Poll: 59 percent have favorable view of Clinton

Nearly six in 10 people have a favorable view of Hillary Clinton a year after she left the State Department, according to a new survey. 

A Gallup poll released Friday showed 59 percent of people have a favorable view of the former secretary of State and potential 2016 candidate for president — 13 percent higher than that of Vice President Biden. 

Another 37 percent have an unfavorable view of the former secretary of State. 

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Clinton’s favorable rating has dropped slightly since leaving the Obama administration last year. She consistently maintained favorability ratings above 60 percent while at the State Department, peaking at 66 percent in 2012. 

Her rating dipped below 60 percent for the first time in years in June. 

When first introduced to the public during her husband’s 1992 presidential campaign, she held a 39 percent favorable rating. Twenty-six percent of people had an unfavorable view, while 35 percent had never heard of her. 

The last time her unfavorable rating outpaced her favorability rating came during the Democratic primary in 2008, when she faced off against President Obama, then an Illinois senator. 

Her all-time high of 67 percent came in 1998, amid an outpouring of support as President Clinton was impeached by the House during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. 

Vice President Biden, another potential candidate for president, holds a favorable rating of 46 percent, while 42 percent hold an unfavorable view of him. 

Those numbers have been largely unchanged in the past few years. His ratings peaked to their highest point, 59 percent, leading up the 2008 general election and shortly after the win. 

Past polling has shown Clinton leading in a head-to-head match-up for the Democratic nomination if both choose to run. Gallup did not test that match-up. 

Clinton has said she would make a decision about a White House bid later this year, while Biden has maintained he would wait until next summer. 

The poll surveyed 1,023 people earlier this month and has a 4-percent margin of error.