Hillary Clinton's top score
March 31st, 2011
09:39 AM ET
12 years ago

Hillary Clinton's top score

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit a milestone Thursday, receiving her highest favorable rating since assuming her role in the Obama administration, according to a new poll.

The Gallup survey showed her favorable rating at 66 percent, up from 61 percent in July - a number that beat President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Vice President Joe Biden. The new figure was her highest rating to date since serving as chief diplomat and just one point below her all-time high of 67 percent in December 1998.

The former Democratic New York senator received a 65 percent favorability rating in the most recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released March 16, which showed a partisan divide. Nine out of ten Democrats and nearly two-thirds of independent voters said they had a favorable opinion of her; six out of ten Republicans said they had an unfavorable view of Clinton.

The results of the Gallup survey were also divided along party lines. Forty percent of Republicans, 62 percent of independents and 92 percent of Democrats had a favorable view of the former first lady.

The Gallup poll was conducted March 25-27, with 1,027 adults questioned nationwide and had an overall sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted March 11-13, with 1,023 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Polls
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Baruch

    Hillary's popularity rating with me is ZERO. She is one of the neo-cons who are promoting the US empire abroad (Libya being just the latest on the list) and she is a pawn of the wealthy elite who are seeking to break the American middle class. Hillary is a disgusting greedy selfish excuse for a human being, she and her husband both, along with the rest of the dems and reps in gov't. Time to fire them all.

    March 31, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Paul1st

    Congratulations to Hillary. Now she needs to be on the ticket on 2012.

    March 31, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. NameRobert

    Go Secretary Clinton. We are proud of you and behind you if you decide to run for president! !!

    March 31, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. derik

    Secretary Clinton is a perfect example of a "Smart,logical,educated,experienced politician. The President is a perfect example of "How to improve our relations with the world! How nice is it to have these 2 leaders,"Speaking to the world with out "Embarassing" our country. Keep up the good work,2012 is a "No Brainer" 2 Terms

    March 31, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. sean

    It seems pretty hard to dislike Hillary

    To quote Bill Maher on this one "if you can hate Hilliary, you must have been molested by a real estate lady"

    March 31, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    "a number that beat President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Vice President Joe Biden."

    Yeah – combined!

    March 31, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Ernie

    The reason why her numbers are so high is because she is sticking to her playbook, by not saying nothing that could get her in trouble. As long as she stays out to the country and doesn't get envolved with Obama she's safe. "She see no evil, hears not evil and speakes no evi..

    March 31, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Jill American

    Coulda, woulda, shoulda. sigh

    March 31, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Mutt

    The Clintons. The right wants to talk us into hating them but we can't because they keep giving us peace & prosperity. If we could just have a 'do-over' & keep W from destroying & spending away all that Bill gave us.

    March 31, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Ron

    I sure wish she was POTUS....

    March 31, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. SD Kevin

    I voted for her twice and I'd vote for her again if she'd run. She's an amazing woman!

    March 31, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. TOM

    I wish she would run for the Democratic Nominee instead of 4 more years of Obama.

    March 31, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Kevin,FL

    Hillary Clinton supposed to be President... hopefully she will change her mind in 2016... I'm waiting to support you.. all you have to do is make the move...

    March 31, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Rick James B----

    She will be the first female President in 2016, you can bet on that. She is leaving Obama's administration after the next election, then chill out and relax for two years, then BAMM! full force on the campaigin for President

    March 31, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Gale

    I am not a Democrat or a Hillary fan, but I think she has done a great job, and now wish she had won the Presidential nomination!

    March 31, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Bob in PA

    After her recent dealings on Libya, sshe now has a D+

    March 31, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. nintex

    This lady would make a fabulous president. She has more grace, intelligence, and experience than any of the current wanna-be republican hopefuls (especially the women!) I can see her becoming president in '16 after serving as President Obama's VP during his second term. We need more good women like you leading our country, HIllary!

    March 31, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    Kudos to Hillary! Hillary for president in 2016.

    March 31, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Itsa

    Generally speaking – The GOP does not have any where near a viable presidential candidate. Haven't seen anything going on with the Independents. Aside from Obama, Hillary is the only other person that could step into that presidential role with ease.

    March 31, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. geecee

    Hillary has done an awesome job. I hope she runs for President in 2016!!

    March 31, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Richard Puente

    Mrs. Clinton should be considered as the next Vice President of the United States..NO disrespect to Joe Biden I just think Mrs. Clinton can advance the country in a positive direction.

    March 31, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. LA, LA, LA

    I love her, she should have been President.

    March 31, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. DIANA

    Please run in 2016. Though I love and am proud of our Vice President, at least Hillary, consider Vice President for 2012. You're the kind of woman I point to when I want to show my daughter what to aspire to.

    March 31, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |