Poll: A quarter of Republicans say they may vote for Clinton in 2016
March 4th, 2014
05:52 PM ET
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Poll: A quarter of Republicans say they may vote for Clinton in 2016

Updated 6:20 p.m. ET, 3/4/2014

Washington (CNN) – If Hillary Clinton runs for President in 2016, a new poll finds she may have some support from an unlikely group: Republicans.

According to The Pew Research Center/USA Today poll, 8% of Republicans said there is a “good chance” and 17% said there was “some chance” they would vote for her in 2016. Seventy-four percent said there was no chance.

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Since ending her tenure as Secretary of State early last year, Clinton, who has not said whether she’ll run, has been the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Previous polls showed Clinton as the top pick of Democrats and Tuesday’s survey was no different: 87% of Democrats said there was a “good” or “some” chance they would vote for her, if she ran.

Liberal Democrats are the most excited, according to the poll. Eighty-seven percent want to see Clinton run, while nearly seven-in-10 (69%) of conservative and moderate Democrats want the same.

Although Clinton, also a former first lady and U.S. Senator, has not said whether she’ll mount a candidacy, former campaign staffers and confidants have built a sophisticated apparatus urging her to do so.

The latest poll delivered insight into how Clinton’s time as America’s top diplomat is viewed by Americans.

According to the poll, 12% of those surveyed said Clinton’s time at the State Department was the most positive aspect of her long career.

That number, however, is overshadowed by the 15% of Americans who said the deadly terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 was the most negative aspect of Clinton’s career.

That number jumps to 28 % among Republicans, who would be sure to make Benghazi a campaign issue if she launches a White House bid.

Some Republicans in Congress continue to push for answers for the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, and don’t believe Clinton has been held fully accountable.

Despite concerns about Benghazi, the Pew/USA Today poll found that a majority of Americans saw Clinton as tough, honest and not hard to like.

Likability has long been an issue that Clinton aides and confidants have sought to work on.

When Hillary Clinton weighed whether to run for Senate before her husband left the White House,
aides coached her on how to interact with the public and press, according to recently released documents from the Clinton presidential library.

“Don't be defensive. Look like you want the questions,” wrote Mandy Grunwald, a former aide, in a July 6, 1999, memo to Clinton. Later, she added, “Look for opportunities for humor.”

The issue came up again in 2008, when Clinton squared off with Barack Obama in the race for the Democratic nomination.

During a January 2008 debate in New Hampshire, Clinton was asked why people didn’t seem to like her as much as Obama.

“He's very likable," Clinton said. "I agree with that. I don't think I'm that bad."

Obama’s now famous response: “You're likable enough, Hillary, no doubt about it.”

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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Pander Bear

    If she runs, I'll vote for her. So will many others, and she'll win.

    March 4, 2014 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Orishaba Boniface

    Missing Hillary C as the 1st woman USA President, will take you more 50yrs to get another woman of her carriber.

    March 4, 2014 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. Republican supporter of Pres. Obama

    I would vote for her in a heartbeat. I seriously hope she runs. This country needs to sweep out the people who are holding our country back out of office as well. Bye bye ultra right wingers...time for rational thought.

    March 4, 2014 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. robert petty

    When pigs fly!

    March 4, 2014 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Quarter of republicans voted for Obama , what else is new .

    You think they would vote for Ted Cruz , Rand Paul or Marco Rubio ?

    The GOP doesn't elect smart candidates like JonHuntsman , they prefer the dumb and dumber non deep thinkers .

    March 4, 2014 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. Namewhodat

    Republican vote for who! Maybe if the only other choice was obama but its not.

    March 4, 2014 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. Chris-E...al

    Dont forget the clinton clown show will be arriving soon at your home town folks ! We prefer carpools and walkins at our events due to globle warming .thk u for ur co. op ! tk u tk u tk u .

    March 4, 2014 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  8. Chipster

    No matter who the Democratic Party runs in 2016, I do expect many Republicans to cross party lines. Senior citizens would be insane to vote for Republicans who have made it clear that they plan to gut Social Security and Medicare, programs that Seniors have invested decades of financial contributions to ensure retirement benefits. If the company raided the pension plan or 401k plans, or if their company stock tanks and the Execs walk away with the profits; at least Social Security has been a safety net. (Think ENRON!). Women? Do you really think the right-wing religious fanatics in the GOP want you to make decisions on your own? The GOP has become a gigantic Fact -Free Zone. Whatever they can say to scare voters and make them angry enough to vote works for them. The party of fear, prejudice, and coordinated exaggeration? Thanks, but no thanks.

    March 4, 2014 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  9. Bubba

    When the GOP stops running bought off Tea Party Nutjobs, then the Moderate Republicans (aka RINOS) like me will come back. Until then, say hello to President Hillary and the first of her two terms.

    March 4, 2014 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. S. B. Stein

    Given the many problems with some of the top GOP names like Christie and Walker, this isn't a huge surprise to me.

    March 4, 2014 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  11. hoangdung

    A landslide winning finds from now in election 2016 Hillary !

    March 4, 2014 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  12. sonnie3

    I see the word may vote/ Well I for one don't think Hillary will overcome he baggage in the debates.
    We need someone new and not a rehash of old dirty dish water. Time for BIG change.

    March 4, 2014 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  13. Dee

    You have got to be kidding me! What Republicans are they talking to? As a female and a Republican it would be a disgrace for Hillary Clinton to be the President. She needs to be held responsible for Bengazi and her total lack of respect for those men and their families who lost their lives there. She doesn't deserve to be elects dog catcher. If she is the candidate I hope they are not afraid to go after her with ALL her dirt in the past like they were afraid to go after Obama since they would both be the first non white male President. I would love to see a competent Black man or woman or a woman of any race be President IF they are qualified. HILLARY IS NOT AND NEITHER IS OBAMA!

    March 4, 2014 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  14. Tommycolorad

    I just can't get past Benghazi... How can she expect me to trust her when she is so easily willing to go with a made-up story connecting the attack and a youtube video about Allah?! This only tells me that she will lie again in order to get what she wants, power and the presidency. Sure, most politicians lie, but this is one reeks with arrogance.

    March 5, 2014 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  15. Logic_Is_Not_Common_Sense

    I really don't want to see another Bush or Clinton within 1000 miles of the white house

    March 5, 2014 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  16. Charles

    Can anyone think of why a Woman in America would vote Republican today? I think Hillary will win by double digits. Women and people of conscounce are tired of the Republican Tea Party White Male Fundamentalist Agenda and bigotry. They do not want women, minorities, athiests, non Christians, gays and lesbians, normal Christians, the poor, the unemployed and the sick to vote for them. Kind of narrow the voter ranks a bit.

    They need a huge defeat to realize they are dinosaurs, out of date, bigoted reminants of the Confederacy, and that most Americans are proud to live in a country where a woman can run for President, a Black American can be President, where people can marry who they love, that everyone has a chance and a place in society and not just as some rich guys survant.

    March 5, 2014 03:07 am at 3:07 am |

    Radical extremist Guns Over People tea potty wingnut heads explode nationwide. They are terrified of Hillary.

    March 5, 2014 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  18. Tim

    End the Clinton dynasty. This is not a democracy when family members run our country.

    March 5, 2014 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  19. Ima Wright

    Hmmmm. I know lots of people on both sides of the fence politically. I don't know about your poll, but not a single conservative I know has ever said they would support Hilary. Very polarizing individual, despite her qualifications. I'm not saying that no conservatives would change sides, but I think those numbers may be not as high as the predictions. It's a little too early to make the claim before the right picks their candidates. Imjustsayin

    March 5, 2014 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  20. Jan Nappylotto

    Hillary is not even officially running, but CNN is more than willing to run their reputation into the ground by running a new Hillary story every day.
    CNN = Clinton News Network. All Clinton, all the time. Forget about Ofailure! It's Clinton time!!!

    March 5, 2014 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  21. Name

    No way will she become president. Push all you want. Bengazi will haunt her and trust me, someone will go to jail.

    March 5, 2014 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  22. Paul Tan

    Hog wash. True Republicans will never support the likes of Hillary Clinton, or any liberal agenda for that matter. Most certainly not this conservative Republican!

    March 5, 2014 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  23. SchedulerLewis

    Those who identified themselves as Republicans are sick and tired of the GOP show in Congress. They dig in their heels and refuse to allow the wheels of government to turn. I am a long time conservative, but these clowns have got me looking at all others. There is NO leadership. NO goals. NO message. NO working alternatives to the crap we have now that isn't working but they rail against it with no solutions.
    I'm sick and tired of all of them!

    March 5, 2014 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  24. Rosa

    Yes! She is the man. Go girl!

    March 5, 2014 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  25. Chewy

    Wow... this is another desperate attempt to pull off another democrat deception.
    But there are many low intellect sheeple who will believe this political deception.
    Just remember "If you like your healthcare you can keep your healthcare" and
    Hillary Clinton said. "What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?" IT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE.

    March 5, 2014 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
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