October 15th, 2009
11:49 AM ET
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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. Hillary 2012


    Oblunder is out of touch with Americans. He promised 4 million jobs by the end of summer and has FAILED.

    HILLARY 2012

    October 15, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Wake Up

    I thought I'd never say this...America would be better off with Hilary. Obama is a fraud. How did we get stuck with this guy

    October 15, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. jls

    Honestly, how can anyone not like Hillary Clinton? She's intelligent, well spoken and it's obvious she is a very caring person and only wants to do what it right for the USA and to make it a better place. She would make an awesome President and I was disappointed when she said this week in an interview that she would not run for President again, but I can't say that I don't blame her for not running considering how the media treated her during her first run for the office.

    October 15, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Cnn please post my comment! 1 love!

    The Republican party is quickly on its way to extinction.....the Dems may be slow to react some times but trust me when they move America moves....there may be some dems who supported hillary in the primaries ...but make no mistake they would never ever vote for a Republican, period!!!

    October 15, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. ICARE

    Well, that's great! But Obie is still KING. He wears the crown and Nobel Prize around his neck, at the current moment.

    I'm just glad we picked a young President because we had so many issues when he came on board.

    October 15, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. ICARE

    I was against it, but I gladly welcome a Nobel for Obama. He was a light in all the darkness around us. We were all so lost and there was a voice to ask us to believe.

    October 15, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Peter

    She would be a bully if she was the president...remember she couldn't even have set the tone that Obama did, she was running george bush campaign of tough.

    Also I don't still respect her out of not getting out of t he race when she was supposed to!!

    October 15, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Ummm...

    'Cuz she's not the president!

    October 15, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. paksa

    People who put such a premium on the idea that this president has enhanced America in the eyes of the rest of the world apparently have never lived in any other part of the world. Other countries are not so altruistic that they always have the best interest of the US in mind. They are much more comfortable with someone 'leading' the US who is naive, does not put America first .and responds to the accolades of the world. Showing deference to questionable regimes in other countries may illicit applause BUT does very little to stabilize the United States. Applause and respect are very, very different responses and should never be.considered the same.

    October 15, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Tina

    Hillary should have been president.....and Barack, forgotten about.

    October 15, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    PS. GOP ONLY 21% of Americans actually consider themselves Republican! And 52% can't name the leader of your party.

    If I were the GOP, I wouldn't gloat too much!

    October 15, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Jenn, Philadelphia

    I believe it's called buyer's remorse.

    October 15, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Obama worst president EVER

    It ain't hard to be more popular than this idiot.

    October 15, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Alice

    Of course she is more popular – under the same principle that "unknwon" is always more popular than a real person making real decisions, which inevitable tillpiss off some segment of the public. Hillary is very seldom in the public eye these days; Obama is there every day.

    Remember how Fred Thompson (Law and Order guy) was expected to cruise to victory – until he actually got into the race and saying things?

    October 15, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Observant

    Hillary should have been elected, but Americans internally believe that a man can do a better job than a woman. So much for equal rights for women.

    October 15, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Seriously, Left

    This poll is not saying much because my dog would be more popular than this president.

    October 15, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Tom

    How laughable to read all these comments that if Hillary runs in 2012 or 2016 you'll vote for her. No you won't – you'll vote for whomever CNN and Oprah tell you to vote for...just like you did with Obama. If you all had exercised some independent thought and took the time to truly consider the candidates, you wouldn't be in this mess today – you'd have President Clinton making decisions and creating real change.

    October 15, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. bellablue

    I totally respect the excellent job Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is doing. However, this "poll" has been generated at this particular time, simply because Hillary Clinton has blatantly said NO, to EVER running for Pesident again. So, the Pollister has chosen participants who would like to see her run once more! As usual, POLLS MEAN NOTHING!! They are a waste of time! The die hard supporters of Hillary Clinton will ALWAYS be looking for ways to keep her in the spotlight. And ONE of those supporters who is always plugging her is Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC news anchor.

    October 15, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Sean

    Obama maintaining a 56% approval rating in the face of the disgusting, unfounded bile that's hurled at him every single day by the bottom-feeders that are contemporary Republicans is pretty impressive if you ask me. If Hillary was President, they'd have far more ammo to use against her, and I think it's safe to assume her numbers would be lower than 56%.

    And incidentally, I'm a registered independent and political centerist – I've just found myself more and more disgusted by Republicans every day. They should be ashamed of how vile they've been behaving, putting party before country time and time again. From cheering a huge loss of revenue for our country when the Olympics went to Brazil, to voting against a Democratic amendment that would deny government contracts to companies who ask employees to sign away the right to sue if they're raped while on the job. There's no excuse for this transparently selfish and disgusting behavior.

    October 15, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. mark

    We can all agree that they are both lying politicians. obama has delivered zero of his campaign promises...

    October 15, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. gt

    of course ,, she should of been president,, its hard to compete with obama,, he has won the nobel award ,,, the hiesman trophy.. the medal of honor ,, the cy young award,,betty crocker baking cook off... but hillary still has our hearts,,,, ugh

    October 15, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Dave

    and would have made a much better President

    October 15, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Comparing the approval numbers of Secy Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama only points to the fact that Mr. Obama has the harder job here, having to deal with major issues of the country, dealing with international issues as well, and having to deal with Republican negativity and their constant, irrational berating. If the roles were reversed, Republicans would be demonizing her.

    October 15, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Bob in Pa

    You betcha.
    I'd rather have a shot and a beer with Hillary anytime over BO. At least she knows how to laugh and have a good time. Bo just tries to play too damm serious all the time.

    October 15, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Jake

    she had my vote over Obama, but I have embraced President Obama 100%

    America is blessed to have her serving as Sec of State!

    October 15, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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