March 27th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Clinton's negatives reach new high

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Clinton and Obama are tied in the latest poll."]
(CNN) - The increasingly charged Democratic race for the White House appears to be hurting Hillary Clinton significantly more than Barack Obama, a just-released poll suggests.

According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the New York senator's personal approval rating has dropped markedly, and those that hold a negative view of her have reached 48 percent - the highest in that poll since March 2001. Just 37 percent now have a positive view of Clinton - down from 45 percent two weeks ago.

The new poll comes at the end of one of the most hostile months in the Democratic presidential primary race, during which surrogates for both campaigns resigned after uttering controversial statements, and controversy swirled around Obama over past statements by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

But despite fears by some of Obama's backers that the Wright controversy would take a toll on the Illinois senator and his presidential hopes, the new poll shows his approval rating has remained virtually unchanged at 49 percent. Only 32 percent of Americans give him a negative approval rating.

Meanwhile, in head-to-head matchups Clinton and Obama remain deadlocked for the nomination, each drawing 45 percent among Democratic voters. Both are also statistically tied with John McCain in matchups: Clinton is two points behind the Arizona senator while Obama is two points ahead - both within the poll’s margin of error of 4 percentage points.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Peggy, PA

    I'm glad my fellow Americans are finally seeing this as an opportunity to get rid of the same old politics!

    We dont want to be lied to by shady politicians, sorry Hillary!

    March 27, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. midwest and dutch

    Obama pollsters are missing a point that is just below the surface. The Rev. Wright business has moved many people from being "strongly in support" to "barely in support". Againist McCain, that is not enough.

    March 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Go HILL!

    YOU LIARS...
    Do you know what cracks me up lately....CNN you are so totally BLIND by your own bias lately, you can't see straight, you can't see what's in front of your face. Can you please explain Anderson Cooper's BADGERING of Hillary's supporter on 3/26...trying to get her to say negative things about Hillary, and when she refuses to give in to him, he accuses her of not answering his question and turns the question over to Obama's supporter???? ARE YOU FOR REAL? ARE YOU PART OF THE "BEST POLITICAL TEAM"????? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? ARE YOU A TRUE JOURNALIST OR DO YOU WORK FOR OBAMA??? She answered your question! Then, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS, she got right back at you and let you have it....WHY didn't you ask Obama's supporter the same question about OBAMA????? You CNN "guys" cannot see in front of you.....YOUR BLINDED BY YOUR OWN BIAS....BTW, nice to see AMY and the other blatant Obama supporters get all upset when CNN ACTUALLY has BOTH sides represented in your discussions....they have ALL been soooooo used to saying whatever they want and having EVERYONE around them just agree and add to it....when THEY are actually challenged about what they say, they CAN'T handle it! .....NICE TO SEE HILLARY SUPPORTERS ARE FINALLY GETTING AIR TIME ON CNN.......ALSO....we voters are soooo tired of the claims...."I've talked to senior Clinton aids and they say.....I've just got an email from top Clinton people......When I talk to Clinton supporters they are telling me"....and so come you NEVER say WHO you actually talk to?????? Is it because YOU DON'T ACTUALLY TALK TO THEM???? IT JUST MAKES YOUR POINT STRONGER???? Talk about liars....WE don't believe you anymore! VOTERS are much more intelligent than you think, CNN....sorry to burst your bubble.

    You may want to start reading your own blogs, Anderson....on 3/26, I read through EVERY one....the vast MAJORITY that wrote about the polls you showed accused you of bias with your fuzzy poll used NBC's polls to prove YOUR point....GIVE ME A BREAK! NBC LOVES Obama more than you guys! What, are you sooo afraid of Gallup and Rasmussen????? REAL pollsters!!!! Go look at Obamas tanking general election numbers....down against John McCain...5%, then 7%, then 8%, NOW 10% over the last weeks.....NO coverage of that? What happened to CNN's DAILY update of THOSE polls? That was Obama's GREAT claim! HE was the only one who could beat McCain! REALLY???? Wow how times have changed! CNN, you have GOT to realize something...we are NO longer in the TV age....YOU cannot manipulate the voting public the way you used to....there are SOOOO many different avenues now for getting COMPLETE information on the internet.....CNN is NOW looking like a JOKE....WE can now IMMEDIATELY check on ANYTHING you say on the air....WE often get the info before YOU report it......laptop in hand while we watch YOU.

    BTW, the "supposed" NEW poll showing 28% of Hillary's supporters going to McCain IS NOT NEW! One of Hillary's supporters TOLD YOU about a poll WEEKS AGO during one of the nightly primary election coverages....HE SAID "What Obama needs to look at is the recent poll showing 24% of Hillary's supporters going to McCain if she doesn't win the primary." That number has stayed CONSISTENT! Yet again, CNN BLINDED by your own BIAS! I heard the number that night, DIDN"T YOU EVEN LISTEN THEN????? This poll didn't just magically appear because the primary has dragged on longer than anyone thought it would! IT HAS BEEN THERE ALL ALONG! And I can tell you it has VERY LITTLE to do with poor "bloodied" Obama....It is simply because McCain has EXPERIENCE and that's what Hillary supporters want! McCain is MODERATE! HE'S RESPECTED! Don't you get that? You can try all you want to blame this on Hillary supposedly "dragging down poor Obama"....sorry but Hillary's voters DON'T buy that. Never will. Obama has belittled her OVER and OVER and OVER....."You're likable enough, Hillary....I can get your votes, Hillary, but you can't get mine".....Snubbing her at the State of the Union.....on and on and on........THAT is another reason Hillary supporters are NOT going to vote for BO.....ALSO....I am well under the age of fifty....I DO make well OVER $100,000...I AM WELL educated...I own my own business.....I live in the South....AND I SUPPORT HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON FOR POTUS! She will be one of the BEST Presidents our country has ever seen!

    Why don't you run the coverage of Obama telling everyone "I'm pretty confident that I can get Hillary's supporters to vote for me, I'm not so sure she can get mine...." Run THAT then put up the "NEW" POLL NUMBERS YOU LOVE SO MUCH! 🙂 So funny also, when CNN covers Republicans voting for Obama, it's "He's able to win cross-over voters"....BUT if Hillary gets independents OR Republicans to vote for her, then there is something "wrong" going on......cracks me up.

    Where is your story about how Obama has a HUGE PROBLEM? HE can't win the General Election! He will not have Hillary's voters! YOU covered story after story saying how Hillary would NEED Obama in the General, but how Obama would NEVER need her........HOW DOES IT STAND NOW?????? You guys are looking sillier and sillier covering this election!

    March 27, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Lisa in Canada

    Telephone in the White House master bedroom at 3:00 AM: RING! RING!

    Hillary: This is President Clinton, may I help you?

    Caller: Madam President, this is General Smith. We have just learned that the North Koreans have launched a nuclear attack aimed at New York City, the Iranians have invaded Iraq and the Chinese have demanded that the United States buy back all of our Treasury Bonds!

    Hillary: Bill, it is for you.

    March 27, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Hade Enough.

    All those two do is argue with each other. They never seriously talk about what they can do for the Country, anymore. I have been a life long Democrate, but I'll be voting for McCain. I don't think either of the two are ready to be President.

    March 27, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. AJ

    The negativities don't bother her and her campaign. In Hillary's world, the end justfies the means. Anything goes!

    March 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Of course the polls show her in a negative light! More and more Americans and those of us around the world watching this nomination have seen how low she's willing to go in this "all-or-nothing" mentality her AND her surrogates have taken!

    Even as you watch CNN just listen to the Clinton backers on the show. When Anderson Cooper or Lou Dobbs or Wolf Blitzer asks them a question, they NEVER answer it directly and always put out the answer that toes the Clinton campaign: one that upholds their candidates and put's down Obama.

    It's actually quite hilarious.

    Anderson Cooper: "Hillary Supporter, do you feel as though Sen.Clinton is just bringing up the Reverend Wright issue to deflect attention from her misspeaking about the Bosnia sniper fire?"

    Hillary Support: "Well, Senator Clinton was just answering the question about what she would do if Rev.Wright was her pastor. Not what someone else would do, just what she would do! And boo Obama"

    AC: "But she was clearly reading off prepared statements. If this was a random question, how did she have a PREPARED STATEMENT TO READ? Doesn't that mean she planted that reporter to ask the question?"

    HS: "I don't know what you're implying Anderson. It's just coincidence! And boo Obama."

    AC: "I'm sorry..but are you saying "boo Obama" at the end of every statement?"

    HS: "Who? Me? I have no idea what you're talking about. Boo Obama."

    AC: "Okay.... Do you feel that President Clinton is seen talking too much since it really is Hillary Clinton running for election? He's implying also that he wants a "good ole' arguement" but in the same breath says "well they're attacking a girl". How do you respond to that?"

    HS: " Obama?"

    AC: "Right....thank you for your time Hillary Supporter."

    HS: "Thanks Obama." 😀

    March 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Mad Texan



    March 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Demi

    We cannot afford to have McCAIN in the white house!!

    Who ever the nominee is we need to unite behind the Democrat!

    March 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. RU Kidding?

    How long before a Clinton backer blames her negative approval ratings on biased coverage by the media?

    March 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Neutral

    It means 52% have favorable opinion of Hillary Clinton. Nice try CNN.

    March 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Bob

    CNN we all know who will win the nomination. Please stop creating drama where there is none.

    March 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Brandon

    Finally, people are starting to realize that Hillary Clinton is a horrible candidate.

    March 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Djools from the Netherlands

    For every kitchen sink she throws two come back. The New York Times had a good opinion article this week: The long defeat. Bottom line: can Hillary escape her own Clinton political machine and step out the race for the benefit of the Dems?

    March 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. Fla Sam

    I am so glad that everyone is starting to see her for what she is. She will say or do anything to try and hurt Obama’s image. Hillary is only looking out for herself and this is what she will do if she becomes President. It is time for a change America.

    Obama 08!

    March 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. M.E.M Kansas city

    Drop out of this race Hillary it's over !!!!!!!

    March 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. D Columbus, OHio

    Clinton's been negative since day one. Which means if elected (I have a better shot surviving niagra falls in a barrel) than this will carry over to the white house one "Day 1".

    This thing is a wrap, she's desperate and the country's desperate for change. Its to time for her to drop out... she can't win, she's like Huckabee but with higher numbres...

    She must be bored at home

    March 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Kathy in Michigan

    I hope there is a Obama, Richardso, Hagel and Bloomberg Party!!!

    I would jump ship this sinking in a heartbeat!!!

    March 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Doug Pierson Tohatchi, NM

    I have been reading that it looks like Clinton has a strategy that she will take down Obama this election, McCain will win the November elections and then she can run again in 4 years. I am beginning to think that the Democrats just do not want to win.

    March 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Veterans for Obama

    Bill and Hill need to take a deep breath and realize their legacy is at stake here.

    March 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. vic nashville,Tn

    Poll: New poll number shows 32% Americans give Obama negative approval This number is more than the last poll
    CNN this the headline we know how to spin

    March 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Hillary? Are you kidding?

    Wow, people don't like her? How can this be?

    March 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Alpha

    Hillary thinks she is entitled to the presidency. She continues to fight a lost cause prejudiciable to deviding democrats, weakening the eventual nominee Barack Obama in the general elections.

    March 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Allen in NC

    We need a president we can hear and in return believe what they are saying. The clinton machine is not that believeable voice.... Stop the madness!

    March 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Wow...she is reaching George W lows! While Bill and Hillary will look to point the blame at everyone and anything, the fault lies squarely with them as the damage is entirely self-inflicted by her campaign.

    March 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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