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.


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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. tj in fla

    Does the fact that in 1999 he pardoned PR FALN terrorists over the objections of the Dept. of Justice and others have anything to do with his popularity?

    June 1, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Yes, President Clinton is the hero of Puerto Rica voters. . .but they are misinformed. Sadly they haven't been in tune with recent developments and how our former president and first lady have devastated Senator Obama's campaign. . .simply because he is an African American.

    I'm sorry for them –the Puerto Ricans.

    June 1, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Jesse

    CNN Post this.

    Way to downplay a huge win for Senator Clinton by saying it was due to her husband.

    June 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Janey

    I love Bill Clinton–I hope he can be the VP

    June 1, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. carla

    puertoricans roll cigars .....i bet

    June 1, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. lop

    I watched on TV today: he is looking for women in PR.

    June 1, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Math Wiz

    Let me guess...

    Because the people of Puerto Rico think so, Hillary should be the commander in chief.

    Pathetic.

    June 1, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. granforchange

    HE AND HILLARY CAN BOTH LEAVE NEW YORK AND LIVE THERE. GOD HELP THOSE POOR MISGUIDED FOLKS WHO LISTENED TO THIER LIES AND DECEPTION... YOU CAN HAVE THEM AND GOOD RIDDANCE.... THEY CAN DRINK AND PARTY THERE ALL THE TIME AFTER OBAMA BECOMES PRESIDENT AND WONDER WHY THEY LOST !!

    June 1, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Kentucky

    Well I suppose they don't understand what NAFTA did to this country.

    June 1, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Sara from Arizona

    SO SICK OF THE CLINTONS.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  11. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    They voted today for Bill's 3rd term.

    Is Hillary going to let him have the box of cigars and the run of the white house – he he heh heh heh

    June 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. Ellie

    Great, perhaps the Clintons can now move to Puerto Rico. You can have them both.

    June 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. John, London

    Could someone ask the Puerto Ricans to keep her there on the island for ever. She can fight for them to become a state AND perhaps in 3 milleniums to come become a country. Then she can become their Madam President.

    June 1, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  14. bettee

    I thought it was because it's macho to like cigars on the side

    June 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. A CANUCK

    The Clintons better move to Puerto Rico because ....that's the

    June 1, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. A CANUCK

    The Clintons better move to Puerto Rico because ....that's the ONLY place they are going to be BIG after this election !!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. Lolita62

    Who cares?????

    June 1, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. TEXAS TRAIL DOG

    WHATS YOUR POINT SCHNEIDER? Bill and Hillary are also popular in NY, NJ, TX, FL, ARK, PA, IN, OH, KY,CA, NM, PR, MI, NEED I LIST MORE. THESE STATES ARE ENOUGH FOR HILLARY TO WIN ION NOMEMBER. OBAMA CAN NOT WIN THESE STATES. THE DEAN & PELOSI LED dnc ALONG WITH KERRY, RICHARDSON, OPRAH, KENNEDY (IS FINALLY RECEIVING JUSTICE FOR THE DROWNING OF HIS SECRETARY KOPECKNE IN THE ICY RIVER WHILE HE RAN HOME TO SOBER UP). Ther is something suspicious jumping out of OBAMA's CLOSET every week so you 170 uncommitted Super Delegates and the ones who have already gone and endorsed OBAMA against your state's wishes better fly to Hillary's side and endorse her if you want to win in November because us Hillary supporters will not unite behind Obama like you suppose we will do. DON'T ASK AND WE WON'T JHAVE TO SAY H...! NO!!! BUT ONE THING FOR SURE WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA. YES WE CAN.

    June 1, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. Hillary 2 Victory

    HILLARY HAS WON THE *TRUE WILL* OF THE PEOPLE.....THE POPULAR VOTE.

    DO NOT IGNORE THAT

    MORE PEOPLE VOTED FOR HILLARY

    IF SHE LOSES, IT WILL BE THE YEAR 2000 ALL OVER AGAIN

    June 1, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. Ralph

    Well, at least people can't say he isn't popular anywhere.

    June 1, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. ellianna

    I'll bet "Slick Willie" had a GRRRRRRREAT time in Puerto Rico!!
    He certainly would have lots of "good lookins" to choose from!! What an opportunity - and of course it depends upon what "is" is!! Poor Hillary!! What a victim you really are!! Sometimes "you can't live with them - and yet – you can"t live without them"!! I suppose it is the $$$$$ and Power that keep you hooked, right?? Slick better have lots of fun for the next week ! Soon it is "back to New York " for both of you!! The "excitement" will soon be over and you are at the end of the road!! After yesterday, Barack Obama owns the Democratic Party!! Yipee!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. kelvin mays

    So what when did they become a state.

    June 1, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Lorna, NY

    I thought Puerto Ricans were smarter than this! Bill Clinton was not the candidate, stupids!

    June 1, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. carolinas

    Clintons can only brainwash people to get vote...that is not possible in Main land and urban areas. Specially educated people can recognise their cunning tactics to get vote...so they approach such church going/ gun lovers/ older women / and economically who are weak.

    It is not a real win...shame on Hillary. How much she insulted and wounded Obama...it is not at all excusable....OBAMA 2008.

    June 1, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. Donna

    How come if Hillary wins in Puerto Rico it's because of Bill? How come if Hillary wins at all it's something other than what it truly is...Hillary is the best candidate. It doesn't take a rocket scientist or a Puerto Rican to figure it out.

    June 1, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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