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Poll: Majority Wants Clinton To Leave Public Stage

| by Jordan Smith
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A new poll shows that 61 percent of likely American voters think it's time for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to leave politics.

The Rasmussen survey, based on a sample of 1,000 people polled between Sept. 10 and 11, also found that 30 percent thought Clinton should remain on the public stage.

Asked about why Clinton lost the 2016 election, 44 percent said it was because she was a weak candidate. Another 40 percent blamed factors outside of Clinton's control and 11 percent said it was because she faced a strong candidate.

Forty-nine percent of respondents think Clinton's continued presence is bad for the Democratic Party, compared to 20 percent who believe it is good. And 23 percent stated they feel her public presence makes no difference.

The poll was released as Clinton attended the official launch of her new book, "What Happened," at a bookstore in New York. Several hundred people attended the event.

In the book, Clinton describes President Donald Trump as "a clear and present danger to the country and the world," according to the Chicago Tribune.

She gave her opinion about the 2016 election campaign in the book.

"I was running a traditional presidential campaign with carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly built coalitions," Clinton wrote in the book, according to The New York Times, "while Trump was running a reality TV show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans' anger and resentment."

Clinton also compared Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"He doesn't just like Putin," Clinton wrote. "He seems to want to be like Putin, a white authoritarian leader who could put down dissenters, repress minorities, disenfranchise voters, weaken the press, and amass untold billions for himself. He dreams of Moscow on the Potomac."

Clinton did not speak publicly at the New York event, but signed copies of the book for supporters. A spokesman for the Barnes & Noble store said they sold 1,200 copies of the book during Clinton's appearance.

Some people waited up to five hours in line to meet the former Democratic presidential nominee.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked her opinion of Clinton's book launch.

"I think it's sad that after Hillary Clinton ran one of the most negative campaigns in history and lost ... the last chapter of her public life is going to be now defined by propping up book sales with false and reckless attacks," she said, according to the Tribune. "And I think that that's a sad way for her to continue."

Sources: Rasmussen, Chicago Tribune, The New York Times / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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