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. TEO

    The Clinton take no prisoner, say anything, win at all cost attitude doesn't seem to be working to well. Thank God America is finally waking up!!!!!!

    March 27, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. txpoodoo

    The sad thing is that BOTH Obama and Clinton was leading McCain handily a few months ago. With the negative attacks of Clinton and the non-issue discussions lately. It seems indepedents are now moving toward McCain.

    Democrats, if you REALLY want to win this thing in November, urge your favorte nominee to stay on the issues, direct thier attacks at McCain, and get ready to support the other Democrat nominee in case yours doesn't win.

    In the end, it should be about putting a Democrat in office.

    March 27, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. AER

    Should Obama have held oversight meetings as the Chair of the Afghanistan Oversight Committee? He said for the past year he was busy with his election. Is this a good excuse or just irresponsible?

    I see he had time for a Caribbean vacation though. What idiots are voting for this man?

    March 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. fred

    Go Hillary!!!

    Where has Hillary been any more negative than that Anti-American Obama????

    March 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Sophie

    It's probably because of the Bosnian fib she told about being shot at, when records clearly deny that that ever happend.

    Also, how come CNN never reported that, yet the BBC and NPR did?

    March 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |

    i love cnn but u people are starting to get to me especiallyl abt the God get off their backs and just give us the news...u paying attention to what im saying

    March 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. JUDE CT

    She is so done, that when Obama finishes with her she may as well retire from politics. Bet you didn't see this coming Hillary!

    March 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. TD

    Hopefully , people are intellegent enought to realize that "Obama did not say the things that he is having to answer to;" it was his pastor – Jeremiah Wright; ask him to explain his own words! Jeeze.!

    Some also might ask; "Why did he (Obama) stay at the church for twenty years. Answer: Because Pastor Wright did not preach sermons like that everyweek for twenty years; or Sen Obama was not at church everyweek for twenty years.

    Come on folks lets be fair.

    March 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. ArizonaSon

    Hillary Clinton is slowly killing the Democrats.This will effect our party for a LONG TIME.

    March 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. John Zeger

    As a Clinton supporter I must say that I too was disappointed that she recently had to bring up the issue of Obama's relationship to Rev. Wright once again when she said that he would not have been her pastor. However, overall I still think that she is the best qualified person to become president. I think the paramount concern should be that John McCain is defeated in November, and either Clinton or Obama would be an acceptable candidate to me.

    March 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Jonathan of Tampa, FL

    Americans really would like to see a campaign about the issues. Negativity brings us all down. True, Clinton is a fighter.That's cool and all, but is there any limit to what won't be done to secure a victory?? I think her lower ratings are proof that all of us are sick of the constant jabs and old school tactics she is using to try to catch up. It's ok to catch up and win, but do it with dignity, honor and respect, you know, the way a potential President should conduct themselves.

    March 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Eathon McPhail

    It seems Like every Day you come out with a new poll that works against Sen. Clinton! i would like to know who are the people that are really getting polled/asked these qestions, because I have never been called..What a country we live in when our media cares more about what a poll says about a candiate than what real the issues is. as a Black Man in this country I love what Obama has done and I am so proud of him, but our country is in a rough time right now and we need someone who can step in and get the job done NOW! when our country is at peace then we should vote for a Motivational Speaker! Hillary Don't stop or get out we need a fighter to beat Bush/McCain 09'

    March 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Tim

    This election is becoming a joke because of the tactics by the Clintons. Obama keeps having to respond with some dirt just to keep from being steamrolled in the press by constant headlines generated by the Clintons. She cannot win without controversy. The Clintons effort to save there image has actually made it worse. If she is trying to set herself up for 2012, think again Hillary. The funny thing is that when both candidates were running a positive campaign, the voters heavily favored Obama. The Clintons changed the tone, threw some dirt on Obama, hence a closer race. What does that say about the Clintons? Any of you Hillary supporters planning on voting for McCain better search your souls. You are as bad as the republicans voting for Hillary to keep the chaos going.

    March 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Joe Black

    I think people have a lot of questions about Hillary, and when they try to ask her, she refuses to answer or calls the questioner names.

    What is she hiding? 12 million dollars, apparently.

    March 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Tyler

    How is it possible that this article mentions the "controversy swirled around Obama over past statements by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright" without mentioning the "controversy" surrounding Clinton's trip to Bosnia?

    March 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Dennis

    Her selfish thirst for power will be at the expense of Obama and the democrats. She is nasty and does a great disservice to women in politics and women in general.

    If the situation were reversed, the press would be calling for Obama to quit, but the press is way too soft on Hillary

    March 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Vacman

    The American people have been misled and deceived throughout the current Bush administration and can't afford to elect another suspect President! Hillary's campaign has constantly exaggerated the truth on their foreign policy experience so that alone question her ability to lead this country!!

    March 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Jon

    This poll is inaccurate. They oversampled Black Americans. Rasmussen's daily tracking poll has Hillary at 44% favorable and Obama at 46% favorable.

    March 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Charles

    Is there anyone that can defend her after this release? Anyone that still claims it is Obama that is tearing the party apart and creating discontent in the voting public? There's a reason so many of the comments on these message boards point towards he being a bit on the heartless side and I think this poll shows why that has become more and more uncommon. Can anyone point to comments Obama himself has made that match the selfish and politically conniving things Hillary has said as the tide has turned farther and farther from her grasp? I don't think I have to run down the things she's said.

    March 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Ann

    This negativity attitude towards the Clintons is not new. Many people have believed the Clintons are negative for years now. This should not be a surprise.

    March 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Peter, Woonsocket RI

    No, no, no. This story has it all wrong. OBAMA'S negatives have reached 97.892%. Hillary's approval latest rating is 192%, and she was just elected Queen of the World.

    What? That's not true, and you can prove it? Oh.

    Well, I mis-spoke. Just a tiny little mistake. I'm only human!

    March 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. MO

    You cannot hold Barack accountable for things his pastor said, neither could you hold Hillary accountable Ferro's comments. Barack wants to move past this "controversy" but the media continues to play it repeatedly. However, when Hillary "misspoke" about Bosnia, it was not as relevant. Democrats need to wrap up this primary very soon.

    Obama 08'

    March 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. John

    Wake up Hillary. You need to extend your line instead of trying to shorten Obama's line. People understands your honest lies. Don't try to fool people, else at the end you will find yourself fooled, none by other than your own campaign. By the way, don't allow your ex-layer to appear on CNN, he looks fool.

    March 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Jim

    Not a reliable poll to say the least! It's not possible that Americans are ignoring what happened with Obama this month.

    Another 2 big losses in 2 major states: Ohio and Texas. Then the Wright scandal which has without a doubt greatly reduced his chances of getting the nomination and most certainly ended any hope of winning in November should things come to that, but they surely won't.

    He can't win big states. And his past, of which we have only seen the tip of the iceberg, is unacceptable for anyone to become President of the United States.

    What more do you need than this to know that Obama is on his way out of this race.

    March 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Rhonda - Chicago

    Finally – people are seeing Clinton for who she really is...come on Obama, you're almost there!!!

    Obama '08

    March 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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