Sunday, April 3, 2011

Gallup: Hillary's Favorable Rating Reaches 66%

From ~ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating has reached 66 percent, her highest rating since she assumed her current position in the Barack Obama administration, a Gallup poll reveals.

“Clinton recently ruled out serving another term as secretary of state in a possible Obama second term and has squelched speculation that she might replace Biden as vice president,” Gallup observes. “This has only fueled speculation about what her presidential ambitions might be for 2016.

“Clinton's broad appeal would seem an auspicious foundation for seeking the White House.”

Clinton’s all-time high rating, 67 percent, came in December 1998, shortly after the House voted to impeach President Bill Clinton, which “engendered Americans’ sympathy for the first lady,” Gallup says.

But as Hillary entered electoral politics, first as a U.S. senator from New York and then as a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, her favorable rating dipped, reaching 44 percent in 2001.

The rating remained in the 40s and 50s until she assumed her State Department job, reaching 65 percent in January 2009.

The new rating of 66 percent is from a poll conducted after the United States began enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya, a policy Hillary reportedly favored.

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