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Ready for Hillary: Polls show Hillary beats Obama, Bill extremely popular with Americans

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Hillary Clinton scores a higher approval rating than President Obama on almost every major issue facing America today, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey.

The CNN survey, which was conducted from May 29 to June 1, before the start of Clinton's rocky, gaffe-filled book tour, found that nearly 63 percent of respondents think the former secretary of State is well-suited to handle the economy, while only 38 percent said they approved of Obama's record in this area.

Fifty-seven percent of survey respondents also said Clinton would do a good job handling health care, while only 36 percent said they approved of the way the president has handled the issue.

"That's helpful to her chances of actually getting elected if it holds up through 2016," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said in the report. "It suggests that the president's low marks on most issues might not drag Clinton down if she runs for the White House again."

Sixty-three percent of respondents said they believe Clinton would do a good job handling foreign policy, while only 40 percent of respondents gave Obama high marks in this area.

Meanwhile, 61 percent also said they believe Clinton would be excellent in the area of combating terrorism, far higher than the president's 49 percent approval rating, according to the survey.

Lastly, 55 percent said Clinton would do a good job addressing the budget deficit, while only 31 percent said the same of Obama.

Clinton beating Obama on the issues extends even to immigration, gun control and the environment.

"In fact, a majority think Clinton would do a good job on all nine issues tested in the poll; Obama's current job approval rating never breaks 50 percent on any of those same nine issues. None of this means that Clinton is a lock for the White House, but it is an enviable position for any candidate to be in," Holland said.

The CNN poll surveyed 1,003 adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Now, it’s important to note that of the 1,003 adults surveyed in the CNN poll, only 894 are registered voters. Furthermore, 30 percent of the respondents are self-identified Democrats, while only 23 percent are self-identified Republicans. Approximately 47 percent (there’s that number again!) call themselves “independents” or members of a third party.

So caution should be exercised when reviewing the survey's finding on Clinton's supposed popularity. Still, the report's claim that a majority of respondents think Obama is woefully inept is in line with earlier surveys that reported the same.

Also, and this will most certainly boost Clinton's chances for 2016, former President Bill Clinton is currently the most-admired recent president, according to a Wall Street Journal poll.

And Bill Clinton won by no small margin: With 42 percent of respondents choosing the former Arkansas governor, he easily beat out George W. Bush (chosen by 17 percent of respondents), George H.W. Bush (17 percent) and Obama (18 percent).

The Wall Street Journal survey, which was conducted from June 2-8 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, can only be good news for Hillary Clinton.

Indeed, the sort of love and approval that Bill Clinton regularly enjoys from the American people will probably translate over to Hillary Clinton's election efforts, the Clinton brand being associated with a more prosperous time in America's recent history.

In short, if she chooses to run in 2016, Hillary Clinton will likely have the good fortune of having a popular ex-president by her side to remind voters that a Clinton once presided over the White House during better times.

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