Politico poll shows public unimpressed with Hillary’s State Department performance

posted at 9:21 am on July 21, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Reviews panned Hillary Clinton’s memoir Hard Choices – and critics slammed her book tour even more. Defenders of the presumed Democratic presidential frontrunner claimed that the few weeks of stumbles and gaffes would long be forgotten by the time Clinton ran for President. The same could be said about her tenure at State, according to a new poll from Politico. Only 14% rate her tenure at State as “excellent,” and only 42% give it a positive rating overall:

A majority of voters are unimpressed with Hillary Clinton’s performance as secretary of state, according to a new POLITICO poll.

Just 14 percent described her time at State — she served four years ending in February 2013 — as “excellent,” while 28 percent defined it as “good.” Twenty-one percent called it “fair,” and 32 percent rated her performance “poor.” Six percent weren’t sure or declined to answer. The survey of likely voters in states and districts with the most competitive House and Senate races was conducted this month as Clinton traveled around the country to promote her new memoir, “Hard Choices,” and discuss her time as the nation’s top diplomat.

On the passion scale, that’s bad news indeed. More than twice as many rate her poorly than excellent, and that sustains itself through most demographics, according to Politico. Predictably, Democrats think she’s wonderful and Republicans think she’s horrid, but the real problem for Hillary and the Democrats who want her as the nominee is how she scores among independents:

Yet, in a potential warning sign for Clinton, independents gave her lukewarm marks by a nearly 2-to-1 margin: 60 percent viewed her performance as “fair” or “poor,” compared with just 33 percent who answered “excellent” or “good.”

There may be some who question how a Secretary of State who started off her tenure with the misspelled “reset” button to Russia and ended it with Benghazi could get even that many non-Democrats to consider her performance good or excellent. It’s not a bad question, but it’s a testament to the enduring cachet of the Clinton brand. It might be interesting, or perhaps amusing, if a pollster doing a follow-up survey on Hillary Clinton in this format added an open-ended question for the “excellent/good” responders to name one significant accomplishment of Clinton’s during her four years as America’s top diplomat. If they can name one, they’d do better than some of Hillary’s public defenders.

The Politico poll covers the traditional questions as well. Barack Obama’s job approval/disapproval hits 43/57, and the passion imbalance is even more pronounced. Only 15% strongly approve of Obama’s performance, while 44% strongly disapprove — more than Obama’s overall approval, and almost three times more than those who strongly approve. Republicans now have a 39/32 lead on trust in foreign policy, and a two-point lead in the generic Congressional ballot, 44/42 with leaners and 39/37 without.

On ObamaCare, the popularity of the law pretty much continues in its usual vein. Only 17% like the law as it is, while 45% want it repealed entirely. Another 38% take the in-between position of keeping the law and fixing it, which will give Democrats only a very thin fig leaf going into the midterm elections. The law is deeply unpopular, and if the only thing they can say about it is “I’ll fix what we broke!”, it’s going to be a bleak fall.

Speaking of which, this poll provides yet another reminder that Democrats are mostly offering non-sequiturs for narratives in this electoral cycle. Once again, economic issues are by far and away at the top of voters’ minds. Economy and jobs are the top priority for voters, with 31% combined. Economic inequality is the top concern for … one percent, the lowest specified voter priority on the list. Four percent think the environment is the top priority. Immigration and health care get higher priority than government spending and the national debt, but all of these are in single digits. Contraception doesn’t even make it on the list. The more Democrats talk about income inequality and the “war on women,” the less credibility and relevance they will have in this election cycle.


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She won’t run.

ooonaughtykitty on July 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

What, exactly, did Hillary do as Secretary of State, aside from getting an ambassador killed?

rbj on July 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

11% were upset that Hillary was only a secretary. War on Women, glass ceiling, etc….

“She used to live in the White House, then she had make coffee to pay for her mortgages”

BobMbx on July 21, 2014 at 9:29 AM

I can think of one ‘positive’ for Clinton. She makes Kerry look effective by comparison. Yee gad.

vnvet on July 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM

She won’t run.

ooonaughtykitty on July 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

I can’t imagine her not running. She and Bubba want back in the White House badly. The problem of course is she’s a lousy retail politician and her age and health(and Bubba’s as well) will be major obstacles in winning the nomination.

Doughboy on July 21, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Nothing in Hillarys background is a positive but there are a lot of negatives.

tim c on July 21, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Seeeeeeeeeeeexxxxxxism!!!!

(I’ve added it to the raaaaaaaaaacccccism!!!! shortcut on my keybord. Alt-shift-S, Alt-shift-R.)

notropis on July 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Hillary’s problem right now is her ratings as SoS are tied Obama and John Kerry’s ineptitude. Which wouldn’t be a problem, if she truly had the 2016 Democratic nomination sewn up, because the big media would alibi for her 24/7/365.

But going forward she has to worry that is the small percentage of those who think income inequality is the No. 1 issue controls a large part of the media microphone, and is hunting out a candidate like Liz Warren to run on her left, because both they and Team Clinton think they have this presidential thing figured out from now through the middle of the century — just pick a nominee who’ll be a historic first, anoint them with mystical super-human capabilities, and win the White House forever.

So the down-ticking of her efforts as Secretary of State will come not just from those on the right, but those on the left, too, just as attacks on her in 2008 by Obama’s supporters came from the left, and caught the Clintons by surprise, because they thought all they had to do was demonize their conservative critics and they were home free.

jon1979 on July 21, 2014 at 9:34 AM

She was Secretary of State?
Really?
Oh, that’s right.
Benghazi.

partsnlabor on July 21, 2014 at 9:36 AM

If she’s physically able, she will run. And lose in the Democrat primary.

MTF on July 21, 2014 at 9:37 AM

HilKilRod on StateCraft:

21st Century Statecraft

Uploaded on May 28, 2009
*************************

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about 21st century statecraft. Go to http://www.state.gov/video for text transcript and more video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6PFPCTEr3c

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Politico poll shows public unimpressed with Hillary’s State Department performance

Hillary’s only “State Department performance” was the same performance she has been delivering all her life- a sociopath’s mimicry of an empathetic, able-to-feel-remorse human being.

M240H on July 21, 2014 at 9:38 AM

What, exactly, did Hillary do as Secretary of State, aside from getting an ambassador killed?

rbj on July 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Seriously? Take a look to the East. Those plumes of smoke rising from the Middle East are all Killary’s doing.

It isn’t a coincidence that Killary spent four years traveling. The kind of damage she did to America’s influence in the world took hard work. You simply don’t undermine generations-old alliances overnight.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

On the passion scale, that’s bad news indeed. More than twice as many rate her poorly than excellent, and that sustains itself through most demographics, according to Politico.
===================================================

Ugh,….HilKilRod is probably using her broom to
stir a new batch of KOOL_AID, for the LIV’s!!

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Why would the nation want to put somebody back in the White House who ended up broke after living there for eight years? No wonder the Clintons ransacked the place when they left.

HiJack on July 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

What do the Polls show when she is paired up against every potential opponent?
Yup you guessed it…she wipes the floor with them.

Weedisdefinitelygood

weedisgood on July 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Evaluating Hillary

Was she really that good?
Paul J. Saunders

February 5, 2013
****************

Regarding Clinton’s role as an international spokesperson, it is fair to argue that much of life depends on just being there and that Clinton’s global presence contributed to America’s international relationships and image. But this goes only so far. Particularly after the Bush administration’s flawed foreign policy, its successors—however competent—were bound to enjoy a “post-Bush bump.”

Tellingly, many international opinion surveys show steady declines in attitudes toward America after an initial post-election 2009 spike. Some of this is likely due to excessive expectations, but much of it is surely a consequence of underwhelming results.

More serious, however, is Clinton’s apparently poor record in advising the president.

While outsiders still know little about how some of the administration’s key decisions were made, Clinton seems to have given bad advice in some areas and failed to raise necessary red flags in others. For example, by all accounts then-Secretary Clinton played a central role in encouraging President Obama’s irresponsible intervention in Libya, which has so far produced a less stable Libya (leading to the deaths of four U.S. diplomats in Benghazi) and contributed to an insurgency in Mali. With creative thinking, the Obama administration could have found a way to protect Libyan civilians without a massive air campaign to destroy Libya’s political system. Instead, Clinton was a champion of “humanitarian bombing.”

http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/evaluating-hillary-8057

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Can’t wait to see her expression when she’s rejected by her own party for a second time.

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Hidden message from Politico: we want Elizabeth Warren.

debg on July 21, 2014 at 9:45 AM

What do the Polls show when she is paired up against every potential opponent?
Yup you guessed it…she wipes the floor with them.
Weedisgood on July 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

The polls also showed her wiping the floor with Obama in greater margins at this point prior to the 2008 election. Remind me again how that went?

tommyboy on July 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

This gives the psychopath Warren more reason to run.

darwin on July 21, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Lizzy Warren is todays George McGovern, Hillary may fear her but we should enjoy the show.

tim c on July 21, 2014 at 9:49 AM

What do the Polls show when she is paired up against every potential opponent?
Yup you guessed it…she wipes the floor with them.

Weedisdefinitelygood

weedisgood on July 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

That’s right now in mid-2014 before she’s officially a candidate and before she’s had to state any of her positions. Plus she’ll have to walk a very fine line trying to run for a third Clinton term instead of a third Obama term. That won’t be easy to do without completely trashing Obama’s Presidency which I can’t imagine Dear Leader will take kindly to.

Doughboy on July 21, 2014 at 9:49 AM

It’s pretty telling when even your politically plugged in supporters can’t name a single accomplishment during your tenure as Secretary of State. (Or Senator for that matter)

tommyboy on July 21, 2014 at 9:49 AM

It might be interesting, or perhaps amusing, if a pollster doing a follow-up survey on Hillary Clinton in this format added an open-ended question for the “excellent/good” responders to name one significant accomplishment of Clinton’s during her four years as America’s top diplomat.

Hillary herself can’t name any accomplishments at State, and when she tries, she ends up embarrassing herself.

When asked recently if she was embarrassed about the “reset/overcharge” button fiasco that kicked off her tenure at State, she insisted it had been a “brilliant stroke,” and she claimed she had actually accomplished a lot in improving relations with Russia. Then she named those accomplishments: (1) getting Russia to sign a new START treaty; (2) getting Russia to approve sanctions against Iran; and (3) getting Russia to allow the movement of U.S. troops/supplies through Russian territory into Afghanistan.

However, (1) Russia was always going to sign another START treaty, and Obama’s treaty secured much less favorable terms for the U.S. than Bush’s START treaty had done; (2) Obama only got Russia on board with one sanction against Iran in 5 years, far fewer than the Bush administration had gotten Russia to agree to (5 sanctions in the last 2 years of the Bush admin.); and (3) Russia had already agreed, under Bush, to allow the movement of U.S. troops/supplies through Russian territory into Afghanistan.

So basically, Hillary’s great “accomplishments” with Russia were in getting Russia to do the same things the Bush administration had gotten them to do, only Hillary did it much less successfully than Bush had done.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/07/the-russian-reset-hillarys-brilliant-stroke.php

AZCoyote on July 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Peregruzka!!” — Shrillary

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 21, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Hillary herself can’t name any accomplishments at State, and when she tries, she ends up embarrassing herself.

AZCoyote on July 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

A penchant for embarrassing herself is Shrillary’s only redeeming quality.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 21, 2014 at 9:52 AM

The more Democrats talk about income inequality and the “war on women,” the less credibility and relevance they will have in this election cycle.

But those are appeals to emotion that often outweigh the rational. I think I remember polls in ’12 indicating the same supposed concern for jobs and the economy, yet it was things like Akin and ‘binders full of women’ that seemed to be what many based their vote on.

changer1701 on July 21, 2014 at 9:53 AM

I can’t wait for the three ring circus to bein when Butthead Biden, Killery, and Lizzie Pocohauntas Warren debate each other for the Democratic nomination. It’s going to be very entertaining.

Cherokee on July 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s wife asks:

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Galtian on July 21, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Hillary: The more you know her – the less you like her.

Was true in 2008 – and it is more true today.

Worse voice in politics

jake-the-goose on July 21, 2014 at 10:01 AM

She won’t run.

ooonaughtykitty on July 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Maybe – maybe not

But – She won’t win.

jake-the-goose on July 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Lizzy Warren is todays George McGovern, Hillary may fear her but we should enjoy the show.

tim c on July 21, 2014 at 9:49 AM

It’s clear the Dems have decided they want to follow up the first black President with the first one with a birth canal. At this point, Warren is going to be even coyer about running than Killary. She isn’t going to alientate the rabid Killary ’16 crowd by toppling their idol with direct confrontation. But….. there will come a time when the Dem establishment is going have to decide which broomstick they want to back in 2016.

Unless, of course, I missed the buzz about Biden.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

The Pravda media controls the dumbed down electorate. If they decide to elect Hillary she will be elected. They elected an Indonesian Idiot TWICE. Women and minorities will vote for whoever Whoopi or Ellen tell them to vote for. The demographics say this country is doomed. Sorry.

DeweyWins on July 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

What do the Polls show when she is paired up against every potential opponent?
Yup you guessed it…she wipes the floor with them.
Weedisgood on July 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

HAAHHHAHAHA!!!

Hey, Ned Pepper is pizzed at you!! You are stealing his lines!

Just quit it!!

Oh, and Coolrepuplic says you need to start tossing in
some Jew hate….

ToddPA on July 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

I can’t wait for the three ring circus to bein when Butthead Biden, Killery, and Lizzie Pocohauntas Warren debate each other for the Democratic nomination. It’s going to be very entertaining.

Cherokee on July 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Don’t forget that Jerry Brown and John Kerry are also dipping a toe into the water. Supposedly Evan Bayh is too but it seems that the Dems are intent on pushing the radical element. Some say to make Killary look like the moderate choice but I think it is more simple than that. Nearly six years of Dems pandering to the gays, illegals, stupid women, etc. have left all the special interests demanding that they be represented in the next Presidential choice. There is no such thing as a moderate Democrat anymore unless you count the GOPe leadership.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Politico poll shows public unimpressed with Hillary’s State Department performance

Well, I guess you cant nag the public with global warming for years and years and then suddely argue that Clintons big achievement is her flier miles record, i.e. blowing more jet fuel into the atmosphere than any of her predecessors.

Red Widow on July 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

National elections today are no longer about the candidates capabilities.

National elections today are all about growing voter ignorance.

jake-the-goose on July 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

The polls also showed her wiping the floor with Obama in greater margins at this point prior to the 2008 election. Remind me again how that went?

tommyboy on July 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Just liked you eloquently stated, her only threat is another Democrat.
Definitely not a republican.

The experimentation of Obama has been a clear failure.
Naturally for the dems she is next in line to be crowned for the next experiment.

weedisgood on July 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Wait, isn’t her book about how she got to know Billy Jeff?

Rix on July 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I see teepee, high cheekbone, crab cake, heap big socialism. Dances with Benghazi soon will sing the death song.

spiritof61 on July 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

“Just liked you eloquently stated, her only threat is another Democrat.
Definitely not a republican.”
That’s certainly not a logical conclusion. It shows anyone can beat her. People are impressed with the name recognition until they get a look at the person behind it during a campaign.

tommyboy on July 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

The powers that be will favor Fauxcahontas over Killary. She’ll excuse herself by saying she needs to spend time with the grand kid.

Kissmygrits on July 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

ALERT:

Ukraine, Russia political crisis
4m
President Obama to make a statement on the situation in Ukraine around 10:50 am ET – @ABC
===========================

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 1m

Just In: Pres Obama to make a statement on latest situation in Ukraine. At 1050am on the South Lawn.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Just In: Pres Obama to make a statement on latest situation in Ukraine. At 1050am on the South Lawn.

Putin’s on the edge of his seat, sweating with terror.

spiritof61 on July 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Politico poll shows public unimpressed with Hillary’s State Department performance

Shorter version.

pain train on July 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Not surprising. Anyone who pays even the slightest “smidgeon” of attention to the news, realizes that her tenure at State was a “nothing burger.”

The woman has zero redeeming character attributes, and flaws aplenty.

Webrider on July 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

I have never understood the Democrat belief in the inevitability of Hillary Clinton in 2016.

What has she ever done?

As co-president, she offered the profound unpopular Hillarycare.

As the carpetbagger senator from NY, she voted for the Iraq War before she voted against it.

As Sec State, she gave us the current resurgent Russia and Benghazi.

Of course, a talented politician like Obama can translate zero accomplishments into the presidency by creating a cult of personality. Can anyone imagine Clinton doing the same?

To the contrary, Hillary is the face of the loathed DC establishment in a time of near revolutionary anti-establisment feeling among the voters on both sides of our political divide.

Bart DePalma on July 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Just liked you eloquently stated, her only threat is another Democrat.
Definitely not a republican.

The experimentation of Obama has been a clear failure.
Naturally for the dems she is next in line to be crowned for the next experiment.

weedisgood on July 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Yeah, I’ll tell you what. This Country rewards failures,
by electing another..especially after 8 loooooooooong years
of one. The Dems will not win in 2016…the reason no Repubs
compete in polling right now, is because they are not on the
stage..the rambling wreck of Psychopaths in the Dem party
are….by 2016, the Dem party will be treated like Eboli….

Better stock up on more Pot……

ToddPA on July 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I can’t believe anyone would be impressed by any of Hillary’s endeavors. Each have ended anywhere from mediocrity to abject failure. Well, maybe at lying, hanging on to Bill’s coattails, or carpet bagging in New York she has excelled.

iamsaved on July 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM

“Elect this dirty wet mop and if you do, you’ll get a doormat for free!”

NoDonkey on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM

14% said excellent?

We let those people vote, too?

And procreate?

formwiz on July 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Base question – What has SHE ever done besides write a senior thesis paper on radical Saul Alinsky and get elected president of her senior class?

I will give her credit for enough smarts but nothing else. Coattails. Far too many feminists think their griping and moaning will make them “equal” to men. Two points: Women are not equal to men; griping and moaning just gets in the way of doing something.

Did you ever think of all the “feminists” who wanted out of marriage then took govt and education jobs – industries w/ job security? Very few went the risk route – well, Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman did but in the eyes of ‘progressive” feminists, they don’t count.

Too many “feminists” want something for nothing.

MN J on July 21, 2014 at 11:41 AM

You could have deleted everything after the Y in this title and it would still have been true.

microfiction on July 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM

I can think of one ‘positive’ for Clinton. She makes Kerry look effective by comparison. Yee gad.

vnvet on July 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Kerry 2016!

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Ward Cleaver on July 21, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Mileage…lots of it…like Marco Polo.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

What do the Polls show when she is paired up against every potential opponent?
Yup you guessed it…she wipes the floor with them.

Weedisdefinitelygood

weedisgood on July 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

…and you… lick the floor.

JugEarsButtHurt on July 21, 2014 at 1:14 PM

What, exactly, did Hillary do as Secretary of State, aside from getting an ambassador killed?

rbj on July 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

She can always fall back on her eight-year record as US Senator from the state of New York.

What?

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Stern warning

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Bill: This latest Politico poll doesn’t look too good for us, hon. Are you sure you want to go through with that 2016 run?

Hillary: Are you kidding? Think about all the stuff we didn’t take with us in 2008. There’s that Ming vase in the Oval Office, and the Chippendale chair in the Lincoln Bedroom … Oh, and remember that gigantic Limoges platter you used to eat spareribs from? Yes! I have to go back for that stuff– I mean … I’ve got to run!”

ricoliv on July 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM