Oof: Despite Poor Poll Numbers Trump Still More Favored Than Hillary Clinton

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 at 8:35 am
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to recognizing someone in the crowd during a campaign stop at Rundlett Middle School in Concord, New Hampshire February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Considering his missteps and the media jihad against Donald Trump, these poll numbers certainly tell us how supremely unpopular Hillary Clinton remains over eight months after her humiliating loss.

For a president with historically low poll numbers, Donald Trump can at least find solace in this: Hillary Clinton is doing worse.

Trump’s 2016 Democratic rival is viewed favorably by just 39 percent of Americans in the latest Bloomberg National Poll, two points lower than the president. It’s the second-lowest score for Clinton since the poll started tracking her in September 2009.

The former secretary of state has always been a polarizing figure, but this survey shows she’s even lost popularity among those who voted for her in November.

More than a fifth of Clinton voters say they have an unfavorable view of her. By comparison, just 8 percent of likely Clinton voters felt that way in the final Bloomberg poll before the election, and just 6 percent of Trump’s voters now say they view him unfavorably.

“There’s growing discontent with Hillary Clinton even as she has largely stayed out of the spotlight,” said pollster J. Ann Selzer, who oversaw the survey. “It’s not a pox on the Democratic house because numbers for other Democrats are good.”

The former first lady and New York senator has made a few speeches and occasionally tweaks Trump on Twitter, but has mostly kept out of sight since a defeat in November that shocked the political establishment and surprised markets.

In follow-up interviews with poll participants, Clinton voters denied that their negative feelings about her had anything to do with her losing the election and, therefore, helping Trump move into the White House.

Instead, their comments often reflected the ongoing angst among Democrats about how best to position themselves against Trump and Republicans in 2018 and beyond. Many said they wished Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont had won the Democratic nomination, or that they never liked Clinton and only voted for her because she was the lesser of two bad choices.

“She did not feel authentic or genuine to me,” said Chris Leininger, 29, an insurance agent from Fountain Valley, California. “She was hard to like.”

If you look at the poll results you’ll also notice Democrats outweighed Republicans among those queried, so even in a slanted poll she’s still less popular than Trump.

Just don’t expect this to be noted anywhere on the network news shows. Manwhile, if she were president, would this be making news?

The Russian lawyer who landed a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. during last year’s campaign with the promise of dirt on Hillary Clinton had one big thing in common with the Democratic candidate: Both had opposed Russia sanctions targeting human-rights abusers.

Further, former Secretary of State Clinton’s initial opposition coincided with a half-million-dollar speech her husband gave in Moscow – a link her 2016 campaign fought to downplay in the press, according to WikiLeaks-released documents.

Trump White House officials now are trying to draw attention to that speech and the Clintons’ ties to Russia in a bid to counter criticism over Trump Jr.’s now-infamous meeting.

“If you want to talk about having relationships with Russia, I’d look no further than the Clintons,” Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a briefing last week. “Bill Clinton was paid half a million dollars to give a speech to a Russian bank, personally thanked by President Putin.”

Awkward.

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3 Responses to “Oof: Despite Poor Poll Numbers Trump Still More Favored Than Hillary Clinton”

  1. Rasmus Petersen on 18/18/17 at 11:00 am

    A family member just loves the greasy haired punk on the All Barack Channel (ABC) evening news and last night he said Trump approval at 36%.
    I lol’d at that number and thought yea tell us who are the people answering your poll.
    All located on the coasts, receives some form of government assistance, identifies as left leaning or liberal.
    If you don’t like Hillary you are a sexist bigot and Amy Schumer is so funny your side will hurt from laughing.

  2. Carol on 20/20/17 at 11:59 pm

    We had two terrible choices. I opted for the one that promised to appoint conservatives to SCOTUs.