June 16th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
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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. bill

    is that a compliment????

    June 16, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. TONE

    Rick McDaniel

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

    Give an example of anytime republicans did any good for Americans. 2 unpaid for wars tax cut for the rich unpaid for no help for returning veterans they are the most dispicable excuse for humans.

    June 16, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. s

    I think Hillary is a very qualified candidate. Honestly I'd vote for her simply to have Bill walking around the White House again. I believe Hillary is our best chance to reach compromise that will allow Government to function again.

    June 16, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. curtegg

    That's not saying much! Bush lowest poll ratings are better than Obama's.

    June 16, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    steve-o says:
    June 16, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am
    There needs to be a reply button for specific posts…. but, to “Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross” That is the stupidest reason to vote for someone EVER. Are you a party sheep? If Adolf Hitler were alive and a Democrat, would you vote for him just because of his party?

    Hitler would be a republican. But I would vote for ANYONE with a D after watching the way the Republican Party has obstructed this POTUS. He has been treated worse than any POTUS in history. So yes I'll say it again. I'd vote for Lucifer as long as he was as he was a Democrat. The GOP has had years to at least pretend to be patriotic, yet they are worse than the Taliban and Al Queda combined.

    June 16, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. James

    I think the best thing for the GOP is for Hillary to run. She will be devoured in the debates because of her "accomplishments". A question - Why is it that Republicans will (as in the case of Eric Cantor) throw their own guy out if he fails to do his job but Democrats would actually vote for Adolf Hitler if he were their candidate?

    June 16, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. MICK

    she killed 4 Americans and is still better than Obama? Sounds legit, good job Liberals?

    June 16, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. EyesThatSee

    Hillary Rodham Clinton was ready to be president. Obama was not.

    June 16, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. ken

    The Republicans got rid of the Constitution when they passed the Patriot Act that allowed the NSA to spy.

    June 16, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Shawn

    Clinton couldn't handle being Secretary of Defense. How is she going to handle being the President?

    June 16, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Shawn says:
    June 16, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am
    Clinton couldn’t handle being Secretary of Defense. How is she going to handle being the President?

    Well she wasn't hired as Secretary of Defense, so your point is moot.

    She was Secretary of State.
    A mind is a terrible thing to waste...

    June 16, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. amera

    Poor Jeb – I almost feel sorry for him. He's going to feel like it's his duty to step up and throw his hat into the ring. Poor guy should just sit down and pursue private industry.

    June 16, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. TONE

    curtegg

    That's not saying much! Bush lowest poll ratings are better than Obama's.

    The MSM is also part of the plot to discredit this president with these polls no president can be a dismal failure like bush and the republican party.

    June 16, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Atul C

    Better headline would state, Carter tops Obama in every issue or maybe that was the intent to show that she is better than Obama, somewhere close to Carter.

    June 16, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. texasnotea

    House republicons are considering redistricting all of the states so there will be majority red voters over blue states so they can win the White House in 2016,otherwise, they don't stand a chance

    June 16, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Lizzie

    Last week former Rep. Ben Jones, who played Cooter Davenport in the TV series, issued a public appeal to urge Democrats to vote for Brat in Tuesday’s primary.
    -Just shows democrats do as they are told

    June 16, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. steve-o

    And Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross says: "I'd vote for Lucifer as long as he was as he was a Democrat. " And that would be why this country is in the trouble it is now. STOP BEING A SHEEP.

    Vote for the person, not the party. Not just for POTUS, but for every office, from the local dog catcher, on up to the President. If everyone did that, we might have a government we could be proud of.

    June 16, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. king

    all these right winged nuts on here saying that everything could have done better than obama. when its all said and done. obama will be among the top 5 president ever in this country. the right wingers knows this and they cannot sleep at night. every thing theyve thrown to derail his presidency have failed, all they have left is insults, fake scandals, and inewindow crap that doesnt make sense. under this president we've avoided a financial backed great depression. this country is the richest right now more than any other country ever existed, including the roman empire, yes the proportions are wrong but the fact still stand. how can you leave from a total financial disaster to the most richest country in the history of the world.

    June 16, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Lizzie says:
    June 16, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am
    Last week former Rep. Ben Jones, who played Cooter Davenport in the TV series, issued a public appeal to urge Democrats to vote for Brat in Tuesday’s primary.
    —Just shows democrats do as they are told

    Unlike republicans that get all of their talking points from Rush and Hannity??

    Let's see Crispy showed the POTUS some respect and was treated like a pariah for well over a year. Now he's on his knees for the Kock boys. Looks like republicans do what they are told....

    June 16, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Bi-cycle Sandwich Basket

    Hillary wants to be President , she doesn't have to be President . This is very telling about her motive . Does America need another Democrat in office , ( NEED ) ... ?

    June 16, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. SERIOUSLY???

    Pretty sad considering her record. But when you look at his record, I guess she may be the lesser of two evils! Just goes to show how out of touch liberals are, not to mention how du mb they will be if they vote for her! I mean, really, she is your best option???

    June 16, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Rooney

    It amazes me that there are poeple out there that are stupid enough to vote for Hillary Clinton. Will just be a repeat of Obama and Is America really dumb enough to be fooled again.I hope not. I just hope we have a Democrat can run with better policys that will beat her.

    June 16, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. DustyOnesIsBack

    @ Texasnotea....we learn that from the Democrats. Hell, LBJ added a few counties to win.

    June 16, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. Rooney

    People not poeple

    June 16, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "Last week former Rep. Ben Jones, who played Cooter Davenport in the TV series, issued a public appeal to urge Democrats to vote for Brat in Tuesday’s primary.
    -Just shows democrats do as they are told"

    1. Someone asking people to do something is not evidence that they did it.

    2. The numbers show that people really didn't do it and that even if they did, it couldn't have flipped the primary.

    Cantor's polling guru, John McLaughlin, was the first to push the "tactical voting" excuse because he made a complete fool of himself delivering polling results showing Cantor with a 34% lead prior to the primary. He and anyone else that continues to push it, particularly after the NYT completely disproved it with the voting numbers, is a liar.

    June 16, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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