Clinton More Unpopular Than Trump for the First Time
Throughout the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump has had worse favorable numbers than Hillary Clinton. Both candidates are among the least-liked in the history of modern polling, but Clinton has been slightly more liked than Trump. No longer.
In an ABC/Washington Post poll released Monday, Clinton's favorable numbers dropped below Trump's for the first time during this election. Only 38 percent of voters had a favorable impression of the Democrat nominee, while 60 percent had an unfavorable one — for an overall score of negative 22 percent favorability. At the same time, 39 percent of voters had a favorable impression of Trump, and 58 percent had an unfavorable view of him, giving him a negative 19 percent favorability.
Since May 2015, more people have had an unfavorable impression of Clinton than a favorable one, according to the RealClearPolitics average. Overall, her numbers have worsened since she entered the race. Trump's numbers, however, have improved since he entered the race with a negative 39.3 percent favorable rating (22.7 percent favorable and 62 percent unfavorable).
These numbers represent the worst favorability among the top two presidential candidates since at least 1984. The poll considered numbers from October in each election. In 2012, for instance, Obama had a 6 percent favorability (52 percent favorable-46 percent unfavorable), while Romney — whom Democrats savaged mercifully — only had a negative 4 percent favorability (47 percent favorable-51 percent unfavorable).
Most presidential candidates have had positive approval ratings, with the exceptions of Romney (negative 4), George H. W. Bush in 1992 (negative 6: 44 percent favorable, 50 percent unfavorable), and Walter Mondale in 1984 (negative 11: 40 percent favorable, 51 percent unfavorable). Even Trump's current score (negative 19 percent) blows Mondale out of the water, and Clinton (at negative 22) now leaves even Trump in the dust.
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