The most popular politician in America. . .

. . .is Hillary Clinton:

The most popular national political figure in America today is one who was rejected by her own party three years ago: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans hold a favorable view of her and one-third are suffering a form of buyer’s remorse, saying the U.S. would be better off now if she had become president in 2008 instead of Barack Obama. . . .

While 34 percent say things would be better under a Clinton administration, almost half — 47 percent — say things would be about the same and 13 percent say worse. . . .

Republicans are slightly more inclined than the national average to think the U.S. would be better off with Clinton running the country, with 39 percent saying so. A majority of Democrats — 57 percent — say things would be the same. . . .

A plurality of Tea Party supporters — 44 percent — say the U.S. would be better off with Hillary Clinton as president, even though 59 percent of those respondents have an unfavorable impression of her. . . .

She is more likable to women, with 68 percent holding a favorable view, compared to 59 percent of men. All age groups hold favorable views of Clinton, although those 65 years and older are more fawning, with 68 percent in that group holding a favorable view.

Ninety percent of Democrats like Clinton, compared to 35 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of independents.

Those in the northeast U.S. are her biggest backers, with 77 percent there holding a favorable view, compared to 59 percent in the South and West and 64 percent in the Midwest.

via Clinton Popularity Prompts Buyer’s Remorse – Bloomberg.

 

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Pete

    A rising tide lifts all boats. A sinking ship lowers all standards.

  • Pete

    A rising tide lifts all boats. A sinking ship lowers all standards.

  • SKPeterson

    And a politician that no one will really vote for is a safe harbor.

  • SKPeterson

    And a politician that no one will really vote for is a safe harbor.

  • http://www.roundunvarnishedtale.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I have a nagging fear that Obama is going to decide not to run again (there are reports that he is clinically depressed) and that Hillary will step in and win (first woman president) and we’ll have four more years of this (because Hillary will just carry on what he started).

  • http://www.roundunvarnishedtale.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I have a nagging fear that Obama is going to decide not to run again (there are reports that he is clinically depressed) and that Hillary will step in and win (first woman president) and we’ll have four more years of this (because Hillary will just carry on what he started).

  • Jonathan

    Mr. Obama is a true believer. He cannot not run for reelection.

  • Jonathan

    Mr. Obama is a true believer. He cannot not run for reelection.

  • Carl Vehse

    “The most popular politician in America”

    Major contender for the Oxymoron-of-the-Year Award.

  • Carl Vehse

    “The most popular politician in America”

    Major contender for the Oxymoron-of-the-Year Award.

  • Cincinnatus

    Hillary is at least leagues more competent, which may or may not be a good thing (i.e., she’ll be much more capable at crafting and implementing the policies of her party; Obama has generally failed at that rather large task).

    Cheryl@3: Where are you finding these reports about Obama’s depression? Is this merely a rumor?

    Jonathan@4: A true believer in what? Obama, despite his “soaring” rhetoric, has in practice behaved not much differently than this predecessor, allowed Congress to hammer out the fundamentals of his policies, and demonstrated that he has much more in common with the corporatist “right” than the “socialist” left. He has been, in short, a consummate pragmatist panderer.

  • Cincinnatus

    Hillary is at least leagues more competent, which may or may not be a good thing (i.e., she’ll be much more capable at crafting and implementing the policies of her party; Obama has generally failed at that rather large task).

    Cheryl@3: Where are you finding these reports about Obama’s depression? Is this merely a rumor?

    Jonathan@4: A true believer in what? Obama, despite his “soaring” rhetoric, has in practice behaved not much differently than this predecessor, allowed Congress to hammer out the fundamentals of his policies, and demonstrated that he has much more in common with the corporatist “right” than the “socialist” left. He has been, in short, a consummate pragmatist panderer.

  • Carl Vehse

    At a recent United Nations Open Partnership event a group of world leaders were asked which one of them was the most incompetent idiot of all.

  • Carl Vehse

    At a recent United Nations Open Partnership event a group of world leaders were asked which one of them was the most incompetent idiot of all.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    @6 call me a cynic but I thought the real platform of both parties is to get votes, then give deals to donors, then collect benefits for themselves.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    @6 call me a cynic but I thought the real platform of both parties is to get votes, then give deals to donors, then collect benefits for themselves.

  • –helen

    By that definition, two of us are cynics, sg.

    Cynic: an idealist clobbered by reality

  • –helen

    By that definition, two of us are cynics, sg.

    Cynic: an idealist clobbered by reality

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Hilary who?

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Hilary who?

  • HistoryProfBrad

    As I tell my students, the most popular politicians are those who are either dead or out of power.

  • HistoryProfBrad

    As I tell my students, the most popular politicians are those who are either dead or out of power.

  • Michael

    I think Hillary is smarter than Obama and would make a better president, but I doubt she would get elected. First, she lacks a lot of Obama’s charisma, and second, a lot of men and women are very threated by a smart woman. I think a bimbo or an “aw shucks” kind of gal would have a better chance of winning.

  • Michael

    I think Hillary is smarter than Obama and would make a better president, but I doubt she would get elected. First, she lacks a lot of Obama’s charisma, and second, a lot of men and women are very threated by a smart woman. I think a bimbo or an “aw shucks” kind of gal would have a better chance of winning.

  • helen

    If you mean Sarah Palin, forget it!

  • helen

    If you mean Sarah Palin, forget it!


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