Poll: Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating still sinking

posted at 6:01 pm on June 7, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Iiiinteresting. Another week, a second poll suggesting that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s general approval rating is indeed taking a hit amidst the furor over the investigation into the Benghazi scandal. Allahpundit broke down the Quinippiac poll last week in which Clinton’s approval rating came in at 52 percent — a full 9-point drop since February — and a new Bloomberg poll out today takes her down a 12-point peg from her score in December. I must say, you gotta’ love the Bloomberg lead-in:

Hillary Clinton hasn’t decided whether she’ll run for president in 2016, a status that doesn’t matter to the brewing class of potential Republican candidates already running against her.

And, in the pre-campaign posturing, her prospective opponents are having some impact. Clinton’s political standing is declining after months of criticism for her handling of a terrorist attack last September that left four Americans dead in Libya, a Bloomberg National Poll shows.

The former U.S. secretary of state’s favorability rating of 58 percent dropped 12 percentage points since December, when she recorded her top score in the survey at 70 percent. The proportion of Americans who say they view her very unfavorably has also doubled during that period, to 22 percent from 11 percent. …

“Pre-campaign posturing”? I might actually call it “investigating the worse-and-worse fallout from a major security failure, the way in which it was spectacularly mishandled by high-level administration officials, and the subsequent lack of any real accountability,” and funnily enough, it seems like the American people would probably agree. Bloomberg’s poll reveals that almost half of Americans disapprove of Clinton’s handling of Benghazi:

A plurality of those in the poll — 47 percent — said they disapprove of how Clinton handled the situation in Benghazi, while roughly a third — 34 percent — said they approve. About 1 in 5 said they aren’t sure.

And as Guy pointed out at Townhall today, a NYT/CBS poll this week reported that 53 percent of Americans think the Obama administration is “mostly hiding something,” with only 34 percent convinced that they are “mostly telling the truth.”

Anyhow, as Allahpundit posited, her declining favorability rating might have less to do with Benghazi specifically and more to do with her rather negative reemergence in the everyday of political drama; but lest we forget, her favorability and familiarity ratings are still a cut above the included Republican candidates nationally, and her closest contender is still Chris Christie. And… scene.

Among potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates tested, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was the only one who posted numbers close to Clinton’s. He’s viewed favorably by 50 percent of Americans and unfavorably by 16 percent. …

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is viewed favorably by 32 percent, not much above the 27 percent who view him unfavorably. Forty-one percent have no opinion of him. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has a net favorable rating of 32 percent and an unfavorable rating of 22 percent, with 46 percent unsure about how they view him.


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It will go back up … if they can just keep her invisible and out of the news for, say, a couple more years

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Still waiting for one of our resident Dems here to tell me what “qualified” her to be the Junior Senator from New York, much less SOS.

Del Dolemonte on June 7, 2013 at 6:07 PM

LOL…getting dragged along in the mud. I hope it gets worse before it gets better.

1 in 5 aren’t sure…lordy, how I detest low information voters.

sage0925 on June 7, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Bestest ,Smartest woman evah in the Bizarro world constructed by media-left hive.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 7, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Still waiting for one of our resident Dems here to tell me what “qualified” her to be the Junior Senator from New York, much less SOS.

Del Dolemonte on June 7, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Is, “the ability to tell huge whoppers with a straight face, even when they’re completely implausible,” considered a qualification?

If not, I got nothin’

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 7, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Get back to me when she is an untouchable.

OldEnglish on June 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Don’t worry it will go back up as soon as her 14 million dollar tell all book comes out.

RickB on June 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

What difference at this point does it make?

J_Crater on June 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

The media will be just as much in the tank for this bitch as it is for Dear Bastard.

HiJack on June 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

…. and that’s just in Fort Marcy Park….

viking01 on June 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Don’t worry it will go back up as soon as her 14 million dollar tell all lies book comes out.

RickB on June 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

FIFY.

bgibbs1000 on June 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

New Steyn…

The All-Seeing State

Resist We Much on June 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Not even after her “freshening up”?

She’s had some work done since being out of the fishbowl.

Didn’t help.

tru2tx on June 7, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Can’t wait for the campaign posters featuring the corpse of Ambassador Stevens …

… which I, if no one else, will be producing.

M240H on June 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Regardless, Hillary will still be tough to beat in the general election. Any male Republican candidate — and most of our potential candidates are men — will be up against the historic nature of her candidacy and the ability to elect the first woman president.

That was a factor when Obama was elected as the first black president, and it’s going to be at least as much a factor in 2016, probably more so, given that there are a lot more women than black people in this country.

J.S.K. on June 7, 2013 at 6:35 PM

M240H on June 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM

If you could overlay it in Marcy Park, with the ghost of Vince Foster looking on …

OldEnglish on June 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

How many times do I have to say this – Hillary Clinton will not be the 2016 nominee. The Rats, if they don’t have a sitting/former VP, always go for somebody even the wonks barely heard about 4 years prior.

Steve Eggleston on June 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

When that nasty c said “what does it matter” re whether the attack was planned or spontaneous, I wish a legislator would have responded with “apparently quite a lot since you fkrs took great pains to blame it on a video.”

arnold ziffel on June 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

When that nasty c said “what does it matter” re whether the attack was planned or spontaneous, I wish a legislator would have responded with “apparently quite a lot since you fkrs took great pains to blame it on a video.”

arnold ziffel on June 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

I could’ve swore Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI, which makes him my Senator) got that in.

Steve Eggleston on June 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM

“The attack in Benghazi was caused by a YouTube video!”

Seven Percent Solution on June 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Here’s a nice little quote quiz for you – Who said it?

1) “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”

A. Karl Marx
B. Adolph Hitler
C. Joseph Stalin
D. None of the above

2) “It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few…… And to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity.”

A. Lenin
B. Mussolini
C. Idi Amin
D. None of the Above

3) “(We) …..can’t just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.”

A. Nikita Khrushev
B. Josef Goebbels
C. Boris Yeltsin
D. None of the above

4) “We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own … in order to create this common ground.”

A. Mao Tse Dung
B. Hugo Chavez
C. Kim Jong Il
D. None of the above

5) “I certainly think the free-market has failed.”

A. Karl Marx
B. Lenin
C. Molotov
D. None of the above

6) “I think it’s time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched.”

A. Pinochet
B. Milosevic
C. Saddam Hussein
D. None of the above

So, ready for the answers? These are all quotes from…. Ok you guessed it – Hilary Klinton

Harbingeing on June 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Hillary will be easier to beat in the democratic primaries than in the general. I can’t see the REB’s new base going for an ugly old white woman when there will be several young black energetic competitors on their primary slate, and maybe even a hispanic or two.

slickwillie2001 on June 7, 2013 at 6:42 PM

No worries. Billy and Hillary! are counting on the short attention span of the low-info voter. They already know they’ve got 33% of the electorate sowed up. You can’t fix STUPID! Soon the worshipful MSM will come around to support her.

Any Republican candidate should replay her 3am phone call ad. Only remind people, “Hillary got her 3am phone call. 4 people died.”

GarandFan on June 7, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Hitlery Clintoon can go to hell.

TX-96 on June 7, 2013 at 6:50 PM

So, ready for the answers? These are all quotes from…. Ok you guessed it – Hilary Klinton

Harbingeing on June 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

You left out a couple of Hillary! gems:

1. “We Are the President.”

2. “Dissent is Patriotic.”

Del Dolemonte on June 7, 2013 at 6:59 PM

She’s a cuckold and that shows her weakness.

docflash on June 7, 2013 at 7:09 PM

“What difference does it make at this point !!??”

Madame Hillary “Depraved Indifference” Clinton.

VorDaj on June 7, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Harbingeing on June 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

.
Wonderful.

She’s spot on then, seeing as the majority of voters agree with the sentiment of these popular class warfare-isms……

Next, she will vow to have the most Transparent Administration…evah.

ugh.

FlaMurph on June 7, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has a net favorable rating of 32 percent and an unfavorable rating of 22 percent, with 46 percent unsure about how they view him.

That looks like it should be “favorable”, not “net favorable”. “Net favorable” would be “favorable” minus “unfavorable”.

VorDaj on June 7, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Anytime you are dealing with a Clinton you best advised to remember you are dealing with rabid wolverine.

If her polling is bad, make that a wounded, rabid wolverine.

Bruno Strozek on June 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

slickwillie2001 on June 7, 2013 at 6:42 PM

My guess is that they might look for a Latino to ordain. Perhaps that young Castro mayor from Texas who gave the keynote at the DNC.

If Hillary can’t run the State Dept., she doesn’t need to go anywhere near the oval office. And then there’s always the collateral problem of what role Bill would play in a Hillary admin.

TarheelBen on June 7, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is viewed favorably by 32 percent, not much above the 27 percent who view him unfavorably.

If at least 27% didn’t view him unfavorably, he’d be the wrong guy for the job.

trigon on June 7, 2013 at 8:06 PM

And then there’s always the collateral problem of what role Bill would play in a Hillary admin.

TarheelBen on June 7, 2013 at 7:52 PM

He could always oversee the Department of Lechery.

trigon on June 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM

And the sad thing is, she could still win in 2016 as the GOPe would rather prefer to go all in on Rubio’s shameful amnesty scheme.

Myron Falwell on June 7, 2013 at 8:10 PM

This b otch lets 4 Americans die and what does she do? She quits and gets out of Dodge and gets plastic surgery. There are two politicians who are gearing up for 2016 and have decided to improve their looks. One is Killery and her plastic surgery and Christie and his stomach stapling. You can change the outside of the person but the heart of darkness remains. I have a dream. Its 2016 and both Christie and Killery are screaming in rage, red faced saying “ITS MY TURN!”

neyney on June 7, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Why doesn’t some intrepid reporter ask about how she would handle the NSA/PRISM activity? Oh wait, they want her to win, so never mind the question won’t come up.

txmomof6 on June 7, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Is she having another book ghostwritten? How about this title: My Four Years Jetting Around the World Deploring this, that and the Other Thing – or, what Difference Does it Make!?

KCsecurity1976 on June 7, 2013 at 10:42 PM

neyney says “You can change the outside of the person but the heart of darkness remains.”

I like that. Hey! That could be Mrs. Bill Clinton’s new book title! “Heart of Darkness.” No wait. Joseph Conrad has used that title already.

KCsecurity1976 on June 7, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Still waiting for her to bring back the furniture she stole out of the White HOUSE.

Bert Convy on June 8, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Her favor-ability rating DOWN.
- Good.

Americans have short memories.
- Not so good.

TimBuk3 on June 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I was a Hillary supporter in 2008 as the Pug establishment literally made me want to jump out my window. However, Hillary and Bill simply didn’t defend themselves as in “Bill did to us what he did to Monika”? and on and on? C’mon. And when Hillary refused to duke it out with the media and Obama himself, who she could have mulched IMO, she simply stooped over for Barry burying her hands and feet in the ground becoming his personal bicycle rack. This was so repugnant that she lost me forever. She still owes us money from 2008 if you can believe that and she owes all of us a detailed explanation on Benghazi. I would love for her to say to my face “what difference does it make?”!, I would show her some assertiveness she’s never seen before then she needs to retire.

Tangerinesong on June 8, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Also, I don’t want to hear about Chris Christie any longer. The guy is an imposter and I’m done seeing the American a public duped. Go ahead Pug Establishment put Christie forth as our candidate in the general and I’ll show you another McCain campaign conclusion and you know it. That one picture with Obama will defer ½ of all conservatives outside of New England will recoil. So don’t tell us Kristol, Rove, Will, McCain, Graham, et al., you have done enough damage to the party over the years, just look around. You have flown the party 4 times crashing 4 times yet you think we’re going to purchase another one way ticket? If so you’re as crazy as your one way progressive friends say you are. Don’t try to desensitize the electorate in favor of Christie it’s simply not going to work, quite the opposite. You say it will take time. No it won’t. That photographic bell has rung for Christie which is somewhat akin to McCain hugging GW Bushy cakes but much worse. We’re gonna use this and other photo’s in a heartbeat, nationally. We’re negotiating with a private party that is in possession of much better pictures of this love fest. I just want Christie to know copyright will not be a problem here but his candidacy will. You’ll get half the Democratic vote Chris because they like your politics and but you’re gonna need more than that and it’s not going to be there.

Tangerinesong on June 8, 2013 at 1:04 PM

have any of you found out why the clintons liked that indonesian guy that did business with china so much when he was governor?

losarkos on June 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I don’t like any leading candidate for 2016 as the GOP pres candidate, but it’s 2013.

thuja on June 8, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Don’t worry it will go back up as soon as her 14 million dollar tell all book comes out.

RickB on June 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Yeah….it will be called ” Hey remember me the smartest woman in the world who used to be the First lady and the wife of the philandering sleazebag former president who ran around sticking his d1ck in anything with a hole, poor me having to put up with that all these years blah blah blah…”

cableguy615 on June 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM

After 2012 I’ll never believe another poll.

And certainly not conservative blogger/pundits/pollsters interpretations of polls.

Carnac on June 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM