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Americans still dislike Hillary Clinton more than Trump

Everyone's numbers are bad, except for Obama and Biden.


Andrew Wyrich


Published Jul 18, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 11:34 pm CDT

President Donald Trump has historically-low approval ratings for a president so early in his term, but a new poll finds that his 2016 opponent in the election, Hillary Clinton, also isn’t seen in a positive light by Americans.

Bloomberg polled 1,000 Americans earlier this month and found that Clinton is viewed favorably by 39 percent of Americans, compared to 40 percent of Americans who approve of what Trump has done so far in the White House.

The poll also found that Clinton was viewed more unfavorably among men. Just 35 percent of men viewed Clinton in a positive light, compared to 43 percent of women. White Americans also didn’t hold favorable views compared to other races: 32 percent of white Americans like Clinton compared to 51 percent of non-whites, according to the poll.

While Trump, who is fond (or not fond) of polls depending on what they say, is sure to be happy about Bloomberg’s findings, it doesn’t erase the distaste a majority of Americans have for his tenure so far.

Bloomberg found that 55 percent of Americans view Trump unfavorably, up 12 points since December. The same poll found that 62 percent of people polled think the United States is heading in the wrong direction, also up 12 points following Trump’s election.

The same poll found that 56 percent of people say they are more pessimistic about Trump because of his statements and actions since taking office.

Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama has seen strong favorables since leaving office.

Bloomberg found 61 percent of Americans view him in a positive light, up five points since December. Former Vice President Joe Biden, an often-discussed possibility for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, was viewed favorably by 60 percent of Americans.

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*First Published: Jul 18, 2017, 8:29 am CDT