Politics

Hillary Clinton's Popularity Decreases In New NBC/WSJ Poll

| by Sean Kelly

According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Hillary Clinton’s popularity is dropping.

Though she still leads the Democratic field by more than 30 points, the poll revealed that Clinton is less popular among Americans than she was one month ago. Just 37 percent of Americans have a positive view of the former Secretary of State, as opposed to 44 percent positive in June. 48 percent of those polled said they had a negative view.

Despite the lower numbers, political scientist Brendan Nyhan — a government professor at Dartmouth — said the poll is not an indicator of her ability to win the nomination.

“Candidate perceptions are not a good predictor of the ultimate election outcome, especially this early,” Nyhan said. 

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Clinton is still the top pick for 59 percent of Democratic primary voters, with 25 percent favoring Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Just last month, Clinton showed a 60-point national advantage over Sanders — 75 percent to 15 percent. 

The poll also showed that despite a drop in popularity, Clinton is still more popular than Republican frontrunners Donald Trump and Jeb Bush. Bush’s overall favorable/unfavorable rating is 26 percent positive and 40 percent negative, while Trump’s is 26 percent positive and 56 percent negative. 

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted among 1,000 adults between July 26-30. 

Sources: NBC News, Wall Street Journal / Photo credit: wisgop.org