Poll: Clinton outshines Obama?
September 11th, 2012
08:32 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Clinton outshines Obama?

(CNN) - Is former President Bill Clinton overshadowing the current president?

According to a new poll, more people say that the former president's speech was the highlight from last week's Democratic convention rather than the acceptance address given by President Barack Obama.

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A Pew Research Center survey indicates that 29% of national adults who watched at least a little coverage of the Charlotte, North Carolina convention said that Clinton's Wednesday night address was the highlight, with 16% saying the same thing about Obama's Thursday night speech and 15% saying that first lady Michelle Obama's Tuesday night address was the highlight.

During his 48-minute long speech, Clinton formally entered Obama's name into nomination.

Obama may be in good company. The poll also indicates that 20% of those who watched at least a little coverage of the Republican convention, held in Tampa, Florida the previous week, said that actor Clint Eastwood's impromptu speech was the highlight, slightly edging out the 17% who said that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's acceptance address was the highlight.

The Pew Research Center poll was conducted Sept. 7-9, with 1,012 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story

soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. Lionel

    It is great that the Democrats have Clinton and Obama on their side. Both are great presidents.

    September 11, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Puddin

    There were many great speakers at the Dem. Convention, but no one gives a great speech like Bill Clinton. He just has a small town common sense, practical head on his shoulders. The Dem. party is lucky to have him, and I'm sure every Democrat agrees. No jealousy, just envy.

    September 11, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Orso

    That is not a problem for us, we know that we have a lot of talent on our side, and all our leaders work in conjunction to make this a better country. During our convention, we had too many great speakers to list here.
    What did the GOP have? A few vile remarks from some confused people who are not sure where they stand on any issue, except for their relentless goal to obstruct the current administration.
    Even Sandra Fluke's speech was more remarkable in content and eloquence than Romney’s was, and she is not currently running for public office. That should tell you something about the GOP.

    September 11, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. UrNidiot

    I wish Clinton was running instead of Obama. I'd vote for Bill in a heart beat over Romney. I do not like Romney, but I don't like Obama even more. Especially to what he is doing and wants to do to this country. Hell, if I want to live like a UK citizen I would move over there. Their economy is failing, so why should we adopt the same mindset? I Just don't understand the progressive logic

    September 11, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Orso

    That is not a problem for us; we know that we have a lot of talent on our side, and all our leaders work together to make this a better country. During our convention, we had too many great speakers to list here.
    What did the GOP have? A few vile remarks from some confused people who are not sure where they stand on any issue, except for their relentless goal to obstruct the current administration.
    Even Sandra Fluke's speech was more remarkable in content and eloquence than Romney’s was, and she is not currently running for public office. That should tell you something about the GOP.

    September 11, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. randy

    In the world of political blogs, this pile of journalism is what is known as 'concern trolling.' Clinton is helping Obama to what is shaping up to be a trouncing of Mitt Romney. The President may have coattails at this point long enough to hold the Senate and pull a lot closer in the House. But somehow, there is a problem in all this! He's being 'outshone' by Bill Clinton. I'm sure he's very Concerned about this.

    bleh.

    September 11, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Chedar

    Darn the president should switch the TelePrompTer with Clinton so he gets the higher rating as long as Clinton don't say he accept the nomination.

    September 11, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    Presidents Obama and Clinton had different roles to play in the convention: Statesmanship and the economy. Both delivered brilliantly – and the Repubs just can't handle the stark contrast between them and the chorus of buffoons who appeared at their rally.

    September 11, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Larry L

    I'd rather see the tax returns Romney is hiding than worry about speeches made by anybody. Those tax returns would show us the character of the man – yet he continues to hide them. Why?

    "Lyin Ryan" refuses to show his returns as well. Why?

    September 11, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    So what is the reason for this Poll ? Maybe this isn't such good news for Obama. ???

    September 11, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. parkmore

    We can reelect Clinton but not Obama

    September 11, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Sergio D. Monterroso

    Well yes, he did outshine the President, he also out-shined all the other candidates, Romney, Ryan, Biden they all were out-shined, in fact if he was allowed to run for president again, he would win in a landslide. But the fact is that even though he out-shined the President, he did it supporting him, and that is very important to the President.

    September 11, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. IndFL

    We will always LOVE Bill!!!!

    September 11, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Bill

    This get's a big ol' "MEH" from me. So what if Clinton's speech outshined Obama's. The message was clear and clearly supportive of our current president. and that was the point, wasn't it? isn't that why we HAD the charismatic, attractive, extremely gifted orator & former president a 30 minute slot (i heard somewhere he went almost 19 minutes overtime, which is where i got my 30 minute number)? i think it was. i think he did the job perfectly well, and i don't think there is such a thing as endorsing your candidate "too well." so i say again, this article and the Pew Research poll that inspired it get a big "meh, so what?" from me.

    September 11, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. James

    Of course, Clinton's was the highlight. It was probably the greatest speech in the history of speeches.

    September 11, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. becky - Las Vegas

    I miss Bubba. Repeal the 22nd Amendment. Clinton/Roddom 2016.

    September 11, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Canuck

    Why does it matter – Clinton is not running for President. His talk at the Democratic Convention was masterful, you'd have to have major blinders on if you're an average person and didn't take heed of what he had to say.

    September 11, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. bch

    Hillary 2016!!!

    September 11, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. bch

    Bill Clinton is president of Earth!

    September 11, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Expat American

    Stop trying to make a story out of nothing.
    President Clinton’s intention was not to outshine President Obama. Both Presidents are working together to keep the Republican liars and criminals out of the White House.

    September 11, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Mary

    Can we change the amendment limiting presidential terms IF the guy with the mind to fix the economy has already done it once but has what it takes to do it again maybe pass a one time exception or Clinton for god sakes teach Obama how to negotiate love the man but his negotiating skills are nil.

    September 11, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Mor Man NO!

    News to the Reps, your going to lose, why? Because you continue to use code words, like the Dems are taking God out of the coins, like Obama is not a patriotic, like we want our country back. Thanks to the news CNN and others are outing YOU! Mormans cannot buy this election nor can old jewish men.

    This is a new America, diverse, and we will survive!

    September 11, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Barbara

    Clinton will outshine anybody. Doesn't matter if it is Obama or any other political figure. The man is brilliant and knows his game. He would be re-elected in second if the people had their way.

    September 11, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. george of the jungle

    president Bill Clinton is one of the best public speakers we have ever had. Obama is no slacker but Bill has that homey southern twang that engages people. He also had a good record for a balanced budget when in office and made a great case to stay the course. Repos only wish thye had Bill on their side, Funny how they used him as a good example untill he blew them away now he is awful. Forward

    September 11, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. Woman In California

    A total lie:

    Former president Bill Clinton gave a very good informational speech.

    President Barak Obama gave a very good inspirational speech.

    In conclusion: the president gave the better speech.

    September 11, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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