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Ear to the Ground

Bill Clinton Enjoys Greatest Popularity in Years

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Posted on Feb 15, 2007
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Bill Clinton’s favorability rating has reached its highest level since 1998, 63 percent, closing in on the former president’s all-time high. While the Clintons have shared similar numbers over the years, trends show Bill’s popularity steadily outpacing that of his wife.


Gallup News Service:

More than 6 in 10 Americans say they have a favorable opinion of former President Bill Clinton, according to a recent Gallup Poll. Clinton’s favorable rating is up slightly from last summer, and is at its highest level since February 1998. His favorable rating reached historical lows in 2001 as Clinton sparked many controversies as he left office. But since that time, Clinton’s favorable rating has gradually improved and is now close to his historical high, a 66% rating just prior to his inauguration in 1993. A comparison of Bill Clinton’s favorable ratings and Hillary Clinton’s favorable ratings show that Americans rated the Clintons similarly following their departure from the White House, but in recent years, the former president has been viewed more favorably than his wife.

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By Frank, February 18, 2007 at 7:58 am Link to this comment
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Lest we attribute this popularity to Clinton’s policies rather than his personality,  it is worth noting that Ronald Reagan’s approval rating was 64% (ABC poll) in July 2001. A Gallop Poll done on Feb 18, 2005 asked Americans to vote for the America’s “Greatest President”.  Ronald Reagan won the vote, with Bill Clinton in 2nd place, followed by Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy. Reagan was also named the greatest president since World War II by a Quinnipiac poll of the public in 2006.

An AOL/Discovery Channel program in Jan 2005 asked Americans to nominate and vote for the ‘Greatest American’ of all time. The results (arguably non-scientific):

Ronald Reagan - 24% - named “Greatest American”.
Abraham Lincoln - 23.5%
Martin Luther King, Jr. - 19.7% - named “Greatest African American”
George Washington - 17.7%
Benjamin Franklin - 14.9%

Bill Clinton came in 7th, right behind G.W. Bush.

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By Toby, February 16, 2007 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment
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The love hate connection between Clinton and his supporters was based on reality. He had the courage to plunge into any crowd, (Poor choice of words?) which gave his secret service guys fits. Still does in fact. And if he grabbed you, (Ooops, I did it again) you knew it was sincere. Still is.

He’s the kind of guy you can look in the eye and call a damn fool for doing certain things and he’ll come back with a smile and acknowledge his human failings. When he took office, the military hated him. When he left, they loved him.

No need to go into the stupid decisions he might have made, or the many things he did right. No reason to blame him for the collapse of the Dot.com, or credit him for internet successes either. One thing we can say for sure. Bill Clinton was president for two terms because he didn’t cheat! (Geez! I did it again)

Bill Clinton won two terms and didn’t have to stoop to fraud and vote rigging to do it. That’s better.

More important, Bill Clinton made us feel good about being Americans both at home and abroad. You didn’t have to try and explain why he said or did something. You didn’t have to try to explain what he actually said. You didn’t have to apologize to anyone, or avoid anyone. You weren’t afraid to fly or talk out loud, or laugh or cry ... or call him a damn fool when he deserved it.

What a difference a president makes.

Almost overnight we went from being the feel-good bunch to being the feel awful crowd of cowering ninnies.

Wouldn’t it be great if another Bill Clinton came along to run for president? OK, I know a lot of you wont agree. But I think you’ll all agree we don’t want another George W. Bush coming along to run for president.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR MY CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT:

*A good sense of humor and A healthy sense of self, not feeling compelled to say “God Bless America” everytime he speaks.

*The courage to place personal conviction above input from advisors. And refusing to be cajoled into doing something against the best interests of the nation, just because so-called experts say so.

*A refusal to place allegiance for a foreign nation above the safety and security of our own nation. Attacking the notion that corporate interests, lobbies and foreign powers should dictate U.S. policy, refusing to allow it to continue. And initiating a bill in congress making it illegal for people employed in government service to hold duel citizenship.

*Doing away with the “pre-emptive war” doctrine.

*Doing away with the MONOLITH (do nothing and do it slower) Homeland Security Department and restoring the sanity of RESPONSIBLE response departments that actually respond.

*Demanding all problems seen as a potential threat to our national interests be approached through diplomacy first, always.

*Ending the war in Iraq, and developing a workable plan to clean up the mess we’ve made of their infrastructure.

*Getting rid of Rumsfelds pipe-dream military changes and restoring the level of equipment, personal gear, and training they need based on reality, not a pie in the sky plan for world domination. And, creating a RESPONSIBLE response plan, to hijacking and/or attack.

*Revisiting the privatization which has created war profiteers that actually place our military in jeopardy.

*A promise to bring the think-tankers, Neo-cons and administration officials who lied us into Iraq to accountability in a court of law!

*The courage to admit and acknowledge a stupid mistake.

*Right or wrong, absolute sincerity when dealing with others.

*Acknowledging the least fortunate among us, and being unafraid to get up close and personal with them. Demonstrating compassion as a real personal trait, not just a slogan.

*A demonstrated history of protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States.

*Pushing us to oil independence, not just saying it.

*Demanding a pay as you go government.

And lots more, but that’s a good start.

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By Dale Headley, February 16, 2007 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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Sit on it, right wingers!

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By RAE, February 16, 2007 at 9:15 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Clinton may not be your “ideal” Presidential material, but he’s a hell of a lot better than the disgraceful, lying, small-minded, hypocritical gang of war mongers that now infest the White House.

Hell, Mr. Clinton may even be as “bad” in some ways as Mr. Bush (behind the scenes favoritism, pandering to global corporations, etc.) but AT LEAST when you get screwed by a Clinton it’s done with courtesy and a smile! The man has people skills by the busload and represents the American people in a way that makes others WANT to trust him. He has charm which, combined with intelligence and education, makes him a “decider” with BRAINS.

But with Mr. Bush there’s no question… he has all the charm (smarm) of a used car salesman and if there’s any legitimate evidence to support a claim to intelligence I haven’t seen it. All Mr. Bush has is a rigid black & white THEOLOGY and the backing of mommy, daddy and the most lethal gang of money-grubbing, mean-spirited con men/women ever to walk this planet.

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By Frank, February 16, 2007 at 8:48 am Link to this comment
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Let’s face it, any President that served just before George Bush was bound to be remembered fondly.

Chasame, don’t forget the DotCom Boom was followed by the DotCom Bust. Yes, alot of little guys made money based off of investors who were taken in by hype. Most of their companies went bust, and many small time investors got burned.

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By Ken Mitchell, February 16, 2007 at 5:28 am Link to this comment
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Too bad that his wife still doesn’t get it on Iraq.

As for Clinton, I didn’t like his nation building. I like Bush’s even less.

We Libertarians have a bumper sticker that reads: “Bill Clinton, no longer the worst president in US history.”.

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By Yahoona, February 15, 2007 at 8:29 pm Link to this comment
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Bill Clinton was the set-up man for the Bush era. With his globalization, constant attacks on Iraq, failure to bring peace to the Middle East, and failure to accept the peace branch from Iran, he set the stage for the greater evil, W.

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By JP, February 15, 2007 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment
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I wish Bill Clinton could be our next president. We have never had better in my 60 years.

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By Denis O'Mahoney, February 15, 2007 at 7:21 pm Link to this comment
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He deserves the high rating.  He is smart, articulate, and compassionate.

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By Quy Tran, February 15, 2007 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment
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Go to teach Bush how he can raise his ratings.

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By Chaseme, February 15, 2007 at 6:08 pm Link to this comment
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Can you remember when all the small people were making money during Clinton’s presidency? The ‘DotCom’ era.

Now, we are back to an era where the ‘Good ole boys’, the richest among us are not only making money as they always have, but where they are running away with all the wealth. All of it!

Where does that leave us small people? wishing Clinton was back in office!

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