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. don in albuquerque

    Ya know every time Hill opens her mouth you can just smell the GOTP fear and angst. If she runs you better get used to saying Madam President kiddies.

    June 16, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Enough is Enough

    "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."

    First off, I'm not certain that you haven't already voted for the devil by voting for Obama. Second this is the typical mindless voting pattern of the progressives.....pull the "D" lever.....it's easier than actually having to think.....

    June 16, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. bill

    did they do a hitler vs. stalin report???

    June 16, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Malory Archer

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

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    he killed 4,000+ Americans and is still better than Obama? Sounds legit, good job reds!

    June 16, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Ted

    There is only one problem, while Obama had Democratic Congress-Senate in his back pocket for 2 years, and then Senate for another 4 years, Hillary, thanks to the man before her, will have all Republican Congress-Senate with prior-to-Obama non-existing tea party. There are no words to describe how damaging Obama's presidency was and still his to this country.

    June 16, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Ted

    There is only one problem, while Obama had Democratic Congress-Senate in his back pocket for 2 years, and then Senate for another 4 years, Hillary, thanks to the man before her, will have all Republican Congress-Senate. There are no words to describe how damaging Obama's presidency was and still his to this country.

    June 16, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Extremophil

    This just in: Clinton tops Obama in poll. Also, a stray three-legged dog tops Obama in poll.

    June 16, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Malory Archer

    htenhoope
    It doesn't matter which Democrat is President. Republicans will always say that they're not good enough and vice versa. That's why this country is sick. No one wants to work together for a better America for Americans.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except the Dems bent over backward to work with the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when in fact, they should have impeached him for the numerous high crimes he committed during his eight-year reign of error.

    June 16, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Ken

    Wake up.... It's a perfect name for you! In your feeble little mind, you believe that Republicans should do a complete 360 on their beliefs and blindly adhere to whatever lunacy is being put forward by the POTUS? Why do you think Obamas approval rating is so low? No, George Bush was not the only one who is being polled, so you can't blame that one on him too. The actual reason his approval rating is so low is because he is hands down one of the worst if not the worst Presidents of all time. He legacy hinges on one thing and one thing only, the Obamacare entitlement program which is shaping up to be a failure of epic proportions.

    June 16, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. milenkovic milan

    It is always wise to listen and learn when clever , knowledgeable and inform people , like Hillary talk… Ms. Hillary Clinton was the best US Secretary of State ever! I hope she will be next President… Sec. Clinton did outstanding job to help Pr. Obama to move this country forward in right direction. She already showed that military and intelligence MUST go hand – in – hand with diplomacy… As she said: “I really do hope that we have a women president in my lifetime”.

    June 16, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. kenman14

    WHERE is CNN/ORG polling? The campus of UC Berkeley!? And PLEASE have any one of these mindless followers of Hillary say WHAT they are basing this confidence on! I guarantee that not 1% could give a legitimate, rational answer!

    Oh, and about beating Obama on every issue, I bet you could pick someone off the street of most small cities in America and THEY would do better ON THE JOB with those 9 issues than Obama! If HE is the standard barer, we are in DEEP trouble!

    June 16, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Ken says:
    June 16, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am
    Wake up…. It’s a perfect name for you! In your feeble little mind, you believe that Republicans should do a complete 360 on their beliefs and blindly adhere to whatever lunacy is being put forward by the POTUS? Why do you think Obamas approval rating is so low? No, George Bush was not the only one who is being polled, so you can’t blame that one on him too. The actual reason his approval rating is so low is because he is hands down one of the worst if not the worst Presidents of all time. He legacy hinges on one thing and one thing only, the Obamacare entitlement program which is shaping up to be a failure of epic proportions.

    And I suppose President Obama was just supposed to do a 360 and implement more of their disastrous policies? If Romney had won and the democrats were trying to make him do what they wanted your ilk and their MSM would have been all over the dems backs saying how Romney won and he gets to implement his policies not theirs.

    Trust me I woke up in 08 and realized this country was just as bad as it was 60 years ago.

    June 16, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. just saying

    my dog would poll higher than obama in handling domestic and international crisises!! he wouldn't go off golfing and campaign fund raising!!

    June 16, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. Tony

    This just in. The backup QB is more popular than the starting QB. Also, the backup QB is better than every player on the opposing team.

    June 16, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Sorry Ken. Foxlite won't let me respond to you.

    June 16, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "the Obamacare entitlement program which is shaping up to be a failure of epic proportions.

    Really? Is that why in EVERY SINGLE STATE, more insurers are begging to be part of it in 2015 than participated in 2014 AND the premium estimates continue to get revised downward? Face it: the reason the MSM dropped the story and has stopped reporting anything about the ACA is because it's largely succeeding and therefore no longer a nontroversy that can be hyped. It's why GOPers/Teatrolls across the country running for office only give it the required lip service to the base and then move on. YOU LOST. It's here to stay AND it's working. Have a good cry over it and move on.

    June 16, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. TomGI

    Any voter contemplating voting for Hilary owes it to themselves to listen to Ralph Nader's radio show on NPR from Saturday June 15th. This is NOT the candidate you might think she is and it deserves some due diligence to see what she is really all about.

    June 16, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. scoot27

    Too bad America can't go back in time and correct their primary error.

    June 16, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Ol' Yeller

    "There are no words to describe how damaging Obama's presidency was and still his to this country."

    Sure there is.... extreme partisan exaggeration, propaganda, myth, lie, fallacy, boolsheet... should I go on?

    June 16, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. YoonYoungJo

    My question would be, how much of an influence will Bill Clinton be in her many acts as president. Not saying Bill Clinton's advice would be bad, in fact I believe Bill Clinton's insight into things would be priceless, but it still makes one wonder how much of an influencing would be. Or would it be a non factor, and in non factor I mean there would be no difference then how much weight his insight carries from how it is normally.

    June 16, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. mike electrician

    Too bad America can't go back in time and correct their primary error.

    Too bad we can't go back to the fiasco of the hanging chads!, then perhaps we wouldn't have lost 4000 troops and tens of thousands wouldn't be in need of a new arm or leg or worse.

    June 16, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Repeal ObamaCare and 5 minutes to Benghazi!!!

    😃😃😃
    The GOP is so hilarious...,,

    June 16, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Justin Cider

    "Clinton tops Obama on every issue"

    That's going to be a real issue when Obama runs for a third term...

    June 16, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Ted Brooks

    Hillary is more popular than Obama?

    This is news?

    June 16, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Thomas

    The grass is always greener in the eyes of the reactionary .

    Ronald Reagan was more American then John Wayne .

    June 16, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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