“Finally, a poll Donald Trump will like,” Bloomberg proclaims, and they’re mostly right. Trump may have his issues with job-approval and favorability ratings in national polls, but he still manages to edge a familiar political figure — even if the difference is actually within the margin of error. Respondents in their latest survey give Trump a 41% favorable rating, which is two points better than his opponent in the 2016 presidential election. But when it comes to buyer’s remorse, Trump’s got nothing on Hillary Clinton:
Trump’s 2016 Democratic rival is viewed favorably by just 39 percent of Americans in the latest Bloomberg National Poll, two points lower than the president. It’s the second-lowest score for Clinton since the poll started tracking her in September 2009.
The former secretary of state has always been a polarizing figure, but this survey shows she’s even lost popularity among those who voted for her in November.
More than a fifth of Clinton voters say they have an unfavorable view of her. By comparison, just 8 percent of likely Clinton voters felt that way in the final Bloomberg poll before the election, and just 6 percent of Trump’s voters now say they view him unfavorably.
That’s a rather surprising outcome, even though Clinton has always had some issues with sustaining her favorability numbers. Usually those problems arise in election cycles; in every election cycle except her Senate re-election in 2008, her Gallup favorables went under water. In the Bloomberg article, they only chart her data from 2010, but it still shows Clinton’s ratings flipping shortly after entering the Democratic primary in 2015 and getting progressively worse.
What makes this surprising is that the media has largely treated Clinton as a sympathetic victim of the 2016 election, especially in light of the probe into Russian hacking of the DNC and interference in the election. On top of that, her favorable numbers had always rebounded after the election cycle concludes. Even after the bitter 2008 primary fight with Barack Obama when Clinton’s favorables hit their lowest sustained measures, her Gallup favorables went back to positive territory shortly after she took office as Secretary of State.
For anyone else who lost an election, one would expect to see some kind of bounce after the partisan attacks had lost their purpose. Not only did Clinton not get a bounce, but she’s not even catching any sympathy from her supporters. Trump has been mired in controversy since before he won the election, and yet buyer’s remorse among Clinton’s voters is three times higher than among Trump’s. It’s not just a case of a damaged Democratic brand either; as pollster J. Ann Selzer points out, other Democrats measured in the Bloomberg series do well.
There have been occasional hints that Clinton might make another run for the office. This poll suggests that voters — even her own voters — want nothing more to do with her. This is a permanently broken candidate who needs to retire, and if Clinton won’t, then her party needs to retire her themselves.