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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Approval Rating Near Career All-Time High

March 30, 2011

I’m not at all surprised. Secretary Clinton is a work horse, not a show horse and she knows the details of virtually every foreign policy issue around the world, backwards and forwards. Perhaps most importantly, she knows how to articulate the United State’s foreign policy agenda in a way that the American people can understand, unlike President Obama, who shows little emotion or depth, seems aloof and has a tendency to treat the American people like we are all his collective students sitting in on the most boring lecture ever.

From Gallup:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating from Americans is now 66%, up from 61% in July 2010 and her highest rating to date while serving in the Obama administration. The current rating is just one percentage point below her all-time high rating of 67%, from December 1998.


…more than 60% of Americans viewed her favorably in all three measures Gallup has taken since she assumed her State Department job, and she scored 65% in January 2009 just prior to President Barack Obama being sworn in.

The latest results are from a March 25-27 Gallup poll conducted while the United States was actively involved in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya, a policy Clinton reportedly advocated. The same poll finds Clinton rated more positively than other top administration officials. Obama receives a 54% favorable rating, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, 52%, and Vice President Joe Biden, 46%.

How are the other major members of the administration faring?

Just as an aside, I can’t help but wonder if the reason Gallup didn’t ask about the popularity of other cabinet members because they know most Americans have no idea who is in the Cabinet and if so, that’s a very sad statement about the govt/civics knowledge-base of the voting public. What’s striking is that we have a 24 hour cable news cycle and yet rather than that resulting in people being more informed, people almost seem less informed. Pathetic.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Vcal permalink
    March 30, 2011 6:53 pm

    This is extraordinary! Impossible for anybodynot to see how a real public servant she is and a great LEADERHillary 2012!

    • From Across The Seas permalink
      August 27, 2011 9:40 pm

      I completely agree with you on this. Hillary Clinton has the spine it takes to be a good leader- and indeed the one that will lead America out of its dire condition. This comes from a foreign perspective. I, and many surrounding me, all hope to see Clinton challenge Obama in 2012.

  2. Thain permalink
    March 30, 2011 7:03 pm

    With all due respect Vcal, Hillary’s not running for President in 2012. 2016? Maybe. I hope she runs in 2016 and I wish she would be on the VP ticket in 2012 instead of Biden but he’s a hanger-on unfortunately.

    All these people who are pushing her to run in 2012 seem to not care about one thing- what Hillary does or doesn’t want to do. I can’t read her mind and she doesn’t chat with me about her plans but given she’s said that if Obama is reelected she’s staying on as SOS for a brief period into the second term in order to help a smooth transition for the next SOS I don’t see how all these people on Facebook etc. realistically think she’s running.

    One thing thats become clear about Secy Clinton is that she’s incredibly loyal to the Democratic party even though the Democratic party doesn’t real deserve such loyalty most of the time but she and Bill ARE the Democratic party. In other words, she wouldn’t run against her boss because she would probably be worried it would hurt the Democratic party and benefit the GOP and people that think she would primary Obama don’t give her enough credit for her loyalty. Love Obama or hate him, she just wouldn’t do it.

    • Vcal permalink
      March 30, 2011 8:49 pm

      I agree with you that she wouldn’t run against BO; I’m just sharing my very deepest wish that the unDemocratic party will see that Hillary is much more popular among Dems,Indep and rep as we can see on Gallop, and they’d support and encourage her to run instead of him because we all know that she’s more capable and a natural leader than he is; that’s why I wrote hillary 2012! This is my dream and I have hope that it could became true as the time goes on, not that I affirm that it will happen!

  3. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    March 30, 2011 9:38 pm

    She is SO set up for a run in 2016. Please, oh please, Madam Secretary — make history, and make millions of Americans deliriously happy. And it won’t be a phony hopey-changey kind of happiness. It will be a true sea change in American history.

    • Terry permalink
      March 30, 2011 10:17 pm

      Carolyn et al. Don’t you think if she has a couple of years off (i.e. 2012 to 2014) she might reconsider? Still working for the Clinton Global Initiative is also probably pretty attractive to her. They do really good work and she could spend some time with her husband who she loves.

      Writing and speech making, and also teaching will probably make her lots of money after this SOS stint. Is anyone else coming up the democratic rank and file who would have any chance against the republicans in 2016? It’s hers for the taking it seems but there is always going to be an anti-Clinton part of the party who will want to stop her. Both she and Bill love politics and part of her tenure as SOS has got to be killing her when she can’t get out there and work for the party.

      • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
        March 31, 2011 2:05 am

        @Terry – Yes, I’ve wondered and hoped the same thing (two years off might lead her to reconsider). I also believe — despite past resentment towards her and the party’s utter betrayal of her in 2008 — Democratic “elders” will be begging her to run. Heck, now she is THE Democratic elder, isn’t she? As you suggest, I’d think the nomination is hers if she wants it.

      • March 31, 2011 5:22 am

        Yeah, 2016 looks like her best bet if she so chooses. It gives her time to raise money, which she can’t do as SOS and clearly her popularity and the job she did as State will only help. But who knows. I’d love her to run but I also realize she’s spent decades in public service and I would totally understand if she chose to do something else at this point.

  4. PYW permalink
    March 31, 2011 10:49 am

    Seeing her approval rating is 92 percent about Dems, I wonder how many of them now wish they’d backed her instead of Obama in the primaries.

  5. Bea permalink
    April 1, 2011 1:26 am

    Hillary has been far more popular than Obama for quite some time now. As you said, she’s a work horse and not a show horse. How many vacations did Obama take last year? Was it 8 or 9? I don’t think that Hillary has had 1 week vacation since she became SOS. No wonder she’s exhausted!!!

    Unfortunately for the country, Hillary is far more loyal to the Democratic party than they deserve after the way they stabbed her in the back in 2008. I ony hope that she changes her mind in 2016 and runs again for president. She has more than proven her mettle.

  6. fobaker permalink
    April 25, 2011 10:43 pm

    Like her domestic policies or not, we could sleep well if this lady was in charge of this country , foreign or terrorist issues.She would take charge!!!!

  7. January 26, 2013 11:26 am

    Everyone loves Hillary.

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