Clinton popularity hits nearly 20-year high mark
July 30th, 2012
07:11 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton popularity hits nearly 20-year high mark

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton is experiencing a wave of favorability with two-thirds of Americans approving of him, a poll released Monday shows.

Clinton’s popularity comes as the politician prepares to officially enter President Barack Obama into nomination at the Democratic National Convention in September. A symbol of the Democratic Party, Clinton's favorability could help the president at the polls come Election Day.

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Sixty-six percent of Americans now have a favorable view of Clinton, tying his approval rating at the time of his inauguration in January 1993, according to the Gallup poll.

Clinton almost reached this level of favorability twice during his second term as president. Since taking office, however, he has averaged around 56% favorability.

Obama’s current approval rating is 54%, according to the poll.

Polling data shows Clinton is broadly liked among the electorate and is even supported by Republicans by a slim margin of 50% to 44%.

The number of people viewing the former president as unfavorable is at a record low at 28%.

The Gallup poll was conducted from July 9-12 surveying a random sample of 1,014 adults. The sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    A symbol of the Democratic Party, Clinton's favorability could help the president at the polls come Election Day.
    My opinion of him improved when he stood up against the Democratic Party Line and admitted honestly that Mitt Romney was a fine businessman in the private sector.

    July 30, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. Logic N LA

    Makes sense to me! After Bush with Romney pending and Obama not living up to( unrealistic) expectations, nostalgia makes Bill look spectacular!

    July 30, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Billy

    Greatest POTUS of all time

    July 30, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Jewels

    I think President Clinton is one of the best leaders and am glad that he's working with President Obama!

    July 30, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. ron

    How about that willard romney fella? He sure is out there trying to start WWIII ain't he?? He needs to get his silly butt home to his beachfront mansion!

    July 30, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Every day I Look back Bill Clinton’s years in the white House , I wish and hope those days will come back again

    July 30, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. California Gary

    People forget how much he was hounded by the GOP and how they attempted to drive him from office.......and now we look back to those days with fondness. He is popular because it has become even more clear with the passage of time how effective he really was as the POTUS. We should listen to him now, because he knows of what he speaketh.......

    July 30, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. a

    That's a shame.

    July 30, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. Darryl

    My best years in Realestate and work was when he was in the W/H. He really is a great President. Too bad Bush destroyed the country and we all lost so much. I sure hope the people of this country stand behind President Obama and re-elect him. The economy needs to go back at least like it was when Clinton was in. Thats what the Pres and Clinton are trying to convey. Im sure they will and we can move this country forward just like Pres.Obama wants to. And get the Republicans out of Washington and their won't be anymore obstruction.

    July 30, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama


    July 30, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. Expat American

    Congratulations President Clinton!

    July 30, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Okay Former President Bill Clinton it's time to show the "GOP Boys" to either "Man Up or Shut Up" and stop making a whole lot of noise that amounts to nothing but obstruction and then bring in the "Top Gun", President Obama. It's time to RIP them a new one.

    July 30, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Expat American

    Bush and Cheney will remain at an all-time low. 20 years from now. 50 years from now. And when both men are long gone.

    Like Pol Pot and co., history won't forget the crimes of these two Republicans.

    July 30, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |

    I still believe in a place called Hope, a place called America.

    BILL CLINTON, speech at Democratic National Convention, August 29, 1996

    July 30, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. Larry L

    Democrats pick intelligent leaders who care about something besides the narrow-minded issues of angry, rich, bigoted white Evangelicals. Americans have now grown to appreciate the difference.

    July 30, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. george of the jungle

    Clinto was a good president. He understood foreign policy and people in general. THe repos will criticize his personal life but as politicans go he was a good one. I think he cares about people. He will be an assets the this campaign. Hie wife has been great. Forward 2012

    July 30, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. SafeJourney

    Go get 'em bubba

    July 30, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. sean

    President Clinton's claim to popularity is that he was lucky enough to follow, Regan and Bush. Otherwise, he would have only been known for screwing an intern, bombing the Chinese embassy and letting his wife take over the Democratic Party.

    July 30, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |

    I understand why he is speaking at the Democratic national convention. Clinton is much strong than President Obama, even though Clinton has been out of office for awhile. I doubt this will help Obama's chances in November.

    July 30, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  20. Zechariah14 third mishkan

    President Clinton welcome back keep your head up Mr president Clinton looking forward too seeing you delivered the one two punch to ole mitt at the DNC convention in Charlotte north Carolina on TV you are truely your brothers keeper in the president brotherhood you and president Obama shall go into the History
    as the two Greatest Democratic presidents
    Of the united states of America

    July 30, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. John

    Results are what matter............a 13 trillion $ increase in the stock market and a balanced budget.......he saved the country from the unsuccessful policies of the early 90's, and unfortunately they got back into power and now we must rely on Obama to overcome all of the damage they created between 2001-2009

    July 30, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. Celisti

    I would take Clinton any day over Obama!

    July 30, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. Liz the First

    Glad to see this. he was a great president who could've done even more if the 'right' hadn't been constantly persecuting him instead of governing the country. that seems to be a trend any more with rethugs. and he's done wonderful things since leaving office. the world is a better place because of Bill Clinton. wonder if he can run again in '16. if he did, he'd sure have my vote.

    July 30, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. UallRwrong

    It should be. We the smart Dems were shocked to see so many in our party go for an unproven. The Reps were loyal to theirs. We were happy to see Hillary, because we knew it would be Bill all over and what happened? They picked Obama. A citizen of Indonesia? He was American and then switched? You who picked a clear and present danger to run our country are not Democrats. You are Obamacrats. Plain and simple.

    July 30, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Congressional republicans are viewed less favorable than the communist party and Hugo Chavez. We knew you could do it GOPers. Your class war fare and war on women is paying off for you. Cheney is around 13% favorable, so that gives them something to shoot for.

    July 30, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
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