June 1st, 2008
02:53 PM ET
12 years ago

Schneider: Bill Clinton is big in Puerto Rico

(CNN) - Bill Clinton is a very popular figure among voters in Puerto Rico's Democratic primary, CNN's exit polls show.

Just over 80 percent give the former president a favorable rating, while only 15 percent hold a negative view of him.

The majority of Puerto Rican voters hold an unfavorable view of his successor, President Bush - but to a much lesser extent than Democrats on the mainland. According to the exit polls, 59 percent say they aren't happy with President Bush, while 39 percent hold a favorable rating.

Among Democrats in the United States, Bush's disapproval rating is above 90 percent. Why is he more popular among Puerto Rican voters? He ended the very unpopular Navy bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques in 2003, after six decades of escalating local opposition.


Filed under: Exit Polls
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Susan MO

    Our country was in far better shape when Bill Clinton was president.

    June 1, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Robert

    BILL CLINTON BIG ???

    BIG WHAT //??? AND HOW BIG IS BIG ?

    THEY DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH VERY WELL , HENCE WHY THE PARTYING AND THE MONEY SPENT ON THEM PAID OFF

    SAD BUT TRUE

    June 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Robert

    HER HEAVY CAMPAINGNING – = MONEY IN THE POCKET
    PARTYING WITH MONEY SHE DOES NOT HAVE

    AND WHATEVER SHE DOES HAVE BELONGS TO THE HARD WHITE BLUE COLLAR VOTERS

    OUCH – NOTHING SEEMS TO HELP HER CASE ANYWAY

    WHY ABUSE PEOPLE THIS WAY
    BUT I FORGET

    THEY ARE THE CLINTONS !

    June 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Mark

    They are still living in the Clinton era. Time has changed, and Americans are looking for new options and they have them.

    June 1, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Look Again

    Bill is big news in Vanity Fair too. Seems like he has been jet setting and chasing women across the world with the rich and famous. Fox News reported it this morning.

    June 1, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Jose

    Obama-Webb! or Obama-Sebelius!

    June 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Janice

    Oh gosh – I didn't realize Slick Billy Willy and his stained dress were running for a third term. YUCK, YUCK, YUCK. The word Clinton makes me puke in my mouth.

    June 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Jim

    Bill is one of the best Presidents the US has had! 8 years of peace and prosperity that we will never forget. Thank you President Clinton!

    June 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Sick of Politics

    So, George Bush won thanks to his daddy, & Hillary did well in some state thanks to her dishonest husband who fooled around. Is there moral in this country?

    June 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. THINK

    Puerto Ricans voted for Bill NOT Hillary. It was fueled by nostalgia. Sad, imagine if we kept voting on what "was" rather than what "is."

    June 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Ben

    That's the place for Clintons to live... America hates them!

    June 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. preatorius

    There are lots of pretty, single women in Puerto Rico.

    June 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Jenny

    . . . Then maybe Bill and Hillary can be president and Vice president
    of Puerto Rico.

    Yes We Can.
    Obama 08.

    June 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Marisa Alvarez

    Local analysts here in the island would disagree with CNN numbers on voter turnout. The estimate down here is from 225,00 to 250,000.

    In addition, the argument that Sen. Clinton's sucess in this "event" is a sign of her popularity among Hispanic voters in the mainland is simply not true. She is simply riding in her husband's tailcoat. Bill Clinton's presidency coincided with prosperous times, and the people remember that the island's economy benefitted from them.

    As for Mr. Macauliffe's comment on Sen. Clinton's popularity with Hispanic voters in US. Results here do not translate to the mainland: Hispanics are not a homogenous group. Cubans have never voted the same way as Puerto Ricans in the mainland; Mexicans and Dominicans are more concerned with immigration, an issue that does not affect the PR voter who is an American citizen. The Hispanic voting community is as diverse as a voter from West Virginia is different from one in California.

    I very much doubt we will be seeing much of Mrs. Clinton after this charade, now that she's gotten out of this island another talking point for her run for the presidency. I bid her adios.

    June 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Christopher Wiren

    Angry Clinton supporters tell party leaders: 'Let's go McCain!'
    Is this not a failure?!

    Why would any person, in their right mind, suddenly be PRO WAR and ANTI HEALTHCARE?

    4 years of more Bush is NOT the right thing for the Democratic Party.
    Should we not stand for our believes, against the Republicans, regardless of the outcome in this nomination?

    June 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Elaine

    As an "Older Woman Hillary Clinton Supporter"; if Hillary is not the Democratic nominee in November, I will be writing in Hillary Clinton on my ballot in the General Election. I encourage all others to do the same instead of not voting at all or voting for McCain or Obama. Let us send a clear message that we will not let sexism in America over shadow the best candidate to be President of these United States.

    June 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    The win is because the people in Puerto Rica don't understand the issues and are feeling loyal to President Clinton.

    This vote really doesn't count for much.

    June 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. What if?

    CONGRATULATIONS TO HILLARY and Bill, now EXIT to the left, Please!!!

    Democrat “08”

    June 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Janet, American via Canada

    Why shouldn't she be big, She is the Ex President Bill Clintons, First Lady?

    Where as Senator Obama is an unknown to the general public there!

    June 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Pat Va

    Puerto Rico: Please keep him...he's pretty much done here in the States!!!

    June 1, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Mike

    HILLARY DIDN'T WIN BILL DID....NAME RECONITION ONLY...

    June 1, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    They think they're voting for Bill Clinton's 3rd term – ha ha ha ha. Can anyone say NAFTA?

    Bill gave all the jobs away (the only ones left, he has tried to sneak out of the country thru CAFTA behind everyone's back).

    The people of Peurto Rico are brain-washed by the Mighty Clinton Machine of the 1990s

    June 1, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. Voice

    Schneider ane Wolf Blitzer's calim that Clinton is leading the popular vote has been disputed by MSNBC. Clinton is estimated to get a net of more than 100,000 from Purto Rico. Counting in Florida popular vote, Clinton will be still behind Obama in the populaer vote. Clinton can try to claim Michigan votes, but it will not succeed if caucas votes are counted. There is no way that Clinton can claim the popular votes now.

    It was purely CNN institutional attmpet to put Clinton on the ticket as VP.
    This claim of Clinton's popular vote is a trash journalism, CNN and I challenge you to post this message.

    June 1, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Vig

    Another sexist spin. Oh, Bill Clinton is big in P.R. and that's why Hillary won? Is that what the hidden message is? Hillary Clinton has more tenacity, more guts, more brains then your puppet Obama.

    June 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Gnomepark

    But Bill isn't running for Prez....or maybe he thinks he is.

    June 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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