Hillary Clinton Now Viewed More Favorably Than Barack Obama, Especially Among Republicans

By Susan Jones | October 15, 2009 | 10:51am EDT

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton embraces President Barack Obama after his speech on health care to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(CNSNews.com) - A new Gallup Poll gives Hillary Clinton a higher "favorable rating" than Barack Obama, the man who beat her in the Democratic presidential primary.
The poll, conducted Oct. 1-4 (before Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize) gives Secretary of State Clinton a 62 percent favorable rating to Obama's 56 percent. In January 2009, Obama's favorable rating stood at 78 percent, compared with 65 percent for Clinton.
Clinton's highest favorable rating of 67 percent came in late December 1998, just after her husband, President Bill Clinton, was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Gallup poll shows that 91 percent of Democrats have a favorable opinion of Clinton while 89 percent have a favorable view of Obama.
Among Republicans, 35 have a more positive view of Clinton than they do of Obama (19 percent). Compare that to a Gallup poll in January, when Republicans' views of Obama were more positive (60 percent) than those of Clinton (35 percent).
The latest Gallup poll, based on telephone interviews with 1,013 adults across the nation, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 points.
In recent television news interviews, Clinton has said she has no intention of running for president again.
Clinton told NBC News she has “never” wished that she could be the one making the decisions facing President Obama, and she insisted she will not run for president again.
“No, no, no,” she said when interviewer Ann Curry asked Clinton if she would ever run for president again. “I mean, this [being secretary of state] is a great job. It is a 24/7 job, and I’m looking forward to retirement at some point.”
The interview was recorded in Zurich on Saturday and broadcast on Monday, Oct 12.
Clinton would be 69 in 2016, at the end of Obama's possible second term. (See earlier story: Hillary Clinton Says She Will Not Run for President Again).
President Barack Obama, meanwhile, has been under fire from his fellow liberals who want him to reject the advice of his military advisers to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Homosexual activists have blasted the president for failing to suit his actions to his words -- particularly when it comes to ending the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy; and some liberal Democrats say the president hasn’t been strong enough about insisting on a public option in a final health care bill.

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