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. California Gary

    Why D mama 4 Obama, thanks for the shout out. I tend to agree with much of what you write as well, and enjoy your sense of humor. Keep the faith.......it's looking more and more like our candidate will prevail, and in a big way!

    September 11, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Poll: Clinton outshines Obama?

    OBAMA has NOT been impeached
    OBAMA has NOT been disbarred
    OBAMA has NO work requirement for welfare

    MAKES PERFECT LIBERAL SENSE

    FORWARD !!!

    September 11, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. gita

    It really does not matter. Clinton is a true Democrat who will go to bat for President Obama. The circumstances are different from 4 years ago, when Hilary was running for President. Bill Clinton has seen his wife mature as the best Secretary of State the US has produced, under Obama's watch and happy for both. Bill Clinton has no pressures and performed as the best story teller in the US

    September 11, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. truth hurts

    credibility is also a big difference. clinton has some, obama has none. obama just talks a good game. clinton could actually produce.

    "A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee," the former president told the liberal lion from Massachusetts, according to the gossipy new campaign book, "Game Change."

    clinton was right back then about obama... a good judge of character.

    September 11, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Fast in furious

    Obama is still hiding from Fast in Furious, this will turn out bad for him and his best buddy Eric,
    -------------------------
    Is that Mitt Romney's Plan B? Is "False and Frivolous" supposed to be Romney's tax plan?

    September 11, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. ja

    eastwood outshined romney, and the kid from the adams family

    September 11, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ California Gary
    As the saying goes: From your mouth to God's ears.
    Obama 2012.

    September 11, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Bessy

    @ Ann–
    Come on girl. Get with the program. This was all planned, as it should have been. Clinton gave a speech that would have not been in the best interest for the president to do. The same with Joe Biden. They each gave a speech that was right on the target and then the President gave his more " low key " speech so that there was nothing in it that Romney or Ryan could use to make ads out of. This has all been covered days ago.
    BTW-I truly think that Hillary will run in 2016 and then it will be President Obama's turn to help her. SHE WILL WIN. She will have my vote if she runs. She certainly will have enough experience with the rest of the world.

    September 11, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. cali girl

    It went one two three
    One. Michelle Obama
    Two. President Clinton
    Three. President Obama.
    Yep, all contributed to the best DNC ever, far outshinig the Tampa Florida whatever you call it.
    It resutled in a 6 point bounce for CNN Pole, 5 point bounce for Rasmussen.
    Robmey calls all this yada yada just a 'sugar high"
    So what do we call the nonexistent 1 point maybe bounce for Robmey? "A trip to Rehab."

    September 11, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. cali girl

    sorry, CNN Poll, and outshining.

    September 11, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. NOBAMA 2012

    Can't wait until O moves back to Chicago!!!

    September 11, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. flavoter

    Who cares they both out shined the entire Republican convention!!

    September 11, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Expat American

    It’s telling how President Clinton is embraced at the DNC Convention; while Bush is treated like a pariah at the RNC Convention.

    September 11, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. A Kickin` Donkey

    Anyone who knows anything about organizational Psychology knows that if Obama had made the case, his detractors would have labelled him as arrogant, cocky, and other derissive coments to try to paint him as uppity & defensive.

    The fact that Clinton had such an EASY time dismantling the GOPs bogus attacks on Mr. Obama is a testament to how ludicrous the rightwing"s manufactured opposition to the President is.

    Now, give Clinton credit for delivering the critique in his typical "aw shucks country-boy" fashion. But let`s not get it twisted, Bill Clinton is shining because he isn`t the man they are conspiring against right now. Go back 12-t0-14 years and you`ll find they thought Clinton was the scum of the earth.

    Obama can look forward to a simillarly stellar UNIVERSAL image after he leaves office in 2016.

    September 11, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Willard is a Tax Evader

    Show the American People your tax returns Willard!!!!!!!! You are a criminal for not disclosing your off-shore accounts!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. liver

    "calvin: if any of you kool aid drinker had a brain cell that work you woulf not reelece any one from both partys."

    Calvin, you shouldn't bring up brain cells if you're going to slaughter your English so terribly, that no one even knows what you're saying.

    September 11, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Dominican mama 4 Obama
    His willingness to lie and stick to his lie in spite of facts to the contrary makes him dangerous.

    Indeed it does. What's shocking to me is that although they too are getting to see this version of Romney, Republicans are willig to toss everyone in the party BUT Mitt off the bus in a "it's not him - it's everyone else" attitude. Well, what more can I say than a Romney presidency scares the hell out of me.

    September 11, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. demrules

    Clinton was awesome! He did just what he was supposed to do at the convention. However, it's OBAMA who's up 6 points in the polls! Great strategy Dems!

    September 11, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. MessiahNoMo

    Obama is NO Bill Clinton !!!
    Far from it.

    September 11, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. MessiahNoMo

    Is Barack Obama running as Bill Clinton in 2012 ?

    September 11, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    Obama 2012, Hillary 2016
    Works for me.

    September 11, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. neil

    Clinton outshines every one period

    September 11, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    Must be a slow for news?

    September 11, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. IndeePendant

    Don't care after elections are over:)

    September 11, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Ramana7

    What will be more telling is when Obama speaks up at the DNC in 15-20 years for the candidate then. That would put it more in perspective.

    Obama's greatness will shine more as history has its say over the loud noisy (and empty) rhetoric from the Right today. History will not be kind to the GOP and its supporters of today. And very likely, by that time in the future, the GOP of today will be HISTORY...

    September 11, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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