Ever wonder what happens to the favorables of a candidate after they lose a presidential election? Gallup has actually tracked those numbers beginning with Bush #41’s loss in 1992. That tracking has found that the favorables of the losing presidential candidate grows after the election–well–with one exception, former secretary of state, and 2016 loser, Hillary Clinton. In fact, Hillary’s favorables haven’t changed very much since May 2015 near the beginning of her campaign. Since then, for about 3/4 of the time her favorables hovered +/- two percentage points from where it stands today, 41%.
“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”