A new poll recently revealed that failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity has not improved since she lost the general election to President Donald Trump — an odd occurrence for losing candidates who typically see a rebound in approval ratings post-election.
According to Gallup, Clinton maintains a 57 percent unfavorable rating among American voters and only a 41 percent favorable rating.
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Gallup said that this is not typical of failed presidential candidates who tend to see bumps in their popularity after their loss. Some bumps are small, such as Mitt Romney’s and Bob Dole’s four-point increase after their losses, while some experience skyrocketing approval points such as George H.W. Bush’s 16-point gain, and John McCain’s 14-point increase.
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Clinton’s favorable numbers have not increased due to independents and Republicans still holding a dark view of the former secretary of state, Gallup explained.
“Typically, losing candidates’ favorable ratings improve because political independents and supporters of the opposing political party grow to view the candidate more positively after the election,” Gallup reported. “However, this has not happened for Clinton. Her current ratings among Republicans (11%) and independents (33%) are just as low now as last November before she lost to Trump. Democrats maintain a mostly positive view of Clinton, with 79% viewing her favorably.”
Gallup theorized that much of this unpopularity is because of bitterness from resentful Democrats who believe her to be “toxic and divisive” and feel that she’s not doing enough to help stop Trump’s agenda.
Republicans, meanwhile, are not softening on Clinton due to a deep-seated animosity toward the Clinton name, which Republicans have struggled against since the era of President Bill Clinton.
The Hill reported that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Clinton’s opponent during the primary, remains one of the nation’s most popular candidates. According to an April Harvard-Harris survey, Sanders enjoys a 57 percent favorable rating. The outlet noted that some Democratic Sanders supporters are bitter about the Democratic National Committee’s treatment of Sanders during the 2016 primaries. Sanders is viewed favorably by Democrats at 80 percent.