Gallup: Wartime president gets highest rating in years

posted at 10:12 am on March 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

This makes complete sense.  At the beginning of a military mission, the American people usually get behind a strong, decisive leader, regardless of whether they have full confidence in the mission itself.  When an American can bend global efforts to our objectives — and especially if the leader can overcome high-ranking resistance to achieve those ends — it almost always plays well in the first blush of conflict and gives confidence of victory.

Too bad this isn’t Barack Obama, huh?

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. …

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%.

As Gallup points out, this is Hillary’s highest rating since the impeachment scandal, but she’d better enjoy it while she can.  She has gotten credit for pushing Obama to take some kind of leadership role in a military action that was going to happen with or without us (along with two other women in the administration, Samantha Power and Susan Rice).  If the fallout from bungling the intelligence on the rebels that Clinton pushed Obama into helping gets too heavy to ignore — especially if it turns out that al-Qaeda is heavily invested in it — Hillary will become the sacrificial lamb, and not without justification.

This rating puts Hillary far out in front as the most popular member of the administration, at least among those mention in Gallup’s survey.  She’s 12 points up on her boss, whose unfavorable numbers are the highest of the four at 43%. Interestingly, Gallup doesn’t poll on other administration figures, such as Tim Geithner, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, or others.  I’d guess that their popularity wouldn’t even threaten Joe Biden’s standing as fourth on this list.  It is interesting, though, to see Gates fall to third with a 52/22 and 27% having no opinion at all at the start of military operations.


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well, if you believe Hillary, then you can’t believe Gates.

kelley in virginia on March 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Behold what kind of fraud you can get away with when the MSM is in your back pocket.

NickDeringer on March 31, 2011 at 10:16 AM

lol…nice Ed. Had me fooled for a minute. Should have kept this post for tommorrow.

unseen on March 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Gallup: Wartime president gets highest rating in years

*ahem.. that’s ‘kinetic military action-time president’ if you don’t mind…./

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Too bad with Hillary’s links to both this administration and the “kinetic military action” in Libya, she’s effectively killed any chance she had at a primary challenge in 2012.

Doughboy on March 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Well then I suppose PBHO will just have to ramp up the military presence in Libya, at least until after November of 2012.

Bishop on March 31, 2011 at 10:19 AM

she wasn’t going to run, I don’t think

kelley in virginia on March 31, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Hillary > Obama

Abby Adams on March 31, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Hitlery lied. Some poor Arabs died.

abobo on March 31, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Interestingly, Gallup doesn’t poll on other administration figures, such as Tim Geithner, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, or others. I’d guess that their popularity wouldn’t even threaten Joe Biden’s standing as fourth on this list.

oh noes. Sheriff Joe just got messed with!

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 10:20 AM

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Isn’t it “time-limited, scope limited military action” now?

catmman on March 31, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Is that a kinetic poll? I can’t believe anyone in this administration has those high ratings. In two years I have only seen one Obama bumper-sticker and have yet to talk to anyone who supports him….

tinkerthinker on March 31, 2011 at 10:23 AM

The pants suit wagging the dog

Hening on March 31, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Isn’t it “time-limited, scope limited military action” now?

catmman on March 31, 2011 at 10:23 AM

yeah, but ‘time-limited, scope-limited-time president’ just doesn’t have the same ring as ‘kinetic-military action-time president’…..or something. I mean nothing says “the outcome of this isn’t on our shoulders” like the combination of “kinetic” “military” and “action.”//

Semantics

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Has it ever happened that there wasn’t a bump for the President when he is “defending” the country.

No bounce for the SOTU and now no war bump.

That signals that others, besides me, are deeply skeptical of whatever he does. You can’t believe a word he says… if you can even figure out what that is day to day.

petunia on March 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Her favorability and Palin’s lack of doesn’t say much
for Americans……..very sad.

lilium on March 31, 2011 at 10:27 AM

2012 primary, anyone?

You might say, “she already said no,” but we know this better than our own names: when confronted with good poll data, a Clinton’s statements are negotiable.

KingGold on March 31, 2011 at 10:27 AM

What we’ll find out shortly is the rebels are someone we trust less than Qaddafi and leaving him in power was our best choice. Obama let Hillary goad him into this showing she’s got bigger ones than he does. Problem is, she put her saddle on the wrong horse. We’ll soon learn she can’t be trusted with that 3 am phone call either.

TulsAmerican on March 31, 2011 at 10:29 AM

This makes complete sense. At the beginning of a military mission, the American people usually get behind a strong, decisive leader, regardless of whether they have full confidence in the mission itself.

Yeah? So why’d his numbers go up?

TugboatPhil on March 31, 2011 at 10:31 AM

We have a wartime president? Who knew.

abcurtis on March 31, 2011 at 10:33 AM

semi kinda related but OT: speaking of wonderful women..*cough* take a minute and browse Ace’s post regarding Wonder Woman’s costume selection and, of course, the comments. gold stars, gold lassos, and comedy gold…

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Well for once this isn’t Bush’s fault now. Is it?

capejasmine on March 31, 2011 at 10:34 AM

She’s got thighs that go jingle-jangle-jingle!

Naturally Curly on March 31, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Items like this convince me that most people are as dumb as a box of rocks. How could any rational person give Hillary positive ratings after the horrible things she did while her corrupt husband was in office? If she wasn’t lying about land deals, she was destroying lives in the travel office or hiding files (I dunno where the files went?!) or helping hubby to sell the Lincoln bedroom or stealing WH furniture.

TheBlueSite on March 31, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Gallup is an arm of the Democrat party. They don’t deserve mention.

Keemo on March 31, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Meanwhile, none of my representatives have voted on anything. If any service members from my district or state die in this conflict, they will have done so at the whim of the president, rather than the people. How does this not make more people mad???

ernesto on March 31, 2011 at 10:37 AM

I think her wanting to arm Al Quada will help don’t you? lol

golfmann on March 31, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Biden at 46%???? Where were they polling? The local bars?

pgrossjr on March 31, 2011 at 10:45 AM

she wasn’t going to run, I don’t think

kelley in virginia on March 31, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Heh. That’s a double negative and you know what that equals. A campaign slogan is just waiting for her,..Yes, We Can!

a capella on March 31, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Hillary will be first to go under the Obama bus once things start going bad…

albill on March 31, 2011 at 10:48 AM

How does this not make more people mad???

ernesto on March 31, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Most of the public may have misgivings but they won’t get really upset with anybody — until or unless the mission goes badly wrong somehow, a la Baghdad 2005 or Beirut 1983. If something comparably bad happens, without the OK from Congress, then even the race card might not be enough to save Obama.

jwolf on March 31, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Biden at 46%???? Where were they polling? The local bars?

pgrossjr on March 31, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Probably in the closets.

Electrongod on March 31, 2011 at 10:49 AM

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 10:33 AM

If you can segue from Hillary to the hot new babe playing WW, you’ve got a LOT more imagination than I do! :)

jwolf on March 31, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Gallup’s Presidential Approval Center

Click Bush, Obama, Carter. Observe and be amazed.

Yeah? So why’d his numbers go up?

TugboatPhil on March 31, 2011 at 10:31 AM

They didn’t — they’ve been drifting steadily downward even through this war. He’s down 3% over the last month.

unclesmrgol on March 31, 2011 at 10:50 AM

That Americans are impressed with a talking doll that smiles and lies on command shows just how deep our problems are.

paul1149 on March 31, 2011 at 10:50 AM

The sorry truth is that we don’t have a clue who we are arming in Libya. CLARIFICATION: The American people do not know who we are arming in Libya. Looks like Gallup has sold out to the democrats like the mainstream media. When you OWN the media and the polls, the ignorance of the people is so much easier to propagandize.

volsense on March 31, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Items like this convince me that most people are as dumb as a box of rocks. How could any rational person give Hillary positive ratings after the horrible things she did while her corrupt husband was in office? If she wasn’t lying about land deals, she was destroying lives in the travel office or hiding files (I dunno where the files went?!) or helping hubby to sell the Lincoln bedroom or stealing WH furniture.

TheBlueSite on March 31, 2011 at 10:36 AM

The American people are dumb (witness O’bama’s election) but that is because they are dumbed down about stuff like this by the non-reporting of the Democrat National Media.

Heck, Hillary’s husband committed a felony crime while President, but it still treated by the kneepads in the MSM as a Rock Star.

Would they do so if he had a R behind his name? I don’t think so.

Del Dolemonte on March 31, 2011 at 10:52 AM

That Americans are impressed with a talking doll that smiles and lies on command shows just how deep our problems are.

paul1149 on March 31, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Proof of this is the Mental Giants who make up the studio audiences for Bill Maher’s show and “The View”.

Del Dolemonte on March 31, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Thanks Ed – I needed a good laugh.

gophergirl on March 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Although I disagree with Hillary and her methods, motives, etc. I believe that she at least is not incompetent. Obama seems to hate the US and when he tries to do something he fumbles through that as well. It’s a lose-lose situation.

jeffn21 on March 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Here’s a twist…

Beck says Soros is organizing the opposition.

If true, then Obama/Hillary are helping Soros take over Libya and their oil.

faraway on March 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

At least 40 civilians have been killed in air strikes by Western forces on Tripoli, the top Vatican official in the Libyan capital told a Catholic news agency on Thursday, quoting witnesses.

Apparently the “kinetic military action” Mr. Obama has unleashed has result in the above 40 innocents being rendered “permanently horizontally disposed”.

Remember, “A euphemism a day makes meaning go away”.

Mason on March 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM

It shows there are still a lot of stupid people in this country that could still get Obama elected again. I don’t understand how his ratings could be over 20% with the damage he’s done. Are there that many people that are totally unaware of what’s going on? It has to be affecting their lives like it does ours. Does gas and food prices soaring not affect these people? I don’t understand it.

silvernana on March 31, 2011 at 10:57 AM

I wonder how her flip-floppin’ boss feels about this?

kingsjester on March 31, 2011 at 10:59 AM

If you can segue from Hillary to the hot new babe playing WW, you’ve got a LOT more imagination than I do! :)

jwolf on March 31, 2011 at 10:50 AM

It’s a loosely defined segue from HRC to WW, but in terms of poorly dressed women doing big things..…it’s perfect/

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Don’t discount Hillary! yet in 2012. Consider who was DECISIVE! Was it Barry or was it Hillary! Barry has already executed his “exit plan”. He’s out of there, turned it all over to NATO (aka predominately US Forces). NATO wins, K-Daffy leaves; Barry takes credit. NATO loses, K-Daffy remains, “it’s all NATO’s fault”. Barry also sees that as a win.

Hillary! can point out “where was our LEADER”? And can re-run her 3am phone call ad, inserting the word “Libya”.
Don’t count her out yet. Two things important to the Clintons, POWER and MONEY.

GarandFan on March 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Beck says Soros is organizing the opposition.
faraway on March 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Does he have a particularly good reason for thinking this?

ernesto on March 31, 2011 at 11:02 AM

It’s so surreal, so discordant with what the president has told the American people, so fantastically contrary to everything he campaigned on, that I will simply wait for more confirmation than this before commenting further. I simply cannot believe it.

from Andrew Sullivan via a capella posting from JWF. Behold, the lamentations of their women…..

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Items like this convince me that most people are as dumb as a box of rocks. How could any rational person give Hillary positive ratings after the horrible things she did while her corrupt husband was in office? If she wasn’t lying about land deals, she was destroying lives in the travel office or hiding files (I dunno where the files went?!) or helping hubby to sell the Lincoln bedroom or stealing WH furniture.

TheBlueSite on March 31, 2011 at 10:36 AM

As a former candidate and elected office holder, as well as campaign manager for two other candidates, I can answer that question. The majority of voters are stupid and suffer from both short- and long-term memory loss. While on the campaign trail for myself, as well as others, I often joked that I was going to start handing out 3×5 cards with the following text:

ATTENTION! YOU ARE AN IDIOT AND NO LONGER ALLOWED TO VOTE. PLEASE HAND OVER YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION CARD.

GrannyDee on March 31, 2011 at 11:12 AM

unclesmrgol on March 31, 2011 at 10:50 AM

That’s what I get for not reading the article!

TugboatPhil on March 31, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Hey liberal old media, how about a direct poll on the democratic nomination?

-”Who would you support for the democratic nomination for president: the Bamster, Hil, Bayh, Dean, Other.”

Or is any discussion of the required primary considered racist? Or is it now unpatriotic to criticize a wartime president?

slickwillie2001 on March 31, 2011 at 11:16 AM

This rating puts Hillary far out in front as the most popular member of the administration, at least among those mention in Gallup’s survey. She’s 12 points up on her boss, whose unfavorable numbers are the highest of the four at 43%.

How hilarious woul’d a dem primary in 2012 be?

Tim_CA on March 31, 2011 at 11:17 AM

If you think her ratings are high now, wait ’til she lands in Tripoli & dodges sniper fire!

itsnotaboutme on March 31, 2011 at 11:28 AM

We’re beyond Orwell, beyond Lewis Carroll. Their worlds at least had some coherent structure and morality. We’re in another dimension.

Hillary Clinton is a corrupt mediocrity and serial liar who married into a political career. Johnny Chung’s bags of cash, missing Rose Law Firm documents, Travelgate, Whitewater, Vince Foster, taking enemy fire at a foreign airport, etc. ad nauseum. If Sarah Palin had a mere fraction of these infamous whoppers and misprisions to her credit her career would be long over.

America is a staggering arrangement of contradictions. A swelling mass of malleable ignoramuses on one hand and shrinking class of good, hardworking and morally attentive people on the other. Can the latter save the former? Is their time left?

rrpjr on March 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM

“Kinetic Military Action” > “Kung-Fu Grip”

notropis on March 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

HA!!! I said this yesterday here on the blog!!

BWAAAAHAAAFRAKKINHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!

Eat that Obama you rudderless clown!

ginaswo on March 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Give Hillary a flak jacket and a small caliber weapon then send her butt over there to get that mess squared away. Go Hillary!

rplat on March 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

to Doughboy and others-

uh no she hasnt ‘ruined’ her chances.
consistently the thing this Admin polls highest at is Foreign Policy.

HRC has been OUT of the Senate which passed all the atrocious spending bills and OCare. She has been running around the world trying to put out fires and the American people recognize that.

Sean Trende at RCP did excellent analysis showing she would have beaten MAC with a higher % of the pop vote.

’16 baby. Believe it.

ginaswo on March 31, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Interesting and formidable poll numbers for Hillary.

IIRC, it was foreign policy credentials that Hill notably lacked in ’08. That’s why she stupidly tried to pad her resume with that goop about her being in a dangerous war zone as Flotus – which hurt her very badly.

Her current position certainly improves Hill’s formerly scant foreign policy experience, whether or not Libya succeeds. If it fails, Hillary can say it was her job to follow Obama’s dithering lead. If it succeeds, her cred is enhanced.

If Bammy’s numbers keep falling and she primaries him, I wouldn’t put it past her to pull it off.

marybel on March 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Has everyone in this country gone bonkers? This is the original sponsor of govt take over of health care. She is married to a serial woman abuser who is stealing from the earth quake ravaged Haitians. He and she sold our military secrets to the Chinese for re-election funds. She has been an absolute dunce of a secretary of state. Why on earth do people consider her smart? She’s hanging onto this gig so she can remain in the limelight and possible run in ’12. Don’t encourage her, people.

Kissmygrits on March 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Why on earth do people consider her smart?Kissmygrits on March 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Easy One….they’re comparing her to Obama.

Tim_CA on March 31, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I can see the Hillary ad now…

‘I told you about the 3am wake-up calls… I do get them… now I would like the job that goes with those calls…’

ajacksonian on March 31, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Why on earth do people consider her smart?

Kissmygrits on March 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Easy One….they’re comparing her to Obama.

Tim_CA on March 31, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Hil is highly overrated, but she is far more intelligent than little Bammie.

slickwillie2001 on March 31, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Isn’t it “time-limited, scope limited military action” now?

catmman on March 31, 2011 at 10:23 AM

yeah, but ‘time-limited, scope-limited-time president’ just doesn’t have the same ring as ‘kinetic-military action-time president’…..or something. I mean nothing says “the outcome of this isn’t on our shoulders” like the combination of “kinetic” “military” and “action.”//

Semantics

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Odyssey Dawn time President

mizflame98 on March 31, 2011 at 1:01 PM

This Libyan thing would be such a nightmare for a GOP President; every trope the liberals accused George W Bush of; there is no interest of the US threatened by this country. Col. Wackypants ended his nuclear program and paid some reparations for the Lockerbie bombing; instead we arm rebels that may well end up being allies of Al Quaeda. Unilateral decision making..well, sort of, if you count ignoring Congress and going along with 3 or 4 European countries. And finally..what’s the goal? Well, what day is it? Nobody knows the end game. Only a Democrat aided by the sh*t throwing media could get away with this kind of military action.

austinnelly on March 31, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Give Hillary a flak jacket and a small caliber weapon then send her butt over there to get that mess squared away. Go Hillary!

rplat on March 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

And she’d know how to get it done. She has lots of experience in Bosnia.

mizflame98 on March 31, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Hillary is probably laughing her arse off now with sweet revenge ’cause those Dems didn’t pick her for President.

No fan of HC, but even a Conservative Republican like me has gotta say she was right about that 3:00AM phone call.

Done That on March 31, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Has everyone in this country gone bonkers? This is the original sponsor of govt take over of health care. She is married to a serial woman abuser who is stealing from the earth quake ravaged Haitians. He and she sold our military secrets to the Chinese for re-election funds. She has been an absolute dunce of a secretary of state. Why on earth do people consider her smart? She’s hanging onto this gig so she can remain in the limelight and possible run in ’12. Don’t encourage her, people.

Kissmygrits on March 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Amazing, isn’t it, that Obama can make someone this bad look good. There’s not a dime’s worth of difference in her and him as far as policy. They are both students of Saul Alinsky.

silvernana on March 31, 2011 at 7:51 PM