Hillary Clinton’s Image Among Democrats Hits Rock Bottom

Hillary Clinton
• April 15, 2016 12:02 pm


Hillary Clinton’s image among Democrats has fallen to an all-time low among Democratic voters, dropping by nearly half since last fall, Gallup reported Thursday.

Within the past six months, Clinton’s favorability has slid from 63 percent of those in her party viewing the former secretary of state favorably in November to just 36 percent responding the same in April, the poll found.

That number marks a 27-point difference from the fall and notches an all-time low for the former first lady since Gallup began tracking her favorability in July.

The drop in opinion arrives four days before voters flock to the polls during the April 19 primary election in New York.

"Clinton's image has undergone ups and downs over the course of the campaign season, just as it has over her entire 25-year career in the national spotlight," wrote Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at Gallup. "Her net favorable rating has descended steadily to her current low point–in the midst of a crucial stage of the primary season, which will help determine whether she'll emerge the clear winner over Bernie Sanders before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this July."

Though Clinton’s opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I, Vt.) also saw his favorability drop slightly in the latest poll, the self-described Democratic-socialist is still 16 points higher on the net favorable scale.

Clinton caught heat earlier this week after appearing with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio during an event Saturday night where the two participated in a skit that referenced "C.P. time." The phrase, meaning "colored people time," stereotypes black people as constantly running late.

The former first lady currently leads Sanders in the state by roughly 13 points—a steep drop from her 32-point lead last month.