Sunday, October 7, 2007

Most Americans still love Bill Clinton

Whenever right-wing rants against Bill Clinton and his presidency arise these days on talk radio or in letters to newspapers, I get the sense that the callers and writers have no knowledge whatever of how popular Clinton remains among the American people.

They seem to think that the mere mention of Clinton's name arouses the disdain of the populace.

But consider the results of this latest Washington Post-ABC News poll: Two-thirds of respondents approve of the job Clinton did as president. Even one-third of Republicans give him high marks. George W. Bush's performance in the White House, by comparison, is approved by only 33 percent of Americans in general.

The rightists also seem to have forgotten, if they ever knew, that Clinton was wildly popular even at the time the Republican-controlled U.S. House was voting bills of impeachment against him. In the very week that he was impeached, Clinton's approval rating in the Gallup Poll jumped 10 points to 73 percent, a higher mark than Ronald Reagan ever achieved.


MR. BASEBALL said...

If Bill were not popular, you wouldn't see Hillary doing so well in the polls. And if Bill had only kept his pants on while in the White House, he would go down as one of the best Presidents we've ever had. He still might when historians look back decades from now. He was a moderate and knew how to play the political game, which was also the main strength of Abraham Lincoln. What the Republicans also forget is they accused Bill Clinton of stealing their agenda when he was President.

The Rascal said...

Stealing their agenda? Did they, too, wanna get hum jobs from Monica Lewinsky? (Well, of course, Larry Craig didn't.)