Poll: Hillary Clinton's favorable rating dips
June 7th, 2013
02:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Hillary Clinton's favorable rating dips

(CNN) – Another national poll indicates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's favorable rating among Americans has slipped.

According to the Bloomberg Poll released Friday, 58% of Americans said they have a positive view of the former first lady and senator from New York, down 12 percentage points from December.

At the same time, the proportion of those who say they have a very unfavorable view has doubled to 22% from 11% during the same time.

The poll comes a week after a Quinnipiac University survey indicated Clinton's favorable rating had decreased nine percentage points to 52%, from 61%.

Clinton finished out her term as secretary of state with high marks. But the latest favorable ratings come after some Republicans have made renewed efforts to place blame on Clinton over the Obama administration's handling of last year's terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi.

And it's not all too surprising that Clinton's rating would drop now that she's transitioned from her non-partisan role at the State Department to a more political figure who may be weighing a 2016 presidential bid.

Bloomberg surveyed 1,002 adults by telephone from May 31-June 3, with a sampling error of 3.1 percentage points.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    I think that Democrats would be fools to put all of their 2016 eggs into Hillary Clinton's basket. Nothing against her, but you have to always have a Plan B. It's all about name recognition, and so far no one seems to want to step to the plate. I guess they fear the appearance of stepping on Clinton's toes. It's wouldn't be, if you do it right.

    June 7, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. jpmichigan

    This American tax payer doesn't care about polls, Hilary should have been President for the past 5 years. She will be President regardless of what Obama does, for he should have never been President. Things will be set straight once he is gone.

    June 7, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. bobo

    What has she actually done that is so good?

    June 7, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. it must be said

    WHAT DOES IT MATTER???!!! So what that 4 Americans died that I was responsible for! What MATTERS is MY political skin!

    Hillary Clinton, the one that created the classic 3am phone call political ad to attack an inexperienced Obama, of course implying that SHE had the experience necessary to answer that 3am call. Truth is neither she nor Obama answered that 3am call from Benghazi and 4 Americans are dead becuase of it.

    June 7, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Pete

    You know what's hilarious it dropped because of republicans not feeling comfortable about her...Give a few months ,let the smoke clear and her ratings will rise again because republicans for her will welcome her back with open arms like it or not...People have short memories and you saw ignorents in droves voting not once but twice for that imbecile from Texas in Bush and you're still in denile aren't yah hoping we'll forget in which we won't ha hypocrites!!

    June 7, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. just sayin

    the truth about benghazi will come out sooner or later and it won't be pretty for clinton. after that she won't be able to get elected dog catcher.

    June 7, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Guess

    Romney up by fourpoints..... the polls are now nothing more than another gop ploy to try to brainwash you. i hope the polling companies are happy, they now mean nothing to the informed and intelligent. your own damn fault, keep playing with the gop, and taking their money to do their bidding, fools

    June 7, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. n222s

    Where is Joe Biden? The man wants to be President. Regardless of what you think about Benghazi, we ALL hate the fact that 4 people died. Blame her, don't blame her but the truth about what happened is murky. Only people 100% in the tank for O and HRC say they trust what was said about that night.

    Back to Joe Biden and any other Dem running for President in 2016. They will play "what difference does it make?" a million times over and over and over.

    Don't think so? Remember Obama said Bill Clinton was a little racist? Or that Al Gore brought up Willie Horton in reference to Dukakis (I know, not like Bush, but still). All these Dems (Repubs are no different) want to win and they, or their surrogates, will use whatever they have to defeat her. 2020 will be too late for Biden.

    June 7, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. J'cincinnati'Redd

    If Clinton,runs she wins. how could she ever loose?.she has the black socialist vote as well as the racist white liberal vote.and dont forget all of the latino people who are looking for a life time green card. she cant loose!

    June 7, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Guess

    What about " god is punishing the east coast for leaning left politically, yeah, so what did your state do that warranted them being blessed with you? poor saps

    June 7, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Data Driven

    As a liberal, I'm not all beaten up over this, but no other notable contender for the Dems is emerging, so maybe this is troubling. But on the other hand, weekly tracking polls on anyone are kind of useless right now. Why don't we check back in, say, 6 months?

    June 7, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Wake up People!

    By the time 2016 rolls around and people have opened their eyes to the do nothing except obstruct and witch hunt GOP party, Hillary could have ratings in the teens and still put the smackdown on any of those idiots in the GOP. Including Tubby.
    Hillary 2016!

    June 7, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Gary

    I guess the Republican mantra of screaming a lie loud enough more people will listen. Can't wait for Karl to screem at the media for calling it wrong on election night.

    June 7, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    Polls are FARCE. It proved when Mitt Romney won first debate. Here my vote in advance. Hillary16. Period.

    June 7, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    Rudy, I do agree with you. Never put all your eggs in one basket and don't count your chickens before they are hatched. Someone should have told Mitt that second one.......ROFLMAO!

    June 7, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. PaulCat

    Just wait until she announce she's going to run for president. "Rating 72%"

    "Clinton / Cuomo 2016"

    June 7, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "the truth about benghazi will come out sooner or later "

    I'm going with sooner...since it already has. Fact is, it's not what you wish it was so you keep hoping there's more. Lemme yawn at ya....YAWN.

    June 7, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "If Clinton,runs she wins. how could she ever loose?.she has the black socialist vote as well as the racist white liberal vote.and dont forget all of the latino people who are looking for a life time green card. she cant loose!"

    GO GO GADGET OUTREACH!!!

    June 7, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. ST

    @ Rudy NYC
    It is not putting all 2016 eggs into Hillary, it just taking a short cut. Why meandering while we know there is no necessity of taking all troubles. It is wise to make contributions to one person instead of cutting it in pieces to different people, while we are aware we will end up with only one candidate.

    June 7, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. just sayin

    Sniffit
    "the truth about benghazi will come out sooner or later "
    I'm going with sooner...since it already has
    --

    you mean obama has caught all the people responsible and issued the findings of the fbi investigation of the terrorist attack? i don't recall any of this happening. reason is it hasn;t happened.

    as much as you obamdroids want to bury and cover this up, it is not going to happen. the truth will be known. that obama and clinton slept through the whole thing. did nothing to help those people. just went the next day to collect the bodies.

    June 7, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    "The one thing IMO Republicans did wrong last cycle was put themselves in the news way too early. Look at all of the primaries the repubs had before mitt was selected. I think people got a little sick of them after a while. There will be contenders for Hillary in the Democrats primary but they arent going step into the spotlight 2 1/2 years too early."
    -------------------–
    Anyone who wants to be elected POTUS in 2016 had better step in the spotlight NOW and buld name recognition. Even Barack Obama was the keynote speaker at the 2004 DNC convention. It's all about name recognition, first and foremost.

    June 7, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Tom

    @Sniffit,
    So as a lawyer I would think you would agree that if a witness says something that is false, then all of the rest of their testimony comes in to question.

    In earlier posts, you questioned the credibility of the TEA Party with regards to our govt monitoring our private phone records by saying they didn't say a word when Bush was president.

    Well, you are very accurate on that. They didn't say anything back then because they didn't EXIST back when the Patriot Act was passed.

    So since you have been promoting a blatant misrepresentation of the facts with regards to this extremely important point, the rest of your testimony now has to deemed as lacking credibility.

    Since I voted for Ron Paul, I know my consistency and credibility remain in tact. I find it hilarious that you pick out the TEA Party and republicans for being inconsistent with regards to our govt spying on us while not saying anything about the comments here that are littered with dems having the exact same hypocrisy.

    THAT is why I say you lack intellectual honesty. You rail against one side's hypocrisy while saying nothing of the other side's hypocrisy.

    June 7, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    ST

    @ Rudy NYC
    It is not putting all 2016 eggs into Hillary, it just taking a short cut. Why meandering while we know there is no necessity of taking all troubles. It is wise to make contributions to one person instead of cutting it in pieces to different people, while we are aware we will end up with only one candidate.
    ------------–
    Listen to yourself. "It's not putting all the eggs into Hillary. It is wise to make contributions to one person ...." I'm not talking about fund raising at all. I'm talking about name recognition. Who would Hillary pick as a running mate?

    I think Hillary's best window of opportunity passed her by in 2008. I look at her now compared to how she looked back in 2008, and she's aged a decade in four years time. 2016 is four years away, and should she win, she would hopefully win a second term. That means her term office would expire roughly 12 years from now. Look at her today, compared to the freshman NY Senator from NY of 12 years ago. Big difference. I think health and age will be major issues for Mrs. Clinton. Democrats need to wake up and realize that real soon.

    June 7, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Tom

    @Sniffit,
    Don't you want to hear from the people that were injured in the Benghazi attack? Why do you not want to find out exactly what happend. We don't even know where Obama was. For the left to be so concerned about Bush right after 9/11 and what he did for 15 minutes, I would think that intellectual curiosity would make me want to know where Obama was for 7 hours while this attack was going on (and the answer "he was being constantly updated just isn't being open with us about where he was). Why don't we know where Obama was for 7 hours and why haven't we had testimony from those that were injured during the attack?

    June 7, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. 2012liberal

    @just saying there was only one prez asleep during a terrorist attack and that was bush during story time n class. 9/11/01

    June 7, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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