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. Tony

    Just Asking
    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.
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    do tell.... maybe you can give us a little taste of what he had to say?
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    You know that Republicans are getting desperate when they are interested in what Ralph Nader has to say.

    June 16, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Lana Carolan

    What would be your approach to breaking the partisan deadlock in congress. Or, is it here to stay?

    June 16, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. JJ

    This poll is like comparing horse manure to pig manure. The questions that should have been asked is who stinks worse, especially when you consider their foreign policy or lack of experience and real accomplishments.

    June 16, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. pegasus99

    @Rudy NYC – from the TreasuryDirect.Gov website, the actual numbers for approximatly when Reagan was in office:

    09/30/1988 2,602,337,712,041.16
    09/30/1987 2,350,276,890,953.00
    09/30/1986 2,125,302,616,658.42
    09/30/1985 * 1,823,103,000,000.00
    09/30/1984 * 1,572,266,000,000.00
    09/30/1983 * 1,377,210,000,000.00
    09/30/1982 * 1,142,034,000,000.00
    09/30/1981 * 997,855,000,000.00
    09/30/1980 * 907,701,000,000.00

    So, from about $1 Trillion to about $2.6 Trillion, give or take a few billion. That's an increase of roughly $1.6 Trillion in eight years while bringing the Berlin Wall down. Are you saying that the $7 Trillion BHO has added in less than six years is less compelling and urgent?

    June 16, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Peace

    I am very much worried of Hillary too much exposure. It might end up very badly. I hope I am wrong. She can't start now (two and half before the current President is out), expect to be in Power for another 8 years, all in all in total 10 years or rather call it a decade. This has never happened in any history. Am sorry to say, Hillary you came out rather too soon and it might cost you dearly in the end!

    June 16, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Denise

    Yes, and I voted for Romney and think that Boss Hogg is one of the greatest geniuses of our time......

    June 16, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Me says:
    June 16, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm
    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.
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    No he hasn’t, Dems treated Bush just as bad if not worse, even if it was or was not deserved, with Obama is was deserved, he is the one that said I WILL NOT COMPROMISE, you seem to forget that!! Short memory huh??

    That's a flat out lie. The GOP stated their #1 goal was to make him a one term POTUS. They also said no to everything he brought before them. They won't even be seen in public with him. The GOP thinks compromise means do what they want to do.

    As for Bush and the way he was treated, anyone that started two wars, caused the worst economic downturn since the Depression deserves everything said about him. On the other hand, Bush has never been depicted as a witch doctor, his citizenry was never questioned nor were his transcripts requested( though they probably should have been).
    No sitting American POTUS in history has been so disrespected, nor any FLOTUS. For that I will NEVER vote GOP.

    June 16, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Anonymous posted:

    This poll only proves that a majority of Americans are clueless fools who know nothing about good governance. Obama and Clinton are both ignorant, damaging libs ... ... ...
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    The facts who that the last three Republican presidents [Reagan, Bush, Bush] enacted policies that resulted in self-inflicted economic recessions. Reagan's tax cuts caused the classic "boom then bust" economic growth that follows aggressive "trickle down cuts." Bush-41 relaxed the rules for Savings and Loans, which resulted in a near collapse of a sector of the financial industry. Bush-43 did all of the above, which resulted in a The Great Recession. All three of them increased spending from one year to the next by an average of at least 4-5%. Bush-43 had an average increase of 7-9% every year. Clinton averaged 3%. Obama has averaged less than inflation, less than 1.5% per year.

    That's the record of Republicans. The blame Democrats for being big spenders, while the facts show otherwise. What's the record of Democrats? Clinton averaged a 3% increase in annual spending. Obama has averaged less than inflation, less than 1.5% per year.

    June 16, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Jay

    Don't know who they are polling, but they had better wake up. Hillary will do nothing for America, just like she left the people in Benghazi on their own, she'll leave the rest of us holding the bag. The woman has no idea what it means to be an average American with one mortgage, one electric bill, one water bill.... Her idea of broke is completely different than the rest of us who live paycheck to paycheck.
    I hope people wake up, this country is divided, and being done so for political purposes by the left. Their motto, divide and conquor.

    June 16, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Yakobi

    This is only a reflection of how the country feels about the poor performance of the current administration, not a love for Hillary.
    I'd be curious to see how Christie compared to Obama in the same poll.

    June 16, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Stang05

    Alfred E. Nueman would score higher then the current resident.

    June 16, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    pegasus99 asked:

    So, from about $1 Trillion to about $2.6 Trillion, give or take a few billion. That's an increase of roughly $1.6 Trillion in eight years while bringing the Berlin Wall down. Are you saying that the $7 Trillion BHO has added in less than six years is less compelling and urgent?
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    Reagan tripled the national debt. In today's numbers that would mean going from 10 trillion to 30 trillion. Reagan increased the annual deficit by a factor of ten, which is what drove up the debt so quickly.

    What new spending has Pres. Obama instituted? Spending has increased by less than 1.5% per year, on average, during Pres. Obama's administration. And just what was so urgent and compelling about a "Star Wars" missile defense system that never worked? What was so urgent about building more weapons of war to counter a country that already had us outnumbered by an average of 10 to 1 in almost every major category.

    The Soviets had ten times more tanks, jets, you-name-its. Do you know what caused the U.S.S.R. to collapse? They spent themselves into oblivion by buying military hardware.

    June 16, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. ART

    Well JJ compared to the trash the Rethuglicans have out there,I'd prefer any form of manure than the stench of a thousand rotting corpses ie Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Santorum and the list goes on and on and on

    June 16, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. sly

    Hillary Clinton is a wise experienced leader, and one of the most respected people in Washington.

    These are great times for America with record stock markets and 10-year unemployment lows and record deficit reduction. Best of all, no wars, as our President is one of the few wise one's in the past 30 years.

    Good times America! Enjoy them, and look forward to President Clinton bringing us 8 more years of prosperity.

    June 16, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Kendall

    Tony

    Just Asking
    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.

    do tell.... maybe you can give us a little taste of what he had to say?
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    You know that Republicans are getting desperate when they are interested in what Ralph Nader has to say.
    *********************************************************************************************************

    One might conclude that Liberals are getting desperate when they refuse to listen to various opinions...in other words, exhibiting the traits of the typical consumer of mainstream media dribble.

    June 16, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. BaltoPaul

    This is merely the difference between having to do the job vs. merely talk about it. Worse, in fact. Clinton's being coy about running, and everything out there is based on supporters talking about how she might do the job.

    She looked like a good candidate "on paper", until she had to actually run the last time around, and was beaten by an inexperienced community organizer with a gift for making lifting speeches. She will likely fade once she has to get in front of people and campaign.

    On top of that, she's got this "we were broke" thing to follow her around now. "BrokeLikeAClinton" will be her "47%."

    June 16, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, hey, CNN. Back to the 2008 Hillary vs Obama talking points? How quaint. So ... I'm guessing Hillary will beat Obama this time around ... yes?

    June 16, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. ed dugan

    I voted for him and he has been able to do nothing. What a farce!

    June 16, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. ChristineMA

    Everyone tops Obama in a poll. He's busy golfing.

    June 16, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Cyril

    These polls are ludacrious. President Obama beat Hillary Clinton in 2008. You need to poll Clinton up against a Republican.
    I can give 50 accomplishments President Obama has achieve so far. She has to win the presidency first before you can compare the two on the issues.

    June 16, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. badnews333

    It's spin time.

    June 16, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. a little sad

    This was not a poll comparing the two, it was a poll on Clinton being compared to a different poll on Obama. The real stroy is how well Clinton did – 57-63% of the respondents though she would do a good job, depending on the topic.

    Of course, since she has been the most admired woman in the world for 16 or more of the last 20 years, according to Gallup, there are alot of people who respect her who don't feel the need to post bout it.

    June 16, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. TONE

    Hillary Clinton: DUMB Choice

    I voted for Obama because I thought it would be cool to have the first black President. Now I see what a mistake that was. I won't be voting for Hillary Clinton just to elect the first woman. I learned my lesson. Qualifications do matter. A track record of non-accomplishments on Clinton's part should be a red flag to any intelligent voter.

    So which one of those unelectable republicans will you vote for.

    June 16, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Tony

    Kendall, are Republicans in favor of listening to Ralph Nader now? What has happened to the Republican Party? Today's Republicans like BOTH Putin and Nader.

    Now that Republicans are in favor of listening to Nader, will you inviting him to speak at the Republican National Convention in 2016? At least Republicans should thank Nader for putting G.W. Bush into the White House.

    June 16, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. The other guy

    Just Asking brought up "Due Diligence"?
    Do you expect people to wake up and do that now? I read both of the President's books before 2008 and they told me all I needed to know.

    June 16, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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