Thursday, December 4, 2008
National CNN/Opinion Poll: 71% Approve of Clinton as SOS; Favorable Ratings for Both Clintons Rise Dramatically
In a national CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey conducted on Monday and Tuesday of this week, 71 percent of respondents approved of Hillary Clinton as Obama’s pick for secretary of state. CNN reports that Democrats overwhelmingly approve of the choice, with two-thirds of independents agreeing and Republicans evenly split on the pick.
CNN managed to incorporate the media’s Clinton Derangement Syndrome in the poll’s structure: recall the punditry’s dire predictions of a Clinton insurgency in her potential role as secretary of state. Fortunately, the public is a lot wiser than the pundits. According to poll director Keating Holland:
“Fifty-seven percent say Clinton will follow Obama's policies rather than her own when she disagrees with the future president, and 54 percent think her husband, former President Clinton, will stay out of U.S. foreign policy.”
Please note the poll did not allow for the possibility that Clinton and Obama would behave as mature adults and resolve their differences in a mutually respectful, informed decision-making process on behalf of the common good.
The biggest disappointment for the media and the extremists on both the left and the right has to be Holland’s report that "favorable ratings for both Clintons have risen dramatically since the election."
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