Poll: Clinton, Rice top list of who would make a good president
February 14th, 2013
10:17 AM ET
10 months ago

Poll: Clinton, Rice top list of who would make a good president

Washington (CNN) - The last two secretaries of state top a new list that looks towards the next presidential election.

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Condoleezza Rice are one and two in a national poll that asks simply whether this "person would make a good president or not?"

Out of a list of a dozen possible 2016 White House hopefuls, 55% of people questioned in a Fox News national survey say that Clinton, who stepped down earlier this month as secretary of state, would make a good president. Forty-two percent said Clinton would not make a good president.

Even though the next presidential campaign is still a long way away, there's already intense speculation over whether Clinton will make a second bid for president. When asked in a recent CNN interview if she's decided against another candidacy for president, Clinton responded that "I have absolutely no plans to run."

But she added that "I am lucky because I've been very healthy. I feel great. I've got enormous amounts of energy that have to be harnessed and focused, so I'm very fortunate. I'm looking forward to this next chapter in my life, whatever it is."

In second place in the survey is Rice, with 43% saying she would make a good president and an equal amount disagreeing. Rice served as national security adviser and then secretary of state under President George W. Bush. Her well received speech at last summer's Republican convention in Tampa, Florida sparked some speculation that she might have designs on running for president, but she has tamped down on such speculation in interviews.

Following Clinton and Rice in the polls at 37% are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, last year's GOP vice presidential nominee, with Vice President Joe Biden at 35%.

About a quarter questioned in the survey say former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, the state's junior senator, would make good presidents. Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana were at 16%.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick were at 6%, with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley at 5%.

Breaking down the numbers, 83% of self-identified Democrats questioned say Clinton would make a good president, with Biden in second place at 60%. Among self-identified Republicans, 62% say Ryan would make a good president, with 54% saying the same thing about Rice.

The Fox News poll was conducted Feb. 4-6, with 1,010 people nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Condoleezza Rice • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Cathy

    Condoleezza Rice, yes. Hmmmm, Hillary Clinton, not so much.

    February 14, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Hillary Clinton has already proven herself a worthy candidate for president. Condoleezza Rice is also qualified but probably won't pass the purity test of Tea Party and social conservatives in the primaries. When placed under the microscope Rice will be declared as an unacceptable moderate or RINO, which would be unfortunate.

    February 14, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. rs

    Rice!? Really? She's still fighting the Soviets. Talk about a time-warp President.

    February 14, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. ST

    I think there is a lot of ignorance in the country than anyone could think of. Folks, is there any difference between "W", or Condi or Karl Rove or Dick Cheney??? If all can be put in one pot, they can be cooked very easily. How can "W" be taken as a bad person and Condi a good one? What about using logic!!!!!!

    February 14, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. bcrunner

    Huge difference between the two. One sold the American people a lie that killed thousands of our soldiers, injured many more thousands, killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and cost us trillions. The other helped to bring that war to an end, kept us from going into another by her relentless efforts, and advanced women's rights around the world.. Let's see... which one do I choose??? Hmmm.....

    February 14, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Wilson

    If Rice would have run, Obama probably would not have had a second term. She will clean Clinton's clock if they both run.

    February 14, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. PaulCat

    When The Rachel Maddow show air on Monday about the so called "WMD" – the only running Rice would be doing is running for the hills.

    February 14, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The Fox News poll was conducted Feb. 4-6, with 1,010 people nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points."

    When did CNN start using FOX News polls? If this is going to be the new CNN norm (quoting FOX News), I'm outta here. It's bad enough that we are given a daily dose of FOXBots comments, but to actually start quoting FOX ... no way I'm interested. Not now. Not ever.

    February 14, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. LT

    A Hillary v Condi matchup would be very interesting... Of course the gop will make Benghazi an issue but Rice has the Iraq albatross hanging around her neck which would open up the Bush wounds for the gop...

    February 14, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Unfortunately for Condi Rice her left leaning positions on several "key" social issues would her undoing. Rice would be excommunicated as being a RINO even faster than what Jon Huntsman was during the last cycle. Rice might be popular in many polls, but the "we want to take our country back" faction of the right wing would make sure she never made out of the primaries.

    February 14, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. freedom

    I'd vote for Condoleeza in a heartbeat. Brilliant, dignified, cultured, worldly, truly qualified.

    February 14, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Craig in Pa.

    Rice?? You gotta be kidding...all she did was photo ops!! Thanks for the laugh..Hillary...hands down winner!

    February 14, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. liars

    Panetta just said that blood clot Hillary lied under oath in Obamas Benghazi scandl. This should be good.

    February 14, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. JeffersonLives

    Rand Paul...end of story, the rest are phonies bought and paid for by special interests

    February 14, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Boo

    Rice – a puppet from the Bush adminstration...hell will freeze over before I'd vote for her.

    February 14, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Sniffit

    Yeah, just what we need, Haliburton's favorite woman as POTUS. YAWN.

    February 14, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. A

    I sure hope Hillary runs! But really – a FOX news poll? What????

    Condoleezza would do well, but she's been out of the spotlight for a long time. She would be a good pick because she's a strong woman. But I don't think republicans know what that term means (well, the far right tea Partiers.)

    February 14, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Ulysses-AZ

    I think the campaign is on for the first woman President. After all, could a woman do any worse than the last 2 men to hold the office? Honestly, I think we would have been better off had we gotten our first woman President prior to our first black President (Well, half-black anyway).

    February 14, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Fair is Fair

    Lynda/Minnesota

    "The Fox News poll was conducted Feb. 4-6, with 1,010 people nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points."

    When did CNN start using FOX News polls? If this is going to be the new CNN norm (quoting FOX News), I'm outta here. It's bad enough that we are given a daily dose of FOXBots comments, but to actually start quoting FOX ... no way I'm interested. Not now. Not ever.
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    A poll is a poll is a poll. The underlying statistical science underneath whomever is conducting it is the same. Otherwise, they would have to state "NOT A SCIENTIFIC POLL".

    February 14, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. dreamer96

    The GOP picked the wrong Rice...but then that would make two Democrats...

    February 14, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. simp

    CNN you polled 1,010 people and you call this a stat? 1,010 people really? Thia network is getting wierder and wierder everyday. Stop with the stupid polls already we just got over an election let's wait another 3 1/2 years before the presidental polls frenzy starts up again, good grief!!!!

    February 14, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Bill

    Rice should be jailed. A dangerous neocon of the first order. We had enough of that garbage under "W".

    February 14, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Scott

    This is a joke. No way no how. Too old and too incompetent.

    February 14, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Hillary Clinton, yes. Hmmmm, condoleza rice, not so much.

    February 14, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Malory Archer

    Hillary Clinton, yes. Hmmmm, condoleza rice, not so much.

    February 14, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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