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. Johannes

    When you throw dirt,
    you'll get dirty.

    Bye bye Hillie

    March 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. T. Griffin

    Great!! Everyone sees through Hillary and no one cares about Rev. Wright as they shouldn't!! Now Obama can continue to focus on the issues!!!

    Obama '08

    March 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. news flash

    Obama has tried to portray Clinton with a number of unseemly adjectives that manage to stick, whereas anything that comes his way (Wright, Rezko, etc.) seems to fade, primarily because of the media. Remember it was the media who told us what a brilliant speech Obama gave about race, (brlliant manipulation that is). And for some reason it's alot more fun to beat up on a woman, especially this woman. That's why President Clinton has made the remarks he has about the race. If you gauge the internet articles that are negative about Hillary vs Obama, it's about a 3-1 ratio. Again, it's because of the media' inexplicable tendancy to coddle Obama and throddle Clinton.

    March 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Lilia, from MD

    It is very true. As an Independent, I use to be excited about the debates and the campain trail. Now as soon as I see specially the Clinton's face, I turned away, I am not interested in what they have to say. I am just so sick and tired of Carville style politics. I don't understand what is the difference from any other third world country power hungry leader, where they don't want to admit that their electability chances are over; so what they do, they THEY HIJACK the nomination or start civil unrest and infigthing.

    March 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Dallas

    what demographics are we polling? how many people participated? this is only ONE poll. the "poll" in my office is totally opposite.

    March 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Fabienne

    Well, Finally we can see through the Clintons. It's time for the NewYork Senator to step out and let Obama reunite the party that she has stongly trying to divide.

    We need a stable president with great jugment. Not a wild cat who set fire on anything she can put her hands into. We need a negociator not a fighter or a divider.

    March 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Pretty incredible to see her ratings reach George W lows!

    March 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Tex

    Is it any surprise that the negativity by Hillary and her hit men, Bill and Carville, are pulling her down? Her own "misspeaks", the continuing dirty tricks tactics a la Nixon, the racist attacks by Bill against Blacks in South Carolina and Carville against Hispanics (i.e. the "Judas" accusation towards Governor Richardson) and Bill's most recent childish pronouncement to "saddle up and have an argument" are just the part of what is causing Team Clinton's critical meltdown.

    According to this same poll, Hillary is beginning to lose her support among women. Perhaps, what women wanted was a Female Democratic candidate for President who would do things differently than her male counterparts. Surprise, surprise, they have found Hillary more "one of the guys" than the guys themselves.

    Maybe Bill will next call for a "pissing contest" , fist fight, arm wrestling, who knows? We all know Bill likes it down and dirty. Obama supporters and apparently defecting Clinton supporters want the tired old politics of the past to end. Obama's vision for a better America and what we as people can become is starting to make major inroads in spite of the smoke and mirror distractions of Hillary and her hit men. His message is beginning to resonate to the Clinton Superdelegates and Clinton elected delegates who Hillary says are not bound to her anymore.

    March 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Shelli

    Hillary blatanly lies...all the time...about things she doesn't need to lie about, yet she feels it makes her look good...until she's caught up. Barack gets bashed for things he didn't even say...lets hope the media keeps on blasting Hillary for the lies falling out of her mouth. I use to be a Hillary fan..until she started showing her true colors. Wow what a vindictive and bitter woman she is!

    March 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. LionHeart(Ft Worth)

    Unfortunately for Hillary, her camp decided a few weeks ago to change from a strategy of focusing on the issues to focusing on Obama the man. At the same time, Obama struggled to keep the personal negatives out of the race and to maintain a level of respect that would keep both candidates above the fray of "routine" politics that we all abhor. As democrats, we cannot let the routine politics divide us because there is a lot more at stake. The polls state that 44% of democrats will not vote if their candidate does not win the nomination. Ridiculous. McBush will win and continue four more years of a war without a true plan, a stagnant economy while the richest 10%-25% pay "0" taxes leaving the rest of us to pay the bills, increasing fuel prices while gas companies continue to earn exorbitant profit amounts, declining employment opportunities, and healthcare system that is virtually unobtainable for low income (and some middle income) earners. Is this what we want?

    March 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |

    No wonder she keeps losing on all categories...go figure!

    OBAMA 08!

    March 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Flori-Duh

    Keep fighting kids, keep fighting...

    McCain / Rice '08

    Dr. Condoleezza Rice would be a great VP for John McCain!

    March 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. jack

    These "polls" are BS.
    No one's ever polled me or any of the 1000 people in my office.
    Anyone of you people out there ever been polled or responded to an internet poll? TOTAL BS
    People responding to internet polls are the same idiots as you and I responding to this Ticker garbage.

    March 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Emile

    I believe the NewYork senator got cought in her own game here. What goes around comes around. No more BHillary in the game.

    March 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Pat Carpenter

    If someone is goofy enough to lie about sniper fire how could you trust person to ever be truthful?

    Sooner or later the voters are going to turn their backs on that kind of candidate.

    And Bill just wants an argument, like the definition of "is" that cost us $80 million.

    March 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Deana

    LOL, like I believe NBC anymore than I believe CNN the Obama pimping is epic both places. I hope the Democratic Party has the snse not to listen to this crap or it is McCain. No Clinton then it is McCain for me.

    March 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. leon


    March 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Sherry in Kentucky

    Doesn't surprise me.

    March 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Linda

    Her negatives are high because her ethics are so low they are nonexistent.

    And this is before many people have heard about the Peter Paul lawsuit which is going on RIGHT NOW. Campaign fraud.

    Why has the news media protected her on this? I am curious to see if CNN will post this, or are they also protecting her? If so, why?

    Clinton is destroying her chances to even be elected Senator again.

    March 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Tim from Ohio

    I have a question for anyone willing to provide an answer:

    If Senator Clinton's negative numbers are so high then, why is she still statistically tied with Obama? If she is as bad as what people say, shouldn't Obama be ahead in the polls right now instead of being tied with Senator Clinton?

    March 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. ben

    She just needs to drop out. She cannot overcome Obama's total vote count or his pledged delegate count. The superdelegates are not going to commit political suicide and overturn the pledged delegate count, period. The time for Hillary to drop out is long over due. But its better late than never.

    March 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. dd

    Hillary will see her approval rating plummet even more once her tax returns and ear-marks are made public.

    How much longer can her campaign block their release??

    Wake up Clinton supporters, Hillary is not good for America. She is a corporatist who is totally in debted to the special interests that have destroyed our economy.

    Obama for a change in America's future.

    March 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Adnan

    The poll shows that negative campining will not get you to the nomination.

    March 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Steve-Ohio

    32% approval rating. Now that will get you elected!
    Soon the numbers will tie GWB.
    Can they go that low?

    Yes....I am going to destroy the Democratic Party and take my ball to the floor because the SuperPeople know and love me and want me in that big White House.

    Get out.....sane and intelligent Americans ( the 68% difference above ) have recognized your maniacal pursuit is solely based on self -grandisment.

    March 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Joyce

    How can that be: Bill Clinton, for 8 years, now Hillary Clinton for 8 years and later chelsea Clinton for 2 terms? it's sure not democracy! It's "the Clintons supremacy".

    March 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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