After this disastrous week expect her numbers to crater even further.
Hillary Clinton’s popularity continues to slide as she takes on a more political posture and Republicans raise questions about the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Libya on her watch.
Fifty-two percent of Americans view the former secretary of state favorably, down from 56 percent in March and 70 percent in December 2012, according to the Bloomberg National Poll.
The decline means Clinton wouldn’t enter a possible 2016 race as a prohibitive favorite over key Republican rivals. While she still bests them in head-to-head matchups, she doesn’t have majority support against any of them.
Among likely 2016 voters, Clinton beats New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 45 percent to 38 percent, the poll shows. When matched against Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Clinton pulls 47 percent support compared with 38 percent for each of her opponents. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida registers only slightly weaker, drawing 36 percent backing to Clinton’s 47 percent.
In the March Bloomberg poll, Clinton was ahead of Christie among likely voters by 52 percent to 39 percent.
“Hillary Clinton may be suffering from contagion from President Barack Obama’s sinking scores. She is down across the board, even with groups that have been her most ardent supporters,” said J. Ann Selzer, who oversaw the poll. Obama’s favorability rating fell to 44 percent, the lowest mark of his presidency in the Bloomberg poll.
Clinton has suffered a rocky start to the rollout of her latest memoir, “Hard Choices.” She was criticized after one interview for a comment about her family’s financial struggles after her husband left the White House in 2001.
The good news, Selzer said, is the decreased favorability “doesn’t appear to affect her electability — for now.”
Give it time. Considering even the hard left is questioning her credibility it appears her 22-year public honeymoon has ended.