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. Lynda/Minnesota

    MessiahNoMo

    Is Barack Obama running as Bill Clinton in 2012 ?
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    No. But without a doubt Clinton's masterful speech in defense of President Obama has the Republican establishment very worried that GOPerville actually did understand Clinton's "talking points" defending our current President.

    September 11, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Talk about fabricating the news.

    Step 1: Point spotlight at something.

    Step 2: Write a story pretending to wonder why that something seems to be getting attention.

    Step 3: Every sane person in the country rolsl their eyes at you.

    Step 4: Collect ad revenue.

    September 11, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    oops, forgetted my tag hehe

    "Talk about fabricating the news.

    Step 1: Point spotlight at something.

    Step 2: Write a story pretending to wonder why that something seems to be getting attention.

    Step 3: Every sane person in the country rolsl their eyes at you.

    Step 4: Collect ad revenue."

    September 11, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Clinton's masterful speech in defense of President Obama has the Republican establishment very worried"

    Which is why the MSM is trying to drive a narrative that turns it into a negative.

    September 11, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. NOBAMA2012

    So a known rapist ex president is better than a known anti-American, marxist islamist president we currently have? Hmmm the dems arent the smartest people out there if you ask me.

    September 11, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Pi Boson

    Bill Clinton is the greatest communicator of any President, so why not use the best method to highlight Obama. Romney has nothing to offer Americans and I remain hopeful that the hate will pass and we can all work more diligently to grow the economy for everyone's benefit as President Obama has described.

    September 11, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. JCal

    Most people in that poll probably think Clinton is running for president!

    September 11, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Dennis

    Well Clinton did actually accomplish something and can speak without a teleprompter.

    September 11, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Dean

    Who doesn't outshine Obama?

    September 11, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Howard

    Although Obama's ENORMOUS ego must be bruised, when he was upstaged by Clinton ... he easily justified using Clinton, or anybody else ... in his desperate attempt to hold onto power ... at ANY cost.

    September 11, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Willie12345

    So, when will we hear about the NEW fast and Furious report for the Department of Justice, IG ?? Will Holder be speaking on the campaign trail anytime soon ?

    September 11, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Sam

    I agree Clinton's speech was LOOOT better than Obama's last week. Although Obama is a good orator himself, he was somewhat subdued compared to Clinton.

    September 11, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. LBLA

    This gets coverage, yet no article on the USA slipping in ranking with the World Economic Forum (WEF) in just about every category. We were ranked #1 in 2008, but now we are #7 this year. Thanks President Obama!

    September 11, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    President Clinton had the opportunity to say things that President Obama could NOT have said without being called a whiner or even worse by the right. No way could Obama have said that the right wing GOP HATES him, that NO president could have fixed in 4 years the mess he was left, that the GOP flat out refuses to work with him on anything, or the calling what Romney and Ryan are saying about him to be flat out LIES! No, Obama could not say that, BUT Bill Clinton COULD and did and that is what surrogates are for.

    September 11, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. kayla

    i find it interesting that their are more comments on this topic, but very few comments when it comes to the twitt and the gremlin.

    September 11, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. lnd72

    Bill Clinton is just more likable than the President. I wish Mitt Romney was as likable as Clinton. Oh well.

    September 11, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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