Gallup Poll: Clinton's Favorability Lowest Since 2008

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Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 01:52 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's approval rating has slipped to its lowest level since she lost the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, and is also below the popularity level she enjoyed while serving in the Obama administration, a new poll has found.

According to a Gallup Poll conducted June 5 to 8 of 1,027 adults, 54 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the presumed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, a decrease of 5 percentage points since February. As secretary of state, she had an average favorability rating of 64 percent.  The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

"Hillary Clinton's era of higher favorability appears to be ending even before she announces whether she will run for president. Americans typically rate non-political figures higher than political ones on this measure, and her favorable ratings before, during, and after being secretary of state are consistent with that phenomenon," according to a Gallup statement.

The survey found a stark divergence in opinion between Democrats and Republicans. Ninety percent of Democrats have a favorable view of Clinton compared to just 21 percent of Republicans who view her favorably. Forty-nine percent of independents have a positive view of Clinton.

The poll also found that former President Bill Clinton has had a recent surge in popularity, with 64 percent of people saying they view him favorably.

The results come as Clinton begins a publicity tour for her new book, "Hard Choices."

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