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Poll: 70% Say 'President Hillary' Better Than Obama

By Dave Eberhart   |   Monday, 02 Nov 2009 09:35 PM

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 27 percent of voters think Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be doing a better job as president, while 49 percent say she would be performing about the same. That’s about 70 percent that say a hypothetical ‘President Hillary’ would be doing as well or better than President Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, just 14 percent of U.S. voters say Hillary Clinton would be doing a worse job as president than Obama if she had won last year’s Democratic presidential nomination.

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Democrats who think things would be different with Clinton are evenly divided between whether they’d be better or worse. Republicans and unaffiliated voters who think things would be different tend to believe Clinton would have done a better job as President.

In other poll results:

  • Voters see Obama as more politically liberal than Clinton. Forty-nine percent say Clinton is a liberal, but 38 percent see her as a moderate. By comparison, 74 percent say Obama is a liberal, while just 20 percent view him as a moderate.

  • Voters are evenly divided as to whether Clinton would have had more influence if she stayed in the Senate rather than becoming secretary of State. Thirty-five percent say she would have had more influence, but 36 percent disagree. Twenty-nine percent aren’t sure.

  • Fifty-nine percent of voters at least somewhat approve of the job Clinton is doing as Secretary of State while 37 percent disapprove.

  • Most voters (54 percent) have a favorable opinion of Clinton, while 43 percent view her unfavorably. Twenty-four percent have a very favorable view, and just as many (23 percent) have a very unfavorable one.

  • While 76 percent of GOP voters and 52 percent of unaffiliated voters see Clinton as a political liberal, 61 percent of Democrats categorize her as a moderate. Fifty-nine percent of liberals think Clinton’s a moderate, too.

    As Hillary’s stock goes up, Obama's goes down.

    President Barack Obama’s overall job approval rating in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll fell below 50 percent for the first time in July. A month-by-month review of the president’s ratings shows they held steady in August and September -- before declining slightly last month.

    In other allied findings released by Rassmusen, voters weighed in on one of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s biggest challenges – the quagmire in Afghanistan.

  • With terrorist attacks an almost daily occurrence in Pakistan as troops there fight a widening Taliban front, 42 percent of all voters say it will be impossible for the United States to win the war in Afghanistan if Pakistan remains unstable.

  • Forty-five percent (45 percent) say it is possible for the United States to win the eight-year-old war in Afghanistan, but 29 percent do not and another 25 percent aren’t sure. Still, most voters say no firm timetable should be set for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

    Voters were almost evenly divided in late July over whether Clinton would challenge Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2012. Clinton has now vigorously on the record denied any interest in running again for the top office.

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