Popularity Poll

There's Something About Hillary

Sure, she lost the battle for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, but now Hillary's on top in the popularity war. According to a new Gallup poll, the secretary of State enjoys a higher favorable rating than Barack Obama. In January of 2009, Obama and Clinton enjoyed favorable ratings of 78 percent and 65 percent, respectively, while in October, Obama's rating plummeted to 56 percent, and Hillary's slid down to 62 percent. The poll was taken before President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize which could, for better or for worse, affect current popularity levels. The Hillary trend held clear across party lines, with the secretary of State barely beating out Obama among Democrats and Independents, but bulldozing him—35 percent to 19 percent—among Republicans.