REUTERS POLL: Bill Clinton’s popularity tanks, Obama rises


Bill Clinton’s popularity has taken a huge hit, according to a new poll that says a meager 6 percent of Americans would want him as their next president, and the blame for this goes to his wife.

University of Virginia Center for Politics-Reuters/Ipsos poll reveals that Bill Clinton’s worsened public perception may mirror the similar decline of his wife, Hillary Clinton, during and in the aftermath of a brutal, unsuccessful presidential election.

According to Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato, “In 2012, Hillary Clinton had strong favorability nationally while she was secretary of state. Once she re-entered the political fray and was the target of negative attacks for two years, her numbers eroded significantly, and that erosion appears to apply to her husband as well.”

When asked about overall favorability, Clinton sank to his lowest level ever (see chart below).  Meanwhile, John F. Kennedy’s favorability has risen to make him the top president.

When asked who they’d like to be their next president, Ronald Reagan beat out Kennedy by one percentage point. President Obama took third place.

The same poll was run years when Obama was seeking his second term.  Back then 41% of Democratic respondents picked Bill Clinton as the person they preferred to be the next president, while just 10% picked Obama. In the new polling, 38% of Democrats picked Obama while only 11% picked Clinton.”


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