Hillary Clinton’s favorability ratings over her career
Over the course of her long career, Hillary Clinton truly has been a comeback kid. On four separate occasions over the past 20 years, Clinton’s favorability ratings have fallen sharply—but each time they recovered.
HILLARY CLINTON AS:
FIRST LADY
1993-2001
What Pew Research said then…
What Pew Research said then…
What Pew Research said then…
Percent who say they have a favorable opinion of Hillary Clinton
38
50%
39
56
48
52
56
55
54
57
47
53
65
62
59
66
60
49
66
63
65
42
58
50
60
First Lady
U.S. Senator
Secretary of State
1993-2001
2001-2009
2009-2012
Secretary of State
U.S. Senator
(May, 1993) Clinton becomes First Lady and she and her husband enjoy a warm reception from the public.



“Positive reviews of Hillary Clinton's job performance run well ahead of evaluations made of the President… Women under 30 years of age were especially positive about
Mrs. Clinton, with seven in ten expressing approval.”
60%
42%
63%
"While many Americans (48%) think that charges of possible misconduct leveled against Hillary Clinton are politically based, the first lady’s public image has nonetheless suffered. Currently, unfavorable opinions outweigh favorable views of Mrs. Clinton by a margin of 54% to 42%."
(Feb. 1996) Clinton accused of improperly firing employees in White House ‘Travelgate’ investigation.
“In contrast to her husband, Hillary Clinton continues to draw high marks from the public. Two-thirds of Americans (66%) say they admire Hillary Clinton’s decision to stand by her husband and nearly as many (63%) have a favorable opinion of the First Lady.”
(Aug. 1998) Bill Clinton admits to having an improper extramarital relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
First Lady