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New poll compares Clinton and Trump’s favorability, and the result might surprise you

A new Bloomberg poll shows that only 39 percent of Americans have a favorable view of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, while 41 percent have favorable view of President Donald Trump. (2016 file photo/Desk/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is in luck.

During his brief time in the Oval Office, Trump has had historically low approval ratings. But according to a new poll from Bloomberg, his former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, is doing worse.

Clinton is viewed favorably by only 39 percent of Americans, according to the survey, which is two points lower than the president’s favorability rating of 41 percent.

In total, 58 percent of the poll’s respondents have an unfavorable view of Clinton, while 55 percent have an unfavorable view of Trump. This marks the second lowest score the former secretary of state since the poll started tracking her in 2009.

The poll also determined that one-fifth of those who voted for Clinton in the 2016 presidential election now hold an unfavorable view of her. For context, only 8 percent of Americans felt that way in the final Bloomberg poll before Election Day.

“There’s growing discontent with Hillary Clinton even as she has largely stayed out of the spotlight,” pollster J. Ann Selzer, who supervised the survey, said. “It’s not a pox on the Democratic house because numbers for other Democrats are good.”

The results are somewhat surprising, though, given Clinton has largely stayed out of the limelight, aside from a few jabs at Trump on Twitter and a handful of speeches. In general, it seems most just don’t like the two-time presidential hopeful’s personality.

It should be noted, too, that Clinton certainly hasn’t done herself any favors during her few public appearances over the last few months. At every turn, it seems, Clinton has cast blame on everyone but herself for her unexpected loss to Trump.

So far, Clinton has blamed her defeat on Russia, the fact that she’s a woman, former FBI Director James Comey, the numerous WikiLeaks revelations about her campaign, and in late May, she added the Democratic National Committee to the list.

During an appearance at a Recode conference in Ranchos Palos Verdes, California, Clinton slammed the DNC as “bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong.” In order for it to be useful, she said, her campaign “had to inject money into it.”

And based on the results of this survey, it doesn’t seem like Clinton’s blame game has gone over too well with her fellow Democrats.

“I felt like there was a smugness and that she was just a politician who was called a Democrat, but could have been a Republican,” poll participant Robert Taylor, a 46-year-old second-grade teacher from Chicago, told Bloomberg.

Taylor said he would have preferred then-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont and a self-titled socialist. He ultimately voted for Clinton, though.

“I could vote for a competent leader or I could vote for a jackass,” he said of his choices on Election Day. “I think my negativity about her would be there whether Trump was elected or not.”

The Bloomberg poll comes as the Trump administration is knotted up in a slew of controversies, the most recent of which involves Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting last summer with a Russian lawyer. Democrats see the meeting as proof of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives to help put the billionaire businessman in the White House.

In hopes of distracting from the Russia stories, Trump took to Twitter Sunday to attempt to pivot the conversation away from his son and onto Clinton.

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