have faith in the GOP at this point.

    July 31, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  20. ctguy123

    How embarrassing for President Obama. Obama trashes Bill & Hillary during the Dem. nomination, now he's begging Bill to hit the campaign trail for him. Obama let his team call Bill a racists for God's sake! How sad that Obama has to ride the coat tails of the more popular Clinton.

    July 31, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  21. pray

    thats easy, after 3 years of one of the worst presidents in history, we all yearn for the days of Clinton or even Bush

    July 31, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  22. Ja-Coffalotte

    ......and former President George W. is still lingering in the -5% approval ratings.

    July 31, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  23. Get a job Hippies

    ok that's great for old slick willie but what does it say when the guy annoucing your candidate is more popular than your candidate???

    July 31, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  24. NC

    Any democrat looks good when compared to Obama.

    July 31, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  25. blake

    It is frightning how little concern many Americans have about character and truthfulness. Can a person really be an effective leader or a trusted leader without these?

    July 31, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
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