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Conventions 2012

Bill Clinton's Approval Rating Hits High Ahead of Address

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Former Democratic President Bill Clinton(Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP)

Ahead of his address to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, former President Clinton has hit a personal best in approval ratings, according to a Gallup/USA Today poll.

The poll, conducted before both parties’ conventions and released on Wednesday, shows Clinton with a favorability rating of 69 percent — higher than President Obama’s, Vice President Joe Biden’s, and even higher than popular first lady Michelle Obama’s numbers.

 

Of the four Democratic convention headliners, the first lady came in a close second to Clinton with a 65 percent favorable rating, while Obama and Biden lagged with 53 and 44 percent, respectively.  

Clinton, whose speech is widely expected to be a highlight of the convention, also ties the first lady in positive ratings from key demographics, according to the poll: women, nonwhites, young voters, and independents. He is also the most popular of the four Democrats among men and older Americans.

Democrats have recently looked to tap into Clinton’s popularity to make headway with key groups that remain resistant to Obama, particularly blue-collar white voters.

 

Clinton’s previous high was 66 percent in July 2012, which matched his preinaugural rating in 1993, according to Gallup.

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