WASHINGTON, D.C. — If Hillary Clinton is elected president in 2016, most Americans say they think she will do a good job handling crucial domestic and international issues, according to a new national poll.
And the CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that the former secretary of state scores much higher than President Barack Obama on every issue tested.
“That’s helpful to her chances of actually getting elected if it holds up through 2016,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “It suggests that the President’s low marks on most issues might not drag Clinton down if she runs for the White House again.”
Clinton served as America’s top diplomat during Obama’s first four years in office, so it may not be surprising that some of her best marks in the poll come on overseas issues: 63% say she would do a good job on foreign policy and 61% say the same on terrorism.
But it is notable that 63% say she’d do a good job handling the economy, and 57% believe she’d handle health care well.
Now compare those to Obama’s latest job approval ratings on those same issues.
Just 38% questioned in the CNN poll say that they approve of how the President’s handling the economy. That’s 25 percentage points lower than the number who think Clinton would do a good job on the economy. Only 40% approve of Obama’s foreign policy, 23 points lower than Clinton.
The same is true on other issues that have made headlines recently, including gun policy, the environment, and immigration.
“In fact, a majority think Clinton would do a good job on all nine issues tested in the poll; Obama’s current job approval rating never breaks 50% on any of those same nine issues. None of this means that Clinton is a lock for the White House, but it is an enviable position for any candidate to be in,” adds Holland.
The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International May 29-June 1, before the rollout of Clinton’s new memoir, “Hard Choices.” In the survey, 1,003 adults nationwide were questioned by telephone. The poll’s overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.