October 15th, 2009
11:49 AM ET
13 years ago

Poll: Hillary Clinton more popular than Barack Obama

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - She lost to him in last year's battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, but a new national poll suggests that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now more popular than her boss, President Barack Obama.

A Gallup survey released Thursday indicates that 62 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of Clinton, 6 points higher than the 56 percent who view Obama favorably.

According to the poll, the president's favorable rating has dropped 22 points from its inaugural-month level in January. The survey indicates that Clinton's favorable rating has only edged down 3 points since the beginning of the year.

Nine in 10 Democrats questioned in the poll view both Obama and Clinton favorably, with independents split. Fewer than one in five Republicans hold a favorable opinion of the president, while 35 percent see Clinton in a positive light. According to the survey, Obama has dropped 23 points with independents and 41 points with Republicans since January, while Clinton has dropped just 6 points among independents and stayed even among Republicans since the start of 2009.

"This is a common pattern in recent polling," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice consistently had higher favorable ratings than George W. Bush. Madeleine Albright was more popular than Bill Clinton. Secretaries of State don't get blamed for economic problems or unpopular domestic policies, and they often don't get the same share of the blame as the commander-in-Chief for international slip-ups either."

The Gallup telephone poll of 1,013 adults was conducted October 1-4, before the president was named winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. AJ

    Not surprising at all. While the Obamazombies will defend him to the bitter end, the truth is that he has accomplished very little and has proven that he is all talk and very little action. I am a lifelong democrat who sat out the last elecation cycle after Obama became the democratic nominee and see no indications that I will be changing my mind in 2012. I'm hoping that he will actually do something that will change my mind but don't see much chance of that. In my mind, Obama is an arrogant gasbag.

    October 15, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Chad

    Obama is still in campaign mode, and really has no clue how to be President, make decisions, etc.. This poll is not surprising.

    October 15, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Poison ivy is more popular than Obama.

    October 15, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. ch

    Barack Obama is great but there is NOBODY better than Hillary!

    Democrats are lucky to have SUPERSTARS like Obama and Bill / Hillary Clinton!

    While the GOP has NOBODY ......except dim witted dysfunctional Sarah with her 42% approval rating and an IQ to match!

    October 15, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Jt

    This story does not employ anyone. This story does not provide health coverage for anyone. This story does not provide unemployment benefits to anyone. What an asinine story. The effort continues to divide America by the MSM. Ridiculous on you CNN.

    October 15, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Roger in CA

    It is NOT NEWS that a President's approval rating drops during the first year in office, as the realities of politics and government inevitably frustrate and disappoint some of the population, whereas someone relatively out of direct view like a Sec'y of State (who is only implementing the President's policies) will be relatively unscathed.

    It is a minor miracle that Obama still has a distinctly positive rating, given the number of incendiary issues he is handling and the absolutely ruthless and hate-filled attacks he is taking from the right.

    October 15, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. mark b - Atlanta

    I hope Hillary challenges BO in 2012... thats the only chance the Dems have of winning the Prez.. I was a lifelong Dem, but not a socialist like this guy. one and done!!! I'll vote Rebublican again if needed and just hold my nose I guess.

    October 15, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Joyce Becker

    Well she is prettier also.

    October 15, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Dan, TX

    Who cares.. Both are left-wing radicals who do not know how to govern. Go away.

    October 15, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Ren from Baltimore

    We are vindicated!

    It would have been a great feat for the country, and the world, as was Barack Obama's victory. All politicians deserve our support and feedback in these diifcult and shifting times. Fortunately for us, today's technology allows us to follow through on these behaviors, and let our elected officials-of all parties-know our positions and reasons for them. They can't work for us if we can't tell them what we want and why!!

    October 15, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Jeff in Virginia

    Hillary Clinton isn't the target of mass media disinformation, and doesn't have to make hard decisions.

    Why is this news?

    October 15, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Neil Goslin

    At least Hillary likes America. If Obama likes America you would think he would focus more on our economy instead of sending 7 billion to pakistan.

    October 15, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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