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Bill, Hillary Clinton See Surging Poll Numbers

Sunday, 16 Aug 2009 08:14 PM

A week after he secured the release of two American journalists in North Korea, Bill Clinton enjoys a better favorable rating than his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a new poll reveals.

In the Rasmussen Reports survey, 58 percent of respondents said they view the former president favorably, and 40 percent view him unfavorably. A Rasmussen poll released last week found that 53 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of Hillary, and 43 percent have an unfavorable view.

The former president flew to North Korea to negotiate the release of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were arrested in March near the border with China.

His mission ended just as Hillary was leaving on a 12-day, 7-nation trip to Africa. Apparently fatigued, she bristled Monday when she heard a Congolese university student ask what Bill thought about an international financial matter.

"My husband is not secretary of state, I am," she snapped. "I am not going to be channeling my husband."

But Obama may need to be channeling Hillary's success soon.

As Obama's approval ratings have dropped precipitously this summer, a Fox News Opinion Dynamics poll shows Hillary with a 66 percent approval job rating, up from 56 percent in April.

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