Hillary Clinton would do a better job as president than Obama: poll

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
U.S. President Barack Obama, seen through his teleprompter, delivers remarks announcing a comprehensive, new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan in Washington on March 27, 2009. Standing behind him is U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Americans believe former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would do a better job as president than President Barack Obama on virtually every issue, a new poll released Monday finds.

According to the CNN/ORC International survey, 63 percent of Americans say Clinton would do a good job handling foreign policy, compared to just 40 percent for Obama. Sixty-one percent believe Clinton would do a good job handling terrorism, compared to a 49 percent approval rating on terrorism for Obama.

Meanwhile, 63 percent say the former senator would do a good job handling the economy, while 38 percent approve of Obama's economic policies.

The poll was conducted from May 29 to June 1 — before Clinton embarked on her current book tour for the release of her memoir, "Hard Choices."

A majority of the respondents said Clinton would do well on every issue raised by the survey, while Obama never broke 50 percent on the same issues.

On health care, 57 percent believe she would do a good job, compared to just 36 percent for Obama  a product, in part, of the White House's bungled rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

Clinton scored highest on environmental policy, with 65 percent saying she'd do a good job, compared to Obama's 49 percent.

Fifty-two percent of those surveyed said Clinton would do a good job handling gun policy, 29 percent higher than Obama's 33 percent approval rating on guns.

Her high scores are a good sign for Clinton, should she decide to run in 2016.

"It is an enviable position for any candidate to be in," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said, noting that the results suggest that Obama's "low marks on most issues might not drag Clinton down if she runs."

In 2008, when Clinton and Obama faced off in the Democratic primary, she scored similarly high marks on the economy (69 percent), health care (66 percent), terrorism (57 percent) and immigration (55 percent).