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. vic nashville , Tn

    Clinton mean Good politicians, Good leaders and understand us

    We miss you Hillary

    October 15, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Hey, I think Hillary is cool too but yeah, c'mon...let's face it...they're not exactly doing the same line of work. It's completely unfair to pit them against each other in a poll for crying out loud.

    October 15, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. mrkusn

    Hillary does one thing that the current President doesn't: demonstrate a decisive demeanor. People want that right now. They don't want someone who is going to have meeting after meeting of reviewing policy and strategy. They want action at the helm. The President should have had the Afghanistan meetings much earlier. He should have led with his own healthcare bill. Hillary is a more decisive leader. President Obama has a lot going for him but with the opposition facing him, it is time that he take the gloves off. Make a decision on Afghanistan. Forget trying to work with the GOP. They won't budge. Snowe will fall back to her original camp.

    October 15, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. RCasson

    Of course she's more popular. She's NOT the President. This is a stupid article CNN.

    October 15, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Ruth

    Why are we comparing apples and oranges now?

    October 15, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. cmitch, FW, TX

    Why is she being polled? He's the President, it will take a long time to clean up 8 years of George W. Bush mess. Do not blame President Obama . Put the real blame where it should be: The GOP.

    October 15, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Mark Ramsey MD, Milwaukee WI

    Hillary Clinton would have made a wonderful president, and I hope she runs in 2016

    October 15, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Brandon

    of course her numbers are higher she doen't have to deal with the problems

    October 15, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. What the Prez Sez

    To think I respected CNN all last year throughout the chaos of campaigning and elctions only to now have that respect hanging by a thread. When did CNN get to be so anti-American? Remind me how you are in any way "better" than the Becks, Limbaugh's and Coulter's of this world? God I miss Tim Russert!

    October 15, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Unemployed in IOWA

    thats because Obama is a JOKE and a LIER. Biggest loser of a president since Carter. The American People need to IMPEACH Obama for lies and misleadership.

    October 15, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. AUSTIN,TX

    how would any of you idiots know if things would be better if Hilary was POTUS...PREZ Obama is doing a fine job...Hilary don't have thugs on every corner trying to take her down like they are doing Prez Obama....So, it doesn't matter what any of your opinions are...he's the POTUS for 4 years.....4 years....4 years.....4 years.....4 years....4 years...

    October 15, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. dan

    Yes and if she had been elected instead of him, his numbers would be higher than hers, this is fluff non news designed to make its own news..good going cnn,,the corporate 3 card monte shell game horse race handicapping continues..

    October 15, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. mjm

    Funny, today Gallup Poll has Obama at 52%, not 56%.

    How are the Democrats doing in congress? 21% APPROVAL!

    "The percentage of Americans who approve of the way Congress is handling its job fell to 21% in October, from 31% in late August, with the biggest decline coming among Democrats."

    I cannot wait until 2010.

    October 15, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Chut Pata

    The polls always showed she was more popular than Obama.

    First, all Republicans, under the instruction of their god Limbaugh, vote for Hillary.

    Second, Obama supporters are highly educated techies who dont have primitive landline phones, just cell phones. Since the surveys are on landlines, Republican vote dominates.

    However in real life, when voting is done, Obama is far more popular than any traditional leader.

    October 15, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Tammy

    Would vote for her in 2012 but not Obama.

    Everything she said about his inexperience has turned out to be true and America will pay the price.

    October 15, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Padraig

    Hillary would have been a better choice. I don't think she would of taken our country from 2 trillion in debt to 9 trillion in date in less than a year.

    Home foreclosures are still escalating, medium and small banks going under, jobs still be lost at alarming rates. All President Obama has done is to ensure our large banks, auto industry (except Ford), and credit card companies to get richer.

    October 15, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Barbara

    Good for Hillary! She is a smart, hard working Secretary of State and a good woman. We are fortunate to have her representing America. You can add my name to the list of admirers.

    October 15, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Poll: A device used by the media to determine whether a sufficient "controversy" can be fabricated to justify writing a "story" about it.

    October 15, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. W l Jones

    If every CEO were poplar all the employee in a company would be laid off before he or she got their first check.

    October 15, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. The Voice

    Hillary was my girl the whole time. I think she had the experience, tenacity and brains to follow through with the mandate.

    I still believe Obama edged Hillary due to his orator abilities, rhetoric, and charisma. But him as a VP would have been a great situation in 2016.

    But I support Obama now, he is trying very hard and he will do much better than the disaster we had the last eight years. He must. We can now allow another Republican destroy progress in four or eight years. I just shouldn't happen.

    October 15, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. stevetall

    So what!

    October 15, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Fitz in Texas

    At this point anyone would be more popular than this President. Look how fast he is destroying this country.

    October 15, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Amber, Orlando

    God, I love being able to say: I TOLD YOU SO!

    October 15, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Franco

    CNN: So now that you"ve taken the poll, what is your conclusion? Hard up for news, today?

    October 15, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Robert

    Of course President Obama is slightly less popular - he has a much harder job and has to make tough, sometimes unpopular decisions about everything - domestic AND foreign policy! Clinton's job is just to be a diplomat, implementing Administration policy and helping to shape it. But the buck stops with Obama. He's the leader, she's the follower. It's easy for her to be "popular."

    October 15, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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