Hillary Clinton's numbers slightly edging down
June 11th, 2014
10:23 AM ET
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Hillary Clinton's numbers slightly edging down

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Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans still see Hillary Clinton in a positive light, but a new national poll indicates the former secretary of state's favorable rating has edged down since earlier this year.

As Clinton kicks off her book tour of her much anticipated memoir, "Hard Choices," a Gallup poll released Wednesday indicates that 54% of the public holds a favorable opinion of her, down five percentage points from February. The 54% figure is the lowest favorable rating for Clinton in Gallup polling since August of 2008, just two months after the then-Sen. Clinton of New York lost a marathon and historic battle for the Democratic presidential nomination against then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.

Obama named Clinton as secretary of state, and her poll numbers soared as she served as America's top diplomat, a non-political position in the eyes of most Americans. Her favorable ratings started to edge down last year after she left the State Department and began considering another bid for the White House.

"Hillary Clinton's era of higher favorability appears to be ending even before she announces whether she will run for president. Americans typically rate non-political figures higher than political ones on this measure, and her favorable ratings before, during, and after being secretary of state are consistent with that phenomenon," says a release from Gallup.

Hillary Clinton by the numbers

The poll indicates an obvious partisan divide, with 90% of Democrats saying they see Clinton in a positive light. Her favorable rating drops to 49% among independents and just 21% among Republicans.

The survey supports the conventional wisdom that Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, would most likely be an asset if she decides to launch a 2016 bid for the White House. Sixty-four percent of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of the former president.

The Gallup poll's release comes a few days after a new ABC News/Washington Post poll indicated that Clinton's approval rating as secretary of state has slightly deteriorated, but that 59% of Americans still give her a thumbs up for her four years running the State Department

According to the survey, two-thirds said Clinton is a strong leader; six in 10 said she was honest and trustworthy; and majorities said Clinton understood people like them and had new ideas for the country. The numbers on Clinton's personal qualities matched a CNN/ORC International poll conducted earlier this year.

Of course, there was a partisan divide on all of those questions.

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The Gallup Poll was conducted June 5-8, with 1,027 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted May 29-June 1, with 1,002 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    President Romney nods his head sagely at this result...

    June 11, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    So. Are they as low as any of the GOP?? Btw, what's Congress polling at these days? You know those up for reelection? It's very telling, you rarely mention them, yet there's a poll about President Obama, who can't run again, every week..

    Same for Hillary, who hasn't even announced if she's running or not.

    Very biased wannabe news...

    June 11, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. rickditka

    Step it up CNN. You've got some work to do to get this woman elected. And don't give me that, "Hillary Clinton has Brain Damage" excuse.

    June 11, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. sonny chapman

    Karl Rove smiles his Dr. Frankenstein smile.

    June 11, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "of course, there was a partisan divide on all of those questions"

    This might be a good time to take a break from polling thus allowing pollsters to regain whatever acumen they might have had prior to 2007.

    From what I understand "Mitt Romney has the momentum" is still running strong in polling. Indeed, Eric Cantor was up by 35 points the day before yesterday and still managed to lose by 10 points; a comfort zone which may have kept his supporters from moving off their couches and out to the voting booth.

    June 11, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    -what edge down? Bull, is it Karl Rowe, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Ted Cruz, Rand, Rush to lead this nation???? For Presidential Residence? Nonsense. Yes, Hillary16.

    June 11, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Chris-E...al

    Hillary is so in love with herself and americans are tired of her coverups and lie after lie she HAS BEEN run ing for something for over 20years !

    June 11, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Why should anyone be surprised with the poll numbers when voters are so polarized? Like the previous presidential elections in 2008 and 2012, independent, moderate, women, young, and minority voters will determine the outcome, especially in swing states. Democrats will have the right message and messenger in Hllary Clinton to win in 2016.

    June 11, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "From what I understand "Mitt Romney has the momentum" is still running strong in polling. Indeed, Eric Cantor was up by 35 points the day before yesterday and still managed to lose by 10 points; a comfort zone which may have kept his supporters from moving off their couches and out to the voting booth.

    Oh, I dunno. That poll with the 34% margin comes from Cantor's internal polling from John McLaughlin. What I think we're really looking at here (and with Mittens' campaign too) is partly caused by two things:

    1. The GOP/Teatrolls haven't yet learned the folly of insisting on telling themselves what they want to hear instead of simply allowing data to tell them what the data tells them, and this includes their polling methodologies and manipulations; and

    2. Internal polling is used to convince donors to donate. "Look at our numberz! we're a safe bet and you can get in good with us before we win and become powerful!!!" Cantor's campaign reportedly spent more on steak houses than Brat's campaign spent period.

    June 11, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Beth

    Open mouth, watch poll numbers drop. Typical Hilly.

    June 11, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Hillary Clinton may be the anointed Democratic presidential candidate but she will lose the White House for the Dems. Too much baggage plus a lack-luster record as Secretary of State.

    June 11, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. rs

    Gee, a solid month of Republican lies ("why does she keep falling?", " a month in hospital with concussion", "medically unfit", "too old"), never mind the mindless Benghazi blather. It's amazing Ms. Clinton still has a positive rating at all with the smear job the Right is doing.

    June 11, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. palintwit

    At this point what does it matter now. She could dig up a video to blame her falling numbers on, like she did with Benghazi.

    June 11, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Nick

    After her interview with ABC I'm surprised her numbers aren't zero. Talk about being disconnected from reality. Life-long politicians are not what we need, and at this point that's what she is.

    June 11, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Chris-E...al

    Hillary is so in love with herself and she thinks shes hot to trott . Not .

    June 11, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. critical thinking

    Hillary's number will go down as the truth is extracted from her revisionist version of her service to this country. Her husband had a Teflon personality, she does not so she needs to spray PAM on her stories but it wears off over time. She will not get the nomination if she runs but my gut tells me that she is to smart to run because she knows the truth about herself and the truth is what will stop her.

    June 11, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. R-oh

    Its our time to shine! Vote TEA party! Clinton ideals are as old as the roman empire. Unless u want to relive the dark ages dont vote clinton 2016

    June 11, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Thomas

    It's Summer , poll numbers are always down .

    She must be happy the Tea Party is eating it's own .

    The republicans need to start there spin on how they created the jobs , support solar energy and want a fare immigration policy .

    June 11, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Steve

    Please nominate a non-Clinton and Bush in 2016. Please Biden or Warren. Anyone but the people who put us where we are now.

    June 11, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Libdumb

    Doesn't the drop come with age for most women?

    June 11, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Cin99

    If she runs, she will win. If she runs against Ted Cruz, it will be hilarious and a landslide.

    June 11, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. sandy

    They'll continue to drop every time she opens her mouth. She sez nothing and saying they were broke when they left the WH is a slap in the face to every hard working American. SMH

    June 11, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. sly

    Hillary is the most powerful woman in the world, and a highly respected wise leader.

    She will make an excellant sucessor to President Obama once he completes one of the best terms in American history.

    These are great times for America with record stock markets, record deficit reduction, record 401K's, unemployment at a 8 year low. Our President killed America's #1 enemy, has prevented ALL foreign terrorist attacks, and for the first time in 50 years we have a President that hasn't started a war.

    Good times! Now if only we can exterminate the right wing domestic terrorists, who are far more dangerous than all the muslims in the world put together.

    June 11, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. Mark

    The Democrat media's constant campaigning is going to backfire

    June 11, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. anon

    She'll get the bump she needs when Bill dies before the real campaign. It's part of the plan.

    June 11, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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