Poll: Clintons Get High Grades; Rove Fares Poorly

Poll: Clintons Get High Grades; Rove Fares Poorly

By Michael Cipriano - May 28, 2014

Bill and Hillary Clinton remain highly popular among Americans, while Republican strategist Karl Rove has earned a high disapproval rating for his comments about Hillary’s age and health, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

A majority of the survey’s respondents -- 55 percent -- said they would support the former secretary of state if she runs president in 2016, and 63 percent have a favorable impression of her husband.

Such popularity made Karl Rove a logical fall guy after his recent comments regarding a possible Hillary Clinton presidential bid. In his role as Fox News commentator, the former White House senior adviser -- considered the “architect” of George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign -- questioned Mrs. Clinton’s health and also called her “old and stale.” Two-thirds of the Americans polled on this question in the survey disapproved of those comments, including 46 percent of Republicans -- and 43 percent of self-characterized “strong” conservatives.

Mrs. Clinton remains extremely popular among women, with 61 percent saying they would support her candidacy (just 49 percent of men say the same). She also is well supported by minority voters, including nearly three-fourths of African-Americans and 69 percent of Hispanics, compared to half of whites.

Bill Clinton’s popularity has seen an overall increase from its low point of 39 percent favorability during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. The 63 percent rating he registered in the poll also far outstrips his post-presidency average of 54 percent.

The survey of 1,017 adults was conducted from May 21-25 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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