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Hillary Clinton Leads the Pack in Bloomberg Popularity Poll

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is the most popular political figure in the nation, receiving a favorable rating of 64 percent in a Bloomberg National Poll released Tuesday. Following close on her heels is the first lady, Michelle Obama, with a 62 percent positive rating.
The two women climbed far above the pack of elected officials, political parties and TV political personalities. Lagging 11 percentage points behind Hillary Clinton, President Obama was in third place with a 53 percent favorable rating in the survey of 1,000 adults conducted Oct. 7-10.
It says quite a lot about politics in the midterms that Jon Stewart, the liberal host of the satirical newscast, "The Daily Show," came in at 39 percent, ahead of Sarah Palin, a prospective presidential candidate in 2012 and a leader of the Tea Party movement, who pulled in 38 percent. Palin's counterpart in Tea Party media politics, Glenn Beck, the Fox television host, followed her with 34 percent. And despite the trashing that political parties are taking this year, they did surprisingly well: Democratic (47 percent favorability rating), Republican (45 percent) and the Tea Party (41 percent).
The high rankings for Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama are a surprise, too. Most first ladies rate highly in popularity polls, but Michelle Obama had been a target of criticism in 2008 for her forceful presence on the campaign trail and comments that inferred she was not proud of her country until her husband became a successful presidential candidate. That seems an eon ago. Now she's the engaging champion of good living and healthy eating, a fashion plate and sought-after speaker, a smart partner to the guy in the White House.
Hillary Clinton is another story. Her race to the top carries enormous irony.
Just two years ago she was seen -- even by women -- as a polarizing and divisive figure, cold and cynically ambitious, manipulative and scheming, sly and pretentious. Many progressives and the liberal mainstream media deserted her for a fresh new face, Barack Obama, and even though she came close to wresting the presidential nomination from him, she ended her candidacy with 18 million cracks in the ceiling and no place to go. No one then could have foreseen her emergence in the past year or so as a highly respected world figure, and few could have imagined her near resurrection as one of the most popular and charismatic political figures of this decade.
Her status is so elevated these days that there's serious speculation in Washington that (A) she will run as Obama's vice presidential candidate in 2012; (B) will replace Robert Gates at the Pentagon; and (C) will run for president in 2016. Political insiders may differ on which route she will take, but almost all of them agree that she will run for president in 2016.
That notion was laughable two years ago.
Now when she delivers a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, it is called the best speech of the Obama administration, and when she and Bill Clinton, himself now rated in some polls as the most popular politician in the land, make an appearance together, the Clintonians can only imagine them back in the White House -- but with her in the Oval Office.

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Karen

Please learn the difference between "inferred" and "implied."

October 14 2010 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rob & Kathy

Hillary is just "Obama light"....

October 12 2010 at 11:27 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
tenderlies1

When I hear some of you speak about Bill and Hillary Clinton it truly confirms to me that the Republican Party has a lot of not so bright people in it. For 8 years they pursued the Clintons spent millions of Dollars and found Monica Wow that was a big threst to the world. George Jr after 9/11 goes to War after a terrorist's then pulls most of the troops out to move to Iraq based on lies. aand OMG to this day they can't prove to their own party that Obama was born in America, they can they just don't want to and why? Becuse they like keeping the Country torn apart that means your not watching what they have been doing. Dumb Dumb Dumb

October 12 2010 at 10:38 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
tidavis58

The Democrats had the opportunity to nominate Hillary but were awestruck with Obama. I think the country was probably going to put a Democrat in the White House in 2008 anyway and I think it was a shame the voters didn't have the foresight to do it right.

October 12 2010 at 10:13 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
newfoundland702

Who responded to this poll? These numbers are bogus about as real as the "summer of recovery" declared by VP Bite ME.

October 12 2010 at 9:57 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
aligrimes

We don't need the Clintons back in the White House. We need positive change, with balance and integrity...

October 12 2010 at 9:53 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
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tenderlies1

And your going to get that with Republicans your going to need more than luck with that one, miracle's may still happened but I soooo doubt it

October 12 2010 at 10:39 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
aligrimes

Beware, as the Crimson Tide rolls over the U.S. on Nov. 2....

October 12 2010 at 9:51 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
americangod2010

Hillary will run for President again only if Obama totally mess up. Obama gave Hillary a chance to be our foreign affairs President.

October 12 2010 at 9:39 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
Grandpa

Hillary is the most vain woman in the whole world. If you want her for president then you are really in need of mental help.

October 12 2010 at 9:32 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
bernardsguys

Hillary was always my first choice in the last presidential election. The dems gave her a bad deal as they were so taken by Obama's speech during the 2004 campaign. He could have been a good president if they let him get some experience and run in the future after her 8 years. I hope she has her day for our sake. Go Hillary...Gary, New Haven, Ct.

October 12 2010 at 9:24 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply

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