June 29th, 2014
06:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Majority think Hillary Clinton can relate to average Americans

(CNN) - Despite recent fumbles on the state of her personal wealth, a new national survey shows more than half of respondents believe Hillary Clinton can relate to average Americans as well as other possible White House hopefuls can.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll released Sunday indicates 55% surveyed think Clinton can relate to the problems of everyday citizens. But 37% said Clinton, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, isn't as relatable as other potential White House hopefuls.

The survey was conducted from Thursday through Saturday, after a series of wealth-related comments that critics say prove the longtime Washington political fixture has lost touch with the struggles of ordinary people.

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In a recent interview with ABC News at the start of her book tour peddling her new memoir, the former first lady described the financial situation of her and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, as "dead broke" upon leaving the White House. Those comments, while correct - the Clintons did leave the White House with considerable debt - created the sense among some people that the former first family is out of step with the average American.

Asked later to explain the misstep, Clinton stumbled again on the topic of wealth, contrasting what she pays in income tax to that of other "truly" wealthy individuals, in an interview with The Guardian newspaper in Great Britain.

Clinton later said her comments were "unartful" and that her record defending the middle class "speaks for itself." Bill Clinton quickly came to his wife's defense. And President Barack Obama brushed off the commotion over the comments, underscoring the former secretary of state's commitment to public service in an interview that aired Sunday.

Still, Republicans continue to pounce on the comments, highlighting that Clinton and her husband now collect hefty sums for speaking engagements, left office with a sizable government pension as well as the promise of massive book advances. All this comes to the Clintons as income inequality and an ailing economy continue to dog the nation.

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The NBC/WSJ/Annenberg poll was conducted from June 26-28 among 592 adults, contacted by telephone. The sampling error is plus or minus 5.1 percentage points.

CNN's Dan Merica and Cassie Spodak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (318 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Her book tour , her college speaking lecture circuit , her episode on the cooking network .

    It doesn't matter , she will be the next President of the United States of America .

    I suggest both parties not wast billions on the the election campaign , find a better use of the money , like education .

    Military / Industrial / Corporate / Election , complex .

    June 29, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. just asking

    what difference does it all make?! she is owed the presidency. it was all agreed to between obama and slick willy. the country must elect a novelty, not a leader, not a qualified person, not a person with a proven record of success. after all, it has worked out so well with obama. why would we not want another 4-8 years just like the 8 disastrous years obama has given us?

    June 29, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Tony D

    Democrats are DESPERATELY trying to ensure Hillary Clinton gets elected so she can continue to hide and cover up all of the lawless activities of the Obama administration. If the truth were to ever get out, the Democrat Party would be FINISHED.

    June 29, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. stingerhp

    Yeah right....... When you want a poll to show something you believe in, only call or interview those that share the same opinion as you.... Polls are one persons opinion with a skewed group of numbers that any third grader could decipher.. Nice try however...

    June 29, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Angus

    The poll also shows that majority are easily tricked by career politicians lies.

    June 29, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. ED1

    Really where did you poll the people must have been in another country.

    June 29, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Robin Jones

    "Hillary Clinton can relate to average Americans as well as other possible White House hopefuls can." That's a pretty low standard of comparison.

    June 29, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    That's so very pathetic. Hillary claims she was dead broke with only a few million in the bank, and people think she can "relate" to the common man. Not to mention she hasn't driven her own car since Bill was elected President.

    The public are either fools, or liars........it is hard to tell which.

    June 29, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Ttommy

    Of course she can relate to the average American. I know a lot of average Americans who have been chauffeured around for 17 years and never driven their cars.

    June 29, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. smith1

    just another ploy by the right to discredit someone who has not yet declared she is running. If wealth is a factor then most republicans should not run either. The Clintons made money but where not born into it same as the Obamas.

    June 29, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Pk dustere#e

    If the gop wins the racf for prez in 20i6 all social programs will ce gone go back to irac heaven help us all hillary in 20t6

    June 29, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Maripil

    Clinton is the most relatable and best candidate to be the next US president!!

    June 29, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Chris..E.al

    Well Hillary cant relate to no one but the likes of 0bama ? Bill ? Anthony Weiner ? and lady googoo ? Oh wake up hello .

    June 29, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Nowayankee

    She can relate to average Americans: Really? When was the last time she had to buy store brand generic items because of budget restraints? Most of us are passing up beef, fresh Fish and scallops because we can't afford to pay $12-$16 a pound for food. The only people Hillary Clinton can relate to, possibly, might be the Wall Street fat cats that lined up for Eric Cantor.

    June 29, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. AdviceMF

    I think we should try 4 years of "Crowd Sourcing" running the country. And everyone pay l0% tax on every penny they make or own!

    June 29, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Patriot

    I don't care about how a president "feels" but I do care what his/her policies are and what he/she will do with all that power.

    June 29, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. rla

    Sure she can relate to them - Just like Obama she will lie to their faces and promise anything- Just another liberal dimocrat

    June 29, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. rla

    The entire dimocrat party is run by one percenters and they have spent the last year courting all the other one percenters as the screwed the middle and lower class– WAKE UP THEY LIE

    June 29, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Rusty Krus

    I love to read what the Republican losers have to say about Obama and Hillary. Oh Boo Hoo Hoo! Bitter tears!

    June 29, 2014 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. Liz the First

    It'll be interesting to see if the 'right' (why are they called 'right' when they're wrong about everything???) tries to condemn Hillary over being rich. that would be the ultimate hypocrisy. the repugs worship the Almighty Dollar. being rich doesn't mean you can't relate to people who aren't. being a greedy jerk means you can't relate. just because you don't have to buy generic store brands doesn't mean you can't want to help those who have to. i suppose Nowayankee thinks the repugs are more likely to help poor and working-class people. yeah, right!!! the 'right's' motto is 'i've got mine, too bad for you!'

    June 29, 2014 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. Wes

    This poll is a disaster.

    June 29, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. Chris Asking Question

    The Clinton News Network (CNN) at the spin controls again?

    June 29, 2014 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    The poll shows that the majority of voters are too smart to be swayed by the smear campaign directed at Hillary. Hillary will smash the glass ceiling in 2016!

    June 29, 2014 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    Interesting how many of the people on here slamming Hillary Clinton for not being like them were declaring what a shame it was that Mitt Romney was not elected not too many days ago. Now THERE'S a man the average person can relate to, right? Ole Mr. Binders-full-of-women, a man accused of being a pathological liar by people in the Republican primaries, was favored by the Just Askings of the world.

    June 29, 2014 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  25. neutral observer

    I bet neither Hillary nor anyone in her direct family ever has to suffer govt health care. Great thing that govt health care is that anyone who has enough money doesn't want it.

    June 29, 2014 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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