Hillary Clinton, the former Democratic presidential candidate, should retire, according to 61 percent of voters in a Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday.
According to the poll:
- 61 percent believe Clinton should retire.
- 30 percent believe she still has a future as an elected official.
However, almost half of the voters in the poll believe that she could damage the Democratic Party:
- 49 percent believe Clinton could diminish the success of the Democrats.
- 21 percent say Clinton is good for the Democrats.
- 23 percent say she has no impact on the party.
Voters are split on the reason for Clinton's loss, according to the poll:
- 44 percent blame Clinton's weakness as a candidate.
- 40 percent blame outside factors that Clinton could not control.
- 11 percent say the strength of her opponent, eventual president Donald Trump, led to her loss.
Democrats in the poll remain supportive of the former first lady and secretary of state:
- 54 percent of Democrats believe Clinton has a future as an elected official.
- 65 percent of Democrats believe forces outside her control led to her loss, while 59 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of independents blame her weakness as a candidate.
However, only 38 percent of Democrats in the poll believe that she is good for the Democratic Party, while 28 percent said she could diminish the party's success.
The Rasmussen poll was conducted on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 among 1,000 likely voters, with a 3-percentage point margin of error, according to the poll report.
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