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Eye On Candidates
August 31, 2016

Clinton has popularity woes too

Much as been made of the record levels to which Republican nominee Donald Trump has sunk in terms of public approval. But Democrat Hillary Clinton has her own woes in this area as well, as The Washington Post reports this morning:

A record number of Americans now dislike Hillary Clinton

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 41 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Clinton, while 56 percent have an unfavorable one.

That's the worst image Clinton has had in her quarter-century in national public life. Her previous low favorable rating this year was in July, when it was 42 percent, lower than any mark in historical Post-ABC polls except a few points in the 1990s when a large share of the public had no opinion of her. Her previous high for unfavorable views was in June, when 55 percent disliked Clinton.

Trump, of course, has long been the more unpopular of the two presidential nominees, and he remains so; 35 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of him, compared to 63 percent unfavorable.

But if you look just at registered voters, the new poll actually shows Clinton's image is about as bad as Trump's, with 38 percent having a favorable impression and 59 percent unfavorable, compared to a 37/60 split for Trump.

This looks to be yet more confirmation of the theory that the Republican Party managed to nominate the one candidate incapable of beating Clinton.