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Poll: Public wants Hillary Clinton, not Obama, in a crisis

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More Americans still believe that Hillary Clinton mishandled the Benghazi, Libya, assault disaster, but even with that black eye, they would rather have the former secretary of state manning a big crisis than President Obama, according to a new poll.

In the latest diss of the president, a new Economist/YouGov poll found that 50 percent are “uneasy” about Obama's ability to juggle an international crisis, versus 37 percent who are confident in him. Some 43 percent are confident Clinton would do just fine, 42 percent uneasy.

And in an even harsher slap, 48 percent said they are “not confident” that Obama is taking the right steps to prevent a future Benghazi, while 46 percent said they are “confident” Clinton would fix the situation.

The differences are significant among the Democratic base, said the poll.

“The difference is Clinton’s greater positive ratings on her ability to handle crisis from Democrats and Independents: 29 percent of independents are confident in Barack Obama’s ability to handle an international crisis; 37 percent are confident in Clinton’s ability on that. And while 16 percent of Democrats are uneasy about the president’s approach, just 7 percent say that about Clinton. Republicans are overwhelmingly negative about both Democrats,” said the poll release.

As for Clinton's handling of the terrorist killings of Americans in Libya, a huge topic on her book tour, 42 percent disapprove, 34 percent approve.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.