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More Americans Than Ever Dislike Hillary Clinton

| by Robert Fowler
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may be consistently leading her competition in the polls, but new data indicates that she is as unpopular as she has ever been.

On Aug. 31, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll found that only 41 percent of Americans view Clinton favorably, while a majority of 56 percent hold a negative opinion of her, The Washington Post reports.

Comparing the latest findings with their previous measurements of the Democratic nominee’s favorability numbers, the polling group concluded that Clinton is as unpopular as she has ever been while in public life.

Clinton’s previous record low in favorability was in June, when 55 percent of respondents had an unfavorable view of her.

This deficit in popularity would make Clinton the least-liked major party nominee in modern U.S. history if it were not for her general election opponent, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

In the same survey, only 35 percent of respondents had a favorable view of Trump while 63 percent had a negative opinion of him.

When narrowing down the results to just registered voters, Clinton and Trump’s unfavorables are nearly identical. Only 38 percent of registered voters have a positive view of Clinton, while 59 percent view her unfavorably. Meanwhile, 37 percent are favorable toward Trump, while 60 percent are negative.

This new low in popularity for Clinton arrives just three years after her peak in favorability, when she was viewed favorably by 67 percent of respondents after her tenure as Secretary of State.

While Clinton and Trump appear to be equally disliked by likely voters, the Democratic nominee continues to lead in the polls. Aggregating the last seven national surveys released since Aug. 24, Real Clear Politics found that Clinton currently leads Trump by an average of 5.3 percentage points.

Despite being the front-runner to win the November election, Clinton’s negatives persist. The former Secretary of State’s situation has not been helped by the continuing email scandal and questions over her conflict of interests arising from the Clinton Foundation.

President Barack Obama appears to have recognized Clinton’s high unfavorability. He plans on campaigning on Clinton’s behalf in key swing states from the beginning of September through the November election, The New York Times reports.

Jen Psaki, the White House communications director, has stated that Obama plans on making his case to the American people that Clinton should be his successor.

“The president knows from his own experience that the American people want to vote for someone and not just against someone else,” Psaki said.

Republican pollster Neil Newhouse had a more blunt assessment of why Obama will be stumping for Clinton heavily on the campaign trail.

“To say that Obama’s significantly more favorably perceived than Hillary is an understatement,” Newhouse said.

Sources: The New York TimesReal Clear PoliticsThe Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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