Democrat And Republican Voters Both Like Bill Clinton Better Than Barack Obama
And why wouldn’t they? Bill Clinton, for all his faults, was at least practical whereas Obama is an ideologically hidebound leftist who despite the hype doesn’t have even a fraction of Clinton’s political dexterity.
Andrew Malcolm has the scoop from Galllup:
Democrats are slightly more likely to think positively about a candidate that Bill Clinton campaigns for, as opposed to one of the countless lucky ones who are getting Barack Obama to wave with them onstage these days, whether they like it or not. Obama is about to head out on a multistate stump tour; Clinton has been at it virtually nonstop all fall.
Clinton really scores among independents, while Obama scores a net minus 27, meaning 12% say they’d be more likely to vote for a candidate campaigning with the current president but 39% say his endorsement would send them voting in the other direction.
Although few Republicans indicated they’d be likely to do the ballot bidding of either Democrat, the negative “I’m voting in the other direction” is much higher for Obama (71%) than for Clinton (46%). Gallup speculates that Obama campaigning for Democrats in one area would also likely boost Republican turnout in automatic antipathy.
Rick Moore flashes back to a quote from President Obama from earlier this year talking about comparisons of this election year to the 1994 midterm that resulted in big Republican gains in the House: “Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.”
That’s certainly true, though it would seem as though another big difference will be Republican gains in the House that are larger than the 1994 “Republican revolution.”Tags: Barack Obama, bill clinton, election 2010, gallup, polls