Majority of Americans Don't View Clinton's Nomination as 'Historic'

June 14, 2016

Most Americans do not view Hillary Clinton’s accomplishment as the first woman in the United States to secure the presidential nomination of a major political party as historic, according to a new Morning Consult poll released Tuesday.

Only four in 10 voters called Clinton’s capture of the Democratic nomination a "historic moment."

Party affiliation determined in large part whether Americans viewed the achievement as historic. More than half—52 percent—of Democrats called the feat historic while only 19 percent of Republicans said the same.

The poll was conducted in the days following Clinton’s primary win in California where she padded her delegate lead over her opponent Bernie Sanders. Clinton surpassed the 2,383 delegates required for the party’s nomination, calling the moment a "milestone."

The response was only slightly split among men and women. Just one-third—33 percent—of men surveyed said Clinton’s achievement was historic while 42 percent of women held the same sentiment.

Voters viewed President Obama’s election as the first black president as more historic than her accomplishment.

Only one in ten—12 percent—called Clinton "the most historic nominee the nation has ever had." Thirty percent said she was "one of the most historic nominations, but not the most historic" in U.S. history.

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has accused Clinton of playing the "woman’s card" during the election, claiming that she would not have won her party’s nomination if she were a man.

Clinton used the attack to sell "woman cards" to her supports in exchange for donations.