It seems like a lifetime ago that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s favorability ratings were something that would inspire fits of jealousy in any politician. In fact, Clinton’s monumental popularity was not a feature of the distant past. As recently as January, a Gallup poll showed that the former secretary had a net favorability rating with the public of 19 points.
Not even a year later, that public esteem for Clinton has disappeared. The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that the public is essentially split on whether Clinton is “likeable enough.” 43 percent of respondents said that they had a favorable opinion of Clinton while 41 percent said the opposite. That’s a staggering decline in favorability in NBC/WSJ’s polling from as recently as the winter of 2013 when 56 percent of the public said they regarded Clinton highly while only 25 percent disagreed.
Among those who have a positive view of Clinton, 21 considered it a “very positive” view while another 22 percent said it was only a “somewhat” positive opinion. Meanwhile, among those who hold a negative view of the former secretary, 26 percent said it was a “very negative” view while only 15 percent were lukewarm on their distaste for the likely Democratic presidential standard-bearer.
“The numbers suggest Americans are far less charitable about Ms. Clinton when she is seeking office or, in this case, merely considering it than they are about other politicians who retire from public office,” The Journal noted.