October 19th, 2010
10:35 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Bill Clinton more effective than Obama on campaign trail?

Washington (CNN) - As both President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton separately criss-cross the country, helping out fellow Democrats on the campaign trail, a new poll suggests that the former president may be packing more of a punch.

A Gallup survey released Tuesday indicates that 53 percent of Democrats say that if Clinton campaigned for a candidate, they would be more likely to vote for that person. That's five points higher than the 48 percent of Democrats who say the same thing about the current president.

According to the poll, Clinton also has an advantage over Obama on this question among independent voters and Republicans. Twenty-one percent of independents said they'd be more likely to vote for a candidate that received the endorsement and support of Clinton, with that number dropping to 12 percent when asked the same question about Obama.

Only nine percent of Republicans said they'd be more likely to vote for a candidate who's received the endorsement and support of the former president, but that drops to two percent for Obama.

The former president has become the Democrats "go-to guy" on the campaign trial this election cycle. Monday he teamed up in Washington State with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and in Colorado with Sen. Michael Bennet. Tuesday he kicks off three days of campaigning with Democratic candidates in Florida.

Last week he teamed up with Democratic candidates in Kentucky, West Virginia, New York, and Nevada, New Mexico and California.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. stevegee

    A vote for any Democrat is a vote for the overreaching, overspending, overtly divisive agenda of Obama, Pelosi and Reid that will end in failure and bankruptcy for our country.

    A vote for any Republican is a vote for the Constitutional principles of freedom and liberty, and a free market economy.On November 2nd, vote American, vote Conservative, vote Republican.

    October 19, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Jan

    Both men are dedicated to this country and make me proud to say I'm a Democrat and a proud American. Most of the Republican candidates make me cringe. The things they say they want to do to or for this country make me very afraid. They are only for themselves and the big corporations that back them and will make the gap between the middle class and the rich disappear. Be afraid, be very afraid of who you are voting for before it is to late.

    October 19, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Rachel

    Love Bill, Love Hillary but stop with the comparisons the big dog will always be the big dog nothing Obama can do about that and I am not even a big Obama supporter.

    October 19, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Dean

    My dog would be more effective on the campaign trail than Obama.

    October 19, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. FM

    I am not surprised. It is human nature. We tend to like/love people who are far/apart our vicinity!

    October 19, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. keepstufingthis

    Clinton is a much more accomplished liar than Obama at this point. He has the conviction to show it. Obama though is rapidly catching up and should have the indictments and convictions shortly that will surpass the master of deceit.

    October 19, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It isn't a big surprise. Both are charismatic, but Bill Clinton doesn't have to worry about approval ratings and Congress. He can talk how he feels.

    October 19, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. LIP

    This is probably due to the fact that William Jefferson Clinton is a seasoned liar whereas Barrach Hussein Obama is just a fledgling.

    October 19, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. ChumBucket

    Obama is an idiot who cannot draw a crowd, unless he pays them..

    It's his statements such as, "Americans are not thinking clearly" refering to the upcomming whoopin the democrats are going to take.

    He's out of touch, he's an idiot, and he and all his lemmings need to go.

    October 19, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Rycher

    Of course he is.. The American public has a short memory.. This guy was a scumbag.. A lying scumbag... just like most of the politicians... but he was especially scummy... And he's going to be affective on the campaign trail because americans have short memories... He's now considered the king democrat... Obama has just completely imploded in his 2 years... thats what happens when you install someone with no experience into the highest office of the land... Obamas a hack.. Actually he's a lying hack.. Everytime he gets up to make a speech it has to be vetted for truthfulness.. He's a liar and most can see through that... so he will have no affect on the campaign trail... he's worthless cuz we are onto his snake oil salesman schtick.. it aint workin anymore... so they have to bring out someone whom the american people have forgotten is a huge lying scumbag.. it's pretty sad that this scumbag has more popularity than the residing liar in cheif...

    October 19, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    More effective campaigner? Perhaps. More effective president? That goes without saying.

    October 19, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Clinton does what he does best–campaign. The jerk never stopped campaigning in the 8 years he occupied the White House. Heck, Gore was even investigated for illegally campaigning from INSIDE the White House!

    October 19, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    That's up for conjecture. Definitely a more effective president, though.

    October 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. diridi

    In fact, he is just like Obama...we do love him a lot...so do we his family....we love clinton's family very dearly...he is the best president just like Obama....Obama's reforms are great...for the nation...o.k....Obama has lot of foreseeability...for the nation...

    October 19, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Glenn from Cary

    Clinton more effective than Obama on campaign trail? Well, DUH.

    October 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |