Opponents of President Donald Trump have held up a number of recent unflattering polls as proof that the current administration is one of the most reviled in modern history. But a new survey has revealed that a Hillary Clinton victory in 2016 might have resulted in an even more polarizing presidency.
According to a Bloomberg National Poll released early Monday morning, Trump mustered a favorable view from 41 percent of respondents, marking a result the reflects the president’s difficulty in swaying Democrats and his sliding popularity among some independents.
But Clinton fared slightly worse, clocking in at just 39 percent net favorability. That means that the former Secretary of State’s rating has plummeted from its high point of 70 percent, which it reached in 2013 as she resigned from her role as the nation’s top diplomat, to a never-before-seen low.
Among those who voted for Clinton, 20 percent now have an unfavorable rating of her, up from 8 percent of likely Clinton voters in the last survey taken before the election.
“There’s growing discontent with Hillary Clinton even as she has largely stayed out of the spotlight,” said polster J. Ann Selzer. “It’s not a pox on the Democratic house because the numbers for other Democrats are good.”
Respondents blamed Clinton’s lack of authenticity and her inability to drum up enthusiasm for turning against her. Others reiterated their support for primary opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who many believe was robbed of the nomination.
Those across the aisle, meanwhile, dismissed Clinton’s post-election efforts to become the de facto leader of “#TheResistance” as divisive and questioned her various excuses and scapegoats for losing to Trump.