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Hillary Clinton favourite politico in US

2013-02-08 22:05

Washington - She may be fresh out of a job, but Hillary Clinton is currently the most popular political figure in America, well ahead of President Barack Obama, who is slipping, a poll published on Friday found.

Clinton, who stepped down last month as Obama's secretary of state, enjoys a 61% favourability among US voters compared with a 34% unfavourable rating, according to a survey by Quinnipiac University.

Obama, who beat Clinton to the Democratic nomination in 2008 and took the White House, had a positive-negative favourability of 51-46 percent.

But the president's job approval numbers were tagged at 46%-45%, a slide from the 53%-40% figures he scored in December after his re-election victory.

"Hillary Clinton ends her term as secretary of state and the bruising inquiry into the Benghazi murders as easily the most popular actor on the American political stage today," Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac's polling institute, said in a statement.

The poll, which surveyed 1 772 registered voters, will feed in to swirling speculation about Clinton's 2016 presidential ambitions.

The Democrat has so far said she has no plans to re-enter politics, saying she wants to rest and spend more time with her family after two decades in the public spotlight.

Political pundits, however, assert that the former first lady's renowned drive and experience could lead her to pursue a second White House bid.

Other notables in the Quinnipiac poll included Vice President Joe Biden, who had a 46%-41% favourability rating.

However Republican House Speaker John Boehner scored a dismal 20%-42%, and rising Republican star Senator Marco Rubio came in at 27%-15%, with 57% of the poll's respondents saying they did not know enough about him.

Comments
  • franck.melaninski - 2013-02-08 22:57

    Can't speak for the women but I know the only reason she's popular among men is because of her big behind. Otherwise she's a pathetic broad who's greatest favour to the US would be to retire from politics.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-09 03:03

      Franck, Well, you don't speak for the men either......more likely for the idiots!!!!!!

      erika.bezuidenhout.102 - 2013-02-09 07:38

      She became famous after her husband's indescresions with Monica

  • Gcodi Matshona - 2013-02-08 23:11

    the same polls that showed majority of americans did not know why their troops were invading Afghanistan and iraq

  • TheBigTT - 2013-02-09 01:29

    A women who traveled a million miles on tax payer money with results showing the World is in more peril and the US is viewed even worse than under Bush is considered the top candidate for president. This is only due to the poor job that Obama has done and Republicans not producing a candidate who both the biased media and Hollywood will promote. Since a majority of the population takes whatever comes out of their one sided mouths as fact, Hillary is who we will all be stuck with. I always thought the first black US president would be the Morgan Freeman type, not a socialist, bigot who is hell bent on finding ways to abuse his executive authority to bypass due process. Looks like the first female president will not be what I had envisioned.

  • Roy Chambal - 2013-02-09 05:01

    I think is about time that the must be a Survey for the Surveyors, i mean who is conducting this Surveys and where? how accurate is it any their honesty while reporting? few months Obama has been reelected foe second term by American and now a Survey shows a decline on favoritism??? who voted him into power??? you can not go to Kwamashu or Soweto to go do Survey on Freedom Front Plus and expect huge number of supporters, u might even get non, or go to Ventersdorp do survey on ANC, come on stop this lies on surveys

  • dylan.sciarappa - 2013-02-09 07:08

    Interesting that they refer to them as 'political actors'

  • frankflower - 2013-02-09 07:27

    I don't trust this woman...

  • sam.makua.10 - 2013-02-09 09:12

    What's the deal with Obama and middle aged white men? Let Hilary come back in 2016 and focus on dealing with transforming the WHITE (pun intended) house! Obama had his 15 minutes and well, he failed!

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