Poll: Americans disagree with Rove questioning of Clinton
May 28th, 2014
10:16 AM ET
3 months ago

Poll: Americans disagree with Rove questioning of Clinton

Washington (CNN) - Most Americans don't agree with Karl Rove's questioning of Hillary Clinton's health and age, according to a new national poll.

And an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Wednesday also indicates that a majority of the public says they'd support Clinton if she makes a second bid for the White House.

The former secretary of state is seriously considering a presidential run in 2016 and says she'll decide by the end of this year. If she launches a campaign, she would instantly become the overwhelming front runner for the Democratic nomination.

According to the poll, two-thirds say they disapprove of Rove's comments, with 26% saying they approve of the Republican strategist's questioning of Clinton.

Earlier this month Rove, who was the top political adviser to President George W. Bush and the mastermind behind Bush's 2000 and 2004 presidential election victories, raised questions about Clinton's health and made headlines with some controversial comments about her 2012 concussion.

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Clinton suffered a blood clot in December 2012 as the result of a fall. After first going to the hospital for testing, Clinton later was admitted for a three-day stay at a hospital in New York.

Rove, a Fox News contributor, earlier this week also raised questions about Clinton's age, describing her as "old and stale." If Clinton, 66, is elected president in 2016, she will be 69 years old, just a few months younger than the nation's oldest elected president: Ronald Reagan. Democrats have charged that questioning Clinton's age is sexist and out of bounds.

The poll indicates an expected partisan divide: Eighty-four percent of Democrats and 64% of independents say they disapprove of Rove's comments, with Republicans divided.

By a 52%-43% margin, registered voters say they would support the former first lady and senator from New York as a candidate for president. Again, there's a wide partisan gap, with 83% of Democrats, 51% of independents and only 26% of Republicans saying they would support Clinton as a White House contender.

The poll also indicates Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, remains popular with the public. Sixty-three percent of those questioned say they have a favorable opinion of the former president, with 32% saying they see him in a negative light. Bill Clinton's favorable ratings have stood in the 60s in most national polling conducted over the past couple of years.

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The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted May 21-25, with 1,017 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Karl Rove • Poll • Uncategorized
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Two thirds disapprove of Karl's underhanded tactics, so only GOBaggers like his Swift Boat tactics. Republicans really need to question where the money they send him is spent.

    May 28, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. rs

    Anyone with a room-temperature IQ or higher should disagree with Rove on about anything. I would think the stench of corruption would be enough....
    Remember- he made the TEA Party- that sure turned out well.

    May 28, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Sniffit

    "Americans disagree with Rove questioning of Clinton"

    Americans disagree with Rove. Period.

    FIFY

    "with 26% saying they approve of the Republican strategist's questioning of Clinton."

    Oh look...the magic 23%-27% number that always shows up representing the most rabid, radicalized, dogmatic GOPers/Teatrolls who agree no matter what. Rove could literally strip nekked, paint himself in feces and roll around on a poster of Hillary in the middle of the National Mall and they'd still applaud and talk about what a great argument he made.

    May 28, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. smith1

    can't imagine how this old fart could question her age . Isn't about the same age??? After watching him dance you have to wonder who has the brain damage.

    May 28, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    --No sane will ever agree with this guy other than Fox rants.

    May 28, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Bill

    Rove has now taken the crown of "big, fat idiot" from Rush Limburger. Time to retire Karl, you are irrelevant in the national debate.

    May 28, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. jboh

    Rove is a nasty man. He made a career of lying, and insulting anyone who doesn't kneel before him. America would be better for it if his type of politics were flushed down the TEA pot.

    May 28, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Peace

    This man Karl Rove must be kicked out of politics. He is doing republicans more harm than good. No one wants to become sick. Everyday we pray to god for ourselves and others to be healthy all the time. If it happens we fall sick as Hillary was, and recover quickly and back to normal life, we all rejoice and thank god. We don't go after the victim as Karl Rove has done to Hillary. This is not how human beings behave regardless of our political affiliation. Karl Rove is a devil of all devils.

    May 28, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    The PIG HEAD rove is a PROFESSIONAL LIER and PAID GOP STOOGE who has. 0 CREDIBILITY with American voters. GO HILLARY!!!!!!

    May 28, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. just asking

    why does she keep falling and hitting her head? she sure didn't prove to be a decisive take charge leader when her employees lives were on the line in benghazi. all she did was develop the lie of the video being the cause. then she setup a sham review board of hand picked friends that never even interviewed her on what she did. i don't question her age as much as i do her proven incompetency and total lack of leadership skills. all we know from her 4 years at the state dept. is that she can ride in a plane for a 4 year world tour at our expense.

    May 28, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Chris-E...al

    I wonder IF Hillary was to be able to and holds up and makes it long enough here on terra firma a year or two more and lord forbid decides to run and some are ignorant to vote her in and makes president will she bring back cash 4 clunkers and 4 more years . Seriously If this happens we as a nation are doomed and cant imagine what will happen when the money runs out oh yea its gone already . And the pacifier is got to be traded in for nothing at all and thats called cold turkey troubles nanny ? ?

    May 28, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Lily

    @ just asking
    I have also few questions for you: Why did "W" fall one time while sitting in the Oval Office while his dog watching him? What made this happen to him? And what did "W" do when Sept. 11, 2001 happened in American soil? Why didn't he use all the resources available to prevent the attack? This happened within and not thousands miles away in Benghazi Libya. Resources were available and what was needed was to give orders. Why didn't he act?

    May 28, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Reggie53

    This has to be a driven CNN Poll. They are always one-sided and I never believe them anyway. CNN has to get back to being the network they were years ago..... a competent and neutral network and not what they have become. Hillary is from the yesterdays and we need the democrats and republicans to come up with some new fresh faces but with good qualifications and leadership skills not like what we have in Obama.

    May 28, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The poll indicates an expected partisan divide: Eighty-four percent of Democrats and 64% of independents say they disapprove of Rove's comments, with Republicans divided."

    Ah, well. He's firing up his base of (five?) donors and gets to spend his days collecting a lucrative paycheck not only from Mr. Murdoch, but CNN as well. Or so it seems where CNN is concerned lately.

    Not too bad a gig for a big shot bursting behind the scenes egomaniac trying to be "someone". Dude literally begs for crumbs from others, primping himself as a Very Important Person living off others.

    Crumb Beggar Rove 2016.

    Rah. Rah.

    May 28, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. rs

    just asking

    "she sure didn't prove to be a decisive take charge leader when her employees lives were on the line in benghazi. all she did was develop the lie of the video being the cause."
    __________________________________
    Her employees were doing what State employees do- work in dangerous places. In this case 400 miles from their embassy for the CIA. As to the video, chum, the story was developed by the people running the operation- the CIA.
    You just LOVE fiction, don't you?

    May 28, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. The Captain

    Wow.... Alot of hate coming from the people who get upset about all of the hate in politics.

    May 28, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Tom l

    You talk about the "magic 23-27%" who will agree with Robe no matter what as if you don't fall into that rabid, radicalized, dogmatic crazy left. You're not very good at self awareness, are you? Just like last week where you tried to say it was bad to quote rush Limbaugh verbatim but you were totally cool with quoting Mother Jones verbatim (even though you messed that up too).

    Bucket of water in the face Sniffit – you are the mirror image is that radicalized right but just on the other side.

    May 28, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. rs

    just asking

    "all we know from her 4 years at the state dept. is that she can ride in a plane for a 4 year world tour at our expense."
    __________________
    You mean like Mr. Bush commuting to Waco Texas every weekend to "cut brush"? At least Ms. Clinton worked for our country. Mr. Bush holds the Presidential record for the most vacation taken by a sitting President.

    May 28, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Silence DoGood

    I have no problem with anyone questioning any politician. Lying and harassing is not OK.
    Pulling a story with no corroborating evidence from supermarket fiction papers is promoting a lie.
    Keeping it up is harassing and an embarrassment to our country.

    May 28, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    Reggie53
    This has to be a driven CNN Poll. They are always one-sided and I never believe them anyway. CNN has to get back to being the network they were years ago..... a competent and neutral network and not what they have become. Hillary is from the yesterdays and we need the democrats and republicans to come up with some new fresh faces but with good qualifications and leadership skills not like what we have in Obama.

    ********************

    And who is a neutral network, if CNN is not?

    May 28, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. ChrisM

    The Majority of Americans remember Rove on election night 2012. He made a fool of himself , fox news and the republcians that donated to his PAC. Just keep watching fox and believing whatever Rove tells you republicans.
    Oh and repubs, enjoy that tea party you sheltered.

    May 28, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. rs

    Silence DoGood

    I have no problem with anyone questioning any politician. Lying and harassing is not OK.
    Pulling a story with no corroborating evidence from supermarket fiction papers is promoting a lie.
    Keeping it up is harassing and an embarrassment to our country.
    _________________________
    Exactly. When the GOP flails on about the lack of respect for America abroad, they have a stunning lack of self-awareness for the damage they do politicizing every single news item and creating vast conspiracies around them.

    May 28, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Tommy G

    Rove, a Fox News contributor, earlier this week also raised questions about Clinton's age, describing her as "old and stale." If Clinton, 66, is elected president in 2016, she will be 69 years old, just a few months younger than the nation's oldest elected president: Ronald Reagan. Democrats have charged that questioning Clinton's age is sexist and out of bounds.
    -----–

    Democrats have ALWAYS attacked Republican candidates about their age. Bob Dole, John McCain, Ronald Reagan, just to name a few. You have lefties in here claiming Reagan had Alzheimers while he was in office! No proof whatsoever, but their lies flow like sewerage. So if you claim Reagan had Alzheimers, why would you support a person of the same age that has had head injuries that may also bring on the same thing?

    The only answer is Clinton is all they got. Crazy Joe Biden is even more nutty, but he has always been a Gaff-O-Matic clown show. After that is is far left whack jobs like Elizabeth Warren who has ZERO experience, just like Obama. An air bag of leftist rants with an intense desire to totally wreck this country economically.

    One thing is for sure though, Hillary Clinton will once again be challenged from the far left Progressive/Socialist/Communist wing of the Democrat party. Obama took her down in 2008 and they may very well do it again in 2015/2016. Why would the far left Democrat Party support Hillary Clinton, somebody who voted for the Iraq war and sat on the Board of the evil capitalist Walmart.

    May 28, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. paul

    And those 26% are Faux Channel viewers.

    May 28, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. barryinlasvegas

    Another slanted and biased pole by ABC with slanted and biased story published by CNN. How surprising.

    May 28, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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