Voters Say Hillary More Qualified To Be President Than Obama, Romney, Gingrich, Palin
Everything’s comin up roses. But she will not run until ’16
…A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 57% of voters feel Clinton is qualified to be president, but 34% disagree and say she is not
As for President Obama, 51% say he is fit for the job. However, 44% say he is not qualified to be president, even though he has now served 17 months in the job.
Nearly as many (49%) say former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, an unsuccessful candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, is qualified to be president of the United States. Thirty-two percent (32%) say Romney is not qualified, but another 20% are not sure.
Just 35% of voters say former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is qualified to be the nation’s chief executive. Nearly half (48%) say Gingrich is not fit for the office. Seventeen percent (17%) are undecided.
As for Sarah Palin, ex-governor of Alaska and the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, only 26% feel she is qualified to be president, but 61% do not. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure…
The breakdown by age, party affiliation:
…Male voters rate Romney and Clinton first and virtual equals in terms of qualifications. Female voters see Clinton first, Obama second.
Younger voters put Obama well ahead of the others.
The partisan differences are predictable. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of GOP voters rate Romney as qualified to be president, followed by 53% who say the same of Gingrich. Republican voters are evenly divided over whether Palin is fit to be president. But they view all three Republicans as more qualified than Clinton or Obama.
Nearly 80% of Democrats, on the other hand, view Obama and Clinton as qualified, but they overwhelmingly believe that Gingrich and Palin are not. Democrats are more closely divided over Romney’s qualifications.
Perhaps most telling are the responses of voters not affiliated with either major party. Sixty-one percent (61%) say Clinton is qualified for the White House, and a plurality (48%) say the same of Obama and Romney. Gingrich is a close call for unaffiliateds, but by better than two-to-one, they say Palin is not fit to be president….