Gallup: Hillary Clinton ‘Unique’ in Having No Post-Election Gain in Favorability Ratings

Lauretta  Brown
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Posted: Jun 21, 2017 7:00 PM
Gallup: Hillary Clinton ‘Unique’ in Having No Post-Election Gain in Favorability Ratings

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is viewed no more favorably now than she was before last year’s election, a rare feat since, according to Gallup’s polling, “over the past quarter century, the favorable ratings of losing presidential candidates generally have increased after the election -- some in the immediate aftermath and others in the months that followed.”

“With the exception of John Kerry, for whom there are no comparable data, losing presidential candidates since 1992 have experienced a boost of at least four percentage points in favorability when averaging their ratings from the day after the election through the following June,” Gallup notes.

Forty-one percent of Americans have a favorable view of Clinton in the most recent poll which is within the 41 to 43 percent range Gallup has recorded since November.

The majority of Americans, 57 percent, view Clinton unfavorably and have viewed her unfavorably in all Gallup polls on the former first lady since January 2016.

The polling group observed that some of Clinton’s post-election appearances were not well-received. Including an interview last month in which “Clinton blamed her election loss on various factors, including weak Democratic Party infrastructure, mishandlings of an investigation by former FBI Director James Comey and biased media coverage of her campaign. Though she claimed to ‘take responsibility for every decision’ her campaign made, many viewed her comments as shirking blame for her loss.”

They added that “Americans have liked Clinton most when her role was less political -- such as secretary of state or first lady weathering her husband's public scandal -- and her ratings have suffered each time she has run for office.”

According to Gallup polling, Trump, similar to previous winners, got an increase in favorability post-election.

The survey’s results were “based on telephone interviews conducted June 7-11, 2017, with a random sample of 1,009 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.”