June 16th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
3 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. Rick McDaniel

    Clinton will do just as much, if not more damage to America, as Obama. The entire Democratic Party is subversive to America.

    June 16, 2014 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  2. John

    Or, along the same lines, cat feces smell better than dog feces.....

    June 16, 2014 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. kamarasune

    If history has taught us anything its that you would have to be a fool to vote for another Clinton or Bush!

    June 16, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Would definitely have been a better choice in 2008.

    June 16, 2014 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  5. Dab

    Yeah, and Cantor's pollsters said he had a 35% lead. They forgot about the Independents that don't talk to pollsters. Eric should have fired his pollsters then they could work for Hillary.

    June 16, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  6. nuclear mike

    CNN is the Clinton Press Agent so who is surprised...anybody could 'top" Obama now with all his failed policies & abuse of executive powers with AG Holder being his top henchman & the IRS as his bully...

    June 16, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  7. thehasting

    If that's the case, then why was Obama elected to a second term?

    June 16, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  8. danicalifornia

    CNN- you supported Obama. How did that work out? Now Clinton – why don't you be neutral, report the facts, stop favoring candidates and let America decide. You are not the king/queen maker. America, wake up and see the bias.

    June 16, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  9. JB

    This is more a statement of how disappointed this country is with Obama, than an endorsement of Hillary.

    June 16, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  10. Elctorate Elite

    Never under estimate the stupidity of the American voter. Combine them with a corrupt media who has long ago stopped reporting the news in most sectors and America will once again be bamboozled into electing someone based on the self satisfying emotions of the left instead of competency.

    Hopefully my hard drive doesn't crash, I would hate this article to be deleted...

    June 16, 2014 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  11. NickD

    Mrs. Clinton will have to alter her stance on free trade before I can give her my support. American workers can no longer compete with slave wage and child labor. China has become a major threat because of our shopping dollars.

    I will not vote for anyone from the Republican party given their past behaviour, but I need something to vote FOR.

    June 16, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  12. TONE

    Then Most Americans are dumb if they cannot look at the stock market, and the uncompromising republican party whose main goal is to make this President fail even if they have to tank the economy this is a racist effort to undermine this president,and a coniving effort by the MSM to have people of color hating Hillary nice try but we got you.

    June 16, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  13. TM

    Dumb poll, wait til after a Clinton presidency then do a poll.

    June 16, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  14. Jenny

    Will Rush Limbaugh lead another operation KAOS to try to manipulate the election? He is responsible for Obama getting elected. Republicans changed their party affiliation so they could vote against Clinton in a effort to manipulate the election. Then when Hillary lost the primary they picked Sarah Palin in another attempt to manipulate the election. We know how that turned out. They should try winning an election on merit rather than manipulating them. Thank you Rush for helping Obama to get elected. XOXOXO

    June 16, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  15. tv22

    Sure, it's easy to top the polls when you've done nothing. That's how we got the current guy.

    June 16, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  16. wjm980

    Everybody loved Obama, and then he became president. It will be that same thing with Hillary.

    June 16, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. Yakup

    These polls are a waste of time. There can be no comparison, as long as Hillary...or whoever...has not served as President and faced the daunting, day-to-day responsibilities that every President faces, no matter to what party they belong.

    June 16, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  18. adam first

    President Obama's legacy will be one of success against all odds. History will show that he took over at the WORST economic period this country has ever been through, and 5 years later managed against entrenched, racist, republican opposition to get things back to where we were. Facts will show that the 8 years of Bush did more damage than any administration has ever done on the country. We will be paying a heavy price for years to come for the unethical, foolish Iraq War and the mismanagement of the Afghanistani situation. The hatred for the US that this unnecessary interventions have wrought will be with around for at least a generation, yes, this is BUSH/CHENEY/RUMSFELD's fault, all of it, the economy, Iraq, Afghanistan. Obama came in to clean up this mess, and has done an admirable job, and President Clinton will continue to guide the country in this same path. And by the way, 20 million more people will have health insurance coverage by 2016, and most of them will vote for the party that did that for them. Republicans will not win a presidential election for decades, keep up the good job baggers!

    June 16, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. ST

    The media has to get out of everything . They have proved so far not be useful at all. They didn't put their noses in VA 7th election and people figured out themselves what they really want. Now, the media taking polls of one who is having sleepless nights every day which goes by thinking how to solve problems, with one who is sleeping deeply daily without worrying anything at the moment! Do media think that we all that stupid and they can turn us on and off they way they want? Slowly, slowly I can envisage people are starting to ignore the media and do things according to their own thinking.

    June 16, 2014 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  20. dave

    That would work out fine if Clinton were running for dictator, but, we have a Congress. What the President says doesn't mean that much without a Congress behind him, as we found out with Obama. The make up of Congress determines the direction, more than the President, the President is only 1 Branch of Goverment, Congress is another, as well as the Judicial. As Branches go, it's currently 2 to 1, who's to say how things will be with a new President. Basically, other than killing OBL and getting the ACA, Obama has no significant policies enacted, certainly nothing on the economy, or trade. That's what gridlock is about, Obama can do nothing of his own policies on the economy without it being blocked by Congress, so basically we have the same economy that the republicans did enact, the same policies since Reagan, nothing has really changed. We have never experienced an Obama economy, and not likely to experience a Clinton economy.

    June 16, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. howdy

    In fairness, I think a jar of 2011 expired Mayonnaise would beat Obama on nearly every issue.

    June 16, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. Nick

    Well, let's be honest, Obama hasn't exactly set the bar very high. What I don't like about Clinton is that she is so obviously a political animal, bending whichever way the breeze blows. Not genuine, and certainly not willing to ever take blame. Not what we need following Obama.

    June 16, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  23. jamesstanczak

    I don't follow party politics. That is for people looking for excuses to justify their corruption, laziness, and immorality. I follow Liberty, freedom, morality, hope, the law of God and Nature, and our constitution. I don't waver for anyone or any agenda, or philosophy, and that upsets a lot of people. (Shrug) I won't always be right about everything, but I am right about most things. You can bet on that, because there are a lot of folks in charge of your life who are't right about anything. -Jim

    June 16, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. Lizzie

    TONE posted Then Most Americans are dumb if they cannot look at the stock market,
    -– yes those evil companies are making money

    June 16, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. American Worker

    Every rung of a ladder tops the one below it.

    Obama has gone pretty low on the ladder.

    June 16, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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