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Hillary Clinton more unpopular than Trump — despite staying out of spotlight

Or maybe because of it.
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Bloomberg came out with a poll that puts Trump's favorability ahead of Clinton's. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

For a president who has earned historically low approval ratings since he entered the Oval Office, there’s finally a poll Donald Trump might like — it says Hillary Clinton is doing worse.

When it comes to favorability, just 39 percent of Americans say they favorably view Clinton, Trump’s Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential election — that’s two points less than Trump popularity, according to the Bloomberg News poll.

Even though she moved away from the spotlight following her 2016 loss, her favorability has continued to shrink. This is the second-lowest score Clinton has ever earned in the poll, which began tracking her in 2009.

Her lowest favorability rating, at 38 percent, came in September 2015 as she battled Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, which she won.

The new poll shows more than 20 percent of those who voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election now have an unfavorable view of her — that’s up from just 8 percent of voters having an unfavorable view of her in the final Bloomberg poll before the November election.

By contrast, just 6 percent of Trump’s voters now view him unfavorably.

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

Former President Barack Obama has seen a Trump Bump. His favorability rating is up 5 points since December to 61 percent, the highest favorability he’s seen since September 2009.

Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden, is also enjoying high favorability, at about 60 percent.

Though poll participants denied their negative feelings about Clinton had to do with her losing the election, they did admit to never being very excited about the former secretary of state to begin with.

 

 
 
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