NBC: Clinton Far Less Popular Than Rivals NRA, FBI and Bernie Sanders

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June 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton has far greater unfavorability with the public than the FBI, the National Rifle Association, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), all thorns in her side over the past year of her presidential campaign, according to a new poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

Clinton received a positive rating from just 33 percent of respondents, compared to a 55 percent negative view, a net minus-22 rating.

Meanwhile, the FBI, which is investigating her illicit use of a private email server at the State Department, had a net rating of plus-32 (48 percent positive, 16 percent negative). The NRA, which Clinton has ripped for its gun rights advocacy, has a plus-6 favorability rating (42-36). Sanders, Clinton's strongest challenger for the Democratic nomination who has still not endorsed her, has a plus-9 favorability (43-34).

The only subject viewed more negatively than Clinton in the poll was Republican opponent Donald Trump, NBC reports:

The most disliked of all is Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who is viewed unfavorably by a full 60 percent of the electorate, while only 29 percent offer a positive rating of the GOP standard-bearer (-31 rating). Hillary Clinton is not far behind, with 33 percent of voters giving her a favorable rating compared to 55 percent who give her a negative rating (-22).

For the Republican Party, it's 28 percent positive/ 48 percent negative (-20). The Democratic Party is slightly less unpopular at 37 percent positive and 43 percent negative (-6).

By comparison, about half — 48 percent — of Americans view Planned Parenthood favorably, while 29 percent give the women's health and abortion rights group poor ratings (+19).

Forty-two percent of voters see the National Rifle Association in a positive light, while 36 percent disagree (+6).

The most popular institution NBC News and the Wall Street polled was the FBI, which gets good marks from 48 percent of voters and poor marks from just 16 percent (+32).

The Republican Party beat Clinton as well, although just barely with a negative rating of minus-20.