Clinton Far More Popular Than Obama
Secretary of state trumps him 75%-51%
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2009 4:40 PM CST
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about human rights, Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, during an address at Georgetown University in Washington.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton may not be president, but she's more popular for it: the secretary of state enjoys much higher approval ratings than her boss and former rival. A poll of self-described "news watchers" gave Clinton a 75% approval rating, with 21% disapproval, while Obama's numbers were 51%-45%.

Clinton's ratings are driven by her relatively strong numbers from Republicans, 57% of whom approved of her, versus 19% for Obama. The two were closer among Democrats, with Clinton at 96% approval and Obama 93%. The president of the nonpartisan Clarus Research Group tells Politico that the numbers bode well for Clinton if she chooses to run again.