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. Woman In California

    And ANOTHER thing. The Clinton's didn't have to walk into two ongoing wars and a collasping economy either. Besides the fact and I'll say it again THERE WAS THE SILICON VALLEY EXPLOSION which no longer exist. She would be just as "lost" as some seem to think Obama is now even though NOTHING could be further from the truth.

    September 16, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Joshua Ludd

    Hmm.. so CNN's big story is about someone who isn't running in a year when there is no Democratic nomination to secure? So much for the "liberal" media.

    September 16, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. Justin Observation

    Interesting that Rick Perry and Ron Paul were tied for second, but the media acts like Romney and Perry are the only ones Americans should hear the most about. (Unless of course Bachmann says something outrageous.)

    From this article: "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."

    From this articles own poll: "Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney received a 42 percent favorability rating while rivals Texas Gov. Perry and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas garnered 32 percent."

    Real Journalism? Or Propaganda?

    September 16, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. college student

    if she ran again, I'd vote for her!

    September 16, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Nodack

    The GOP would have gone after her just as much as Obama. They would have claimed she wore the wrong lapel pin, took vacations in the wrong spot, didn't have the credentials, and all her policies would have been labeled the opposite of what they should have been even if they were the same as theirs. Bash, bash bash and after years of 24/7 bashing people would be saying that maybe we made a mistake and should have voted in Obama instead.

    Obama has done a good job IMO, I am certainly not going to listen to FOX/GOP for opinions. They would have impeached Clinton and Obama on day one if they could have and would have claimed that either one of them was the worst president in US history. At this point in time it goes without saying.

    I agree with what Obama has done for the most part and consider Republicans/FOX News/Tea Party/ Big Business to be anti-American and evil even though they claim to be the only true Americans.. They only offer obstruction, negativity, no answers, lies, fabrications, zero humanity, no soul and fear mongering.

    I'm not even registered Democrat. I'm independent, but if there was a party that was called anti-Republican I would be a member in a heart beat.

    September 16, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Michael, Ft Lauderdale

    Don't you peolpe realize that Dems had control of the House and the Senate for the first two years of Obama's administration and he did nothing but ram down out throats Obamacare to satisfy his own ego that he could enact legislation that no other president could. Now Hillary would have used those first two years for other things to be done for this country and the Republicans would probably not of gained control of the House in 2010. She would have had four years with control of both houses to get through whatever she wanted. She would not have this mess on her hands like Obama does.

    September 16, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. btts

    You are out of your freaking mind if you think Hillary can do any better than Obama! Obama is NOT THE PROBLEM. Republican obstruction, lies and bullying is the problem! Obama CAN'T just do everything he would like WITHOUT congress's support. When there was a Democratic House and Senate He GOT more accomplished. Amazingly, because some were worried about mid-term re-election. With the Republican controlled House everything is an uphill battle. IT WOULD BE THE SAME FOR HILLARY OR ANY DEMOCRAT!!! Republicans have learned that they don't have to compromise anymore. There has been a game changer in this country and people need to recognize that if we want to move forward.. WE HAVE TO VOTE REPUBLICANS OUT OF POWER. THEY DO NOT RESPECT THE WISHES OF THE PEOPLE! They have done nothing but tried to hijack Obama's presidency. We voted him in and Republicans have tried to stop the change we wanted. WAKE UP PEOPLE! Stay FOCUSED. LOOK AT WHAT THEY ARE DOING! HAVE SOME BACKBONE AND DON'T LET THEM RUIN THIS COUNTRY!!!

    September 16, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. focusonjobs1

    Why are they running this story? The woman already said she is not going to run, she said she is happy to be out of politics.

    September 16, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. Repulicorp

    I sure id Hillary did won cnn will be asking this same question,the problem is not obama it's the congress.

    September 16, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. Cisco

    "CATHERINE AUSTIN FITTS" would make a "better candidate" than Hillary Clinton.
    She seems to have her head on straighter.
    Look for Catherine's 1 hour video on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUlQ7vElqqo
    If no other, I would "vote for Hillary". She's got very strong backing.

    September 16, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    President Obama is going to WIN in 2012 and Hillary will run and WIN in 2016!! She will take four years off to reflect and come back strong in 2016. We will be in control for 16 years straight and "CHANGE will be something you can BELIEVE in!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012! Clinton/TBA 2016!!

    September 16, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. normajean

    I think there was a time when Hillary Clinton might have won without a doub ,,.but now I'd hate to see her inherit the dreadful remains of the Bush administration as Obama did... She has, for several
    years had a powerful position requiring all her strength of character and all of her political talents and I think she's tired of the whole thing. i don't think she would now want to be president.This next election iin 2012 is going to be very trying for all concerned....The Republicans are going to have to learn well before then that if you take the bottom and the middle off of anything, the top is going to collapse. This applies to governments as well as tables. They are trying to get rid of the lower and middle classes to have it all to themselves.....THE GOVERNMENT WILL COLLAPSE !!! Who is going to build the homes they can"t buy and the cars and the boats..Are they going to repair the bridges and roads they want to drive their fancy cars on?,,,,,Where are all the products going to come from that they use in their daily expensive lives????"It's a puzzlement""!!!!!!

    September 16, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Vumba

    First she must get rid of Huck Finn for a husband, all bets are off until he's out of the picture. I would seriously consider voting for her but not until he's gone.

    September 16, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Vumba

    I would consider voting for her.

    September 16, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Steve

    You people are so ignorant. The Dems and the GOP only care about Americans at election time. They are going to keep on spending us into oblivion until we get rid of the bipartisan crap. What do we do with three year olds when they dont agree? I am all for at least a third party that cant be bought by corporate America ( who is the real instigator of most all of our problems) and wont let special interest of minority groups sway their thinking. But, mostly I am tired of the liberal candyass media that doesn't even report anything without their biased slant on the issues. Give me leadership that is innovative and not "politically correct".

    September 16, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Dan in Atlanta

    As a lifelong Democrat, I would prefer another Clinton in the White House about as much as I would prefer another Bush. Get real, people.

    September 16, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. norman

    Hillary would make a better President than Obama???? A ROCK WOULD MAKE A BETTER PRESIDENT THAN OBAMA...

    September 16, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Dr. Lecter, MD

    Hillary- please run for President.

    Rick Perry.

    September 16, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. Vumba

    I think giving the President another 4 years, and Ms. Clinton as the VP would secure a sure 2012 win.

    September 16, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. TheTraveler

    I'd certainly vote for her. I was quite disappointed when she lost her bid in 08' ... I think she's smart, savvy and wouldn't put up with the Washington D.C. crap. She has bigger balls than Obama and a husband who was a former President. She knows how to move around both in D.C. and as Secretary of State, on the world stage.

    I'd really like to see her throw her hat in the ring. I'd predict a landslide for her if she did ...

    September 16, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Michael

    When Hillary said that she would be ready on DAY 1, she meant it! What we are seeing from this Administration, is EXACTLY what Hillary basically said during the primaries. This man has NO EXPERIENCE! Ask Del Marie Cobb and April Palmer. BOTH prominent African-American women who worked with him in his OWN home state Senate and they will tell you that the only time he looks down, is to see who he is stepping on. Bottom line is that the DNC screwed Hillary 7 ways to Sunday by allowing the splitting of delegates for MI and Fl. BOTH of which Hillary won HANDS down! Unless Hillary runs as his Vice or runs alone, we are looking at a Romney presidency. I for one will be voting Republican for the first time in my life. The ONLY way to stop the bleeding is for this man to go, and allow a REAL leader to take the helm! RUN Hillary RUN!

    September 16, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. Rumors in Austin say Perry likes the way one of his state chefs serves up his "hot dog"!

    I think it would be great if President Obama stepped aside and made way for Hill in 2012, but I take her at her word that she is tired of public life.

    September 16, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. Jeff from Columbus

    It was almost criminal the way the media hijacked the Democratic nomination race and campaigned for Barack Obama while dissing Hillary Clinton.

    It was clear the story they wanted to sell that year was "America elects the first Black President!". Hillary was CLEARLY more qualified than Obama. As a Democrat (and a male), I've never been more livid with a presidential election. I can almost take losing to a Republican over the media hijacking a party's nomination process and campaigning for one candidate clearly over another.

    FIX THE MISTAKE! Hillary in 2012!!

    September 16, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. MarPad

    Don't have to convince me that Hillary would be a better President. She received my vote in the 2008 Fl. Primary, didn't count due to Dem. Party politics.

    September 16, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  25. CaliforniaBC

    Originally, back during the Democratic primary race I thought the perfect team would have been Hilary for President and Obama as VP. I saw Hilary kicking GOP butt for 8 years and Obama gaining experience, then Obama would run after hilary and be in office for another 8 years. A solid 16 year Democratic presidential legacy keeping republicans in line and putting this country on solid, sustainable footing for DECADES!!

    September 16, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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