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Hillary Clinton's Unfavorables Hit All-Time High

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives to speak at the 117th National Convention of Veterans of Foreign Wars at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

According to Gallup’s daily tracking poll, Hillary Clinton is more unpopular now than at any other time in her 24-year “political career.”

Clinton’s is viewed unfavorably by almost two-thirds of Americans (57%), compared to 38% who view her favorably. Her numbers are not that different from opponent Donald Trump, who is viewed favorably by 36% and unfavorably by 59%.

I have a theory that the more time Clinton spends in the media, the lower her favorables drop. Why do you think most of the Democrat debates were scheduled for late night on Saturdays? To minimize viewership.

The fact that only two years ago, pre-2016 campaign exposure, Clinton’s favorables were at 55% seems to confirm my theory.

Can Hillary turn her image around? Gallup doesn’t think so, and neither do I. How can she avoid media exposure entirely while she is running for president?

Americans’ history of changing their views of Clinton from positive to negative and back to positive since 1992 suggests it’s possible — although not highly likely, given recent trends — that her image could improve as the Democratic convention unfolds this week. Overall, 55% of Americans viewed her favorably and 39% unfavorably from 1992 through 2014. That long-term average is almost an exact flip of her current 38% favorable, 57% unfavorable rating. This shows how much more negatively the public views her now in the midst of her campaign and email controversy than they have historically.

Of course, Hillary is viewed more positively by Democrats: 71% view her favorably. Opponent Trump is viewed positively by 72% of Republicans, so the candidates are on par with each other.

Will Hillary come out of the Democrat National Convention with a stronger image? Trump got a bounce following the RNC so anything is possible.