Poll: A quarter of Republicans say they may vote for Clinton in 2016
March 4th, 2014
05:52 PM ET
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Poll: A quarter of Republicans say they may vote for Clinton in 2016

Updated 6:20 p.m. ET, 3/4/2014

Washington (CNN) – If Hillary Clinton runs for President in 2016, a new poll finds she may have some support from an unlikely group: Republicans.

According to The Pew Research Center/USA Today poll, 8% of Republicans said there is a “good chance” and 17% said there was “some chance” they would vote for her in 2016. Seventy-four percent said there was no chance.

Since ending her tenure as Secretary of State early last year, Clinton, who has not said whether she’ll run, has been the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Previous polls showed Clinton as the top pick of Democrats and Tuesday’s survey was no different: 87% of Democrats said there was a “good” or “some” chance they would vote for her, if she ran.

Liberal Democrats are the most excited, according to the poll. Eighty-seven percent want to see Clinton run, while nearly seven-in-10 (69%) of conservative and moderate Democrats want the same.

Although Clinton, also a former first lady and U.S. Senator, has not said whether she’ll mount a candidacy, former campaign staffers and confidants have built a sophisticated apparatus urging her to do so.

The latest poll delivered insight into how Clinton’s time as America’s top diplomat is viewed by Americans.

According to the poll, 12% of those surveyed said Clinton’s time at the State Department was the most positive aspect of her long career.

That number, however, is overshadowed by the 15% of Americans who said the deadly terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 was the most negative aspect of Clinton’s career.

That number jumps to 28 % among Republicans, who would be sure to make Benghazi a campaign issue if she launches a White House bid.

Some Republicans in Congress continue to push for answers for the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, and don’t believe Clinton has been held fully accountable.

Despite concerns about Benghazi, the Pew/USA Today poll found that a majority of Americans saw Clinton as tough, honest and not hard to like.

Likability has long been an issue that Clinton aides and confidants have sought to work on.

When Hillary Clinton weighed whether to run for Senate before her husband left the White House,
aides coached her on how to interact with the public and press, according to recently released documents from the Clinton presidential library.

“Don't be defensive. Look like you want the questions,” wrote Mandy Grunwald, a former aide, in a July 6, 1999, memo to Clinton. Later, she added, “Look for opportunities for humor.”

The issue came up again in 2008, when Clinton squared off with Barack Obama in the race for the Democratic nomination.

During a January 2008 debate in New Hampshire, Clinton was asked why people didn’t seem to like her as much as Obama.

“He's very likable," Clinton said. "I agree with that. I don't think I'm that bad."

Obama’s now famous response: “You're likable enough, Hillary, no doubt about it.”


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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. don in albuquerque

    She is a certainty. Now if we can just Randy to run against her-thats entertainment. I see the man who wears squirrel on his head made look like a complete squirrel.

    March 4, 2014 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Good thing ballots are cast in private, otherwise the 25% would be purged from the Republican Party by conservative purists.

    March 4, 2014 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Ol' Yeller

    So, 100% of the Dem vote and 25% of the republicant vote...
    Who was it you guys decided you were going to run against our champ? cruz? paul? christie (no, he'll be sentenced by then)? walker (oh please, let it be walker!)?
    No worries, Mate... you have a lot of time to pick your sacrificial lamb.

    March 4, 2014 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Vence

    The only way Cons have a chance this 2016 is if they grant citizenship to immigrants to vote for them!

    March 4, 2014 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. The Donald

    No wonder the GOP leadership is running scared.

    There is one big question that needs to be answered though. When is Hillary going to release Ben Ghazi's long form birth certificate?

    March 4, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Chris-E...al

    Hilly poor thing is to old now she should just chase Billy around the pasture and maybe teach lying classes on the side for gods sake .

    March 4, 2014 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    As long as there is Fox News, there will be outrage about Benghazzi. But in contrast, not so much outrage from the attacks on 9-11, 15 embassy attacks, unnecessary wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, invasion of Georgia, and other republican failures.

    March 4, 2014 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    All across America, tea bags heads exploded ....

    March 4, 2014 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. king

    whaaat, i guest all repubs are not drinking tea from the same cup. these repubs haven't nor will they ever support this president. if i have to go through another 4 or 8 years of these repubs saying no to every thing i will go crazy. it has been a very exhausted 6 years. the bottom have not dropped out and the economy have been going north for the past 5 years, maybe not as quick as we would like, but it is way better than going south, which the repubs would have taken us if they were in charge.

    March 4, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Bill from GA

    Yeah, I may vote for a republican in 2016.
    That would be a first for me.
    Anybody but Hillary.

    March 4, 2014 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. Gary

    Until the Rs start hewing to the center, till they start avoiding controversial social issues that are none of their business, till they start focusing on tell the public what they'd do to faciliate the growth of long-term meaningful higher-paying employment, heck...I'll fiind myself voting for her too.....the Republican party left me....not the other way around...

    March 4, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    If there are any republicans left. The way they are losing smart people we might not need to have an election.

    March 4, 2014 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. GUTSY333

    It sounds like more radical conservative propaganda lies. Hey, we American moderates and Democrats were not born yesterday, luckily :))))))))) Neither was Hillary , rather she is a very smart gal :) In the confusing gooblyduck of the conservatives, they actually expose THEIR FEAR THAT HILLARY RUNS NEXT YEAR :)))))))) LET CHRISTIE AND PAUL RYAND PEE IN THEIR PANTS. HAHAHAHAHA, VIVA HILLARY , RA RA RA

    March 4, 2014 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. Bobbie D. Barnett

    I'll be more than glad to support Hillary.She will make a great President.

    March 4, 2014 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. The REAL Truth...

    LOL – oh wouldn't that be poetic !!

    March 4, 2014 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. Joseph M GriffithName

    It just goes to show, there's some stupid Republicans out there too!

    March 4, 2014 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  17. Smitty

    Blah, blah, blah, face it dems get their back sides handed to them every time. Hows that Ben Ghazi thing working out, taking any photo ops with coffins lately ????

    March 4, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. CaliforniaAC

    Republican electorate are not running away from their party; their party already left the station without them.

    March 4, 2014 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. will never vote Republician again

    I'll be voting for her! All the GOP has to offer are clowns.

    March 4, 2014 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Liz the First

    Well, now we know that a quarter of republicans have at least a smidgen of intelligence. gives me hope for the future.

    March 4, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. Expat American

    Huh? Well spank my bottom and call me Shirley. Stranger things have happened....granted, just enough to count on one hand.

    March 4, 2014 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. DENNA

    That would be totally awesome. We truly need something besides white males making the rules in this country. We need a new direction away from war and aggression.

    March 4, 2014 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  23. Wes

    Polls say whatever the designer of the poll wants them to say. I imagine a very confusing wording or misidentification of the persons being polled

    March 4, 2014 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  24. Jesse

    She's not running

    March 4, 2014 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. radsenior

    This info points to one seriously unstable and tenable situation for TEA-types and Republicans.

    March 4, 2014 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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