Bill Clinton is back.
Back to where he stood in the public’s eye at inauguration.
Two-thirds of Americans surveyed have a favorable opinion of the 42nd president of the United States, the Gallup Poll has found — and that 66 percent approval places him back at where he stood at inauguration in January 1993.
There have been some low moments along the road — Clinton’s favorability falling to 39 percent in early 2001, after leaving office with a flourish, granting pardons to people like fugitive financier Marc Rich on the way out.
Yet over the course of nearly 20 years, with a lot of globe-trotting philanthropy to his name, Clinton has made good on the tale of the “comeback kid,” by Gallup’s count. Small wonder Clinton will place President Barack Obama’s name in nomination for re-election at the Democratic National Convention the first week of September.
“Clinton’s popularity could make him one of the more valuable speakers,” reports Gallup’s Lydia Saad. “He will reprise his 2008 convention role as booster-in-chief for Barack Obama” — whose own favorability in Gallup’s survey rides at 54 percent.
Guess who else draws 66 percent in the Gallup survey.
This comes from a July 9-12 survey of 1,014 adults, with a possible margin of error of 4 percentage points. Imagine where the secretary of state will be in four years.