Poll: Hillary Clinton's Favorability Close To An All-Time Low

| by Alexander Rubinstein

Negative views of Hillary Clinton have reached a nearly record-breaking high in ABC News and Washington Post polls. Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s popularity has grown more disparate along ethnic and racial lines.

Of those polled, 45 percent now see Clinton favorably, a drop of 7 percentage points since midway through the summer, while 53 percent now see Clinton unfavorably, a bump of 8 percentage points.

Clinton’s favorable score is only 1 percent higher than her lowest ever in April 2008, during her last presidential campaign. Polls by ABC News and The Washington Post have been tracking American’s views on her for 23 years.

Trump is viewed favorably by 37 percent of Americans but unfavorably by 59 percent. He has had a slight rise of 4 percentage points since the middle of July. Among whites, Trump’s favorability jumped by 6 percentage points.

Nonwhite Americans see Trump negatively by 17 to 79 percent. Hispanics’ views have not changed, but among black Americans, they have dropped 16 percent since halfway through the summer, reported ABC News.

Though 64 percent of the American population is identified as white, white Americans divide almost evenly on Trump, with 48 percent finding him favorable while 49 find him unfavorable.

Clinton is far less popular among white Americans, with 35 to 65 percent. She is only 3 percent higher in favorability than Trump among registered voters.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has not created as much controversy as Trump, is seen almost as negatively. Bush’s favorable rating has been unchanged while his unfavorable score is 8 percent higher than July. He’s doing worse with conservatives and pales to Trump when it comes to strong conservatives.

Clinton is favored by 80 percent of Democrats, but her unfavorable rating has fallen by 10 percentage points among independents since midsummer. Bush is the only candidate who was polled about who does worse than Clinton among independents.

Trump and Bush have are more favorable in their party than unfavorable, but while negative views of Bush from independents have increased, favorable views of Trump from independents has done so as well, reported The Washington Post.

Vice President Joe Biden is viewed favorably by 70 percent of Democrats, compared to Clinton’s 80. Both are more favored by their party than Bush or Trump, who are both below 60. Biden is overall more popular than Clinton because he has better ratings among Republicans and independents. Of Republicans, 26 percent view Biden favorably, compared to Clinton’s 13. Biden has not announced he is running for president.

Sources: ABC News, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr