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

Program note: Hillary Clinton will discuss her memoir "Hard Choices" in a town hall meeting at the Newseum in Washington at 5 p.m. ET on June 17. The former secretary of state, senator and first lady will take questions from moderator Christiane Amanpour, CNN's Chief International Correspondent, and members of the audience. The town hall will be simulcast on CNN International and CNN en Espanol.

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. EldRick

    The more we see of her, the more it becoming obvious that she is completely out of touch with anything beyond the Washington beltway.
    She admits not having driven a car herself since 1996, and certainly would Never consider taking public transportation. She thinks that owning only two multi-million-dollar homes is "flat broke", and makes more from a single speech than the median income of Americans.
    She would be another tinpot emperor, just like obama.

    June 11, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Mike McDonnell

    If she runs, she wins. Anyone who says differently also follows polls...

    June 11, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Cantor's campaign reportedly spent more on steak houses than Brat's campaign spent period."

    In many ways this is similar to what Romney did (not steak houses per se; but campaign stooges being paid hefty bonuses). My concern is that when polls are being manipulated, voters not familiar with the process can easily become manipulated in the narrative being pushed: either they are given false hope or they become too discouraged and simply don't vote.

    June 11, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Rob

    "we flew into Bosnia and were met by sniper fire. We ran on the tarmac while bullets flew over our head, barely making it to the terminal alive". Give back the White House silverware Hillary!!!!!
    Never had a real job and very few accomplishments!

    June 11, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Brad

    I really hope Democrats run Miss "What Difference does it make Now? Please oh Please!

    June 11, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. 1776usa2016

    Political numbers are like the stock market.

    Coca-Cola is down one day and up the next.

    .

    June 11, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. donaldsm

    I'm a pretty staunch republican, but I like Hillary and I like Bill Clinton, he was the first president I ever voted for. I don't think Hillary has what it takes to push beyond the finish line. She has too many scandals, too much history for any opponent in the primaries or the general election to dig up and use against her to discredit, and the latest flub about "beind dead broke" leaving all the while mentioning the purchase of large houses and a Stanford University education for Chelsea is just one more thing they can bash her with. I know I lost a bit of respect because I struggled, and know a lot of others who did as well, eating raman noodles and bologne sandwhiches working a full time job to put myself through university. But, if I had to pick one democrat to be president, it would be her as she is at least more centrist than many of the far left looney's.

    June 11, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Denise

    Didn't take long to mention Benghazi......lol

    June 11, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Thatguy371

    "Hillary Clinton's numbers slightly edging down"

    Translation: The media has decided they don't want Hillary to be prez. Sad though, while it's obvious she's a lightning rod, she actually is supremely qualified for the job. I think when the dust clears though, she will be prez in '16. And then we get 8 more years of repubs blowing a gasket with their misogynist rants.

    June 11, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. The Bottom Line

    Once again, the presidential election is sizing up to be a double downer, the lesser of two sucky evils.

    June 11, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Michael Powers

    Out with the old, in with the new. ENOUGH of the Bush's, Clintons, Kennedy's, Rove's, and alike. ANYONE who has been in Congress longer than 10 years must be thrown out of office. If you haven't done anything to help this country in 10 years, you need to go away!

    June 11, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Pound Puppy

    Hillary's poll numbers are down? Apparently CNN isn't doing enough to help the rest of the media try to overtly tongue bathe her into the White House in 2016.

    I'm already getting sick of seeing her face in 10 or 12 puff piece stories every day in Yahoo.

    June 11, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. kvan

    I would have chosen her over Obama but now with the Benghazi thing and the more details you learn about her are just off putting in my opinion.

    June 11, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Bill

    She is qualified: Ran away from Secretary of State position when she found she may be held accountable, Part time senator just like Obama, former first lady who suddenly said "I was not in charge". Low information voters will make her the next president.

    June 11, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. yeahright

    Brad
    I really hope Democrats run Miss "What Difference does it make Now? Please oh Please!

    Once again, here is the quote for the reading and context challenged:

    " With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they'd they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we'll figure out what was going on in the meantime."

    June 11, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. edutron

    This person shouldn't have any numbers at all!

    June 11, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Bill from GA

    donaldsm – " Hillary a... has too many scandals, too much history... "

    My problem with Hill is that she has done NOTHING to show Americans that she is even close to being the best we can choose as President. She may be better than anything the repubs will offer, but that should not be good enough.

    As a leader, she is mediocre, at best.

    June 11, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Anonymous

    People are waking up to her obvious and deceitful political motivations. It's about time.

    June 11, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. kenman14

    90% of Democrats see Hillary in a positive light! What a mindless group of drones! Those liberals would bow to the Party's choice for them if Hillary shot them in the backs; hardly an independent thinker among them!

    June 11, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. cali

    Sick of seeing the media puff her up....she is not the answer...

    June 11, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Mark Benson

    People are finally waking up to her blatantly obvious deceitful political motivations. It's about time.

    June 11, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Yakobi

    "Sixty-four percent of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of the former president."
    Oh, how quickly the public tends to forget all the scandals that plagued the Clinton administration...

    "59% of Americans still give her a thumbs up for her four years running the State Department"
    Let's see...Iraq has deteriorated, Iran is still pursuing nuclear weapons, North Korea is still exploding them, Russia continues to invade its neighbors despite the "reset button", no one's been arrested over the Benghazi attack...great job, Hillary!

    June 11, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. rick

    If in doubt.. WRITE A WORTHLESS BOOK.. If hillary couldnt see monica comming.. What do you think will be IGNORED if she gets into office?? She is so full of herself its amazing cant get past the mirror in the morning.. Everyone will complain no matter who ends up in office. We dont have the perfect system of government. Nobody does. Its a lot better than most thought of. And has lasted a while. Prospered.. Sometimes not.. But americans have a life that a lot wish they had.. Otherwise.. Why would everyone want to COME HERE instead of staying in their own countries?

    June 11, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. camaro guy

    Hillary has achieved so many titles in her career, including but not limited to..First Lady, Senator, and State Department Head. But other than outcomes from marriage, elections, and appointments, can anyone name any one thing that has she actually accomplished?

    June 11, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Slim Pickens

    She's losing support because she looks indecisive. Make up your mind and show the American people that you are strong enough to run or get out of the way and let a more confident candidate take the lead.

    June 11, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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