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. gwats1957

    When Clinton was President, I bought my first home. Before he left office, I bought my second and best home. When Bush became President, I had to file Bankruptcy to KEEP my home. I've recovered financially, but I will never forget the sting and embarrassment of that BK filing. I would die before I would ever pull a vote lever for a Republican.

    July 30, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Name Kenney John

    Bill Clinton, for me,is the best president America has ever had.Every body has his or her weakness. He balanced the budget & left a suplus which Bush & Republicans devoured like a wolf. Secondly, God is with Clinton just as he is with Obama. If you force your way to the top any where, you screw -up big time as Bush did. Let's be sincere as a people & put together how much money we spent in that senseless war in Iraq which he didn't pay for. Obama is now paying the price as the president.

    July 30, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. Al

    Bill Clinton, is so popular with the Democratic Politicians, especially the males as they still expect that Bill will be bringing the bimbos to the party. If he's really good he might get Monica to come to the party and be there for some dip and a cigar.

    July 30, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. gt

    not bad for a guy who never got 50% of the votes....thanks ross for four good yrs...

    July 30, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. Bill in Florida

    Public view of George Dubya Bush, on the other hand, are probably closer 70-30 UNfavorable. And rightly so...

    July 30, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. dubya.

    Bubba would be a great VP!!!

    July 30, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. helenecha

    I have a hard time saying that it's not the stunning news, but I'm willing to see the Presidents of those who are very proud of themselves. Unlike Obama, Clinton didn't make American people feel exhausted. Good for him!

    July 30, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  8. BillClintonWinsAgain

    Of course Bill Clinton has high approval ratings. His presidency was a huge success even after the scandal broke, He loves cheeseburgers (don't we all), and his administration is now the high point of Demcratic politics. Obama can do a lot with Bill Clinton's support. If only Clinton were allowed to run again, I'd be voting for him for years to come.

    July 30, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. LibCom

    "The Gallup poll was conducted from July 9-12 surveying a random sample of 1,014 adults." Wow this poll is so accurate!

    July 30, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. MikeB

    Obama's Mentor.
    When the going gets tough for Obama; who does he call? Bill Clinton.
    Will Obama's 2nd Term be Bill Clinton's 4th Term. We already know Bill was helping Obama through his 1st Term.
    Just how many strings does the Puppet Obama have?

    July 30, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. neil

    Bill Clinton was a great president and if it weren't for the idiot republicans could have been a lot greater.That's the gop for ya putting politics ahead of the countrys welfare.Every single one of them should be voted out or just give them Texas and Arizona and let their feeble politics be the end of them.

    July 30, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  12. Lenny Pincus

    No surprise. Flawed, but a great president.

    July 30, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  13. Charles Obioha ,MD

    Then Hilary should be at least 80% if bill is 66%.if Hilary does not run in 2012 then I will renounce my citizenship !!!!!! Seriously she makes us proud and though I like Bill, hillary is more astute and more cautious with her utterances .

    July 30, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  14. gargle

    getting our federal budget into a surplus is quite commendable and memorable given our federal spending in the last 100 years. Too bad it was completely ruined almost as soon as he left office....

    July 30, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  15. Skadams

    Good for Clinton. It took having an inept, inexperienced, far left radical marxist who pushed the economy over the cliff for everyone to appreciate him. 20 years ago, everyone saw him as a slimy a hole who had extra martial affairs while governor and president. After Obama, everyone's thinking he's not so bad.

    July 30, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  16. Dave

    Very telling statistic on the growing level of stupidity in America. No wonder Obama hasn`t been impeached yet.

    July 30, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  17. skipper Sam

    Clinton 2016 Hillary President but Big Bill VP

    July 30, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  18. peggy smith

    this is really something- a simple thing as produce your financials give account of yourself to the American people the folks you want to Vote you in office – what are you hidding? – why are your covering yourself now that you are the public's servant? Since you are unwilling to open up your tax return information – WE the people ought to know better than to put the ONE in office. THE POOR AND MID CLASS MUST HAVE A RELIEF – FAIR AND EQUAL CHANCE OF A DECENT WAY OF LIFE. 1000 OVER THE $200,000 WOULD PAY THEIR TAXES AT THE 33.33% LIKE us middle class folks No no loop holes hey the national debt would be paid off in less than 5years!

    July 30, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  19. Randy, San Francisco

    Thank you President Clinton. During your stewardship, economy was good with a budget surplus at the end of your 2nd term. Too bad it didn't last, no thanks to Mr. Bush, GOP neoconservatives and crooks on Wall Street.

    July 30, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  20. peggy smith

    JUST TAX THEM – THE JOBLESS IS now anyway lest we can get outta the national debt overhead – and work towards creating jobs and Lowering Taxes forever! open up the land and grow food end the starving in America – every body ought to have a place to sleep in america – affordable decent housing – everybody should been afforded doctors care!!!!!!!!!! we dont have No poor Doctors in America - when is enough money made – our Sports players -- Please we ought Not have a poor class!

    July 31, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  21. Haha

    That will never happen to either Bush's for good reason.

    July 31, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  22. judith

    Good for Bill and he's going to have a large role at our convention. Meanwhile Bush and Cheney will be nowhere to be seen at the GOP get-together. Bill Clinton is living proof that Democrats know how to govern much better than Republicans.

    July 31, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  23. 0rangeW3dge

    Over 60% is better than when he was Prez...but I suppose that's to be expected. You can see how they bash the sitting President.
    Bill was a real "People Person"...Too bad he let the jackals get too can bet he won't do that again..
    I wonder if Chelsea will make a good President  ~^ ~^

    July 31, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  24. Josh

    Ironic. People forget what happened under Clinton, some with republican help. DADT was under Clinton. Pushing mortgage giants to be much more open with loaning because "everyone deserves a home" helped push the housing bubble. Glass-Steagall was repealed during his time as president. He gets remembered fondly because the economy was doing well under him. It is forgotten that a few of the things that went wrong with the economy had their roots in his administration.

    July 31, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  25. adam

    A quick look at the Gallup poll website linked to by this very article reveals that Clinton is viewed UNfavorably by Republicans 50-44%, not favorably.

    This is one reason Jon Stewart is so popular - for calling out the lazy, shoddy 'journalism' practiced by the larger national media outlets.

    July 31, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
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