Poll: Americans disagree with Rove questioning of Clinton
May 28th, 2014
10:16 AM ET
6 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.


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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    26% of Republicans saying they would support Clinton as a White House contender.
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    just wait til the grand inquisitor and his minions find out who these people are. they'll be ousted from the purity party as RINO's.

    May 28, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. turd cruzin

    Dead bear is dead on.

    May 28, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Fair, uh, pretty sure its to late, look at the political activists they call conservative judges, do you think citizens united was a good thing? Or eliminate all funding rules, that's where this ends, with the rich running the show."

    Speaking of which, CNN won't report it, but it was just shown that the judge who squashed the "John Doe investigation" into Scott Walker's campaign finance shenanigans (that had already proved wrongdoing) was a frequent attendee at all-expense-paid judicial junkets that were paid for by the Koch brothers via George Mason University (one of their favorite recipients of their conservative ideology cash). This is a guy whose language in the decision trying to kill the investigations would lead to almost any campaign finance investigation being killed. The pecuniary connection having been made, the MSM will now quietly sweep it under the rug.

    May 28, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. tom l

    Lynda,
    My observation of you on these boards is that over the course of the past year or so you have taken a hard turn right and you agree now with everything that Sniffit says. I'm not saying you don't have your own mind and make your own decisions as you're a grown woman, I just think he has greatly influenced you and you give great credibility to everything he says now. It wasn't the case before. You were much more moderate than you are now and it's apparent with your posts about CNN being biased towards the repubs.

    May 28, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Democrat's Vision for America

    A strong "middle class" where 60% of the people are on government assistance and beholden to the government, food, healthcare, drugs, shelter, etc. while the 40% are taxed to pay for it, all while trying to provide for and support their own families.

    It is another government ponzi scheme doomed to collapse and fail, just as all the others will collapse and fail because you simply cannot defy arithmetic. Arithmetic eventually catches up and reality takes over. That's when the leftists then turn to blame the few paying for not paying their fair share.

    May 28, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "My observation of you "

    Is it some sort of "traumatic brain injury" with you or what? Why do you feel so compelled to derail any conversation on the topic in the article and turn everything into personal attacks and discussions? Stick to the political topic, junior.

    May 28, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    @Donna, insane lies? How about WMD, Haliburton? Many died and nation saw death if fiscal position–what more you expect out of republicans? No sane will ever support this GOP trash. Just know this truth. God bless!!!

    May 28, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Sniffit

    "I harbor no delusions about any of it...this is just another silly comment board garbage pile and we're all just howling at the moon."

    Indeed. ;)

    May 28, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. turd cruzin

    Democratic vision: numbers don't lie, and that's why the rich can't hide the fact that inequality is at record levels, and growing, now don't you find that just a little conflicting? The rich keep crying foul, while inequality keeps increasing at an accelerated pace, your so right, your just blind.

    May 28, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "You were much more moderate than you are now and it's apparent with your posts about CNN being biased towards the repubs."

    Well, yes. I've made no bones that I am biased against the repubs. Then again, I became so long before I ever came to CNN to howl my disgust at what has become of the party.

    My own personal observations mind you; of which I have no problem airing publicly for you or others to read and accept or discard accordingly.

    May 28, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Chris-E...al

    Well im sure we all agree good jobs would help alot for the young and older folks its just good for the soul . We should demand our so called leaders to bring 0ur some jobs back no matter the party our kids should have summer jobs and afternoon jobs we have got to get them off the phone before it kills that get up and go . L0L

    May 28, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. turd cruzin

    So the group, 1%, took 95% of all wealth, and you think they areny given a fair deal, and that if they had more, they would create jobs? Why? They don't need to with policies that are in place, now we are to subsidies their private schools? And they try to sell you by saying, Tyrone could have a better education if we allow him school of choice, are we to believe that BS, the charter schools will also have the right to choose who attends, and I'm absolutely certain Tyrone is a priority for them, how stupid you have to be to buy their BS, but you do.

    May 28, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein

    My suggestion to Rove is that he makes being a conservative about something positive. All I hear is that there is too much government doing this or that but not enough preventing women from having abortions. Rove and others have to be clear what the "freedom" they are advocating means.

    May 28, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @Donna
    After all the non-expert medical conjecture by you and I and others, Rove's message that Ms.Clinton is simply “old and stale.” (all over the news) is the core issue. He doesn't care about anything medical or any age concerns. His sole attack is to conjure up the core conservative misogynist base hatred that “old and stale.” will likely bring out.
    Reagan during his term, a conservative old man, was considered (by radical right) as wise and experienced
    Clinton is just “old and stale.”
    Women voters take note.

    May 28, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. turd cruzin

    No offense intended to any of you, Linda: Sniffit, silence, tone, its just the way it is, SMH

    May 28, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Lynda,

    I thought you gave up turning hard to the right ages ago.

    May 28, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "So the group, 1%, took 95% of all wealth, and you think they areny given a fair deal, and that if they had more, they would create jobs?"

    Nah. Here's what a billionaire like the Waltons says when you cut their corporate tax rates: "sweet, MY profit and income just grew without me having to do any work or expand my business."

    "And they try to sell you by saying, Tyrone could have a better education if we allow him school of choice, are we to believe that BS, the charter schools will also have the right to choose who attends, and I'm absolutely certain Tyrone is a priority for them, how stupid you have to be to buy their BS, but you do."

    Well, to some extent, "Tyrone" is a priority for them. They want to get Tyrone into a school that uses government funding (generally via vouchers) that doesn't give Tyrone good grades unless he assimilates to conservative ideology and Christian theology. It's how the vouchers are being directed in red states like Louisiana already. Schools are given "approval" and "priority" to be on the list of schools that can accept the vouchers, and they are consistently being shown to teach things like "Jefferson didn't believe in a separation of church and state" or "the Loch Ness monster is evidence that man and dinosaurs cohabited the earth, and therefore evidence of the Bible's truth." So yeah, they certain are "focused" on the "Tyrones" in the country and they absolutely see voucher programs/charter schools and destruction of national academic standards as a way of fixing the conservatives' very real existential dilemma when it comes to the youth vote and future generations of adults.

    May 28, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    The Real Tom Paine
    @ Lynda,

    I thought you gave up turning hard to the right ages ago.
    ----------

    Well, I thought so too. For the life of me, I can't remember ever turning hard right.

    Hey, lets ask tom I. He knows these thing better than I.

    May 28, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. ART

    Isn't it obvious by now Carl Rove has lost his mind. I saw it at the last Presidential election , it was hilarious, but n the less a total meltdown. So really he should not be taken seriously but we should feel pity for a man with mental problems.

    May 28, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. turd cruzin

    Here in mi.I caught the whole pitch, pathetic, gov.Snyder brags about increasing per pupil spending, and forget to mention their taking money from k-12, and diverting it to private schools, saying you have the right to choose a better school, problem is in test after test, the charter schools did no better than public schools. But they deny that to the grave, and we know why, how can Tyrone be as smart as little Timmy? They disgust me, they truly do.

    May 28, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Chris-E...al

    We all would be amazed and some would even be surprised at the impact of 0ur jobs coming back home from China good jobs make 4 happy pPL happy pPL PAY taxes . We should bring them back if we have to buy them back I dont know why this is n0t # 1 issue and would stop alot of back an fourth this and that he said she said . 0ur kids need to work we need to work where we CAN help the sick and old and poor !. thx

    May 28, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. turd cruzin

    The whole D.C. schools thing they did was telling, they got Rhee to bust the unions, created false test scores yi back up their BS, too bad one lady outsmarted them, she locked up the tests after they were collected, and what do you know all the 35-45% increase in test scores ended. She of course was fired, but we got it. The tests had a very large, unusual amount of erase to corrections, done by the new teachers who stayed late to check tests. Now that's the real gop, another is GM, they want to put them out of business, why? Unions, they hate you having workers rights. They're not trying to kill Toyota, why not, the sooner you idiots wake up the sooner your lives can get better, simple as that.

    May 28, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Lynda, well, don't get him too riled up, since he will accuse you of doing Sniffit's bidding. Its interesting coming back on here after taking a break, since it only points out to me how some in here believe that we are paid posters, that we have superiors we report to, etc., and just generally how crazy some people really are.

    May 28, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. turd cruzin

    Oh, forgot in the DC school scandal, the new teachers were given bonuses if they raised test scores, and they did, sort of. They had a big awards dinner, and thought they had fooled us all, giving out awards and bonuses, and the world was right again.

    May 28, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Dallas

    I thought we were rid of Karl Rove when he had his meltdown on Fox during election night of 2012! And yet, he continues to promote his racist, bigoted, mysoginistic views and sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to candidates who are like minded. This has to end! He represents everything wrong with politics in America and he and his "followers" must and will be stopped!

    May 28, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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