Hillary Clinton’s Unfavorable Rating Hits All-Time High

More than half view the Democratic nominee negatively

Hillary Clinton
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More than half of Americans hold negative views of Hillary Clinton, marking a record-low for the Democratic nominee, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The Washington Post-ABC News survey found that 56 percent of voters have an unfavorable impression of Clinton, while 41 percent have a positive view of the former first lady.

This represents the highest unfavorable rating that Clinton has registered in her 35 years in public life. Her unfavorable rating among Americans surveyed by the Post-ABC poll hit its previous all-time high in June, with 55 percent responding that they dislike Clinton.

While Donald Trump has remained the more disliked of the two nominees—with 35 percent of Americans holding a favorable impression of him versus 63 percent holding an unfavorable one—Clinton’s image among registered voters is now on-par with the business mogul’s.

The poll found that 38 percent of registered voters view Clinton positively and 59 percent view her negatively, compared to a 37 percent versus 60 percent split for Trump.

The Washington Post noted that if Trump were not in the race, Clinton would register as the most unpopular major-party nominee in modern American history.

Clinton’s campaign has been mired in controversy surrounding her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. Leaked State Department emails published earlier this month divulged overlapping interests between the Clinton Foundation and the department while Clinton served. Trump has accused the former first lady of using pay-for-play tactics to provide foundation donors with special access to top State Department officials.

Since early August, Clinton’s image has worsened among groups that had overwhelmingly supported her. Her favorable rating among women fell from 54 percent to 45 percent. Among Hispanics, her ratings dropped from 71 percent to 55 percent.

Still, Clinton pulls ahead of Trump in national polls, most notably outpacing the GOP nominee’s support in battleground states including Colorado, Virginia, and New Hampshire.