Poll: Americans optimistic about Hillary Clinton presidency
September 16th, 2011
08:52 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Americans optimistic about Hillary Clinton presidency

(CNN) - She lost the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, but over a third of Americans said the U.S. would be better off now if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were president, according to a new poll.

The Bloomberg survey released Friday showed 34 percent of those questioned said America would be superior under a Hillary Clinton administration, while 47 percent said it would be about the same and 13 percent said it would be worse.

A quarter of respondents held similar wishful thoughts in a July poll.

Clinton remains the most popular American political figure with nearly two-thirds of Americans holding a favorable view of the former first lady and New York senator. Half of the respondents felt the same way about President Barack Obama, who received the lowest job approval rating of his presidency, at 45 percent.

Clinton has said publicly she will not seek elected office after her four-year term as America's top diplomat ends in 2012, shooting down speculation she might run for president in the future.

On the Republican side of the aisle, presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry grabbed the top spots among Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters when asked who they would choose next election. The two were also among the most likeable in the GOP field, among all Americans.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney received a 42 percent favorability rating while rivals Texas Gov. Perry and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas garnered 32 percent. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich received a 28 percent rating and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is still mulling a bid for the White House, came in at 26 percent.

When asked who they would vote for in 2012, 29 percent said they would definitely vote for Obama, 43 percent said they would definitely vote for another candidate and 21 percent said they would consider voting for another candidate.

The poll surveyed 997 adults between Sept. 9 and Sept. 12 with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Hillary Clinton • Polls • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Jeff from Columbus

    The Democratic Party had 16 years of continuous control of the White House IN THEIR HANDS going into the 2008 election.

    Nominate Hillary. Win the 2008 and 2012 elections. All the while, ensure that Obama gets the experience he needs to become President. Then, in 2016, nominate him as President.

    But, nooo...the Democrats nominate Obama WAY, WAY too early. Obama fails as President because he's unqualified.

    So, instead of 16 years of control, the Democrats have 4 years of control and now both Obama and Hillary are out of the pool of possible Presidential candidates.

    September 16, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Linda

    Obama needs to GO!!!! I'm sick of him!!! What a joke!!! Hilllary could do a much better job, she would never run with him 🙂 she is WAY to smart of a lady to pick up after his MESS!!!! OMG the health care seriousl??!!! Lets all work for the illegals

    September 16, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. M-AZ Independent

    Ms. Clinton is first class, and I believe her and our currrent President pretty much share the same views. Therefore things would be no different. She probably would not have been as stubborn about passing healthcare, but then again, if she had campaigned on the promise of an overhall, she might have; and the Republicans would have given her just as much hell as they have President Obama. Afterall, when she was First Lady they ripped her to pieces over starting a discussion about it and wanting to make it her signature endeavor as First Lady.

    I adore Ms. Clinton, and I hope she stays around; we still need to have a tough, and more importantly intelligent woman in Washington. Don't get me wrong there are others in Congress that I have just as much respect for, and the last thing we need right now is for any of these women with BRAINS to take a backseat to the female clowns the Republican party seem to be touting as future leaders.

    September 16, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. dallas

    She should replace Biden on the ticket, 16 years of Democrats while change this country for the better. Obama/Clinton 2012. It starts here!

    September 16, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Pa mom

    Unfortunately, her husband is "baggage" and even he had to move to center to get anything accomplished. Hilary is, like Obama, a progressive and a lawyer. This country is big business and we need business people with real world experience as leaders. We would be no better with any democrat.

    September 16, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Duh!

    We'd be better off with Gumby in the White House!!!

    September 16, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    OMG, I am a Democrat and I swear I have never seen such a flaky party!!! I think after 2012, if this party doesn't learn to loyalty I will have to switch to something or just sit out from voting!!! You guys need to learn that to stick with your party platform and the candidate that is in OFFICE!! I swear it is one thing you can say about the Republicans they may have nuts galore in their party but you can bet they do stay united with it comes down to it!!!

    September 16, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. maggie

    I think Hil would snap any republican in half if she ran. No one, but no one, has the experience she has.

    September 16, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Name

    I voted for the prz and would again. I would never vote for hillary!

    September 16, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Lawrence Hoffman

    Mrs. Clinton should stay involved in political leadership, but I do have doubts about her. Twenty one of her colleagues in the US Senate voted against the Iraq War Resolution. She did not.

    September 16, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. WiredweirdinSF

    There could be nothing worse than the incompetent, inept, union toady we have now except for possibly Chuck Schumer.

    September 16, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. David

    I've heard this argument from many right wing tea partyers before... no Democrat who wants to still be in the party would challenge a sitting President of the same party no matter how much Dick Cheney says it's a good idea or some mislead CNN producer. Hey if Client wants some other roll, she can run for Senate again, but I heard she wants to get out of public life. Why would she want to commit to 8 more years of high stress public life?

    September 16, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Mike in NYC

    Quoting Ok: I would not mind having Bill Clinton back in office though. Maybe next term he could be Barack Obama's Vice President. Is that even possible for ex president to run for vice president?

    September 16, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |

    The answer to your questions are no and yes. Yes .... an ex-President CAN be Vice-President (though I can't imagine WHY they would want the demotion). And .... no Pres. Clinton can't be VP because he already served 2 terms as Prez and under the sucession rule – if Obama couldn't finish his 2nd term the VP would become President – and Bill Clinton has already served the max allowed under the 22nd Amendment.

    September 16, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. James Angus Linney

    HILLARY! Twofer one! For the gods' sake, bring in this woman.

    September 16, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Matt

    II generally dismiss accusations of most media bias, but this story definitely shows it. How can the headline declare "Americans optimistic about Hillary Clinton presidency" when the story goes on to say, "34 percent said America would be superior under Clinton, while 47 percent said it would be about the same." More say it would be as bad as it is now, that's NOT optimism, CNN. This isn't news, this is an attempt to shine a favorable light on a political figure someone at CNN approves of and wants to promote.

    September 16, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. catmom

    Oh for goodness sakes. Republicans would have treated Hilary Clinton almost the same way they are treatiing President Obama. They would have been whining that everything she tried to do was what Bill Clinton wanted. They spent eight years and 80 million dollars trying to destroy Bill Clinton and treated Mrs. Clinton with disdane and you think they would have embraced her? Then you have the white males who can not handle a black President telling them what to do and you think they would accept a woman? Please!!!

    September 16, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. jay

    White House budget analysts warned in January that a controversial decision to restructure a $535 million government loan to a struggling solar power company "could easily be portrayed as bad judgment or worse," just-released emails now show.

    September 16, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Dale

    One thing about Hillary she has more experience, all of them put together another thing about Hillary she's not stupid she has a lot under her belt now there's a lot she knows that others do not.

    September 16, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Janet M. Jacobs

    Hillary needs to run, she will win this time. No one can touch her in comparision.

    September 16, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Mariee

    Count me in, Obama is not strong enough to deal with these pitbull Republicans, Hillary and her husband maybe able to get something done. Let her be the first woman, because the last two men have done nothing but hurt America.

    September 16, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Marty

    She was my choice but the liberal press crucified her for everything including her laugh and her husband being involved. One thing I know for sure, considering what he did, BALANCE THE BUDGET, I would love to have him advising president Hilary but you have to get those idiots on MSNBC to stop crucifying her every move while kneeling at the altar of Obama. I voted for him but he wasn't my first choice.

    September 16, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Ron in Asheville, NC

    Very interesting polling. One factor, however: after the Dem. primaries of 2008, many of those of us who are "of color" were sufficiently turned off by the Clintons' race-baiting that it would be hard for us to support Hillary in the future if we had been so inclined up till then. That might be something to try to measure in such polls.

    September 16, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Nate (Seattle, WA)

    Hillary Clinton might actually govern like a real Democrat, instead of this spineless clown Obama, who's a Republican in disguise.

    One of Clinton's friends is Brooksley Born. Born was the regulator who, in the 90s, tried to reign in some of the ridiculous practices in derivatives trading, and was of course, shot down by Alan Greenspan and his free-market thugs. If Clinton was President, we might actually have regulators who believe in busting Wall Street's chops, instead of Obama, who gives them massive corporate welfare with no strings attached.

    Hillary also showed willingness to learn from her husband's successes, and also his failures. Obama looks like he's negotiating for the first time in his life, and he's absolutely awful at it. I have no doubt that with an ex-President in her camp, Hillary would make no such mistakes caving to Republican temper tantrums, as Obama does again and again.

    A big objection to Hillary during the 2008 primaries is that maybe she was a bit too tough and caustic. Given how much of a conciliatory pansy Obama has turned out to be, I'd say that this would be a welcome change.

    September 16, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Beverly - NYC

    No one polled me, oh you must have asked Republicans , those Real Americans who cheer death. They are not tickled with their field of misfits so they stir the pot with Hillary rumors. Nice try! What makes anyone think the Republicans would have treated her any better. They tries for 8 years to get her husband and couldn't, I'm sure they would have bought impeachment proceedings against her by now.

    September 16, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    I disagree – the Repubs would have spent the last two years obstructing here and trying to catch Bill with his pants down. She would be just as hamstrung as President Obama has been, because the Repubs have one goal: To regain the White House and totally take our country down the toilet.

    September 16, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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