Hillary Clinton’s popularity has continued to decline following her loss to President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new poll by the Wall Street Journal/NBC News.
How low did she go?
Twenty-seven percent of those polled rated their view of Clinton as “very” or “somewhat positive.” That compares to 35 percent for President Donald Trump, according to the poll. In August 2017, Clinton’s popularity was 30 percent.
Clinton’s drop in popularity since the election has been more dramatic than other presidential candidates who have lost races in recent years, an analysis of the poll stated.
“Historical WSJ/NBC polling shows that recent losing presidential candidates — Mitt Romney, John McCain, John Kerry and Al Gore — experienced post-election declines in positive sentiment,” the Wall Street Journal reported. “But Mrs. Clinton’s dropoff is a bit steeper — her positive rating is at a new low of 27%, compared with 52% who have a negative opinion. That spread of 25 percentage points is greater than President Trump’s, who is under water by 18 points.”
At the time of the election, 40 percent of those polled had a positive view of Clinton, Fox News reported.
“While Clinton and Trump now both have similar levels of unpopularity (52 and 53 percent, respectively), her lower positive rating means Clinton’s favorability gap is wider,” according to an analysis by Fox News. “Trump, meanwhile, has faced a rocky first year as president overshadowed by constant controversies including a wide-ranging investigation by FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller.”
What has Clinton been doing since the election?
Since the 2016 election, Clinton has remained active in politics. Clinton has continued to discuss her loss through a book she wrote, which led to a national speaking tour and other appearances. She also established the political action organization Onward Together.
Some of the scandals that followed Clinton throughout her campaign have remained. One controversy that has remained in the news is the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email use while she was secretary of state. Many Republicans continue to allege that the investigation was mishandled, and that Clinton should have been criminally charged.
Trump has continued to occasionally ding Clinton by attacking her on Twitter.
“[Comey’s] handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst 'botch jobs' of history,” Trump tweeted last week.
....untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked… https://t.co/GHQzyOWUT5— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1523621857.0
What are Clinton's plans?
Clinton said in a speech earlier this month that she is focusing on the upcoming midterm elections, Fox News reported.
She said her goal is to "take back the House and the Senate,” according to the report.