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59% View Hillary Clinton Favorably

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has her hands full with the ongoing unrest in the Middle East, but she remains the most popular member of President Obama's Cabinet.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of Likely Voters have at least a somewhat favorable impression of Clinton, while 36% view her unfavorably.  These figures include 25% who have a Very Favorable opinion of the former New York senator and 16% who view her Very Unfavorably.   (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Since Clinton was named secretary of state in January 2009, her favorable rating has remained in the narrow range of 53% to 60%, consistently making her the most popular Cabinet member.  In that same period, her unfavorables have ranged from 35% to 43%.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of the Political Class have a favorable impression of Clinton, as do 53% of Mainstream voters.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said recently that Clinton is the most competent member of the Obama administration and would be a better president candidate for Democrats in 2012 than Obama.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 16-17, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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