Hillary Clinton Tops Political Popularity Ladder

Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 02:54 PM

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ranks at the top of the political popularity pyramid nationally, beating even President Barack Obama, in a new Bloomberg National Poll. What’s more, the president needs to look no farther than across the dinner table to see another woman, Michelle, who beats him in the poll, and rather handily, at that.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Michelle, BloombergHillary Clinton garnered a 64 percent favorability rating in the poll, with first lady Michelle Obama close behind at 62 percent, and the president a distant 53 percent, Politics Daily reports.

In this ranking of political figures, including media personalities, Jon Stewart, the liberal host of Comedy Central’s mock newscast, "The Daily Show," settled into fourth at 39 percent, just one percentage point ahead of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck was next at 34 percent.

It’s quite a turnaround for Clinton, who had alienated quite a bit of the public by the end of her presidential campaign in 2008, Politics Daily noted, adding these observations: “Her status is so elevated these days that there's serious speculation in Washington that (A) she will run as Obama's vice presidential candidate in 2012; (B) will replace Robert Gates at the Pentagon; and (C) will run for president in 2016. Political insiders may differ on which route she will take, but almost all of them agree that she will run for president in 2016.”

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, BloombergPolitics Daily was equally laudatory of Michelle's showing, noting, that, after weathering criticism that she didn't seem proud of her country, she has emerged as the "engaging champion of good living and healthy eating, a fashion plate and sought-after speaker, a smart partner to the guy in the White House."

Despite voters’ anger at establishment politicians of all stripes, the Democratic Party drew a favorable rating of 47 percent, the GOP of 45 percent, and the tea party of 41 percent.

In terms of policy, 31 percent of respondents said the nation is heading in the right direction, while 64 percent think the opposite. Almost half of the respondents say unemployment is the country’s biggest issue, compared with 27 percent who listed the deficit and 10 percent who cited healthcare.

The Republicans’ Pledge to America showed some appeal in the poll, with 48 percent of respondents saying it’s a good idea, compared with 39 percent who poll the opposite.

The poll shows no love for the new healthcare law, with 47 percent of respondents saying it should be repealed, compared to 42 percent who don’t favor repeal.

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