Hillary popular, Obama is not. Will Hillary Run?

Here are what the numbers look like.

Yahoo reported:

One third of Americans believe Hillary Clinton would have been a better president than Barack Obama, and two-thirds view her favorably, according to a new Bloomberg News poll.


“The most popular national political figure in America today is one who was rejected by her own party three years ago: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” Bloomberg News’  John McCormick wrote on the poll’s findings, which were released Friday.

While 34 percent of those polled believe “things would be better under a Clinton administration,” McCormick wrote, “almost half–47 percent–say things would be about the same, and 13 percent say worse.”

By contrast, “35 percent of those polled believe the country would be worse off if John McCain had been elected president,” Holly Bailey reported at The Ticket.

“Clinton remains the most popular political figure on the national scene, with 64 percent of those polled saying they have a ‘favorable’ view of the Secretary of State, Bailey wrote.

“Obama’s favorable rating is at 50 percent—even though 49 percent of those polled disapprove of the job he’s doing as president. A majority of Democrats say Obama is their best candidate in 2012, though just under a third—30 percent—say they’d prefer to have someone else on the ticket.”


I really think that Hillary will come to the Democrats’ aid. I wrote in August the following:

Run, Hillary, run!

It is my view that if the economy keeps stinking that Republicans will have a field day  in November of 2012. However, the same principle holds true that challengers to Democrats will be  very successful in Democratic primaries.

In Arkansas many have longed for another Clinton in the White House. Could it happen? It is my view that it is a foregone conclusion that the Republicans are heavy favorites to take the Senate back and win the presidency in 2012. Nevertheless, it would not surprise me if there are some big surprises in the Democratic primaries. Matthew Dickinson wrote a fine article, “Run Hillary, Run,” Salon, August 4, 2011 and in that article he makes three points:

1. “To begin, her stint as secretary of state has done wonders for her approval rating, as indicated by Gallup poll surveys dating back to her time in the White House.”

2.  “Her second advantage relates to the first: She’s not part of the mess at home. She didn’t weigh in on the stimulus bill, or healthcare, or the banking overhaul, and she certainly bears no responsibility for the state of the economy.”

3. “This leads to a third point: buyer’s remorse. It’s not one she can directly bring up (after all, she’s above politics), but others will certainly remind voters that she did warn you. Remember that 3 a.m. phone call?”

Senator Mark Pryor is part of the establishment too and will face the same problems that President Obama faces in 2012, but that could not be said about Mike Beebe. Beebe is  very popular and won with overwhelming numbers in Arkansas when many other big names in the Democratic party went down like Broadway and Lincoln.

In April of 2011 polls numbers came out and Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times Blog in his post, “Poll: Beebe, yes!; Pryor,eh.,” commented, “Gov. Mike Beebe’s approval is bipartisan and huge. U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor’s numbers are tepid.”

John Brummett goes on record today saying that Beebe will be playing golf mostly after he leaves office. Time will tell, but I am betting there will be some big upsets in Democratic primaries in the next few years. .

Announcement Hillary was running for president in 2008:

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