Hillary Clinton may have won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, but surveys conducted since her shocking loss last fall show Americans dislike her now more than they dislike President Trump.
Only 30 percent of U.S. adults hold a positive view of Clinton, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal "social trends" survey released Wednesday. In contrast, an impressive 53 percent said they held a negative view of the failed presidential candidate.
The poll, which was conducted Aug. 5-9 and contains a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points, asked 1,200 U.S. adults to rank the Democratic and Republican parties and five politicians, including Clinton, Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Donald Trump and Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Thirty-six percent of respondents said they held a positive view of President Trump, while 52 percent said they held a negative view.
Of five politicians listed, respondents ranked Obama the highest, handing him a positive rating of 52 percent and a negative rating of 35 percent. The next most-popular politician was George W. Bush, who scored an approval rating of 45 percent, and Sanders, who clocked a 44 percent favorable rating.
Dismal as Trump's performance in the NBC survey is, it's still better than Clinton's, and this isn't even a first for her.
The NBC "social trends" survey comes only a few weeks after Bloomberg News found in a separate poll that Clinton has worse numbers than the president.
Forty-one percent of respondents in the Bloomberg survey, which was conducted between July 8 and 12 and involved 1,001 U.S. adults, said they thought favorably of Trump. In contrast, a somewhat smaller 39 percent said the same of Clinton.
The Bloomberg and NBC surveys seem like the start of an ever-worsening trend for Clinton. She went from a 66 percent approval rating in 2012, according to Gallup, to blowing a winnable election against an historically unpopular candidate. Now she is more unpopular than the still-widely-disliked president. That's impressive.
It all seems to suggest that Clinton's efforts to rehabilitate her image post-election are falling flat with voters. Presidential losers usually crawl off quietly to spend the rest of their life thinking about what they did wrong, but not Clinton.
She emerged from the woods a few months ago to declare herself a member of the so-called anti-Trump Resistance. She has also put in a good amount of time blaming a host of factors for her election loss last fall, including sexism, the FBI, the Russians and the media. Clinton has even written a book, which is coming out soon, that will blame, among other things, Sanders, who campaigned for Clinton in the general election.
Americans don't seem too keen on hearing her multiple election loss explanations. That certainly would explain the NBC and Bloomberg surveys.
Perhaps there's a silver lining to this. In an era of divisive politics, where no one seems to agree on anything, it seems voters of all stripes can still agree on one thing: No one likes a sore loser.