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. A great president

    Bill Clinton was a great president, we had great economy, he reduced spending, balanced budgets and so much more then Bush came along and destroyed everything that Bill Clinton did for this country.

    July 31, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. JRH

    But wait... I thought Bill Clinton was the devil incarnate!?! He certainly was when he was in office, according to a lot of people. Funny about that. I can't see Dumbya being wildly popular 15 years from now.

    July 31, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. marty

    There are high ranking persons in the political realm who genuinely worked toward helping ordinary people better their lives before, and especially after, their terms in office. Ted Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton. Bush 41 did some work under the leadership of Bill Clinton. There were others who gave some of their time but none have had the staying power of former , Carter and Clinton and former Senator Kennedy, Democrats who put people before or on an equal basis with party. President Clinton paid dearly for his personal misdeeds but they did not affect the economy, alter legislation or start a war.
    He remains a 'people president'. He will help Americans understand the difference between the people candidate, Obama and the money candidate, Romney. Hopefully, citizens will listen.

    July 31, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  4. JD

    One of the best Presidents we ever had. The only one to balance our budget and put it in the black. Such a shame that the one following him spent it all and put us in the red!

    July 31, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. sacreblue2

    Contrasted also to the popularity of the Bushes –> Pftttttttt.

    July 31, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. Steven Colo

    Meanwhile, Bush and Cheney are being requested to stay far away from the Republican convention, as the GOP don't want the American people to know that the policies they're currently advocating failed miserably for eight years.

    July 31, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  7. john

    I thought the tag for this article was inappropriate, "Bill Clinton's high approval." I mean, after all, he said he didn't inhale.

    July 31, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. voter in ohio

    I hope he can energize all the independent and dems to get out and vote.
    This election is very important and if we don't want the completion of a Charles Dickens
    society we need to vote more democrats in–from top to bottom.

    July 31, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. John

    How easily we forget that it was Bill Clinton and his regime that pushed for and got NAFTA signed into law. This law was the government's stamp of approval to open the borders so our jobs could outsourced, mainly to Mexico. What happened after that is history.

    July 31, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  10. Texas Bob

    What a contrast in parties. The Democrats want to help and get America back on top. Thanks Bill!! While the Republicans are not attending because they really don't care?? GW Bush!

    July 31, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  11. Steve

    Clinton is probably the most popular President we have had since 1990. He did some good things and knew how to work with what he had in front of him. I just can't believe he can stump for this President after the humiliating things Obama did to he and Hillary in 2008. He will probably speak at the convention and go vote for Romney!

    July 31, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  12. What?

    Of course, as immoral behavior continues to become acceptable the country will elect more immoral politicians.

    July 31, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    I didn't vote for him. I will say, though, that my opinion of President Clinton has grown much more positive as time goes on. I believe history will be very kind to this man. A salute to you, Bubba!

    July 31, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. Wake up people

    President Clinton, a great President. I loved him and supported him then and now. But an even brighter star has shined through and that is President Obama, my favorite President EVER! Thanks for all your support President Clinton!

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 31, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  15. MaryM

    We are looking forward to Clintons speech

    July 31, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  16. damnyankee

    I think President Reagan and President Clinton were two of our best presidents in modern times. I wish President Clinton would consider running against President Obama in November as he is a strong ally of small business owners, a fan of free enterprise, and he's NOT a fan of generational welfare recipients. He is completely 180 degrees from President Obama and in these harsh economic times, President Clinton would be the ideal President for the next 4 years.

    July 31, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  17. StanSitwell

    LOVE Clinton. I wish we could put him back in the office. Everybody made money when he was in office. Plus, the man's about as smooth as possible. WAY smoother than Obama. If the human race ever needed to meet with aliens, I'd want Bill Clinton to be mankind's delegate.

    July 31, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  18. Big George in Big D

    ONLY a liberal democrat can be so up Clinton's you-know-what! The most morally corrupt POTUS ever, impeached and yet still draws followers. If he were a republican, the liberals would still be cutting him down.

    July 31, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  19. bb

    Anything to keep off The ECONOMY and Oblunder, wake up america Oblameo is evil, inept and the worst pres we ever have had (yes worst than bush)

    July 31, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  20. neil

    And Obama is no clinton nor is Romney.

    July 31, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  21. SHADES

    the fact that liberals still worship this sad excuse for a man tells me all I need to know about their values

    July 31, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  22. judy

    I believe that if Bill Clinton ran forthe presidency again he would win again, hey everyone deserves a second chance. i believe he was the best president we had, eventhough he messed up big time with that Lewinsky or whatever her name was, stil everyone loved him and still do. I know he would be better than the ones who are running for office, unless he to is trying to lead us into this one world order evil mess and get us into a war because thats where we are headed with the ones that are running now. is so sad that no one, especially my christian brothers and sisters, do not see the signs of the end times. the people of the world need to wake up and pay attention at whats happening in the world and read the book of Revelation and Matthew 24 because thats where we are at now. WAKE UP!!!!!!!

    July 31, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. Dj 54

    Yea and now all we need to do is change the BEYOND dated rule that a person can only serve TWO terms as president. I don't get that in today's age. If the whole country actually voted for him, then why shouldn't he be allowed to serve again??? Not particularly just for Clinton but for any President.

    July 31, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  24. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Even a broken Clock is right twice a day. It has been rumored that Clinton is going "Off the Range, this Election.

    July 31, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  25. Pure

    In other news, research shows Bill Clinton's family tree ties him to Colonel Sanders

    July 31, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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