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. Freedom Storm

    Forget about Bergdahl already?

    A death sentence has been handed down ... being sent to a VA hospital.

    June 16, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. quidestveritas

    why only the last 25 years?

    June 16, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Ray

    There are still those conspiracy lemmings shouting Benghazi...

    June 16, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. roger

    The high school janitor can top Obama at this point.

    June 16, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Willy100

    ANYBODY can do a better job at running America than the current regime says the Survey. Sad time for America – and the DEBT continues to GROW

    June 16, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. John Illinois

    What an accomplishment ! She is more popular than POS.....congrats!

    June 16, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Yakobi

    It should be clear to anyone by now that CNN is fully in Hillary Clinton's camp, touting her ghost-written book (which is just another way around campaign finance laws to build a large war chest) and saying glowing things about her without holding her accountable for her mistakes.

    Well, that's what happens when a partisan democrat takes the helm of a news organization instead of a journalist.

    June 16, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Dave

    Republicans who say CNN is promoting Hillary are funny. You guys are going to lose so bad we get 8 full years of conspiracy theories to look forward to.

    June 16, 2014 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. Just

    Carter tops Obama too.

    June 16, 2014 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. Manuel Labor

    Are they running against each other?

    June 16, 2014 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. Eric

    The homeless guy on my street corner who has been arrested several times for being violent while drunk also is more popular than Obama...

    June 16, 2014 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. Matt

    Hopefully she knows something about handling a 3rd world country because that's where we're headed.

    June 16, 2014 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Joe

    CNN. The Clinton news Channel Nothing but Clinton all day long.

    June 16, 2014 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Hillary really can't wait to see Kevin McCarthy,Thom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Karl Rove,Lindsey Graham,Hayley Barbour,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb bush down the tea party's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down. Straight no chaser.

    June 17, 2014 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
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