More Than Half of Americans Have a Negative Opinion of Hillary Clinton, Says AP Poll
A new AP-GfK poll has found that most Americans have a negative opinion of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but that her disapproval rating pales in comparison to Donald Trump’s.
Clinton polled with a 55 percent unfavorable rating, and Trump polled with an unprecedented 69 percent disapproval level. About seven out of every 10 people have a negative opinion of the Republican front runner.
That high unfavorable numbers cut across gender lines, party affiliations, and races, and even 46 percent of Republicans have an unfavorable view of their party’s leading candidate.
Half of all Americans say Clinton is “not at all” honest, with another 18 percent saying she’s slightly honest. That number mirrors views on Trump, with more than seven in ten saying the word honest describes him only slightly or not at all well.
But on the other attributes, Clinton’s negative ratings are at least better than the overwhelmingly disapproving views Americans have of Trump.
More than half say Clinton is not especially compassionate, and six in 10 say she’s only slightly or not at all likable. Eighty percent do not find Trump compassionate and three-quarters do not see him as likable.
In prior election cycles, high negative opinions would be detrimental to a campaign, but this cycle the two leaders of each party also have the highest disapproval rating in each of their respective parties.
Conversely, voters have far more favorable views of the runner-ups.
Ted Cruz has a slightly higher disapproval level than Clinton—59 percent—and Bernie Sanders has the highest favorability with only 39 percent of people having an unfavorable view of the Vermont senator.
Both Cruz and Sanders trail Trump and Clinton in the delegate count, but they’re both looking to make a case for their candidacy in a close or contested convention.
Clinton remains the candidate viewed by the most Americans as able to win a general election, with 82 percent saying she could capture the White House. Just six in 10 say that of Sanders or Trump.
The AP-GfK Poll of 1,076 adults was conducted online March 31–April 4
The Associated Press contributed to this report