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A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Tuesday night found that, among past and present politicians, only those named Clinton had an overall positive rating.
In the case of Bill Clinton, the impeached president turned popular confabber and philanthropist, 56% of Americans had a positive view, with only 21% holding a negative impression.
His wife and potential 2016 presidential candidate
And her trend line is not good: Hillary Clinton has suffered the usual post-announcement swoon even before she launches her expected candidacy. A favorable rating that was in the mid-50s little more than a year ago — after a high point of 59% in 2009 — was sliding downward as the former first lady is more and more seen as an inevitable Democratic candidate.
Membership in the political class appeared to drag down more than just Clinton, who on the whole was doing a lot better than every other active politician.
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Forty-two percent of Americans held positive views about Obama, the poll found, and 46% held negative views. Asked separately to gauge their approval of Obama's handling of the presidency, 40% gave him a positive grade — 21 points below his high in 2009 -- to 54% who did not. His worst marks came on foreign policy, where one-third of Americans judged him positively to nearly two-thirds who disapproved.
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Gloom permeated American views about the final two years of Obama's term, with 40% saying they were "pessimistic and worried" about his tenure, to 17% who described themselves as "optimistic and confident." Twenty-three percent said they were hopeful about his remaining time in office, and 19% said they were uncertain.