Hillary Clinton's Likability Remains at Lowest Point

/ AP
April 11, 2016

More than half of the nation holds an unfavorable opinion of Hillary Clinton as the New York primary election inches closer.

Fifty-five percent of American voters currently view Clinton unfavorably, according to an AP-GfK poll released Monday. Only 40 percent responded that they had a favorable opinion of the former secretary of state.

Americans meanwhile hold more positive impressions of Clinton’s opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I, Vt.). 39 percent responded that they have an unfavorable opinion of Sanders, while 48 percent said they have a favorable opinion of the self-described Democratic socialist.

The Associated Press noted that unlike any other candidate in the race, Americans view Sanders more favorably as the election rides on.

The April 19 New York primary is nearly a week away with 291 delegates at stake.

Though Sanders is more likable among Americans than his opponent, the Vermont senator still falls behind in delegates. Sanders won seven of the past eight primary races and currently holds 1,068 delegates, but Clinton has held strong to her front-runner status with 1,756 delegates.

In March, Clinton’s unfavorable rating hit an all-time high of 55 percent, according to a CNN/ORC poll. The number marked the highest unfavorable rating Clinton received since CNN/ORC began measuring Americans’ impressions of the former first lady in 1992, the Free Beacon previously reported.

The FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of an unsecured email system during her time serving as secretary of state has continued to weigh on her bid for the presidency.

Government officials found that more than 2,000 emails on Clinton’s server contain classified information though none was marked classified on her personal email. Twenty-two messages have been judged "top secret," the highest classification level, and were withheld from public release.

Clinton’s unfavorable rating spiked to 53 percent in August 2015 after the Department of Justice obtained her email server, according to a previous CNN/ORC poll.