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Best Part of a Hillary Clinton Presidency? You Mean Besides January 20, 2013?

Gallup didn’t phrase it this way, but I will. When asked the open-ended question, “suppose Hillary Clinton is elected president in 2008.  In your view, what would be the best or most positive thing about a Hillary Clinton presidency?” The single most popular answer was, “nothing,” with 28 percent.

Next up was “Clinton would be the first woman president,” with 22 percent; “healthcare issue/would reform healthcare” 10 percent; “would get the U.S. out of Iraq/end war” with 9 percent; “Clinton’s experience” with 7 percent, “capable/competent” with 7 percent, and “Bill Clinton would be back in the White House/would help and advise her” with 6 percent.
When asked, “what would be the worst or most negative thing about a Hillary Clinton presidency?”, only 12 percent said “nothing.” The answers “Too liberal/socialist” and “Bill Clinton would be back in the White House” tied at 10 percent each, with ”Not qualified/would not succeed” at 9 percent. The next four reasons were all bunched together – “just don’t like her” and “Clinton scandals/baggage” at 7 percent each, and “Country not ready for a woman president” and “Clinton’s views on Iraq” at 6 percent each.

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