June 16th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
6 months ago

CNN/ORC Poll: Clinton tops Obama on every issue

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Washington (CNN) - If Hillary Clinton is elected president in 2016, most Americans say they think she will do a good job handling crucial domestic and international issues, according to a new national poll.

And the CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that the former secretary of state scores much higher than President Barack Obama on every issue tested.

"That's helpful to her chances of actually getting elected if it holds up through 2016," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "It suggests that the President's low marks on most issues might not drag Clinton down if she runs for the White House again."

How enthusiastic are Democrats about Clinton as nominee?

Clinton served as America's top diplomat during Obama's first four years in office, so it may not be surprising that some of her best marks in the poll come on overseas issues: 63% say she would do a good job on foreign policy and 61% say the same on terrorism.

But it is notable that 63% say she'd do a good job handling the economy, and 57% believe she'd handle health care well.

Now compare those to Obama's latest job approval ratings on those same issues.

Just 38% questioned in the CNN poll say that they approve of how the President's handling the economy. That's 25 percentage points lower than the number who think Clinton would do a good job on the economy. Only 40% approve of Obama's foreign policy, 23 points lower than Clinton.

The same is true on other issues that have made headlines recently, including gun policy, the environment, and immigration.

"In fact, a majority think Clinton would do a good job on all nine issues tested in the poll; Obama's current job approval rating never breaks 50% on any of those same nine issues. None of this means that Clinton is a lock for the White House, but it is an enviable position for any candidate to be in," adds Holland.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International May 29-June 1, before the rollout of Clinton's new memoir, "Hard Choices." In the survey, 1,003 adults nationwide were questioned by telephone. The poll's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    That only means that the haters now have two educated, caring, intelligent beings to go after with their clown car of anti women, anti gays, anti seniors, anti veterans, anti poor, anti everything but the rich crowd.
    The country, some areas, has woken up to the fact that teaklans just don't care unless you are worth over $1M and the more money of yours the can use to buy an election the better for them.
    cantor was defeated in spite of all the money thrown his way but brat is worse because cantor didn't want to remind anyone he's Jewish, brat, on the other hand, couldn't thank his god more times during his acceptance speech. Both bad for congress but there's not one single "non christian" white guy in the House.

    June 16, 2014 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  2. king

    i bet this has the repubs panty in a bunch. theyve spent this president entire tenure ragging and destroying his credibility on every front. their not one time that they agree with him even when he crosses the line and go to their side. the problem is they succeeded by planting the the idea in the american people minds that this president is a failure, even though facts on the ground shows different. they plan to destroy him so much so that the people in our country will never elect another dem. in that they might fail astronomically. i wonder if they will try the same obstructionist and demogaggry method on a more fiery and more established woman president when she gets elected.

    June 16, 2014 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  3. Tim

    What, exactly, has Hillary done that demonstrates she has strong leader potential except weather out her time with her cheating husband? In fact, when is America going to stop getting all these lame choices for leadership that the media more or less picks? The system is broke down bad.

    June 16, 2014 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  4. old age voter

    This does not really say much of anything good about Clinton; it’s not hard to top the absolute worst president in the history of America. The president is a huge failure on domestic issue and even worse on international issues!

    June 16, 2014 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  5. Tim

    America must END family political dynasties; the Bushes, the Clintons. the Cuomo's, the Kennedy's.... its wrong. we aren't getting the best options – ever.

    June 16, 2014 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  6. Spgfld Tom

    At this moment my cat could do a better job handling "issues" than Obama! How many decades will it take for the U.S. to recover from reign of Barack the First?

    June 16, 2014 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  7. Hillary Izexi

    Abandon ship! Abandon ship! The S,S. Obama is going under! Abandon ship! All CNN personnel make way to the life boats and head to the DKM Hillary. Everyone else... Sorry we made this mess by constantly covering for Obama instead of doing real reporting. Good luck and hope you can swim.

    June 16, 2014 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  8. BobAD

    She should have been elected POTUS in 2008 and we would have the divide we have today. Congress would not be full of insurgents and they could be getting work done.

    June 16, 2014 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  9. G_Edwards

    "Poll: Clinton tops Obama on every issue"

    News Flash: Mickey Mouse tops Obama on every issue.

    .

    June 16, 2014 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  10. Jerry

    I believe our nation is in deeper doodle than we originally thought. After all, "what does it matter at this time." Both of these clueless and unpatriotic buffoons are out to sink the "good old USA."

    Shameful, shameful...

    June 16, 2014 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  11. Greg

    Obama had a high rating before he became president too. Look what happened to him, God help us if Hiliary becomes president.

    June 16, 2014 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  12. Concerned Netizen

    Could we have an America led by someone who's last name is NOT Bush, Clinton, or Obama please? Thanks.

    June 16, 2014 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  13. Max

    My cat tops Obama on every issue...is this really news?

    June 16, 2014 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  14. King Barry

    cnn, you forgot to say that ANYBODY would top ol'barry boy right now.

    June 16, 2014 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  15. rla

    Amazing– this was really a high standard to reach NOT!

    June 16, 2014 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  16. Gt

    Yea sure she would do better than Obama ...just what we need a 70yr old grand ma running the country

    June 16, 2014 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  17. sifto

    Cnn also had her ahead of obama in 2007..I would have to see a less partisan poll to believe she has that much support after her numerous gaffes..

    June 16, 2014 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  18. Charlie

    this does not say much, because my Grandmother tops everything about Mr. Obama.

    June 16, 2014 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  19. mike

    my dog would get better ratings than obama. so what?

    June 16, 2014 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  20. jeff

    What has Hillary and Obummer ever done that is actually good for the country?

    June 16, 2014 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  21. wilburw7

    What? Hillary Clinton voted for the Iraq war. Obama argued against it.

    June 16, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  22. really

    as an esoteric I've observed Barrack Obama to be the perfect president given the current time frame we live in. Hill will just drag us backwards towards the "party of no"-thinking.

    June 16, 2014 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  23. TAJ

    Which means what??

    June 16, 2014 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  24. BD70

    So what...she polls well now. She isn't running the country. If she becomes president watch the numbers drop as the years go by. Same holds true for all presidents.

    June 16, 2014 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  25. sol

    of course, Her positions are based on polls.

    June 16, 2014 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
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