As Health Care Fails, Clinton Approval Soars
by ludwigvan, Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 06:34:01 PM EST
After a week where we watched Obama give away the public option (as Senator Feingold said he'd always intended),
pushing back health care reform for years,
a week where he also gave away billions and billions more of our tax dollars to the bailed out banks,
a week where he raised the debt ceiling to new obscene numbers (give aways to bankers and fake stimulus bills that benefit insiders are expensive!)
aint it good to know that so many Americams feel the same way that I do about a woman, who if she were our President, would have done NONE of those things...
From Politico and my old bud Aemon Javers:
A new poll of avid news watchers shows that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a much higher approval rating than the man she once campaigned against and now works for, President Barack Obama.
In the poll of 800 registered voters who are self-identified "news watchers," Clinton had a 75 percent approval rating and a 21 percent disapproval rating overall. Obama, in contrast, had a 51 percent approval and a 45 percent disapproval rating.
The poll was conducted by the nonpartisan Clarus Research Group from December 7th to the 12th, and it asked for opinions of the top Cabinet secretaries and White House officials. Its finding on Obama and Clinton mirrors that of earlier polls - in October, for example, a Gallup poll found that Clinton had become more popular than the president.
Clarus president Ron Faucheux said one reason for Clinton's high poll numbers is her high approval among Republicans - numbers he said position her well to run for president again in the future, if she chooses. Clinton had 96 percent approval among Democrats, a healthy 57 percent approval among Republicans, and 65 percent approval among Independents. Obama was nearly as popular among Democrats - 93 percent - but his numbers among Republicans and Independents fell off dramatically, at 19 percent and 33 percent respectively.
Clinton's Republican numbers are striking, given how intensely disliked she has been in the past among GOP voters. In fact, part of Obama's appeal to Democratic primary voters in 2008 was that he was more likely to be able to bridge the partisan divide than Clinton, who was by then a well-known figure dating to her time as first lady in the 1990s.
Among other major administration officials, Vice President Joe Biden had a 50 percent approval and 41 percent disapproval rating; Attorney General Eric Holder and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius both posted 41 percent approval and 35 percent disapproval; Presidential Adviser David Axelrod scored 38 percent approval and 36 percent disapproval.
It seems that Buyers' Regret and Remorse is in full evidence.