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

(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.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about human rights, Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, during an address at Georgetown University in Washington.
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)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is introduced prior to speaking about human rights, Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at Georgetown University in Washington.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is introduced prior to speaking about human rights, Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at Georgetown University in Washington.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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